Not too long ago, the CryptoLocker ransomware virus was all over the news, infecting over 250,000 computers in its first 100 days of release (at least that’s the number reported – the real numbers are probably MUCH higher). The threat was fairly straightforward: Pay us or we’ll delete all your data.
You’re working at your computer when all of the sudden – BAM! – you get a pop-up notification that your PC is infected with a virus and you must “click here” to run a scan or install antivirus software. This is a common scareware tactic used by hackers to get you to click and download a virus. (You should know we would NEVER deliver that type of pop-up to you!)
Thanks to powerful brute-force-attack software readily available online, hackers can try tens of millions of possible password combinations per second. For example, hacking software can guess a five-character password in under three hours. If you only use lowercase letters, it’s 11.9 seconds.
This isn’t breaking news. Media outlets may only cover bigger companies like Experian or Capital One, but that’s just the surface. Underneath all the press attention, hackers are targeting you. Small to midsize businesses – just like the one you own – are on the short end of an endless amount of cyberattacks, you just never hear about them. Because of this, hackers are able to get away with cyberattacks without drawing too much attention to their malicious activity.
Since hackers fly under the radar, attacking businesses like yours without consequence, what are you able to do? Easy, invest in cyber security. Here’s why.
Protecting your IT infrastructure isn’t as easy as locking up your business doors at the end of the day. The truth is, there’s no distance too far where a hacker can’t try to infiltrate your network. If they are successful, there’s no telling how much damage they will do…or when. There is simply no reason why you should ever skimp out on technology and solutions meant to protect your business’s network. Too many people are out there who are more than willing to steal or hold your own data and information for ransom against you.
No matter what size your business is, there will come a time where a hacker or group of hackers will try to exploit any vulnerabilities in means to take control of your system. You need to have a plan, and you need to have it now.
If you plan on catching up on some work from home AND you’re using a personal device such as a smartphone or personal laptop – DON’T! Unless your personal device is covered under our service plans, you could accidentally introduce a virus to the company’s network.
ONLY devices that are under our vigilant watch of patching, updating and monitoring should be used to work remote. Side Note: We can set up a way for you to work from home securely; call our office if you would like us to set that up: 951.653.9562.
If you thought protecting your business only requires a lock and key, think again. Technology plays a vital role in small business nowadays and without the right approach, your digital assets and information are highly susceptible to a hack or cyberattack. You must be proactive to stay ahead of a never ending wave of fresh viruses and exploits that could unravel all the work you’ve ever done. This is why, in 2019, it’s time to take action. Join many other small and midsize business ditching their costly outdated break-fix strategies and make the switch to a Managed Services Provider (MSP) for all of your IT needs.
In 1996, Congress called for better protection and confidential handling of protected health information (PHI). Later that year, they passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; we know it as HIPAA. 23 years later, HIPAA continues to protect patients and their information, but the way we’ve had to handle patient data has significantly changed since then.
This is a wakeup call. If you are one of an estimated 40% of businesses that are still using Windows 7 on your computers, time is against you. Microsoft is officially pulling the plug on their support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.
The clock’s been ticking for a while now. Back in 2015, Microsoft ended its mainstream support for this Windows edition to dedicate their resources towards newer versions. Since then Windows 7 has received security patches few and far between, but that’s it. Albeit it has been a trusty, tried-and-true operating system, come January 14, Microsoft will no longer ship out any further updates, security fixes or offer technical support.
There's a large list of problems businesses of all sizes face on a daily basis, near the top of that list are data breaches and loss of sensitive business information. No industry is immune to data breaches - there'll forever be a group of hackers who see value in obtaining personal identifiable information (PII) of customers and employees. The Internet of Things (IoT) is largely to blame. Nowadays, businesses rely on integrated technology to take their work to the next level. However, that next level has a bunch of cybercriminals waiting to infiltrate your network security the moment there's a flaw, exploit or door left wide open.
Thanks to mounting, complex cybersecurity concerns, it's difficult to avoid a data breach but not impossible. In fact, there's a few simple yet highly effective practices any business owner can implement to prevent a data breach or minimize data.