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Technology Unwrapped

The most important technology concepts, strategies and actions uncovered for your business.

6 Cyber Security Risks Internet of Things (IoT) Poses to Your Organization

Kaitlin Schneider
Smart devices have nearly become necessities in our lives. They are helpful in staying organized or connected to your employees.  There are billions of devices connected to the Internet, and that number doesn’t just refer to computers, laptops, and mobile phones. No, in this case, I am referring to the Internet of Things (IoT).   While beneficial in many ways, IoT also presents considerable risk to your organization’s cyber security. In today’s article, we’ll explain 6 of those risks in greater ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Trends

6 Motivations of Cyber Criminals

Kaitlin Schneider
If you’ve read about recent cyber attacks in the news, you might be wondering why cyber criminals try to hack into other systems and what motivates them.   If you can understand some of their motivations a little more clearly, along with who is most likely to be targeting your specific organization, you can bolster your defenses and be ready for whatever the threat landscape throws your way.  
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

Scam Alert: Keep an Eye Out During the 2021 Tax Season

Kaitlin Schneider
Normally, tax season is a special occasion for cyber criminals to ramp up their scam efforts, but cyber scams have been consistent throughout the last year due to the political climate, the pandemic and now, the distribution of a vaccine.   Throw in tax season, and hackers have considerable fodder for numerous cyber scams.  
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Topics: Security Threats, Trends, Finance

Stay Alert to Compromised Credentials with Dark Web Monitoring

Alyssa Sisco
Do you know if your CEO’s email username and password are being sold on the dark web right now? How would you? Eventually, you’ll find out when you have to prevent finance from wiring a hacker - posing as your CEO - large sums of money. Or, you may find out after finance has already fallen for a CEO fraud phishing scam and wired a hacker money… But if there is a way for you to know when your CEO’s credentials are being sold in the first place, you can stop the scam before it even starts. Well, ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Data Breach, Network Security

How Does Artificial Intelligence Impact SMB Cyber Security?

Kaitlin Schneider
To simplify and automate some processes, many fields of business, like marketing and customer service, are taking advantage of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to make their daily work processes easier and smoother.   But there’s another crucial industry that’s heavily impacted by artificial intelligence: cyber security.   With the array of IT security solutions that utilize AI becoming more readily available, you can expect small and medium-sized businesses to have access to ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

SolarWinds Breach Underscores Need for Vigilant SMB Cyber Security Practices

Kaitlin Schneider
Many cyber security frontrunners and government agencies are calling the SolarWinds breach one of the most sophisticated attacks they have ever witnessed. Its global reach, to organizations of all sizes, stresses the importance of an optimized, layered cyber security strategy.   In today’s post, I’m going to detail what happened in the SolarWinds breach, why it matters and how you can keep your SMB safe from cyber security attacks with the right solutions. 
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Topics: Security Threats, Data Breach, Network Security

Cyber Security Threats to Watch Out for in 2021

Kaitlin Schneider
2020 proved to be a difficult year for many businesses, particularly with regard to IT and cyber security. From managing remote working solutions to ensuring that IT systems were flexible to meet the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, business owners have had to make many unforeseen changes. And as the fraught year of 2020 drew to a close, a sophisticated cyberattack on third-party software from Solarwinds, used by companies large and small across the U.S., resulted in numerous ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

Why Your SMB Should Care about Ransomware

Kaitlin Schneider
2020 has been an unexpected, topsy-turvy year for everyone running a business. From moving to remote models to digital marketing, a lot of businesses are conducting a majority of their business online.   With that digital shift comes more pronounced vulnerabilities to cyber attacks, and one of the most noteworthy tactics criminals have turned to is ransomware. In fact, it is now the most common type of cyber security incident threatening small-midsized businesses.   Read on to learn more about ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

What Are the Benefits of Firewall Security?

Joel Havenridge
For most small business owners today, running a business effectively and efficiently requires connecting to the internet. Your business systems and software likely process millions of information requests and transfers every day, and each one is an opportunity for cyber criminals to find their way into your network. That’s why it’s essential to have a firewall in place.  Simply put, firewalls keep bad things on one side and good things on the other. The benefits of firewall security run the ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

4 Network Threats That Can Be Prevented Using a Firewall

Chris Vilim
Cyber security remains a top priority, and an ongoing battle, for all businesses, and a key component in that fight is implementing and maintaining a strong firewall.  The initial concept behind a firewall was to keep the “bad guys” from getting into your network and data systems. And while that goal is still paramount, most firewalls have evolved into server-like platforms that can run different software that serve different purposes.  Through these expanded capabilities, a managed firewall ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security