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Technology Unwrapped

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

5 Steps for Getting Your Employees Invested in Your Business's Cyber Security Initiative

Alyssa Sisco
If your employees are required to use a computer, tablet, or smartphone in order to do any aspect of their job, they absolutely need cyber security awareness training. The threat of a cyber security attack or data breach is now simply a cost of doing business in today’s world. It's no longer a question of if, now it's when will your business experience some form of cyber security attack? So, instead of leaving one of your most valuable cyber security assets defenseless in the face of phishing ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats

How to Prevent a Ransomware Attack on Your Mobile Phone

Alyssa Sisco
Although it’s not as common as ransomware on computers, mobile phone-based ransomware is out there. A recently developed strain of SMS ransomware spreads the instant it’s clicked. It gets onto the victim’s phone, finds any and all contacts and sends all of them a personalized text message, telling them there are compromising pictures of them on an application and providing them with a link. If the recipient of the text clicks the link, not only are all their contacts now sent the same message, ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats

6 Reasons a Firewall is an Essential Part of Your Business’s Cyber Security

Joel Havenridge
In today’s world, you can never be too careful with your organization’s cyber security. And if your employees are accessing the internet, a firewall needs to be a key part of your cyber security strategy. Firewall tools are not only useful for securing digital assets and protecting hardware, but can also be used to block employees from accessing prohibited sites and to filter web traffic. Certain firewall configurations can even tip you off if a data breach or intrusion occurs, which means you ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

What is Malware-as-a-Service and what can your business do to ramp up security?

Alyssa Sisco
The structure of the cyber crime industry often parallels that of legitimate tech businesses, more than one would think. As cloud computing has become relatively commonplace for businesses of all sizes and industries, you may have encountered terms like Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). As these advancements occur on the legitimate side of the tech industry, cyber criminals don’t want to be left in the dust. So, how are they ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Alert

10 Most Commonly Used Brands in Phishing Attacks

Alyssa Sisco
Phishing is a common tactic used by cyber criminals, as it can be very lucrative but doesn’t require as much technical, hacking know-how as other types of cyber attacks. Hackers often bank on you recognizing a brand name and being one-of-many that have an account with that company. With this in mind they convince you that the phishing email is legitimate. Often claiming that you’ve been locked out of your account, a payment didn’t go through, you need to update your information, or anything ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats, Trends

Antivirus vs. Firewall: Why Your Business Needs Both

Tom Montgomery
We have so much information at our fingertips, providing endless opportunities, but with that good, comes a continuous stream of cyber threats. Considering the pervasive presence of cyber criminals today, you need a line of security that’s as tough as anything they can throw at you. You probably already know about the need for antivirus software — but is it strong enough to stand on its own? What about reducing the viruses and malware that make their way onto your computers and network in the ...
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Topics: Security Threats

How much information is on your IoT devices?

Joel Havenridge
You wouldn’t throw your financial paperwork in the trash without shredding it - or at least, you shouldn’t. Because you know that if someone got a hold of that information, they could potentially steal your money. But what about your IoT devices? Are you as careful when disposing of them? How much information is on smart devices you’ve connected in your home? When it comes time to get rid of them, there may be enough information left on them to open your home to someone trying to steal your ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

Why your small business should care about malware

Alyssa Sisco
Talking about the dangers associated with a malware infection can feel abstract for those who have never experienced it firsthand. To some, it may seem like a vague concept, not something that really requires you to take action. Most small business owners feel that it’s not going to happen to them and they have more pressing matters to attend to. However, they don’t usually realize that 47% of small businesses experienced at least one cyber attack in 2018 and the damage malware can cause to an ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Owners & Managers

Has my email address been spoofed?

Marco Ren
If you’ve ever experienced someone complaining about you sending them “nasty” emails that you never sent – you’re not alone. Some of you may even have received an email appearing to be from yourself, claiming that your PC has been hacked and demanding a ransom in the form of bitcoin. In these situations, your email account may have been compromised. However, if you contact your IT support team and they are certain that your email is secure and has not been hacked, there is another possibility – ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats

Do external devices have access to your business's internal network?

Alyssa Sisco
Any infected device that is connected to your internal network has the potential to infect all the other devices on that network. Last week, a third-party vendor brought in a device that when connected to CHI Health’s network, introduced malware to their system. The virus spread to different devices at some of their hospitals and clinics and affected browsers attempting to connect with the health system’s network.
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security