When it comes to IT solutions, most businesses rely on one of three options. They have a dedicated in-house IT employee or team, an outsourced managed services provider (MSP) or nothing at all. There is, however, a fourth option: co-managed IT.
Read More about this – “What Is Co-Managed IT? Is It Right For You?”
Digital transformation has made many things easier for businesses, right from inventory management and order processing to managing financials. On the flip side, however, it has also made companies more vulnerable to cyberattacks and data breaches. A breach occurring anywhere in the supply chain could end up seriously disrupting your operations. So, how do you safeguard your business against these threats?
Read More about this – “How to Effectively Manage Supply Chain Risks”
Your business’ cybersecurity posture must prioritize detection, evaluation and mitigation of risks posed by your supply chain. It is vital that your security is upgraded on a regular basis to better prepare for any worst-case scenarios.
Read More about this – “Recommended Best Practices for a Secure Supply Chain”
Enjoy our complete series from last years Cybersecurity Awareness Month. You can find all 8 episodes in this round-up! Learn to be cyber smart after watching the complete collection and reading our tips and tricks.
Read More about this - "Cybersecurity Awareness : The Complete Series"
There are seemingly countless IT service providers to choose from these days, and it can be challenging to tell one from another. However, not all IT service providers are created equal. Some offer independent services, while others are part of larger firms. Some are new to the field, while others have been around for years. There are also companies that put out slick marketing to grab your attention but make it hard to tell if they really live up to the hype.
Read More about this - "3 Questions You Should Ask Any IT “Expert” Before Letting Them Touch Your Computer Network"
Insider threats are among the most dangerous cyberthreats out there. Yet, organizations of all sizes seem to be either reluctant or negligent when it comes to fighting them. Over 50 percent of organizations don’t have an Insider Risk Response Plan and 40 percent don’t assess how effectively their technologies mitigate insider threats.1 Even though 59 percent of IT security leaders expect insider risks to increase in the next two years, very little is being done to prevent them from causing serious security incidents.
Read More about this – “Defence Strategies to Combat Insider Threats”
FACT: Insider threats are a growing concern for business owners and IT experts. According to Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report, 30 percent of data breaches directly involved internal actors. Security threats that originate from within an organization are often the hardest to detect and prevent, especially since an insider has the trust and knowledge of infrastructure systems and data assets as well as authorized access to both.
Read More about this – “Free eBook – Insider Threats: A guide to understanding, detecting and preventing insider security incidents”
The year 2020 witnessed an unprecedented onslaught of cybersecurity threats across the world as the global workforce underwent a forced transition to remote working. However, not all cybersecurity threats come from the outside. In a study conducted by Bitglass, 61 percent of businesses surveyed reported at least one insider-related cybersecurity incident in the last year. This could be anything from negligent employees who lack cybersecurity training to rogue employees who facilitate a breach for personal gain.
Read More about this – “The Dangers Within: Understanding Insider Threats”
Come on – let’s admit it. We’ve all been in that desperate situation where we need Wi-Fi access but the only Wi-Fi around is “unsecured”. In other words, there is no lock symbol next to the familiar Wi-Fi symbol. It’s FREE, or so we think – as some economists put it…”there is no such thing as a free lunch”.
Read More about this – “Cybersecurity Awareness Episode 8: Wi-Fi”
A record number of businesses said goodbye to the traditional in-office work model in 2020. They embraced the remote work model as they adapted to the new COVID-19 reality. It was a huge shift that came with many challenges, and some of those challenges are still felt today.
Read More about this – “How To Enable Remote Work Without Exposing Your Entire Business To Cybercriminals”
Have you ever needed to get internet connectivity or a wireless booster to a super hard to reach area of your home or office? Do you want to avoid the expensive cost of having an ethernet cable ran? If you have a small project, and you just need to get a hardwired connection to a remote / hard to reach spot in your home or office, why not use your AC outlets or existing coaxial cable wires that are very likely already in your walls and already exactly where you need them?
Read More about this – “Powerline and Coax Adapters”
Over the last few years, we have seen several tech companies, such as Buffer, Todoist and Help Scout, to name a few, switch to a fully remote or partial work setup. Most of these companies spent months preparing for the switch by training their employees, setting up remote work policies and ensuring the necessary infrastructure was in place to deal with cybersecurity threats.
Read More about this – “Securing Your Remote Workers”
You often hear us talk about cybersecurity in the digital space with proper security tools and monitoring, but today we are going to talk about cybersecurity in the physical world and some physical things you can do to help improve your cybersecurity posture.
Read More about this – “Using a Webcam Shield for Cybersecurity”
Your not home, your mobile phone is low on battery!!! Quick, run and plug your charging cable into the first USB port you can find right? BIG MISTAKE – you should think twice before you do this.
Read More about this – “USB Data Blockers”
Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Observed annually on January 28, Data Protection Day commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.
Read More about this – “Join us and millions of others on January 28th, 2021 in support of Data Privacy Day”
In this video we explain how to setup MFA using your mobile device instead of a computer.
Read More about this – “Multi Factor Authentication – Part 2 | For Cell Phones”
In this video we will explain what MFA is and now to set it up using a Desktop Computer instead of a mobile phone.
Read More about this – “Multi Factor Authentication – Part 1 | For Computers”
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything about the world as we know it. Just as we started embracing new practices like sanitizing, social distancing and remote working, the pandemic has also forced us to embrace systemic changes in the ways we deal with cyberthreats. In fact, the FBI has reported an increase in cyberattacks to 4,000 per day in 2020, which is 400 percent higher than the attacks reported before the onset of the coronavirus.
Read More about this – “New Year, New Risks for IT & Data Security”
We often receive push back from clients and prospects when we tell them they need to use STRONG passwords made up of numbers, letters, and special characters. When we tell them to make passwords 20 characters or longer, they often gasp in disbelief. We hear things like, “Its too complex”, “This password you made me is CRAZY”… Here is a very simple chart that shows exactly why we recommend this as best practice, and also why we recommend using a password manager.
Read More about this – “Time it takes a hacker to brute force your password”
There are endless creative ways people go about getting rid of their old hard drive in such a way as to destroy all the data on it. Methods I have seen and heard of range from setting it on fire, cutting it up, smashing it with a hammer, demagnetizing it, driving over it with heavy machinery, and pretty much everything in-between.
Read More about this – “How to securely erase all data from an old mechanical hard drive for FREE”
Cybersecurity Awareness Episode 7: Internet Downloads – We’re bringing you another free security awareness video!
In high school it was a daily routine to download the latest and greatest music from platforms that shall remain unnamed. It was a futile effort because on multiple occasions I unintentionally downloaded malicious software which would crash the computer deleting all my music (and my parents tax info). Whoops!
Read More about this – “Cybersecurity Awareness Episode 7: Internet Downloads”
When was the last time you updated your technology? Between your hardware and software, if you are still doing business on older technology, you could be putting yourself at risk, and it could end up costing you big. As we begin a new year, it’s time to take a close look at the tech you rely on every day.
Read More about this – “Finally Shed The Old This Year – It’s Costing You Much More Than You Think”
No business today is 100 percent secure from cyberthreats and more businesses are waking up to this reality now than ever before. It’s no wonder cybersecurity investment in 2020 is pegged to grow by 5.6 percent to reach nearly $43.1 billion in value. With cyberattacks surging due to widespread remote work and increased online interactions during the pandemic, it seems likely that this trend will only continue to grow further.
Read More about this – “Making Ongoing Risk Management an Operational Standard”
In this video blog post we will continue where we left off in our Password Managers – Part 1, we will demonstrate some of the more advanced and useful things you can do with a password manager. Things such as generating strong passwords, organizing passwords into logical groups and copying and pasting credentials for a website.
Read More about this – “Password Managers – Part 2”
Rapid technological advancement and rising global connectivity is reshaping the way the world is functioning. From higher productivity to improved customer satisfaction, technology has played a critical role in the growth of businesses across the world. However, the consequential bad news is that technological advancements have also made organizations increasingly vulnerable to digital risks. However, this does not mean that businesses must compromise on growth and advancement for the sake of security.
Read More about this – “Security – Do You Know Your Digital Risk?”
In high school, it was a daily routine to download the latest and greatest music from platforms that shall remain unnamed. It was a futile effort because on multiple occasions I unintentionally downloaded malicious software that would crash the computer deleting all my music (and my parent’s tax info). Whoops!
Read More about this – “Password Managers – Part 1”
Can you imagine logging into your system to access your business data and being unable to do so? Talk about your worst nightmare coming true!
Read More about this – “Ransomware: Cybersecurity’s Biggest Bully Yet”
Did you know the average website is attacked 94 times every day? As cybercriminals become better equipped with more advanced technology, that number will increase. Small-business websites (and small businesses, in general) are the most at risk for attack. Small businesses are tempting targets because SMB websites are often a direct link to that SMB’s network, where all kinds of goodies are stored, including sensitive business and customer data.
Read More about this – “4 Critical Cyber Security Protections EVERY Business Must Have In Place NOW To Avoid Being Hacked”
In IT, the principle of least privilege (PoLP) refers to the concept that any process, program or user must be provided with only the bare minimum privileges (access or permissions) needed to perform a function. For instance, if a user account has been created for accessing database records, it need not have admin rights. Also, a programmer responsible for updating lines of legacy code can do so without access to the company’s financial records.
Read More about this – “All You Need to Know About Least Privilege”
Cybersecurity Awareness Episode 6: Vishing – We’re bringing you another free security awareness video!
The latest security awareness video covers “vishing” which is defined as the fraudulent practice of making phone calls or leaving voice messages purporting to be from reputable companies in order to trick individuals to reveal personal information, such as bank details and credit card numbers.
Read More about this – “Cybersecurity Awareness Episode 6: Vishing”
Today, the competitive business environment is data-driven. Data provides key insights into your customers and business performance that helps you make better decisions and improve processes. However, the sudden influx of employees working remotely exposes your organization’s information to several security threats.
According to the FBI, cybersecurity complaints increased from 1,000 to 4,000 complaints daily during the COVID-19 pandemic. The growing number of data breaches only validates that data security should be a top priority.
Read More about this – “Why Your Business Needs a Data Security Policy”
This eye-opening demo shows you how devastating RANSOMWARE is to your business.
You are probably wondering WHY ON EARTH would we allow our co-op student to install RANSOMWARE on our own machine.
Read More about this – “Why We Ransomed Our Own Computer!”
Cybersecurity Awareness Episode 5: Removable Media – We’re bringing you another free security awareness video!
For those of us who have an altruistic desire to be good global citizens, when we find something that doesn’t belong to us our first inclination is to try and identify who it belongs to. Others, could have “selfish” intentions, and say “finders-keepers!”. In either of the above scenarios, the negative impact could be the same if the item that is found is removable media or a removable device that has malicious software embedded within – so finder beware.
Read More about this – “Cybersecurity Awareness Episode 5: Removable Media”
How do you handle network issues? If you’re like most small businesses, you wait until something breaks or goes wrong before getting an IT services company on the phone. At a glance, it makes sense. Why pay to fix something if it isn’t broken?
Sadly, this way of thinking can do more harm than good, and it has taken many businesses out of commission.
When you get right down to it, there are two primary ways to handle network security:
Read More about this – “Making This One Mistake With Your Computer Network Could Put You Out Of Business”
VIDEO 1 – HACKED!!!! It really is this easy, watch it for yourself. Fellow business owners take notice.
Watch what our local grade 11 co-op student was able to do with freely available tools, and some simple Google searches.
Read More about this – “How a hacker can take control of your computer.”
Cybersecurity Awareness Episode 4: Phishing and Ransomware – We’re bringing you another free security awareness video!
Enjoy the newest video! Please share on social channels so others working at home at this unprecedented time can get a little levity in our day and also be better educated on how to protect ourselves.
Read More about this – “Cybersecurity Awareness Episode 4: Phishing and Ransomware”
Cybersecurity Awareness Episode 3: Computer Theft – If your sensitive data is not encrypted or stored securely on a work server, computer theft represents a HUGE liability to you and your company. If your computer is lost or stolen make sure you call IT and have your logins changed ASAP, ideally the device is able to be wiped remotely as well. Here are 3 quick tips to remember:
Read More about this – “Cybersecurity Awareness Episode 3: Computer Theft”
Cybersecurity Awareness Episode 2: Data Handling – Share sensitive information only with those who are on a need to know basis. If the information you are sending is sensitive or contains PII encrypt the emails before sending. Not sure how to do this? We can help you. In this short video, we can see how sending sensitive information over email can quickly spiral out of control. Think before you send. #BeCyberSmart
Read More about this – “Cybersecurity Awareness Episode 2: Data Handling”
We all make mistakes. It’s a fact of life. But as we all know, some mistakes can have serious and lasting consequences – especially when it comes to business, cybersecurity and the constant cyber threats that are out there.
While some businesses have invested heavily in cybersecurity, many have not. When it comes to network and data security, one of the most vulnerable areas of the economy is small businesses.
More often than not, small businesses simply don’t go all-in when it comes to IT security. Some fear they don’t have the budget and worry that IT security is too expensive. Others don’t take it seriously – they have an “it will never happen to me” attitude. Then there are those who invest in some security, but it’s limited and still leaves them vulnerable in the long run.
But there is one area of IT security where every business is vulnerable. You can have the greatest malware protection in the world and still fall victim due to this one big mistake.
Read More about this – “The #1 Mistake Your Employees Are Making Today That Lets Cybercriminals Into Your Network”
Cybersecurity Awareness Episode 1: Passwords – we debut a short 3-minute video on how we see passwords being misused by people all the time. Are you or your co-workers guilty of any of these really bad password practices? Cybercriminals have much success in breaching your data and company accounts because many of us have really bad password hygiene. This short educational video will help you stay safe. After you watch the video, scroll down, and quiz yourself to see if you need to improve anywhere.
Read More about this – “Cybersecurity Awareness Episode 1: Passwords”
The College of Nurses of Ontario, which oversees about 188,000 members, offered few details about what it had previously referred to only as a “cybersecurity incident” it discovered Sept. 8.
“(The college) was affected by ransomware,” spokeswoman Angela Smith said.
Read More about this – “Ontario Nurses College is the target of a Ransomware Attack.”
Databreaches are a WORLDWIDE problem that affects all of us. Here are some of the biggest data breaches over the last 10 years. Notice the year over year trend of astronomical growth in successful breaches around the world. Chances are your information has been a part of one or more of these data breaches.
Read More about this – “The astronomical growth in successful breaches around the world.”
In this example, we will show you a REAL WORLD example that was very nearly successful. It showcases a cybercriminal combining both tactics to target this organization. While we have redacted the organization’s private information and obtained their consent to show this – it’s important to showcase how elaborate some of these scams are.
Read More about this – “Do you know what a CEO Scam looks like? How about a Spear Phishing attack?”
Big news! Our President and CEO, Darryl Cresswell has just signed a book publishing deal with TechnologyPress™ in partnership with industry-leading cybersecurity experts to co-author a book on cybersecurity – “On Thin Ice”. Get the details of the release here Read More about this – “President & CEO, Darryl Cresswell, Signs Publishing Deal To Co-Author the book, “On Thin Ice””
Yet another local Canadian company falls victim to ransomware. This time its homebuilder Brookfield Residential and they are the DarkSide Ransomware’s newest victim.
Brookfield Residential is a planned community and single-family home builder with $5.7 billion in assets.
Read More about this – “RANSOMED – Brookfield Residential – A local home and real estate developer with 5.7 billion in assets is the latest victim of the DarkSide Ransomware”
If you own a small business, your business is a target for hackers. According to a report by 4iQ, a cyber security analyst firm, from 2017 to 2019, there was a 424% increase in the number of attacks on small businesses.
At the same time, a survey by The Manifest, a business analyst firm, found that 64% of small businesses intended to put more time and money into their IT security in 2020. Many business owners also noted an increase in attacks against their businesses and websites and were ready to do more to protect themselves.
Cybercriminals love to go after small businesses. Since small businesses make up 97.9% of all employers in Canada, you can see why it makes sense. Hackers know that attacking small businesses can be worth the time and effort because they know they will eventually find a small business they can extort or steal from.
It all comes down to cybersecurity. If you have inferior network security (or none at all), you’re a prize for hackers. They have all kinds of tools at their disposal to get what they want. If you’re not careful, and if you haven’t invested in good network security, you may quickly find yourself becoming a victim of those tools.
Some of the hacker tools are much sneakier than many people realize. Here are two major examples.
Read More about this – “Sneaky Ways Cybercriminals Attack Your Network And What You Can Do To Prevent It NOW”
Things are getting WORSE for Canpar, a Canadian shipping company that was the victim of a ransomware attack last week. The cybercriminals now claim they’ve published some of the stolen data on the dark web with more to come in an effort to extort money out of the company. We have many clients who rely on Canpar for their shipments, here’s what you need to know. Read More about this – “Hackers threaten to leak Canpar Express data; similar extortion costs $2.3 billion yearly, experts say”
Canadian Shipping Company Canpar Express is the target of a Ransomware Attack
Hackers are not slowing down! Canpar Express, a Canadian shipping company was recently the target of a ransomware attack.
If you don’t have proper cybersecurity systems in place, now is the time. Hackers are taking advantage of businesses trying to cut costs, hoping one of them left their network exposed. Make sure it ISN’T you!
Read More about this – “Canadian Shipping Company Canpar Express is the target of a Ransomware Attack”
If you haven’t invested in IT security, then your business is at risk.
These days, it’s easy to take technology for granted. It just seems like everything works so well. If things are working well, why spend more on things like data monitoring or secure cloud storage?
Here’s a startling fact: a lot of business owners take this approach to network security. They might think, “This will never happen to me,” when it comes to data breaches, malware and hacker attacks. While they might be great at running their businesses, they may end up skimping on their IT security.
Read More about this – “Why NOT Investing in IT Can Cost You BIG”
HIGH PROFILE Twitter users like Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Joe Biden, and MORE have had their accounts hacked asking followers to send money to a blockchain address in exchange for a larger payback.
If you see a message like this, don’t fall for it – it’s a SCAM and they’ve already collected over $100k from it.
Read More about this – “Verified Twitter Accounts HACKED to promote Crypto Scam”
Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to steal data and make a buck at the expense of someone they’ve never met. They don’t care if they ruin someone’s life or destroy a business in the process. This is why it’s so important to stay up-to-date with the latest technology.
Read More about this – “How To Avoid Getting Hacked By Cybercriminals And Protect Everything You’ve Worked So Hard To Achieve”
There is one thing many small businesses do that puts them at risk for a cyber-attack. They take a reactive approach to IT security. They wait until something bad happens until they do anything.
Unfortunately, we live and work in a time when you can no longer be reactive to cyberthreats. Practically every small business is connected to the Internet and relies on a network to function. It’s the digital world we live in. We have to deal with hackers, data loss, equipment failure and everything else that goes with living in that digital world. Read More about this – “This Is The #1 Thing You Can Do To Prevent Cybercriminals From Hacking Your Network”
Spear phishing is a targeted form of phishing. Phishing, in turn, is a form of fraud involving a threat actor masquerading as a trusted entity with the aim of acquiring sensitive information from an unsuspecting victim. In the classic version of this attack, the target receives an email that seems to come from a reputable source, such as a major internet or technology company, and is urged to log in to the popular website of the alleged source, for which a URL is provided. Clicking on the URL directs the victim to a fake copy of the website in question. Any information the victim submits to that web page, such as login credentials or credit card information, is harvested by the attacker. Read More about this – “What is Spear Phishing?”
Why Is Onsite Backup Important
The primary advantage to a Local ONSITE backup server is SPEED. Today’s networks operate at gigabit speeds, which are lighting fast compared to the speed of your internet connection. As such, doing things such as bare-metal-restores or large file backups can be expedited by running over your local network vs. your internet connection.
Read More about this – “Why Use A Local Backup?”
A complete backup solution consists of two key components:
Local Backup – Server to restore files and data quickly in the event of server or hard disk failures
Read More about this – “What Is A Complete Backup Solution?”
In a matter of just a few short weeks, we have gone from living how we’ve always lived to changing just about everything we do. Schools are out for weeks if not months. Cruises have stopped sailing, and air transportation may be next. Bars and restaurants are closing, sporting events are nonexistent and so many people are now unemployed. If you watch the news or follow social media and see the number of infected keep rising, you can’t help but wonder when (or if) life will return to normal.
Read More about this – “5 Steps To Rise Above The Fear Of COVID-19 And Focus On Growing Your Business”
The world is slowing down during this COVID-19 pandemic. Wall Street is being hit hard. People are no longer going out. We’re told to quarantine or self-isolate and not engage in groups.
You can bet there’s one group that’s not slowing down at all. In fact, they’re probably working overtime while the rest of us have our lives turned upside down. Cybercriminals and hackers know there’s no better time to strike than during a global crisis. While you are distracted and spending your time trying to make sense of this new normal, they are finding new ways into your IT network so they can steal data and passwords, compromise your clients’ private information and even demand large ransoms.
Read More about this – “Cybercriminals Are Counting On You Letting Your Guard Down During This Global Pandemic – Here’s How To Stop Them”
As a business owner today, you are now facing unprecedented challenges to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic. You are asked to self-isolate and practice social distancing to “flatten the curve.” You are asked to allow your employees to work from home to reduce possible exposure and slow the spread of COVID-19.
These are all reasonable requests. However, as a business owner you also need to maximize productivity, bring in revenue and try to grow your business in these demanding times. How can you accomplish these goals when your office is now a ghost town and productivity has fallen off a cliff?
Read More about this – “How To Quickly Shift To A Work-From-Home Business Model To Maximize Productivity In Today’s Coronavirus Environment”
Hackers love to go after small businesses. There are many businesses to choose from, and many don’t invest in good IT security. Plus, many business owners and their employees have bad cyber security habits. They do things that increase their risk of a malware attack or a cyber-attack. Here are five bad habits that can lead to a hack and what you can do to reduce your risk.
1. Giving out your email Just about every website wants your email address. If you share it with a vendor or e-commerce site, it’s usually not a big deal (though it varies by site – some are more than happy to sell your email to advertisers). The point is that when you share your email, you have no idea where it will end up – including in the hands of hackers and scammers. The more often you share your email, the more you’re at risk and liable to start getting suspicious emails in your inbox.
Read More about this – “5 Signs You’re About To Get Hacked – And What You Can Do To Prevent It”
You might read the headline of this article and think, “That has to be an exaggeration.” Unfortunately, it’s not. Every single day, small businesses are targeted by cybercriminals. These criminals look for vulnerable victims, then attack.
This is the world we live in today. It’s one where cybercriminals regularly take advantage of small businesses. Why small businesses? They’re the favorite target of hackers, scammers and other cybercriminals because small businesses have a bad habit of NOT investing in cyber security.
Hackers have many methods they use to break into your network, steal data or put you in a position where you have to pay them money to get your data back. They use a combination of software and skill to make it happen. Here are three ways hackers and cybercriminals attack your network in an attempt to get what they want.
Read More about this – “Top 3 Ways Hackers Will Attack Your Network — And They Are Targeting You RIGHT NOW”
Jesse Itzler is a man of many talents. He spoke at a recent conference this past fall and brought a lot of great business insight with him. Itzler got his start as a rapper in the early ’90s. He worked with artists including Tone Lōc, wrote a song that made it to the Billboard Hot 100 (“Shake It Like A White Girl”) and wrote and sang the New York Knicks theme song, “Go NY Go.” He then went on to write the theme songs for over 50 other
professional sports teams.
But it turned out that as much as he loved the music business, it wasn’t his true passion. Itzler was an entrepreneur at heart. He had a lot of ideas he wanted to turn into reality. One of those ideas stemmed from his short music career. In 1996, he founded Alphabet City Sports Records with a friend. The business served pro sports teams and remixed songs for their use. In 1998, Itzler and his friend sold the company.
Read More about this – “Top Strategies I Learned To Fight Off Complacency And Get Out Of My Comfort Zone”
Most cybercriminals love their jobs. They get to put their hacking skills to the test. In fact, many of them “compete” against one another to see who can hack into a network the fastest or who can steal the most data. They don’t care who gets hurt along the way. And in most cases, it’s small-business owners who are getting hurt.
Cybercriminals will do anything to get what they want. Some want to create chaos. Some want to steal data. And others want to get straight to the money. These are the people who will hold your data hostage until you pay up. They install ransomware on your computers, and if you don’t pay, they
threaten to delete your data. This is one of the many reasons why backing up ALL of your data is so important!
Read More about this – “Cybercriminals Confess: The Top 4 Tricks And Sneaky Schemes They Use To Hack Your Computer Network”
Your IT services company is one quick phone call away. This is true of a lot of businesses that outsource their IT needs through an IT services provider.
While having an outsourced IT company on standby is great, a lot of the time they stay on standby. That is to say, they only get a phone call when something goes absolutely wrong – networks crash, hardware fails, data is stolen
or erased and so on.
This is a major mistake.
Your IT company is capable (and willing) to do so much more than react to a catastrophic failure. When you save the phone call for emergencies, you’re leaving a lot of expertise on the table. Your IT company can make a huge difference in the way your business operates day-to-day – and for the better!
Read More about this – “Don’t Let Your IT Company Make This One Mistake With Your Computer Network”
If You Depend On Your Computer Network To Run Your Business, This Is One Report You DON'T Want To Overlook!
This free report will explain in simple, non-technical terms what you need to look for when outsourcing your IT support, as well as cost-saving strategies, insider tips and16 revealing questions you MUST ask any computer consultant before giving him access to your computer network. If your current guy can't answer a confident"Yes" to all 16, it might be time to look for someone else.
Read More about this - "16 Critical Questions You MUST Ask Before Hiring Any IT Company"
2019, October – Employees Keeping Your Data Safe? … Don’t Count On It
In any business, big or small, employees can be your biggest IT threat, and they might not even realize it. Businesses already face countless cyberthreats, like data breaches, cyber-attacks, online viruses and malicious e -mails. But despite all these outside threats, the real problem can come from the inside.
One of the biggest threats to your business’s security is simply a lack of awareness on the part of your employees. It comes down to this: your employees just aren’t aware of current threats or how to safely navigate emails and the web. They might not be aware when they connect to an unsecured WiFi network or if they’re using a firewall. They may be haphazard in all things IT. There are a lot of variables.
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2019, September – Cybercriminals Are Plotting To Hack Your Network RIGHT NOW…And What You Can Do To Prevent It
Did you know that small businesses are more likely to be targeted by cybercriminals than any other business or organization? It’s true! While we hear about major breaches on the news, we don’t get to hear the stories of the businesses that struggle with hacking attempts and cyber-attacks.
Hackers love to go after small businesses for one very big reason: small businesses are less likely to invest in top-notch (or even worthwhile) cyber security. Hackers love this vulnerability.
According to the Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report, 43% of cyber-attacks hit small businesses. The reason comes down to many factors, but there are two in particular that hackers really dig into when going after targets: lack of resources and lack of knowledge. Of course, there’s more to this story, as hackers also look at a business’s customer base and the type of data the business shares online.
A lot of small businesses are also relying more on the cloud (and this is the trend moving forward), but then they do little to keep their line of communication with the cloud storage, or just the cloud storage itself, secure. According to Symantec, a lot of businesses that rely on the cloud also fail to rely on strong encryption software. They just share their data to the cloud and let that be that.
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2019, August – Newsletter – 4 BIG Mistakes You’re Making By Being Cheap
Technology is more affordable and accessible than it’s ever been. Whatever you need is only a few clicks away, whether it’s a product or a service.
But there are still many small businesses that cheap out on their technology and IT solutions. They just don’t want to commit to quality hardware, software, security or backups – the list goes on. They go for the cheapest solutions, which often means they spend nothing at all. They don’t commit to reliable security or current software. They’re setting themselves, and their customers, up for disaster.
The question is, are you setting your own business up for disaster? Here are four HUGE mistakes you should do everything to avoid.
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2019, July – Newsletter – Top Ways To Protect Your Business From The #1 Security Threat You Face
Today, cybercrime is more than a potential threat facing your business. It’s an unavoidable force of nature.
“It’s just like preparing for hurricanes, earthquakes or any type of natural or manmade disaster that could create business continuity issues,” says Theresa Payton, the Fortalice Solutions CEO and former White House CIO, in an interview with Cybercrime Magazine. “[It’s the] same thing with a digital cyber-event.” For many of us, it’s easy to imagine these kinds of things happening to “the other guy” and not us. The problem is that cybercriminals go after everyone. They cast a wide net because that gets results.
In fact, according to Roger A. Grimes, 11year principal security architect for Microsoft and cybersecurity columnist and speaker, “Eventually every company is hacked.” After decades consulting for many businesses, he’s come to the conclusion that “every company is completely and utterly owned by a nefarious hacker or easily could be.”
Owners of small and mid-size businesses might imagine that – lucky us! – we don’t have enough cash to justify some faceless hacker’s effort. We’d be wrong. The reality is around half of the cyber-attacks go after small businesses. These don’t really get reported by the media. They’re not as flashy as a cyber-attack against a big bank or retailer. But it’s the attacks against small businesses that do the most damage. One 2016 study found that 60% of small businesses hit with a cyber-attack closed within six months.
Thankfully, it’s not all bad news. While some business owners have no clue what cybersecurity they have in place, others are looking for ways to shore up their
Top Ways To Protect Your Business From this security threat…
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2019, June – Newsletter – Top 3 Strategies I Learned From Peyton Manning To Improve Leadership And Grow My Business
Peyton Manning knows a thing or two about success. As one of the most legendary quarterbacks in the history of football, he’s reached heights few of us can ever hope to match, regardless of our field. When looking at a career as storied as Manning’s, it’s tempting to attribute his dominance to sheer innate talent and maybe some kind of preternatural work ethic. Certainly, if you ask him, he’ll tell you that these two are essential ingredients to any kind of outsized success. But there’s a third factor that we tend to overlook from the sidelines, one that has tremendous implications for our roles as business leaders: the influence of those who coach us along the way.
Speaking at a recent conference I attended, Manning said something that really stuck with me. “I think you always need to be coached,” he said. “Whatever level of success anyone in this room has
reached, someone’s gonna hit a plateau. We need a coach to unlock our full potential.”
No matter where we’re at in our work and lives, it’s vital that we seek out folks to keep us accountable and moving forward. Luckily, I found Manning himself to be an invaluable resource in that regard. While he’s not about to sit down with me one-on-one, he definitely left us with a few key lessons we could all benefit from. e Windows 7 will continue to work after January 14, you may wonder why you can’t just stick it out and keep using the platform. The answer is you can – but you absolutely shouldn’t. In fact, the risks and problems this decision would pose to your business make an upgrade less of a decision and more of an eventuality…
Top 3 Strategies…
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2019, May – Newsletter – 4 Deadly Mistakes You’re Making With IT Security
If you’re one of the estimated 40%+ of businesses still on the outdated Windows 7 platform, consider this your wake-up call: time is nearly up for your trusty, tried-and-true operating system. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end support for Windows 7. That means no more updates, security or otherwise, will be offered by the company from that date forward.
The clock’s been ticking on Windows 7 ever since Microsoft ended mainstream support back in 2015, and its time will soon be up. While it’s important to note that Windows 7 will still technically be usable after next January, this upcoming shift will spell trouble for users who’ve stuck it out to the platform’s bitter end. Not only will Windows 7 become progressively more unstable as modern hardware outpaces the software, but cybercriminals are certain to flock to the operating system after support shuts down, eager to pick off easy targets left vulnerable by the lack of ongoing security updates.
If you’re running a business, this is a risk you can’t afford. It’s time to contact your IT provider and make preparations to upgrade, preferably well in advance of the January 14 deadline. Whether you’re planning on seamlessly transitioning to Windows 10 or moving on to an alternative operating system, this is a task that needs to be at the top of your list.
Don’t Leave Yourself Vulnerable
Since Windows 7 will continue to work after January 14, you may wonder why you can’t just stick it out and keep using the platform. The answer is you can – but you absolutely shouldn’t. In fact, the risks and problems this decision would pose to your business make an upgrade less of a decision and more of an eventuality…
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2019, April – Newsletter – 4 Deadly Mistakes You’re Making With IT Security
For something so instrumental to the success of your business, technology can be an incredibly unstable, confusing and everchanging tool. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on the latest cyber security trend, hackers find a way to circumvent the process completely. A new patch arrives for an essential piece of software, and the next day, another patch is required to repair the vulnerabilities the previous patch created. It can seem impossible to stay on top of the constant technological arms race, much less stay relevant amid the exponentially increasing pace.
Today, more and more businesses are switching over to a managed services model for their IT needs. A managed services provider is a company that partners with businesses to proactively manage their networks inside and out. With MSPs, you get a full team of professionals who become intimately acquainted with the entirety of your IT structure, not only ensuring that problems are fixed long before they hit your bottom line but offering recommendations and tweaks to optimize processes and save time, money and headaches down the line.
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Get Double The Work Out Of Your Employees While Slashing Overhead Costs, Padding Your Bottom Line And Securing Incredible Loyalty From Your Staff
Sound too good to be true? I assure you it’s not…
There is a fast-growing trend among small and medium businesses that is drastically increasing productivity, cutting costs, and driving more profit to the bottom line. Is it a new management style or marketing trend?
No – it’s telecommuting, which is a $5 word for allowing your staff to work from home or while on the road.
Sure, it doesn’t sound very sexy when you first hear it, but when you see the bottom line impact it has on profits and productivity and talk to business owners who rave about how much money it’s saving them, you’ll start to see what all the excitement is about.
What Is Telecommuting And How Is It Going To Help My Business?
Telecommuting is a fancy word for allowing employees to work from home, in remote offices, or while on the road. While this is not a new concept, recent advancements in remote access technology and security have made it very affordable and easy for even micro business owners.
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MYDWARE IT Solutions Inc. has built a world class phone system which we’ve partitioned into individual “pbx nodes” which are completely private and separate from all other customers on the system. This is similar to how phone lines work with a traditional telephone carrier.
A traditional analog carrier provides phone lines from a central system into your office, you then plug your traditional phone equipment into that connection. With our Hosted PBX, the entire system is housed in our secure data-center instead of in your office. Your only equipment in your office is the actual phones. Another key difference is that we provide your service over your internet connection vs a traditional copper line connection to your building. To connect to your hosted PBX your IP phone plugs into your modem or router which is connected to your high speed internet connection.
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Traditional on premise analog systems are currently losing a lot of ground to Hosted Solutions because businesses today can get a full hosted solution for a fraction of the cost of a traditional analog system. Not only is there substantial cost savings, but hosted solutions generally offer a wealth of features never offered or not even possible with traditional systems.
Here we will review some of the positives and negatives of traditional and a hosted system.
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2019, March – Newsletter – Prevent Business Network Hackers
No matter how professional they are, members of your team – yourself included – are going to make mistakes. It’s true of every organization on earth. They’ll spill scalding coffee into the company copier. They’ll work overtime until the office is empty, then head home without thinking to arm the security system. They’ll neglect key accounts, muck up workflows and waste hours developing convoluted solutions to simple problems. And, worst of all, they may unknowingly bumble into the cyber-attack that forces your business to go belly up for good.
In the majority of cases, that will be by design. There’s a saying in the cyber security industry, coined by renowned cryptographer Bruce Schneier: “Only amateurs attack machines; professionals target people.” When it comes to repeating the same process safely and autonomously, machines are less fallible than the average person sitting at a desk. Savvy hackers looking to boost funds from unsuspecting small businesses know this. So instead of developing a complex program that dances around the security measures baked into sophisticated modern technology, they target the hapless folks on the other side of the screen.
The strategy works disturbingly well. According to IBM’s 2018 X-Force Threat Intelligence Index, more than two-thirds of company records compromised in 2017 were due to what they call “inadvertent insiders” – employees who left the front door wide open for the bad guys without even realizing it. Negligence, lack of awareness and sheer bad luck put the best-laid plans to shame on both sides.
But how does it happen? There are three primary causes of employee-related breaches, each of them contributing to a sizable portion of hacks across the country.
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2019, February – Newsletter
People never think it’ll happen to them. Sure, they see the reports – 50 million-plus bundles of user data compromised by a Facebook breach; the billing information of more than 2 million T-Mobile users hacked by a mysterious malicious entity – but companies like those are massive, monolithic entities in North American commerce. They’re decidedly big fish, not like you and your small business. According to a recent JLT-Harvard Business Analytic Services survey, more than half of small business owners remain locked into this line of magical thinking, blissfully unaware of the threat cyber crime poses to the health of their organization.
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2019, January – Newsletter
Robert Herjavec was born poor in former Yugoslavia in the midst of a widespread communist reform that left little room for dissidents. He might have stayed there forever except for the fact that his father was one of these dissidents – and a vocal one at that. So much so, in fact, that he was thrown into jail 22 times for speaking out against the government. After the final time, Herjavec’s father gathered his things, his children and his wife and crossed the border into Italy. From there, he got on a boat and, like millions of immigrants just like him, made his way across the Atlantic Ocean to Canada.
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If you use Google for searching the web, you’re going to love these 10 features, available to everyone that you probably didn’t know about. The best way to find these is to simply search for the item in Google.
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2018, December – Newsletter
Somehow, 2019 is already almost upon us. In preparation for the New Year, business owners across the country are taking a close look at their finances, scratching their heads as they inspect their budgets, line by line, to cut everything that isn’t absolutely necessary and searching for new investments that will boost their bottom line. In the midst of all this, it’s vital that leaders take a long, hard look at their technology budgets. Chances are those budgets are a far cry from where they should be.
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As your business data grows and diversifies, protecting and recovering it after a disaster scenario becomes increasingly challenging. Increasing threats pertaining to customer data appear every day, so the best way to protect your data from Ransomware viruses, theft, and other unexpected disasters is to securely store an encrypted copy of your data offsite with a leading cloud backup provider such as MYDWARE.
Read More about this – “How Does Cloud Backup Work?”
New and innovative technologies not only present powerful opportunities for businesses, but they also present challenges. The continuously changing pace of IT infrastructure is extraordinary. IT departments can no longer standardize on a few computer models or single operating systems.
Read More about this – “What is a Managed Service Provider (MSP)?”
It might be time for your business to upgrade its phone system. Hosted PBX services allow small businesses to forgo the costly phone system to a more economical business phone system. It can be very beneficial for small businesses because it allows for a cheaper yet competitive, phone system that can help your business grow.
Read More about this – “What Is Hosted PBX?”
With rapidly evolving technologies and advancements in IT, small and medium businesses (SMB’s) have now realised the importance of working with a managed service provider to keep their businesses protected and in-line with the ever evolving world of technology.
Read More about this – “What Can a Managed Service Provider Do For Small and Medium Businesses (SMB’s)?”
Small and medium-sized businesses often lack the capability and means to manage an in-house IT department. However, Information technology is essential for all types of businesses whether small or large.
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