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  1. Have (or Want) Federal Contracts?  What You Need to Know About DFARS 252.204-7012/NIST 800-171

    You’ve probably heard about the recent SolarWinds hack, which exposed a tremendous amount of government and corporate data to Russian hackers.  While the scale was shocking, the hack itself was not. Foreign countries are constantly looking for sensitive US government information, especially defense-related information – and private contractors are a major source of that information….

  2. Bypassing Authentication, New Extortion Techniques, and the Perils of Default Passwords

    So far, 2021 is starting much like 2020 ended in the world of cybersecurity – new techniques are constantly being devised by cybercriminals to earn higher payouts than ever.  Here are two new techniques – and one very old one – to ring in the new year. Hackers Bypassing Multi-Factor Authentication   It turns out…

  3. Web Browser Extensions, WordPress Exploit, and The Unceremonious End of Adobe Flash

    We hope you and your employees have a happy and safe Christmas holiday this year!  With your help, your network can stay safe too – take care to avoid these malware schemes, which are circulating during the last two weeks of 2020.   Web Browser Add-ons Are a Growing Source of Malware While most people…

  4. Keeping Your Network Safe from Accidental Infection

    One of the lessons of 2020 is that you can’t take things for granted. Among the most painful things that we’ve temporarily lost is the ability to trust those closest to us.  It’s not that friends, family and co-workers want to hurt us – they don’t even know that they can.  Most COVID transmissions happen…

  5. How Much Bandwidth Does Your Business Need?

    Whether you’re moving to a new office, your contract is up or your business is growing, determining how much bandwidth you need is more stressful than it should be.  Overshoot, and you could be stuck in a contract overpaying for years.  Go with too little, and you could be revising your contract long before you’d…

  6. Faster Hackers, New Security Processors, and Yet Another Fake M365 Login Form

    We’re all looking for presents online right now, but the bad guys are looking for presence on your network. Here’s what’s happening in the world of cybersecurity in early December.  Ransomware gangs are getting faster at encrypting networks. That will make them harder to stop. Years ago, when cyberthieves gained access to your network, they…

  7. Privilege is Perilous on Your Business IT Network

    When you’re hurriedly trying to find information on your network or install software on a PC, one thing you don’t want to see is “Access is Denied.”  Why wouldn’t an owner, CEO, or senior executive’s credentials have access to everything on your organization’s network? The Principle of Least Privilege It all comes down to privilege. …

  8. Listening In on a Private Videoconference (and other new cybersecurity threats. )

    While many of us are gearing up for a (smaller than usual) Thanksgiving celebration, hackers are still targeting emails, passwords and even videoconferencing.  Here’s what’s happening right now in the world of cybersecurity. Beware of “Site Notifications” – It seems like more and more sites (especially news sites) are presenting readers with a pop-up window…

  9. Three Questions for Your Line-of-Business Software Provider

    If you run a business, there’s a good chance that you are using a line-of-business (LOB) application – software built specifically for businesses in your industry to get things done.  If you’re in a big industry, it’s probably made by a billion-dollar software company.  If there are only a few thousand companies like yours in…

  10. How Do You Know If an Email is Fraudulent?

    There are some very convincing email phishing attacks out there.  We’ve talked about several of them – the one that pretended to be a cybersecurity training update, the one that uses a real Microsoft login prompt, and one that uses Google Forms to copy your bank login page are just a few of the best…