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  1. Where Is Your Company Data: COVID Edition

    We’ve written before about the perils of data sprawl.  Even in normal times, no single person at most companies can list all of the places where sensitive company data lives.  Not only does this make it far more likely that your data will find its way into the wrong hands, it also makes it difficult…

  2. How SaaS Bolsters Security

    It would be an understatement to say the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model has become the dominant one in the software industry.  This model (where you pay monthly or yearly for software instead of buying the license outright) is now being used primarily or exclusively by each of the Top 10 software companies in the world. While…

  3. Cybercriminals Getting Rich Off of COVID-19

    The economic shutdown has led to millions of employees losing their jobs or receiving fewer working hours from their employers.  Employees who can do their jobs from home, however, are working more hours than they were before the shutdown. Unfortunately, that includes cybercriminals. Security sources in multiple industries are reporting a surge of phishing, hacking…

  4. Those Facebook Quizzes Can Wipe Out Your Bank Account

    Have you ever been browsing Facebook and seen a quiz encouraging you to answer seemingly innocuous personal questions? Some people also create threads on Facebook or Twitter asking people to answer these questions or quizzes “for fun”: “Who was your first-grade teacher, and how did he or she impact your life?”   “Quiz: How popular is…

  5. Important Technology Security Considerations for Employees Working from Home

    Whether you call it teleworking or remote work or work from home, more businesses than ever before are having to turn to it during the COVID-19 crisis.  Unfortunately, many of those businesses were unprepared to make a quick transition to that way of work and are leaving themselves open to potential security risks.  Your business…

  6. Windows 7 is End-of-Life. What Does That Mean?

    It’s been all over the news this week that Windows 7 officially reached “end-of-life” on Tuesday.  Of course, that doesn’t mean your computer isn’t going to turn on today if you’re running Windows 7.  It also doesn’t mean that Microsoft stopped selling Windows 7 this week. They stopped selling retail copies of Windows 7 way…

  7. Antique Passwords Are Very Expensive

    Password policies can be frustrating for you and your employees, and many companies do a poor job explaining why they should be in place.  Here’s how they help your business stay safe from security threats. The One Key to Rule Them All Sometimes people need to provide a spare house key to someone so that…

  8. 3 Cloud Services Claims You Need to Investigate Further

    Clearly, moving applications and data to the cloud is popular right now.  You don’t have to look any further than cloud providers’ financial results: Microsoft reported that quarterly revenue from its Azure cloud was up 73% year over year.  Amazon’s annual run rate is over $30 billion, up from $7 billion in 2015. Anyone providing…

  9. Responding to a Cyberattack

    Five years ago, cyberattacks were mostly targeted at large companies, where the huge payout was worth the effort.  This is no longer true; between 60 and 70 percent of small and mid-sized businesses face cyberattacks each year.  As ransomware becomes more pervasive and phishing emails become less obviously fake, the effort required to execute a…

  10. What Cyber Threats Do Small and Midsize Businesses Really Face?

    For several years now, there have plenty of scary headlines out there referencing billions in losses due to ransomware.  But are those losses real or estimated?  How is ransomware being defined?  And why do these stories always seem to be pushed by someone selling cybersecurity software? Insurance provider NAS has released top-level data from their…