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3 Ways to Protect Your Staff from Spoofed Email 0

3 Ways to Protect Your Staff from Spoofed Email

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Blog, Email, Security

As emailing continues to become a predominate part of our everyday business activities, cyber security is more crucial than ever. The wonders of technology and the Internet provide businesses with a platform to coordinate internally, connect with clients, manage inventory, and much more. At the same time, this instant access to a number of sensitive materials such as credit card information, client data, and confidential business data becomes a point of vulnerability.   From viruses and hackers to phishing scams and spoofed emails, it is imperative that every business employs certain measures to guard against cyber attacks and patch vulnerabilities wherever possible. Here are three ways to protect your staff from spoofed emails.   Education   The Internet is ever-present and it is tightly woven through every business operation these days, from the executive level to the administrative support staff. Unless you have rigorous access policies in place, it is likely every employee and perhaps even contractors, interns, and other related partners have access to sensitive data. With this in mind, it’s alarming how little education or training there is regarding cyber security for most organizations. According to PWC, nearly half of all businesses (47%) have no security awareness or training programs in place. Basic concepts such as password...

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The Perils of a Computer Hack: Don’t Let It Bring You Down 0

The Perils of a Computer Hack: Don’t Let It Bring You Down

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Blog, Security

It’s common place to have trust in the ability of technology to make your business run smoothly. Your employees rely on desktops, laptops, and smartphones to communicate with clients and colleagues. Accessibility and collaboration are priorities, but these imperatives must be balanced with the need for security. After all, the modern office and BYOD (bring your own device) environment leaves a window of opportunity for malicious computer attacks. It’s essential to implement security measures to ward against an attack and to have a plan in place should an attack ever happen. Here are a few tips to follow if your business should suffer a hack:   What Can Happen When Your Computer Gets Hacked?   From malware to phishing scams and brute force hacks – there’s so many outlets through which hackers can use and abuse technology to get access to your information. A hack can affect your ability to do business, undermine your reputation, cost you money, and even become a legal issue if privacy laws and compliance regulations are violated.   Often, many people and organizations don’t even realize they’ve been hacked until it’s too late. So always keep an eye out for compromised emails or credit cards, newly installed programs, unwanted browser searches, and those pesky...

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A Guide to Understanding Man in the Middle Attacks

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Blog, Security

Recently there was an OpenSSL Security Advisory explaining how attackers were using Man in the Middle techniques to decrypt and modify traffic between clients and their servers. This advisory, which is definitely helpful for those clients who are tech savvy or have a technology expert (or experts!) who can explain it to them, advises of the necessary upgrades clients must perform in order to make sure they are protected from these potential threats. Now that advisory is great for a technology officer, but what about those regular, every day Joes who might have never heard of Man-in-the-Middle attacks and want to know more about what that means? At Intega IT, we strive to make technology simple for our clients and in keeping with this promise, we’ve compiled all you need to know about Man-in-the-Middle and how to protect your business. Should you have more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us! What is a Man-in-the-Middle Attack (MITM)? A MITM attack is a type of cyber-attack where a third party implants him/herself into the conversation between two unknowing parties. From this vantage point, the third party is able to gain access to information that the two unknowing parties are trying to share with each other. This type of attack allows the...

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SMB Security: Why Vulnerabilities Will Limit Sales

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Blog, Security

Lately it seems almost impossible to read the news without being bombarded with reports about yet another security breach which has affected a large organization or business. And yet, with all of these warning signs, many SMBs are taking a “it doesn’t affect me” approach to their own business’ security. Unfortunately what many SMBs don’t realize is that their security vulnerabilities are often the welcome mat these hackers need to infiltrate the larger organizations that they partner with as vendors, suppliers or service providers. They may be unaware that this makes them a prime target for hackers. Worse yet, this may be costing them new business opportunities. Cyber criminals Target Companies with 250 or Fewer Employees In 2012, Symantec research confirmed that cyber criminals are increasingly targeting smaller businesses with 250 or fewer employees. Attacks aimed at this demographic practically doubled from the previous year. This news has made larger enterprises particularly careful about whom they do business with. This means that any SMB targeting high-end B2B clientele, or those seeking partnerships with large public or government entities, must be prepared to accurately answer questions pertaining to their own security protocols. This requires an honest assessment of the processes taken to limit security risks. So what can an SMB do...

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5 Ways SMBs Can Save Money on Security

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Blog, Security

Source: blog.mosierdata.com With the recent Canada Revenue Agency data breach, it is no surprise that security is a hot topic of discussion and concern for many business owners. Although small-to-medium sized businesses and large enterprises may seem worlds apart, they actually face many of the same cyber-security threats. In fact, in recent years, cyber-criminals have increasingly targeted SMBs. This is because it’s widely known that SMBs have a smaller budget, and less in-house expertise to devote to protection. At Intega IT, it is our goal to ensure peace of mind for all business owners, regardless of the size of their business. In this article we will discuss several things SMBs can do today to get more from even the most limited security budget and, no, we aren’t talking about cutting corners. Far too often, SMBs cut the wrong corners and it ends up costing them more money in the long run. It’s a matter of taking a smarter approach to security. 5 Ways to Save on Security 1. Prioritize – Every business has specific areas or assets critical to its core operations. Seek the input of valued staff and team members to determine what these are. Is there certain data that would be catastrophic if it was lost or...

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What is Ransomware and Why Should You Care?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Blog, Security

According to Symantec’s director of security response, Kevin Haley, 2013 was a “phenomenal” year for hacking. Among the 2013 statistics, Symantec reported that there were more than 552 million identity breaches, which was a substantial jump from 93 million the year before. It also saw a 600 percent explosion in the hacking technique known as “Ransomware”. In this article we will discuss the topic of Ransomware and how users can protect themselves from online threats and hackers. What is Ransomware? Ransomware is malware (malicious software) that hackers will install on your PC without your consent. This enables them to lock your PC remotely and then communicate with you via pop ups that you can’t access your PC until you pay them. How is Ransomware installed? – Opening malicious attachments in email messages – Clicking on malicious links in email messages – Malicious instant messages – Clicking on malicious links on suspicious website How can I avoid Ransomware attacks? – Keep software on your computer up to date. It is important to make sure automatic updating is turned on your PC so you can ensure you are receiving all the latest security updates. – Keep your firewall turned on. – If you receive an email from an unknown person (spam),...

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