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Families Are Targets, Too: 5 Home Cybersecurity Tips

It's not just big businesses that are at risk of being hacked or cyber-attacked.

It may seem scary to let your kids–or yourself–go online after you hear that, but don't throw all the computers away and live off-the-grid just yet. Try implementing these five cybersecurity practices in your home to give your family some peace-of-mind online:

1. Create strong passwords

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Scam Alert – Cyber Monday

Scam Alert - Cyber Monday is coming and scammers will take advantage!

Savvy criminals are getting ready to celebrate the holiday season just like we are. The difference is they plan to fund their holiday with your bank account. Hackers go into scam-overdrive mode during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.<...

Alert: Bad Rabbit Ransomware

What we know so far...

Looks like there's a new kid on the block in Ransomware today that is creating havoc for a number of organizations in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and Turkey. Sources have confirmed that several media sites in Russia as well as Kiev Metro and Odessa airports have been hit with what is being called the Bad Rabbit ransomware. No confirmed hits in the US as...

Scam Alert

Scam Alert - Bad guys are exploiting the Hurricane Harvey disaster. You may see messages on social media or, you may even receive an email asking you to donate to #HurricaneHarvey. Scammers are sending fake links, designed to take your money and prevent it from getting to those who really need it.

Follow these tips to stay safe:

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Scam of the Week – June 20, 2017

Voter data on 198 million (yes that's million) US citizens was improperly stored and freely available for 12 days on the Internet. There has never been a data breach this big. The information includes: birthdates, home addresses, telephone numbers, political views, suspected religious affiliations, ethnicities, where they stood on topics like gun control, and the right to abortion and stem cel...

Scam of the Week – June 5, 2017

Here is a reminder that you need to be alert for fake emails that look like they come from your local police or State Dept of Motor Vehicles (DMV) claiming you have a traffic violation. At the moment, there is a local scam in New York that falsely states you have outstanding violations you need to either pay for or refute, and if you don't your license will be revoked. This scam may spread t...

Hotel Hacked in Austria – Third Time is a Charm?

Written By: Jeff Eckley, Security Account Manager Once, twice, three times…...no not the song, unfortunately. Three is the number of times a hotel in Turrach, Austria was hit by hackers. The cyber criminals left a backdoor on the hotel network exposed, allowing them to hold the hotel hostage with ransomware at any time. The hackers had total control of the reservation systems, all ho...

Pros and Cons of SSL Encryption

People familiar with Hypertext Transfer Protocol Security (HTTPS) know it protects online activities and communications by applying Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption to web traffic. This is a benefit to organizations that need to shield private data from exposure. And what organization doesn’t? But SSL encryption is also a double-edged sword, because bad act...

Quick Guide To Mobile Device Security Risks & Best Practices

Most people are never far away from a tablet, smartphone or both. In fact, according to a Bank of America survey, more people reach for their phone first thing in the morning than a toothbrush or cup of coffee. Yet our attachment to our phones brings new risks. With the advent of BYOD in the workplace, businesses must face the fact that their corporate data could be compromised. Every mobi...

Top 5 Cybersecurity Predictions for 2017

It's no secret that 2016 was a rough year in terms of cybersecurity attacks. We saw big name breaches at the IRS, Verizon, the DNC, LinkedIn, and who could forget- Yahoo! But while those breaches are top-of-mind and easy to remember, it’s important to also remember the impact hackers had on small businesses this year. Retail shops, medical offices, and financial...

Balancing Security and Performance in the IoT Era

In 2016, Business Insider Intelligence predicted there will be 34 billion connected devices, up from 10 billion in 2015. This latest prediction nearly doubles Gartner’s 20 billion connected devices prediction, but it doesn’t come close to other projections. In any case, Gartner reports that more than 5.5 million things get connected every day. With all these “things” competing for b...

Four Tips For Creating a Strong Security Culture

Brazen cyber attacks by organized crime rings and political groups against high-profile retail giants, powerful government agencies and energy facilities make news. But you may be surprised to know that the biggest risks to the cybersecurity of most businesses isn't the deliberate, malicious acts of outsiders; but rather the benign, every-day behaviors of employees. Social media, BYOD, re...

The One Thing All Secure Networks Should Have in Common

Written By: Jeff Murphy, Security Engineer The days of dividing your firewall up into three primary zones, inside, outside and DMZ are fast coming to an end. Security standards such as PCI-DSS, HIPAA, NIST and a host of others all suggest the use of segmentation in order to protect critical systems. But what’s the best way to design that segmentation? What goes where and who gets to ta...

Privileged Accounts: Catch-22 for Network Security

Written By: Rob Frickel, Director of Engineering Privileged accounts represent one of the largest vulnerabilities an organization faces today in network security. It doesn’t matter if the accounts are compromised by an external attacker or a malicious insider. If privileged accounts are in the hands of an adversary it is a very real and scary threat. These accounts have the ability to tak...

IRS: Hacked to the Third Power

Written By: Derrick Masters, Security Engineer

IRS Breach Update

In May 2015 the IRS announced that they had been breached and that only about 100,000 people had been affected. A couple of months later, they said “wait…wait…Maybe that number was higher…to about 334,000.” Now, here we are several months later and the IRS is saying “Just kidding! It was actually 724,000....