Minimize the Cost of Small Business Data Breaches with Proactive Security

Last year, Marriott, Facebook, Capitol One and the Russian government all made headline news with devastating data breaches. However, between 43 and 60 percent of all cyber-attacks in 2019 actually targeted small to medium businesses (SMBs). And the cost of small business data breaches goes far beyond the immediate damages. Small businesses make an attractive target for cyber criminals for two reasons. First, SMBs often lack sufficient security, leaving them vulnerable to attack. Second, criminals see small businesses as a back door to the more lucrative large enterprises. Think of the Target attack several years ago, in which hackers gained…

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Voice Cloning Elevates Security Threats to the Next Level

Last year, scammers convinced a director at a British company to send them $240,000. Using voice cloning, they impersonated a senior executive at the company, instructing the director to wire the sum to a secret account. Recognizing his boss’s voice, he complied, only becoming suspicious when the thieves called a second time. While this may represent one of the first artificial intelligence (AI) heists on record, it will hardly be the last. Consider the possibilities. If bad actors use voice cloning technology to steal money from businesses, they can easily sabotage political elections or impersonate family members. Dangers of Increasingly…

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Remote Collaboration: Connecting Teams When Circumstances Force Work-at-Home

From winter blizzards to international travel advisories and global health concerns, sometimes powers beyond our control force remote solutions. When team members cannot gather in person, technology comes to the rescue. Now, more than ever, solutions such as Microsoft Teams prove essential in maintaining productivity through remote collaboration. Coronavirus Provides Preparedness Motivation Current global fears about coronavirus (COVID-19) have set stock markets reeling and prompted widespread panic. In the office, an employee with a persistent cough prompts worry among coworkers. Parents find themselves unexpectedly working at home when schools or daycares close. And employees cancel work trips to high risk…

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Focusing on the Future of Authentication

Weak and stolen passwords result in data breaches that cost businesses millions of dollars each year. Biometrics and multi-factor authentication (MFA) offer a stronger solution. And yet, hackers can still spoof fingerprints and voices. Take a look at the future of authentication and determine what options make the most sense for your organization. Most experts agree that MFA provides a more secure environment for valuable data assets. With MFA, organizations require at least two verification methods to establish identity, instead of relying on passwords alone. For instance, authentication could include a password in conjunction with a fingerprint or verification text….

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Life Beyond Passwords: Biometrics and the Future of User Verification

Kingdoms once protected vast treasures of gold and jewels with secret vaults and well-armed guards. Now, computer networks and even mobile devices grant access to our most valuable assets. As cyber risks evolve, businesses and individuals must also evolve beyond passwords to more sophisticated authentication methods. The obvious next step beyond passwords involves biometrics as part of a multi-factor authentication (MFA) process. For instance, anyone who purchased a new cellphone in the last couple of years has likely used facial recognition to access the phone and various apps. Biometrics offers quick access with a relatively high degree of security. And…

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Secure Your Business with Strong Passwords and Multi-factor Authentication

In the 1983 movie WarGames, Matthew Broderick’s character hacks into a powerful military supercomputer by correctly guessing a single password. Computers, hackers and cyber security have come a long way since the WarGames days. Now, savvy organizations use a combination of strong passwords and multi-factor authentication to secure sensitive data and processes. Password Evolution Think of your early passwords. Perhaps you used a pet’s name or your last name, followed by the month and year of your birth. (Perhaps you still use those passwords. If you do, change them. Now.) Then, experts told users to add a mix of uppercase…

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Emotet Phishing Scam Targets Financial Institutions with Malicious Fake Invoices

Widespread malware evolves, spreading rapidly in the US and UK We’ve written a lot about phishing and spear phishing in this space, but a new series of phishing scam attacks targeting banks and financial institutions in the US and the UK deserves your renewed attention. They are not only destructive but also leave doors open for future attacks. Emotet Trojan Powers Phishing Scams A banking trojan called Emotet has recently evolved into a botnet. It enables enterprising cyber criminals to profit from lending its powerful capabilities to others who seek to spread their own malware to unsuspecting victims. Last year,…

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Close the Door to Hackers by Purging Weak Passwords

Marriott, Target, Home Depot and others have made headlines in recent years for data breaches that affected millions of customers. But did you know that 43 percent of breaches hit small businesses? Limited resources and lack of expertise often leave security gaps in smaller organizations, compounded by weak passwords and other risky practices. For instance, in the Target attack, hackers stole credentials from a much smaller company in the retailer’s supply chain. They then used the stolen credentials to access Target’s network. Sadly, similar scenarios play out over and over again. And users make the job much easier for criminals…

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Law Firm Mobile Security Best Practices

Like most businesses, law firms have seen an increased mobile workforce in recent years. Mobile access increases employees’ ability to communicate with clients and coworkers quickly, as well as access documents on the run. But it also raises security concerns. Incorporate law firm mobile security best practices to protect sensitive business and client data. 1. Employ Mobile Device Management (MDM) The industry offers a host of MDM options to help your law firm get a handle on mobile security. Choose an MDM system that allows you to specify which devices can access the network, as well as what applications they…

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Stop Abbreviating 2020 and Essential Tech Tips for the New Year

While you work on those resolutions to eat right and exercise, make a few resolutions for your business, as well. A fresh year presents the perfect opportunity to tighten security and run some much-needed maintenance. Protect your business with these basic tech tips for the new year. 1. Stop Abbreviating 2020 Commit now to writing out all four digits of the year. Writing “20” instead of “2020” leaves the door open for fraudsters. For example, suppose you sign a credit contract with the date 1/27/20. A bad actor could change the date to 1/27/2019 and attempt to collect an additional…

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