Your Manufacturing Company May be a Prime Target for Cybercrime

Whether you produce automobiles or textiles, as a manufacturing company, your primary focus is output. You’re committed to ensuring the quality of your product, while increasing the efficiency of your process. However, you may want to turn your attention away from what’s leaving your company and take a look at what could be coming in. Manufacturing has recently jumped to number two on the list of industries most vulnerable to cyber attack, ranked just one notch below the notoriously at-risk healthcare industry. We uncover the security flaws behind manufacturing’s dramatic leap towards the top of the list, before telling you…

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The Game of Thrones Hack: What it Means For You and Your Business

Every Sunday, millions of people tune in to watch the characters on the HBO series Game of Thrones face an evolving series of threats. From poisonings and beheadings, to epic sword fights and naval battles, it seems like we’ve seen it all. Well, now HBO is dealing with serious threat of its own—and no, we’re not talking about dragon fire. The premium network suffered what appears to be a major cyber attack, with hackers threatening to leak over 1.5 terabytes of data (according to Mashable, that’s the equivalent of 303 pirated seasons of Game of Thrones). HBO isn’t the first entertainment…

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Boost Sales, Track Customers with High-Tech Guest Wi-Fi

In October 2016, WatchGuard, a leader in advanced network security solutions, introduced Wi-Fi Cloud. This exciting new guest Wi-Fi offering combines automated threat protection with engagement and analytics tools, boosting digital marketing capabilities for small to mid-size businesses. A recent study by the Yankee Group showed that 96% of survey respondents preferred businesses that provide free wi-fi. Customers who use the wi-fi tend to stay longer and even spend more. With the addition of sophisticated analytics, businesses can engage consumers with targeted marketing both during and after the in-store experience. Understand Behavior For example, the customer entering a boutique and…

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3 Essential Digital Security Tips for Your Business

Emerging technology and new security threats have changed the business landscape, complicating the process of protecting intellectual property and customer data. Organizations once managed a tightly controlled network of devices and users. Now, cloud computing and broad use of personal devices has expanded those boundaries. Fortunately, Microsoft offers several digital security tools to safeguard vital business information. Recent widespread security events such as the WannaCry ransomware attack have provided organizations with an opportunity to review and upgrade their cyber-security. In the process, several areas of concern are receiving increasing attention, including the need to: Secure cloud resources Keep software up-to-date…

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Prepare Now for Windows 7 End of Support

Two years after Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7, NetMarketShare reports that almost 50% of desktop computers worldwide still use the popular operating system. With Windows 7 end of support quickly approaching, businesses need to forestall costly security and compliance issues and plan for the future by upgrading to Windows 10. Microsoft will continue to offer extended support for Windows 7 only until January 14, 2020. This means that Microsoft will provide patches for security threats. However, the company will offer no service packs, no new features, and no fixes for bugs that do not present a security risk….

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Protect Business Data with Powerful Microsoft Security

Experts estimate that last month’s WannaCry attack cost hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity, investigation and data restoration. With the certainty of more cyber-attacks on the horizon, businesses are building their defenses. Protect Business Data with Powerful Microsoft Security In May, hackers exploited a vulnerability in pre-Windows 10 versions of the Windows operating system. The ransomware attack compromised 230,000 computers worldwide. Fortunately, researchers quickly discovered a kill switch that significantly slowed the infection rate. Computers without the necessary security patch remain at risk, however. Researchers have already discovered several additional cyberattacks that exploit the same vulnerabilities. Malware with…

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Counter Cloud and IoT Security Threats

While ransomware dominates the news, experts warn of increasing security threats involving cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). Until cloud and IoT security catches up with innovation, these exciting technologies offer additional opportunities for cybercriminals. Knowing the threats and how to defend against them will protect your business. Cloud and IoT Terminology The 2016 Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec advised caution as businesses implement cloud and IOT technologies. Understanding the dangers will help as you prepare defenses against potential cloud and IoT security threats. Start with a working knowledge of a few key terms: Cloud Computing –…

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6 Email Security Tips to Defend Against Increasing Attacks

Know what to look for and arm your organization with six simple, but effective, defense strategies. Email is Weapon of Choice Cyber criminals stole more than $3 billion over the last three years through Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams. Those scams targeted small and mid-size businesses (SMBs), in particular. According to the recently published Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) from Symantec, email has emerged as the weapon of choice for cyber-attacks in 2016. Sadly, while one in 220 emails contained malware in 2015, that rate increased to one in 131 emails in 2016. Attackers now favor spear-phishing email campaigns that…

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What is Our Greatest Cyber-Security Threat?

OT vulnerability explained and national conversation about cyber-security and privacy urged at ASU Biodesign presentation Where is the U.S. most vulnerable to cyber-security attack? And, what is the greatest need that we have regarding cyber-security, privacy and cyber-warfare? Those non-trivial questions were recently addressed by a distinguished military cyber-security expert, U.S. Navy Commander, Zachary Staples. Commander Staples, who is the Director of the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Cyber Warfare, in Monterey, California, spoke as an invited guest April 12, 2017, at the ASU Biodesign Institute. I was invited by a friend at the institute and decided to attend, hoping…

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3 Steps to Protect Critical Business Data from WannaCry Ransomware Attack

On Friday, May 12, an unprecedented ransomware attack hit more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries. Experts warn that attacks like this will increase, and copycat versions of the initial ransomware have already been detected. Protect your organization’s critical data now by implementing these key security measures. In April, Symantec released its annual Internet Security Threat Report. The report warned that ransomware posed one of the most significant threats facing organizations. Just weeks later, cyber criminals launched a widespread ransomware attack. The attack crippled the hospital system in Great Britain and affected business and government networks globally. Using a hacking…

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