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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5 Tips for Computer Spring Cleaning

The debris of regular computer usage clutters your workspace and slows performance. Improve efficiency and extend hardware life with a little computer spring cleaning. Ah, it’s spring! That means apple blossoms and hay fever, gardening and spring cleaning. Do yourself a favor this year. Start your cleanup campaign where you will notice it the most: your computer. Play soothing music, grab a cup of liquid motivation, flex those typing muscles and start your computer spring cleaning. Run Disk Cleanup Windows comes with a handy tool to remove temporary files and other unimportant data. You might be surprised at how much…

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The Rise of Ransomware & How to Protect Your Business

Ransomware on the Rise In June 2016, our CEO, Carl Mazzanti, stated in an interview that ransomware was “the #1 growing IT security threat” to businesses. For those who aren’t familiar, ransomware is malicious software criminals use to block access to computer systems—or hold your data hostage—until you pay them. As we work our way into 2017, the threat of ransomware is still growing. Take the St. Louis City Public Library, for example. In January, 700 computers throughout the library’s 16 branches fell victim to ransomware. As of publishing, it is uncertain when the devices will be available again for…

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How to Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Attacks

The public is used to hearing about cyber attacks on big companies. Sony Pictures famously canceled the release of its film The Interview after facing pressure from North Korean hackers. Controversial website Ashley Madison came under fire when sensitive user information was leaked.  Yahoo was hit with a massive wave of data theft that affected more than one billion accounts. But this isn’t just a problem for big corporations. In fact, 43% of small businesses will face a cyber attack. At eMazzanti, we care about your security. Follow these steps to make sure you and your business are protected. Stay…

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Firewalls: Don’t Skimp on Your Business’s Security

Firewalls: Don’t Skimp on Your Business’s Security In this installment of our “Is Consumer Grade enough for your business?” series, we’ll take a look at firewalls and the differences in the protection they provide your business. Security is quite possibly the most important concern for any business. You need to know that your critical data – both internal data and customer information – is secure. If that information is hacked or accessed by the wrong person, you may be opened up to a world of legal and financial trouble. Security On the most basic level, Consumer Grade firewalls or routers…

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5 Tips for Top-notch Password Security

5 Tips for Top-notch Password Security by Kim Komando used with permission from the Microsoft Small Business website Whether it’s a few PCs or hundreds on your network, there’s one thing that can separate your system from being compromised: a great password. Why? Hackers want access to anything and everything. If they can guess your user name and password, you might as well have given them your wallet and the keys to your building. Before we talk about what makes a good password, let’s begin with the first of five things to know and practice in using passwords. 1. Don’t…

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