Unemployment scams and COVID-19: How to identify scams and help protect against them

Unemployment scams and COVID-19: How to identify scams and help protect against them If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, you might seek unemployment benefits to ease financial pressure. The risk? You could become the victim of an unemployment scam. Newly idled Americans have filed millions of unemployment claims during the COVID-19 outbreak. Calls to state employment insurance services have at times overwhelmed phone lines and websites. That’s created opportunity for fraudsters. How? In some cases, scammers are pretending to represent government entities. Their goals include stealing claimant’s benefits,…

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5 Endpoint Security Best Practices When Remote Work Takes Center Stage

With the majority of employees working from home this spring, organizations have encountered new challenges. The increased burden on corporate networks can result in diminished performance and productivity. More important, remote connections increase the security risk. Endpoint security best practices help to mitigate that risk and protect the organization. Endpoints include any devices that connect to the network. Every connection represents a possible point of access for cyber criminals. Endpoint security, therefore, acts as the front line of cyber security for the organization. An effective endpoint security solution uses a multi-faceted approach to detect and minimize threats and control system…

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Cloud-based Security Solutions Deliver Powerful, Scalable Protection for SMBs

The average small to medium business (SMB) has most likely migrated at least some essential data and operations to the cloud. At the same time, SMBs face increasingly strict privacy regulations, as well as a growing number of cyber attacks. And with a mobile, often remote, workforce, the environment demands reliable, cloud-based security solutions. As the security landscape grows more complex, many SMBs find that they lack the in-house expertise needed to keep data safe. And as they move more sensitive information to the cloud, protecting that data requires proactive solutions. Businesses need the ability to predict data breaches rather…

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Protect Your Business from COVID-19 Phishing Scams

The list of states implementing stay-at-home orders continues to grow while the world scrambles to curb the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the number of employees working remotely has skyrocketed overnight. Unfortunately, COVID-19 phishing scams have also skyrocketed, with scammers taking advantage of relaxed security perimeters. To protect the organization, businesses must implement additional security measures for the remote work environment. Employees working at home also need to take common-sense steps to work safely. And through it all, communication remains essential. Examples of COVID-19 Phishing Scams The most common COVID-19 phishing scams involve the tried and true method of…

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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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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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eMazzanti to Repeat on NJBIZ Cyber Security Panel

Keeping current with evolving rules across multiple jurisdictions, dealing with ransomware and countering internal threats topics of expert NJBIZ cyber security panel eMazzanti Technologies President and Co-founder, Carl Mazzanti, will be a featured cyber security industry expert on a Cyber Security Panel Discussion presented by NJBIZ, Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Mazzanti was also featured at the 2019 NJBIZ event. The NJBIZ cyber security educational event is scheduled to run from 8:00 to 10:00 am at The DoubleTree by Hilton Somerset, 200 Atrium Drive, Somerset, New Jersey. Interested parties may register with NJBIZ.com for a nominal fee. The panel of industry…

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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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