3 Steps to Keep Manufacturing Operations Safe from Phishing Attacks

Verizon reports that phishing attacks remain the number one cause of data breaches, particularly in the manufacturing sector. In just the first half of 2019, more than 4.1 billion records were compromised. Alarmingly, attackers hope to gain trade secrets, compromise personal and financial data or even disrupt manufacturing processes. Manufacturers can, and should, implement high quality firewalls and automatically scan incoming emails for suspicious attachments or links. But technology cannot eliminate the human factor. As cyber criminals increase the sophistication of their attacks, end users must learn how to recognize and counter phishing attacks when they occur. Common Phishing Attacks…

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3 Steps to Proactive Manufacturing Cyber Security

Global insurance giant Chubb recently published a cyber risk report listing manufacturing as one of the top two industries targeted by ransomware attacks. With a large attack surface and a high incentive to quickly restore operations, factories make a particularly attractive target. Consequently, the spotlight has turned to increasing manufacturing cyber security. In fact, just last March, the Norwegian aluminum producer Norsk Hydro suffered a ransomware attack. The incident forced the company to temporarily close multiple plants, and losses totaled nearly $52 million. Smaller manufacturers, as well, face significant risk, heightened by historically lax cyber security measures. Industry 4.0 Blends…

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How to stay protected before device recycling

used with permission from Tektonika (HP) Donating devices like laptops, phones, and flash drives may seem like a noble thing to do—after all, it’s good for the environment and makes devices available at a lower price point for people who may not otherwise be able to afford them. However, device recycling can pose a serious and often overlooked security risk. Device security is a concern that has to be addressed before donating so you can trust that your personal information will remain protected. In a 2019 report, security operations company Rapid7 revealed the dangers of recycling and discarding devices. Researcher…

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Envision the Possibilities with AR in Manufacturing

In 1913, Henry Ford began using the assembly line to mass produce automobiles. This dramatic change reduced the automobile production time from twelve hours to just two and a half. Ford ushered in a century of innovation, dominated by advances in technology beyond anything he could have imagined. While technological advances have allowed factories to produce high quality goods more efficiently and safely, they have also created a skills gap. Baby boomers have begun to retire, taking their expertise with them. At the same time, innovations have created a greater need for highly skilled workers. AR in manufacturing can help…

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8 Law Firm Cyber Security Best Practices

In 2015, an anonymous source leaked 11.5 million documents stolen from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The client information included in the leak affected over 200,000 entities in more than forty countries. Incidents like this highlight the need for a focus on law firm cyber Security. The law firm closed because of the scandal, which also resulted in the resignation of various high government officials. Just one year later, news reports broke that hackers had stolen information from as many as 48 major law firms, using that information to gain millions of dollars through insider trading. I could go…

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Technology for Nonprofits Helps Groups Expand Charitable Reach

According to the National Council of Nonprofits, the more than 1.2 million nonprofit organizations in the United States work in every community. Charitable organizations advance social missions ranging from saving endangered animals to providing healthcare and job services. Creatively applying technology for nonprofits can empower those missions. Unlike businesses that focus on profit and product, nonprofits bear the burden of winning donors and volunteers with a vision of the good they can support. However, both types of organizations must boost brand recognition while carefully managing budgets and addressing competition. By definition, charitable organizations dedicate all revenue to advancing the declared…

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ALE – A Simple Tool to Prevent Catastrophic Business Loss

ALE tips by Carl Mazzanti The February 1, 2019 USA Today headline read: “Devastating fire destroys New Jersey paper plant and leaves 500 without jobs.” According to the company CEO, “Wednesday night’s cold and windy conditions overcame the factory’s fire suppression system.” Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the loss of the factory and 500 jobs is a major tragedy. I bring it up because I want you to know about an incredibly useful tool to help prevent losses like this. It’s called Annualized Loss Expectancy or ALE. ALE is a decision framework to help you decide what type of…

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New Jersey Manufacturer’s Rave Review on Website Update

“Carl is like a very good maître d’. He wants to make sure you get the best table and that you have good service. We got the project completed quickly and the quality of the work is good.” Jim Minadeo, President, Zero Surge Zero Surge’s power quality products have been protecting sensitive electronics since 1989 with no incidents of surge failure or fire. After meeting staff at a New Jersey Manufacturing Day, CEO Jim Minadeo engaged eMazzanti’s digital marketing team to add features and fix problems with their website, zerosurge.com. The team quickly added a newsletter subscription option and essential…

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eMazzanti to Showcase Cloud and Government IT Solutions at 2018 NJ League of Municipalities Conference

Award-winning Hoboken IT consultant offers cloud migration, infrastructure support, security and government IT solutions at Atlantic City NJLM event Hoboken, New Jersey ­- (Cision) November 8, 2018 – eMazzanti Technologies, a Hoboken, New Jersey IT consultant and 2016 New Jersey Business of the Year, announced today that it will be exhibiting at the 103rd Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference. The three-day event is slated for the Atlantic City Convention Center, November 13 – 15, 2018. “Municipalities want improved access to data, enhanced collaboration, and increased security and compliance within the budget and without service interruptions,” stated Jennifer…

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Join the Fourth Industrial Revolution: 5 Ways to Transform Your Business

A revolution is underway. It is disruptive and worldwide, and it has the power to radically change modern society. For manufacturing, the fourth industrial revolution brings both challenge and opportunity. Businesses can harness the power of the revolution to increase productivity, reimagine factory processes and improve efficiency. From steam power to the assembly line to computerization, the first three industrial revolutions reshaped manufacturing. The fourth revolution blends the physical and digital worlds. Driven by the Internet of Things (IoT) and powered by data, Industry 4.0 reaches from the factory floor to the household kitchen and beyond. Businesses today must embrace…

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