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Category Archives: Cybersecurity

Business continuity for engineering firms: Why your firm should care about more than data backup

Data continuity, disaster recovery, and business continuity are related, but not the same. Designing business continuity for engineering firms can be difficult if the firm has an incomplete understanding of the differences between data continuity, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Does your firm back up its critical files? Where is your firm's business-critical data stored? How will your employees access the information they need to do their jobs in the event…
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Companies are embracing Next Gen firewalls, should you?

In today's technology landscape, everything is connected. Thus, everything is vulnerable to cyber threats if the necessary security measures are not in place. If you're a company with an IT solution, you're likely already using a firewall. However, is it effective? Do you know what firewall solution your company uses? Do you know what the technology protects against? Firewalls are standard security protocol among companies, but even firewalls can vary…
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WannaCry: Understanding and preventing the global ransomware attack

You've likely already heard the buzz about WannaCry, the global ransomware attack that affected thousands of companies on Friday, May 12, 2017. More than 200, 000 computers in 150 different countries were infected by WannaCry, and the risk is still imminent for those without the proper technology and security protocols in place. Ransomware is malware that locks you out of your business-critical files and demands a ransom be paid to…
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Remote access security risks

  If your business uses Office 365, who controls your file permissions? If your business uses a remote desktop solution, how often are users required to change their passwords? How will you know if a network compromise occurs? Every organization is different and so is every remote access solution. Your IT team or managed IT services provider must be able to implement, monitor, and manage the security of your remote…
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CryptoLocker: A description of this malware and how to mitigate it

At Aldridge, CryptoLocker is no stranger. Our team of technical professionals have helped hundreds of companies fight for the security of their data. Yes, there are technical measures that have been developed to prevent malware like CryptoLocker from hijacking your files, but cybercriminals have made a business out of this information thievery, and their methods develop right alongside prevention tactics. This is why it's important to stay informed about the latest…
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The future impact of cybersecurity threats on businesses

In 2014, 71% of organizations reported to have been affected by a cyber security attack. Phishing and malware scams have proven to be two of the top threats impelling businesses to attempt to safeguard their network security. The methods hackers are using to fool victims into doing things such as clicking on a malicious link or downloading fake software are becoming increasingly more difficult to identify as threats. As 2016 commences,…
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Non-profit business associate faces penalties for HIPAA violation

  A recent report of a data breach incident has left a bitter taste in the mouths of HIPAA bound business associates (defined below) across the nation. Such organizations were already rattled by the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) plan to hold a series of random audits throughout 2016, but the OCR's decision to find blame and assess a fine against the business associate directly has elicited additional concern. On…
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Running from ransomware: What it is and how to avoid it

Anyone who’s used a computer within the last decade has likely heard of ransomware. However, not everyone knows what it is and how deadly it can be to the security and well-being of a business. In April 2016, CNN Money reported ransomware was soon to be a $1 billion business as its costs have reached an all-time high. From January to March 2016 alone, cybercriminals used ransomware to extort $209…
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Data security: Why the safety of your data is important to your business

Adequate data security can make or break your business. A managed IT services provider can help protect both your company’s information and reputation by following a few basic procedures. Today, businesses rely almost entirely on data storage and exchange to conduct their operations. Data use has increased business efficiency and profitability, but it also poses security risks that could potentially spell the end to a company's operations entirely. Organizations are responsible for…
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Malvertising: Outwitting Software and Smarts

Malvertising is a new cyber threat that requires no action on the user's end. In the face of constantly adapting cyber threats, one of the most promising cyber security realities is that every end user has the power to fight off an attack.  The security world promotes the message: with the right software and cyber threat smarts, you too can fight for the survival of your online privacy and security…
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