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What You Need to Do with IT and OT Interconnecting

What You Need to Do with IT and OT Interconnecting

The past two decades have generally seen business technology in one of two camps: either IT (information technology), which includes all of a business’ computers, peripherals, and networking equipment, or OT (operational technology), which included everything else. As time has passed, both have advanced, and now both carry the risks once limited to IT. Let’s examine how you can better secure your business by focusing on the convergence of IT and OT.

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Tip of the Week: Activating Two-Step Verification on a Microsoft Account

Tip of the Week: Activating Two-Step Verification on a Microsoft Account

Two-step authentication/verification has seen considerable popularity as a means of securing an account. To help you boost the protections surrounding your Microsoft account, we’re offering a few tips on how to use two-step verification, as Microsoft refers to it.

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Tip of the Week: Best Practices for Better Business Wi-Fi

Tip of the Week: Best Practices for Better Business Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is one of those interesting technologies: On paper, it’s basically magic, but few things can send people into a rage faster than it not being available, or worse, not being good enough. Its capabilities have made it a great asset to the workplace, but you also need to be sure that you aren’t sacrificing your security to use it. We’ve put together some tips to help you achieve better, safer Wi-Fi.

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The ABC(DE)s of Mobile Security

The ABC(DE)s of Mobile Security

As of September of 2019, research conducted by Verizon states that almost half of enterprises--half--are willing to sacrifice their mobile security in order to gain “advantages” in speed and productivity. This marks an increase from just 2018, when this metric measured at a still-too-high one-third of enterprises. Of course, such behaviors could bring severe consequences. 

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Tip of the Week: 4 Components to Keeping Data Safe

Tip of the Week: 4 Components to Keeping Data Safe

Your business is bound to collect a sizable cache of data, a significant percentage of which being the kind used to identify someone. This is exactly the kind of data that cybercriminals are looking for, which means it needs to be protected. Here, we’re covering the basics of how you can help secure your data’s integrity against cybercrime.

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3 Reasons to Use a Password Manager

3 Reasons to Use a Password Manager

With all of the accounts that people have these days, it almost--almost--makes sense that people tend to use passwords that are too short, overly simple, and repeat across multiple accounts. Unfortunately, the only thing this does is to make accounts less secure. As a result, more and more authentication requirements are being put into place to keep security a priority.

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The Good and Bad of Shadow IT

The Good and Bad of Shadow IT

Shadow IT is the moniker that people in the technology industry have coined for applications that employees download that aren’t vetted for use on an organization’s networks. For the better part of the past decade, IT administrators have universally demeaned the use of unsanctioned software for use on company networks due to potential vulnerabilities that come with these applications and any phantom costs associated with their use. What may surprise you is that some organizations are rolling back their shadow IT policies. Today, we will take a look at both ends of this issue.

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A Brief Review of Firewalls and Their Importance

A Brief Review of Firewalls and Their Importance

The data stored on your computer is valuable, and that’s a fact. Unfortunately, this means that there are unscrupulous characters out there who will want to get at this data, so you will need to have the right solutions in place to protect it. Part of this will require you to have a firewall included in your protections.

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Your End Users Are Your Last Line of Defense against Cybercriminals

Your End Users Are Your Last Line of Defense against Cybercriminals

Cybercrime has been on the rise over the last few years, and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon. As it turns out, bad actors can turn a profit by targeting businesses, and their tools and tactics are only getting trickier.

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Debit, Credit, or Neither?

Debit, Credit, or Neither?

With most everything having gone digital, most consumers have changed their preferred payment method. Many different factors contribute to credit cards becoming the most used payment. Today, we take a look at why this has become a popular means of payment, as well as weigh the pros and cons of credit cards. 

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Working Remotely, You Need a Virtual Private Network

Working Remotely, You Need a Virtual Private Network

To those who weren’t around BEFORE the Internet became an irreplaceable business tool, it’s almost hard to imagine how businesses operated when this tool didn’t exist. Storing sensitive data has never been such an easy thing to do but at what cost? It is undeniable that the Internet has opened doors for not only us, but criminals as well. Today we discuss how these doors can easily be secured with the implementation of a virtual private network, or VPN.

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Tip of the Week: How to Make Your Credentials More Memorable

Tip of the Week: How to Make Your Credentials More Memorable

Let’s face facts: as critical to your security as they are, passwords are kind of the worst. Of course, since they are so critical, you need to make sure all of the ones you use are as secure as possible, so we’ve assembled some practices that may help you tip the scales in your favor. Spoiler alert: the conventional password may not be your first choice for much longer.

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Tip of the Week: Improve Your Mobile Data Management

Tip of the Week: Improve Your Mobile Data Management

Data accessibility has never been easier for both you and your workforce, but how do you know if this convenience isn’t also benefitting cybercriminals? Your mobile device contains a vast amount of sensitive information and files which need to be kept secure. This presents the need for some sort of secure management system, which in the tech world is referred to as Mobile Information Management, or MIM.

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Updating the Latest Major Data Breaches

Updating the Latest Major Data Breaches

A lot has been made recently about cybersecurity, and for many people it has caused them to alter the way they go about doing things. With more people more cognizant of their individual data privacy, and how to combat phishing and other social engineering attempts, you’d think major data breaches would be snuffed out regularly. It only takes one person, however, to fail to be vigilant for it to negatively affect a whole organization.

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Tip of the Week: How to Use PowerPoint as a Training Tool

Tip of the Week: How to Use PowerPoint as a Training Tool

Training your employees is important. One tool that you may find useful is Microsoft PowerPoint, as it allows you to create an engaging and informative training program.

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The Small Business Cybersecurity Starter Pack

The Small Business Cybersecurity Starter Pack

Running a business is one thing, but it is quite another to protect it from issues and threats. There is a vast assortment of potential obstacles that can pop up during your operations. Likewise, there are many ways that a business needs to be protected, each one as crucial as the last. A few basics include:

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Technologies You Need If You’re Going to Use Remote Workers

Technologies You Need If You’re Going to Use Remote Workers

Does your business use remote workers? If you currently don’t, you should know that there are several benefits of allowing your staff to work outside of the confines of your office, but you have to be careful. These days, with the threat landscape as it is, it is important that if you are going to allow remote workers, that you have a strategy in place. Let’s take a look at some of the tools you will need if you want to take advantage of remote workers. 

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Phishing is a Major Threat

Phishing is a Major Threat

Fishing - a jerk on one end of a line waiting for a jerk on the other end.
Phishing - very similar to fishing, but much more consequential.

While the word phishing is humorous and relatable due to it being derived from the word “fishing”, the consequences of falling victim to a phishing attack are far from comical. Today we will discuss just how serious these attacks can be, and the easiest way to prevent them.

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Tip of the Week: Methods to Securing Your Smartphone

Tip of the Week: Methods to Securing Your Smartphone

The smartphone has quickly become a staple in modern society, as users rely on them to accomplish more and more. You could probably say the same of your own use of it. This means that there are not only huge amounts of smartphones and smartphone users, there is a huge amount of threats out there to target them.

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Watch Out for the One Percent

Watch Out for the One Percent

Do you know the phrase, “Locks only keep out the honest?” The idea is that even though you lock your doors, there is only a thin layer of glass and good intentions stopping a criminal from entering your home through a window.

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