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“Shadow IT” Hidden Dangers to Your Business

“Shadow IT” Hidden Dangers to Your Business

Now more than ever, businesses are concerned with the rapid implementation of cloud-based services. This implementation is referred to as shadow IT. The growth of shadow IT has enhanced with the consumerization of information technology. Shadow IT refers to information technology (IT) projects that are managed outside of, and without the knowledge of, the IT Department.

The main reason that employees engage in shadow IT is simply to work more efficiently.  Cloud services, especially SaaS, have become the biggest category of shadow IT. The number of services and apps has increased, and staff members routinely install and use them without involving the IT group.…

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Take These 3 Steps to Protect Your Data from Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scams

Disasters, emergencies, and global pandemics provide a target-rich environment for cybercriminals to launch phishing attacks and employ other dirty tricks to gain access to your data. It only takes one staffer opening a bogus email, clicking on a dangerous link, or downloading a malware-laden attachment for them to succeed. Here are three ways that you can act immediately to prevent a potentially disastrous Coronavirus-related data breach.

  1. Plan, Preserve, and Protect
    Use expert guidance from agencies like CISA to prepare your organization for risks posed by COVID-19. Is your cybersecurity plan adequate for the unique challenges presented by increased virtualization if your staff is quarantined or working remotely for safety?
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Don’t let a “ghost” prepare your tax return….avoid being “ghosted” by your tax preparer?

Identity theft knows no limits and every year the IRS warn taxpayers to avoid unethical tax return preparers, known as ghost preparers. Ghosting is a form of identity theft that usually occurs on a dead person for monetary gain. Cyber criminals can often get away with ghosting because it can be months after a person dies before entities like credit reporting agencies, the Social Security Administration, and the IRS receive, share or register death records. Many of us have heard of being “ghosted” after a death, but have you ever been ghosted by your tax preparer?

Unfortunately, many have, and they’re often met with serious consequences. …

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Remote Work Poses Data Breach Dangers During Coronavirus Lockdown

There was a time when unexpected events would shut down the world for days or even weeks? Not anymore. Technology has helped create options for people to stay connected through less than ideal conditions. This new social reality, unfortunately, means new attack opportunities for hackers, who have already found ways to use the coronavirus in scams and phishing attempts to steal your usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, money and time.

Employees working remotely can create all sorts of cybersecurity issues, especially when things are a bit chaotic. By doing risky things like logging in from insecure WiFi networks or swapping data unsafely between personal and work devices, remote workers can provide bad actors with the openings that get them right through a company’s cybersecurity defenses. …

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UNDER ATTACK:The Global Year in BREACH 2020

2019 was an interesting year for cybersecurity. Ransomware as a service, though around for a while now, really saw a sharp uptick in popularity. Numerous state and city governments were hit with malware. China allegedly hacked the phones of its Uyghur citizens, and hijacked both ASUS update servers and videogame developers to target specific Asian regions. We saw our first major GDPR fine when British Airways getting hit with $230 Million USD and the number of DDoS attacks increased by almost 1000%. Truly it was a great time to be around on the internet.

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Why “Break-Fix” Works Entirely in the Consultant’s Favor, Not Yours

A question I often get is “Why do I need to be on a managed IT plan? Can’t I just pay you to come out and fix things when they’re broken?” While that’s a legitimate question if we were talking about your washing machine or car, that’s definitely NOT the right approach to a critical and dynamic IT system that your company depends on; you DEFINITELY don’t want to wait until something “breaks” before you try and fix a problem. One virus or hacker attack or one slip-up can cause permanent data loss, extended downtime, a violation of data-breach laws, bad PR, loss of customers and sales, and a host of other expensive problems.…

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Your Business is at Risk. Upgrade to Keep it Secure.

Is your business still using outdated systems? Your company could be at risk.

Cyber threats can not only cripple a small and midsize company but also tarnish its reputation. If your company is using outdated legacy devices and running on unsupported versions of Windows operating systems, it’s time to upgrade.

Stay on Outdated Systems and Become a Victim of Cyber Attacks

In 2018, cyberattacks cost businesses an average of $1.1 million per attack. With ransomware attacks and data breaches becoming a norm of everyday life, keeping your computers secure has become a priority for businesses. Hence continuing to use outdated systems is not only going to risk the business but also cost in millions.…

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