Cyber Risks in Smart Manufacturing

Until recently, the manufacturing sector didn’t see itself as a particularly vulnerable target for hackers. This is evidenced by a recent Kaspersky Labs report that indicated that in the first half of 2017, “manufacturing companies were the most susceptible to cyber threats: their ICS computers accounted for about one-third of all attacks.” The reality, however, is that in today’s digital ...

Critical IT Security Policies To Protect Your Business

We’ve said it countless times before, but it’s worth repeating: employees have the potential to be one of your biggest IT security threats. Not because they’re intentionally looking to do your business harm, but due to carelessness and human error. To reduce potential risks and ensure everyone is aware of company expectations related to information technology, it is important to ...

Sink or Swim: The IoT and Small Businesses

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the term used for the fact that billions of devices around the world are connecting to the Internet in order to share information with one another. These connected devices have already proven useful to the average consumer and the wider economy in different aspects, one of which is cybersecurity — as previously pointed out by ...

Mobile Device Management & HIPAA Compliance: What you don’t know could cost you.

Mobile technology has infiltrated just about every aspect of the modern workplace, and that includes the healthcare industry. And while hospitals, doctors’ offices, patient clinics, and other care facilities have been slower to move towards a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment than businesses that aren’t regulated by HIPAA, the reality is that BYOD is beginning to crop up across ...

New IoT Botnet Threat: Hide & Seek Malware

We’ve been talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) for some time now, and although the possibilities associated with IoT are ever growing, so are the risks. Although IoT botnets are nothing new – remember when Hajime single-handedly took down numerous popular websites such as Amazon, Twitter, and Netflix across large swaths of the United States and Europe – there’s ...

Wiped Clean? Read this before you sell or donate a smartphone!

It’s time to update your mobile technology, but before you get too excited about your new smartphone, don’t forget that something needs to happen to your old device. Assuming it still works, you’ll want to wipe it clean before you sell, donate, or even dispose of your mobile phone. Here are a few key steps to follow to ensure data ...

Virtualization for SMBs – Fact vs. Fiction

Are you a small business owner? Have you avoided virtualization software because you think it’s only for large corporate enterprises or because you’ve heard it’s too expensive, unnecessarily complex to implement, or less secure than traditional server technologies? There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding virtualization out there, and we’re here to help you understand fact vs. fiction. You’ll probably ...

A Behind the Scenes Look at Antivirus Software

We hope it’s safe to assume that you’re already running some form of antivirus software on your personal and business computers (if you’re not, stop what you’re doing and give us a call immediately), but if you’re like many of our clients, you may not understand how these programs work. We’ve recently gotten a few questions about the backend functionality ...

Data Privacy – What You Need to Know

With all the talk about GDPR and the Cambridge Analytica scandal, data privacy has been in the news a lot lately. But how much do you really know about data privacy concerns and how they can impact you? What is Data Privacy? While data privacy is about who you share what information with (both in digital and analog formats), for ...

GDPR: A New Age for Consumer Privacy

By now, unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the acronym GDPR thrown around and have seen a significant influx of privacy policy updates in your email inbox from companies you frequent (and many that you probably had forgotten you’d ever even interacted with). But if you’re like many internet users, you’re probably wondering what does GDPR mean? ...