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Wi-Fi Problems? Modern Wireless Standards Have Come a Long Way

Wi-Fi Problems? Modern Wireless Standards Have Come a Long Way

If you find yourself frustrated with the speed and reliability of your office Wi-Fi, you aren’t alone. Even though the technology has been around for a decade and a half, it hasn’t always been a perfect solution. Modern wireless solutions have evolved a lot over the last few years, so if you are dealing with slow, unreliable connections, it’s likely time for an upgrade.

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Is Wireless Network Security Your Organization’s Weakness?

Is Wireless Network Security Your Organization’s Weakness?

This is going to start out with a nerdy tangent, but I was watching the classic Star Wars films with the family a few weeks ago. There is a scene in Star Wars: A New Hope where our heroes slip aboard the Death Star, and R2-D2 plunks his little robotic USB cable into a computer and gains seemingly untethered access to the entire battle station.

I was briefly taken out of the fantasy of the moment because my IT brain started firing at full speed, and I thought “Ew. Imagine how insecure the Death Star’s network must be!”

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It’s Time to Fight Malware with AI

It’s Time to Fight Malware with AI

This past year saw a dangerous 86% increase in the most dangerous types of malware out there, so we want to ask you an important question: are you ready to protect your business from the different types of threats you might encounter? We know a technology solution that might help this mission along, and we want to share it with you today: artificial intelligence.

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Ten Cybersecurity Issues We Can Help Protect Your Business From

Ten Cybersecurity Issues We Can Help Protect Your Business From

There are a lot—a lot—of cybersecurity issues that modern businesses need to be cognizant of… and, most importantly, prepared to deal with. We’ve put together a brief list of cybersecurity threats you’ll want to keep your eye out for.

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Cybercriminals Are Among Your Biggest Competition

Cybercriminals Are Among Your Biggest Competition

When we think about cybersecurity, we usually think about protecting our computers from viruses, right?

I’d imagine a few of our older readers remember a time when you would go to the store and buy antivirus software that came in a big brightly-colored box with a CD in it each year.

As you probably already know, things aren’t as simple anymore.

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To Maintain Your Cybersecurity, You Need to Understand Your Risks

To Maintain Your Cybersecurity, You Need to Understand Your Risks

Since it is our belief that our clients are under constant threat of being the next business hit with a cyberattack, we maintain a pretty aggressive security posture. That’s not to say that all threats are created equal. That’s why it is important to assess risk over the types of attacks and threats you have to confront and plan accordingly. 

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No Business Should Allow Public Access to their Wireless Network—Here’s Why

No Business Should Allow Public Access to their Wireless Network—Here’s Why

Look, we get it—we all like to be able to access the Internet at our leisure, so there’s no doubt that your clients and customers will feel the same and will want a reliable connection as they’re doing so. This much is true anywhere, from airports to restaurants to conference rooms.

However, you don’t want just anyone accessing the same network that your staff uses. A lot of critical, sensitive information is moving back and forth on your office network, and opening your Wi-Fi up to the public means giving the public potential access to your data.

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Understanding the Vulnerabilities and Exploits You’ll Face

Understanding the Vulnerabilities and Exploits You’ll Face

We understand that cybersecurity can be difficult to think about at times because of the terminology thrown around by industry professionals, but we want to do our part to help clear up some of the confusion. Today, we’re going to discuss the difference between vulnerabilities and exploits, as well as how your organization can do everything it can to ensure that both are minimized on your company network.

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7 Critical Mistakes to Avoid Concerning Your Network Security

7 Critical Mistakes to Avoid Concerning Your Network Security

Your network security is of the utmost importance to your business for numerous, hopefully obvious reasons. However, there are a few errors that are easy enough to make that could easily be the proverbial monkey wrench in the works. Let’s go over what these network security faux pas look like, so you can resolve them more effectively (and don’t worry, we’ll discuss that, too).

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Why You Need to Consider the Risk of an IoT Side-Channel Attack

Why You Need to Consider the Risk of an IoT Side-Channel Attack

Take a moment and consider that some predictions place the amount of data that Internet of Things (IoT) devices will produce by 2025 to be 73.1 ZB… “ZB” meaning “zettabytes,” each of which equalling one billion terabytes. That’s massive, and illustrates how many IoT devices will be around us at that point. Furthermore, it shows how concerned we should be about the potential for something called a “side-channel attack.”

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Quincy Pension Funds Still Inaccessible After Last Year’s Phishing Attack

Quincy Pension Funds Still Inaccessible After Last Year’s Phishing Attack

Funds that were stolen through a phishing attack a year ago remain lost to the city of Quincy. Let’s review the situation as it stands now… and determine what you need to do to avoid a similar situation from befalling your own organization.

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Explaining the Pen Test and Its Benefits

Explaining the Pen Test and Its Benefits

Penetration testing is a topic that you might often hear and read about on the Internet, but you might not know exactly what it is without having it explained to you by a professional. Today, we want to clear up any misconceptions or ideas you might have about penetration testing and how it relates to your business’ network security, compliance, and regulatory requirements.

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Tips to Help You Identify a Phishing Message

Tips to Help You Identify a Phishing Message

We’ve all heard the horror stories of phishing messages—those messages where someone is trying to steal information from you, be it sensitive information or financial credentials. There are various telltale signs of phishing attacks that can be identified, if you know where to look. Let’s take a look at what the FTC claims are the best ways to identify a phishing message.

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The Emergence of the CISO

The Emergence of the CISO

As statistics for cybercrime surge, it’s important to remember that your organization must do all that it can to protect itself. There is, however, a C-suite position that almost exclusively focuses on this task: the chief information security officer, or CISO. Many enterprises have individuals dedicated to the sole task of securing their organization, but smaller businesses might find themselves lagging behind in this regard due to no fault of their own.

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Outlining the Usefulness of the Password Manager App

Outlining the Usefulness of the Password Manager App

Businesses sure use a lot of online accounts, and if they don’t keep track of the passwords associated with these accounts, things can get messy fast. To help with this effort, password managers, or applications that store passwords in an encrypted vault, have really taken off. Here are some of the reasons why businesses invest in password management solutions.

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Remote Work May Have Caused a Major Uptick in IoT Attacks

Remote Work May Have Caused a Major Uptick in IoT Attacks

In today’s day and age, there are countless connected devices, many of which are some that have historically not been connected to the Internet. These devices, which comprise a computing body called the Internet of Things, have made up a significant portion of cyberattacks in 2021. The primary perpetrator of these Internet of Things attacks might be what you least expect: the smart home.

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Spending More Time on Your Cybersecurity Has More Benefits than You May Think

Spending More Time on Your Cybersecurity Has More Benefits than You May Think

While cybersecurity is far from the most exciting thing a business can invest in, it’s certainly one of the most important parts of running any successful venture. Without cybersecurity, the endless number of threats on the Internet could infiltrate your network and create problems for your company.

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What Happens When You Get Ransomware?

What Happens When You Get Ransomware?

We often discuss how your business can avoid the impact of ransomware, but what we don’t often discuss is what happens to businesses that do, in fact, suffer from such a devastating attack. We want to use today’s blog as an opportunity to share what your business should (and should not) do in the event of a ransomware attack, as well as measures you can take to avoid suffering from yet another in the future.

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Why a Zero-Trust Policy Might Be Appropriate for Your Business

Why a Zero-Trust Policy Might Be Appropriate for Your Business

With countless threats out there waiting for IT professionals to slip up, it’s no small wonder that many of these professionals are opting into what is called a zero-trust policy for their security standards. But what is a zero-trust policy, and why is it so effective at curbing potentially dangerous situations for your business? Let’s investigate this in today’s blog article.

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Keep Your Eyes Peeled for These Potential Security Threats

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for These Potential Security Threats

We don’t like it any more than you do, but if we have learned anything at all over the past several years, it’s that security absolutely needs to be a priority for all small businesses. In the face of high-profile ransomware attacks that can snuff companies out of existence, what are you doing to keep your own business secure? To put things in perspective, we’ve put together a list of some of the more common threats that all companies should be able to address.

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