Multi-Factor Authentication is a Practical Way to Protect Against Cyber Threats

The government is doing it.

Major healthcare centers are doing it.

Private businesses are doing it.

Everyone should be doing it, in fact. That is, implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA).

Hey, You! Get Off of My Cloud

  In conversations about cloud computing, people tend to refer to the tool as “The Cloud” which implies that somewhere out there in the virtual world is a single place where all data and online apps live. Actually, there are many cloud services available. In fact, the virtual world can be downright overcast with the number of cloud choices.

Cloud computing gives businesses access to data, apps, services and files anywhere, anytime. The problem is – what if it also allows access to anyone?

The Cloud especially improves team collaboration when a business has multiple locations or even numerous employees working on the same project in the same location but on individual devices. Teams that use social technologies like cloud collaboration tools have raised their productivity over 20 percent.

CyberSecurity Trends – A Year in Review

Now that we are a few months into 2018, security analysts are able to look back on 2017 and analyze leading cybersecurity trends. Not surprisingly, according to the Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity report, there was an elevenfold increase in malware last year.

“Adversaries are becoming more adept at evasion— and weaponizing cloud services and other technology used for legitimate purposes,” the report declares.

The following are some of the major cybersecurity trends of 2017:

Ransomware Families Up 32%, Total Ransomware Threats Down 41%
According to Dark Reading, the growth in ransomware attacks hit a plateau, while the number of ransomware families rose considerably. As cybercriminals become more adept in targeting individuals and organizations, the variety of ransomware attacks are evolving. Not surprisingly, the WannaCry variant dominated the landscape – making up 57% of all ransomware detected last year.

Don’t Trade Security for Wi-Fi Connectivity – Top Ten Threats to Your Wi-Fi Network

The ability to connect to the Internet anywhere and at any time has made a business Wi-Fi network a necessity for most organizations. With benefits ranging from increased productivity to improved customer satisfaction, implementing a wireless network for your employees and guests is no longer just an option. It’s pretty simple to enable Wi-Fi, just walk into any retail store or office lobby and you’ll find a long list of available connections. However, keeping the network secure is the real challenge.

Cybersecurity Spending is on the Rise in 2018 – Invest in Peace of Mind

It seems a full week can’t go by without another headline about an organization getting breached. Whether it’s a new phishing scheme, a major malware attack on a city municipality or a strategic ransomware threat, the dangers are real, and the costs can be extraordinary. The cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve and as modern technology advances, security threats do as well. What protections do you need in place for you to sleep better at night?

Welcome WPA3 – WiFi Gets an Upgrade

It’s been nearly 14 years since WiFi (or WPA2) as we know it got a security upgrade.  But now the WiFi Alliance, a standards organization that includes Broadcom, Intel, Microsoft and others, is recommending a badly-needed make-over that will be dubbed WPA3, according to reports.  The new upgrades to WiFi were announced at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) the week of January 7, 2018.

Meltdown and Spectre Patching – What You Need to Know

Image result for meltdown spectreRecent complex vulnerabilities in top-tier computer devices, iPhones, Windows PCs, Android devices and other gadgets have sent companies and individuals alike in a tailspin. A critical security flaw has been detected in processor chips that allow bottom barrel IT processes to have access to memory in the computer’s kernel – aka the most privileged IT process of the device.

Not good.

Hackers could potentially exploit this issue giving them a clear path for installing malicious software to read memory through this new group of side-channel attacks and putting data, hardware and software at serious risk.

Here are the immediate steps you need to take to make sure your data and infrastructure are protected:

Part Two: The Internet of Things is a Game Changer for Industries – Security Issues Can Be Managed

IoT is a windfall for many industries, but like any relatively new technology architecture, it also has its challenges – most prevalent is security.  In part one of this blog post, we outlined how businesses are connecting multiple devices to provide actionable data to help increase efficiencies within their organizations.  In this blog post, we will talk about how to secure these machines.

Top 10 IT Budgeting Tips for SoCal Businesses in 2018

As we head towards the fourth quarter, budgets are top of mind, especially in the tech forward state of California. Technology innovation continues to evolve, and as you set growth goals for 2018, it’s imperative to adjust your IT budget accordingly.

IT budgets are expected to grow 4.5% this year, Morgan Stanley said in its report, “CIO Survey: 2017 IT Budgets Improve on US Strength.” The top spending priorities include cloud computing, security software, analytics tools, networking equipment and ERP and CRM applications.

How can you accurately forecast without overestimating? What percentage should go towards maintenance versus innovation? If you’re feeling overwhelmed as budget deadlines approach, you’re not alone.

Here are 10 IT budgeting tips to help simplify the process:

IoT Part One:  The Internet of Things is a Game Changer for Industries – Security Issues Can Be Managed

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a true game changer for industries worldwide.

A few years ago, IoT became a cool catch-phrase for “smart” consumer products – such as refrigerators that connect to the Internet and can provide helpful data, such as when you need to buy a new carton of milk.

But today the uses for IoT – especially in the manufacturing and business world – are infinite.