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Security Awareness Training – Time to Jump on the Bandwagon

By on Jan 7, 2020 in IT Blog | 0 comments

Human-error; we talk about it all the time, but what exactly do we mean? Human-error occurs when an individual performs a task or does something with an unintended outcome. It’s easy to point the finger at employee’s as being an organization’s weakest link, but without appropriate security awareness training provided by the employer, how can employees truly know what to watch out for? An IBM study found that human-error accounts for 95% of security incidents, yet security awareness training for employees often ends up on the back burner. In a recent survey by ESET, we learned that cybersecurity training is not a top priority for many organizations, with 33.3% of employees feeling that their employer has provided them with absolutely none. Only 17.9% of survey respondents felt their employers were providing them with “A lot” of cybersecurity training. With the need for security training clear, even the most surprising organizations are jumping on the bandwagon, offering security awareness training as part of their services. Since security incidents are often a result of employee mistakes, it is evident that technology alone is not enough to protect an organization. While antivirus (AV) companies may have previously found success in offering their virus protection services alone, the realization that employees are an organization’s weakest link has led many AV vendors to one conclusion: to be successful and provide services that can truly defend against cybercrime, providing education through security awareness training is key. Educating employees on security awareness is crucial to organizations, especially those with sensitive data, so why is the AV industry just recently making a push to offer this service? Cybercriminals are relentless in their efforts to carry out their attacks, and while AV companies have historically been embarrassed to admit their products are not the catch-all for fighting cybercrime, they have since recognized that these criminals are becoming more sophisticated in their attempts. In the digital era, criminals have become masterminds at forming social engineering attacks to trick their victims, a scheme that no antivirus can protect against. In addition, a fierce competition and the desire to generate more revenue could be contributing factors. With free AV software that provides enough coverage for organizations to feel protected, they may...

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Don’t Let Your Holiday Get Hacked

By on Nov 22, 2019 in IT Blog | 0 comments

  Prices may go down over the holidays but hacking incidents go up.  Way up.  While online shopping is something we all need to be diligent about when it comes to our personal cybersecurity, we need to be mindful of our working environment as well. Many employees take this time of year as an opportunity to work from home or remotely.  Whether it is stationing themselves in a home office, coffee shop, or checking in periodically while “on holiday break”, with this change in circumstance, the risk of loopholes being created in cybersecurity increases. Danger Zones No, we aren’t talking about bringing up politics at the family dinner table.  But if you’re using that free Wi-Fi while your family strolls the mall, make sure you’re not sharing and viewing in a private environment.  That includes typing in your credentials to log into accounts. Time to give your cousin the family photos from last year, and you’ve put them on a flash drive you had at work – with outdated company information. Stop right there.  Just because those old documents on the drive aren’t relevant anymore doesn’t mean they aren’t to a hacker.  Cousin Carol is unlikely to be as cautious as you might think. Furthermore, that data wasn’t intended to be viewed by Carol, either. The Hustle & the Bustle We’re all working like crazy to wrap up year-end, get gifts purchased, and finalize the dinner menu.  You don’t want to be working, you want to be doing all of the holiday things with your friends and family.  So, you may work quickly and likely in a more careless manner to get it done. Slow down and be safe.  You don’t want one quick click, share, or unsaved file to expose you or your company to a breach in the New Year. We’re all busy, we’re all entitled to enjoy this time of year with family and friends.  Just make sure you don’t fa-la-la your way right into the dangers of the dark web...

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Malware, Phishing, and Other Lurking Threats

By on Nov 5, 2019 in IT Blog | 0 comments

Security threats come from everywhere. Detecting those threats before they cause damage is paramount to an organization’s success.  Even though some threat detections require technical skills, the ultimate threat detection is you–the human firewall. In this month’s security newsletter, learn about the who, what, and why of enterprise threat detection and how to protect against two major threats: BEC and ransomware....

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Cybercrime and You

By on Aug 30, 2019 in IT Blog | 0 comments

A common misconception is that cybercrime only affects big businesses. Not only does cybercrime impact businesses of all sizes, it has huge negative repercussions that can impact us personally as well. In this month’s security newsletter, learn about some of the personal impacts of cybercrime and what to be on the lookout for if a breach happens with your information....

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