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This week we are featuring our current newsletter. In this newsletter we focus on Security Awareness Training, Long Term Digital Photo Storage, How Data Security Resonates with Customers, and What We Learned from the Equifax Breach.

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Posted by Charles Wright in Cybersecurity, Information Security, Recent Posts, Small Business, Wireless

Microsoft Fighting COVID-19 Hacking

Microsoft Fighting COVID-19 HackingMicrosoft is tracking phishing and social engineering attacks and how they are adapting to the news of the world. With more users working from home and stress levels high, Microsoft says they are seeing an increase in successful phishing attacks. This increase opens more businesses up to attack and preys on our appetite for information in this uncertain time. A report out this week shows China, Russia, and the United States are being targeted the hardest by hackers. Hackers are not suddenly using new tools to attack with, but instead adapting existing tools to include COVID-19 keywords.

Below is an example of how hackers are using the same phishing methods but adapting them to Coronavirus news.

Phishing Campaign ChangesSource: Microsoft Security Blog

Microsoft says they are seeing around 18,000 malicious COVID-19 themed URLs and IP addresses per day. Hackers have always preyed on emotion, so we knew they would use the panic and thirst for information to capitalize on stealing data. This new information from Microsoft shows the adaptive tactics are working. More users are clicking on these links or attachments than they were before the pandemic.

The same tactics for avoiding phishing emails are still relevant. Think before you click. Just because the email appears to come from a reputable organization, doesn’t mean it does. Go to the source for the information instead of clicking a link. Make endpoint users aware of this new phishing tactic and reach out to Quanexus if your business has IT Security needs.

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Posted by Charles Wright in Cybersecurity, Information Security, Recent Posts, Small Business, Virtualization

Business Decisions – Work from Home?

A single, infected home computer connected to your business network can infect and cripple the entire business network.

Being a business owner means making hard decisions. With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many owners wrestled with alternative ways to keep their businesses operational. Obviously, work from home is a great solution, but this option presents many risks.

Typically to work from home, there are two choices- use a company owned computer that is controlled and managed by the company or let employees use their personal computers.  Allowing personal computers on the business network represents a high risk. Personal computers are unknown devices, raising the following concerns:

  • Are they running a supported and properly patched operating system?
  • Are applications and programs on the computer patched and updated (Adobe, Java, Office, etc.)?
  • What kind of threat protection is on the home network?
  • Who in the family has access to the machines?

While there are mitigating controls that can be put in place to bring the inherent risk down, the risk cannot be eliminated.

If you are fortunate enough to be working from home, I cannot stress the importance of keeping your guard up. The criminals are aware of the great opportunity they have. They will be working harder than ever to exploit your home system, hoping that you are connected to a business network. If you suspect or experience anything that seems abnormal, you need to notify your office immediately of a potential incident.

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Posted by Jack Gerbs in Cybersecurity, Information Security, Recent Posts, Small Business, Virtualization

Data Security Resonates with Consumers

A recent survey from IBM found 78% of consumers say a company’s ability to keep their data private is “Extremely Important.” The same survey found that only 20% of consumers completely trust the organizations they do business with to keep their data safe.

Many organizations are struggling to keep up with data security. Companies collect and store more information on consumers than ever before, and the risks are higher than ever to keep that data safe. Federal and state legislatures are trying to find the right balance of rules and penalties, and many small businesses are lost in all of the information.

The current study on Cyber Resilience by IBM Security shows organizations are still struggling to keep consumer’s data safe. The study found organizations are facing a skills gap when trying to be more cyber resilient. These companies identify the best way to protect client data is to hire personnel skilled in this area. They also reported it’s very difficult to find and keep skilled cybersecurity professionals.

Skilled Cybersecurity Professionals Graph

 

At the same time organizations are seeing the importance of privacy in their IT security framework:

Importance of Privacy

With the California Consumer Privacy Act taking effect January 2020, many organizations are scrambling to understand the guidelines. Because of the sheer number of Californians, most organizations are choosing to make the changes for all of their customers instead of treating California residents differently.

All of these factors combine to create a complex problem for a business owner. Consumers understand the importance of data security after years of huge data breaches in the news. Organizations are struggling to hire and keep up-to-date skilled employees to keep customer data safe and adhere to new and evolving privacy regulations.

Many organizations are finding that it’s cheaper and more effective to outsource these responsibilities to an experienced Managed Service Provider like Quanexus. Data security is a priority for consumers. Is your company doing everything it can to protect client data?

Take a look at our latest video on Getting Started with IT Security and follow along in the video series to better understand what Quanexus can do for your business.

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Posted by Charles Wright in Cybersecurity, Information Security, Recent Posts, Small Business, Virtualization