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Capital One Data Breach from My Perspective

Capital One was breached and had 106 million applicants’ information stolen. This breach is one of the largest data breaches to occur. In comparison, the Equifax breach affected 150 million people. Capital One’s breach included 100 million US and 6 million Canadian applicants. These numbers are significant because with the US population estimated at being 330 million people, including minors, this means the breach affects an incredible percentage of US adults.

How did this happen? Capital One has embraced a cloud strategy and uses Amazon’s cloud services. Paige A. Thompson, a 33-year-old, hacked through Capital One’s firewall and was able to steal the applicant data. The stolen data includes applicant information from 2005 to early 2019. The data elements included in the breach include: addresses, dates of birth, self-reported income, social security numbers, bank account numbers, email addresses and more. Fortunately, only 140,000 social security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers were stolen. This is a very small percentage of the overall breach. Additionally, no credit card numbers or user passwords were stolen. The criminal complaint against Ms. Thompson is, she intended to sell the data on-line. Capital One has stated that it is unlikely the stolen information was disseminated or used for fraud.

What you need to know and do: Because no passwords were stolen, there is no immediate threat of fraudulent bank or credit card transactions. If data was successfully sold on the Dark Web, you can expect an increase in social engineering attacks targeted to individuals and businesses. These attacks will be in the form of SPAM emails, telephone calls, etc. Everyone needs to understand how crafty these criminals are in creating messages that look legitimate.

WARNING: Criminals always take advantage of a crisis. If you receive an email from Capital One advising that you were affected by the breach, it could be a SPAM email. Always verify the link in any email before you click (“Think Before you Click-It”). Even better, don’t click on any links in emails. It is a better practice to go directly to the company’s web site by typing in the URL in a new browser.

Remember: It typically takes more than one thing to go wrong for a company to suffer an IT security incident. For more information on protecting or managing your network, contact Quanexus at www.quanexus.com or call 937-885-7272.

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Posted by Jack Gerbs in Cybersecurity, Information Security

Managed Service Provider (MSP) in Dayton

MSP stands for Managed Services Provider. What are the benefits of having an MSP?

  1. Predictable IT support costs
  2. Improved network security
  3. Less downtime, leading to more productivity
  4. Ongoing monitoring of you networks and systems
  5. Up to date and protected technology
  6. Access to highly trained IT professionals
  7. 24/7 support
  8. Peace of mind

A managed service provider is a company that provides IT services from servers, networks and specialized applications to companies and organization.

Rather than relying on a break/fix or on-demand method of restoring IT functions, managed service providers offer ongoing monitoring of a company’s networks and systems. Some examples of what an MSP may manage are data backup and recovery, network monitoring, managed firewalls, voice IP, and virtual private networks (VPN).

For many companies, entering into an MSP agreement with an IT company creates predictable IT support costs, and is an efficient way for companies to stay up to date on technology, as well as have access to highly trained IT professionals.

Quanexus offers our own MSP program – Q-Works. Q-Works is a complete managed services package, which means you will see increased performance, security and reliability immediately and at an affordable price.

Related: Managed IT Services in Dayton

Outsourcing your organization’s IT needs gives you the technical expertise you need so you can focus on your business.

Your business success depends on your IT infrastructure and the information and data it houses. A managed service provider, such as Quanexus will not only keep your network up and running, but also running effectively and efficiently.

If you would like more information about our MSP program, or to see if it is right for you, contact us here or call

937.885.7272.

 

Related: Choose a Company With Over 25 Years of Experience

 

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Managed IT Services in Dayton

Managed IT Services and Support in Dayton, Ohio

  • Accounting
  • Payroll
  • Client files
  • Product inventory
  • Project folders
  • Bank statements

If you are a small to medium sized business chances are, you have computers that store this kind of data. This information helps to keep your business up and running. What if something were to happen and you couldn’t access your vital records, files, or data?

What if the computers crashed?

What if there were a fire or flood?

What if someone accidentally fell for a phishing email?

What if your information were being held for ransom?

How long could your business run without your network?

Our guess is probably not as long as you would like.

Having a trusted IT partner is critical in ensuring that you stay up and running, effectively and efficiently.

Related: How an MSP Can Keep You Up and Running

Whether you need a complete managed services program, consulting to setup a business continuity plan or internet security and firewall support, you can depend on Quanexus.

Quanexus is a leader in the Dayton area and offers assistance in planning a company’s communication infrastructure, installation services, repair support, as well as total managed services. We specialize in improving a company’s network effectiveness, minimizing downtime and reducing overall operating costs.

Related: Train Your Employees How to Recognize Threats

Would you like to learn more about how Quanexus can be your trusted IT partner? Contact us here or call 937.885.7272 and we would be happy to discuss your options.

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Posted by Jack Gerbs in Recent Posts, Small Business

What is a Managed Services Provider, or MSP?

MSP stands for Managed Services Provider. What are the benefits of having an MSP?

  1. Predictable IT support costs
  2. Ongoing monitoring of you networks and systems
  3. Up to date and protected technology
  4. Access to highly trained IT professionals
  5. 24/7 support
  6. Peace of mind

A managed service provider is a company that provides IT services from servers, networks and specialized applications to companies and organization.

Rather than relying on a break/fix or on-demand method of restoring IT functions, managed service providers offer ongoing monitoring of a company’s networks and systems. Some examples of what an MSP may manage are data backup and recovery, network monitoring, managed firewalls, voice IP, and virtual private networks (VPN).

For many companies, entering into an MSP agreement with an IT company creates predictable IT support costs, and is an efficient way for companies to stay up to date on technology, as well as have access to highly trained IT professionals.

Quanexus offers our own MSP program – Q-Works. Q-Works is a complete managed services package, which means you will see increased performance, security and reliability immediately and at an affordable price.

Related: Managed IT Services in Dayton

Outsourcing your organization’s IT needs gives you the technical expertise you need so you can focus on your business.

Your business success depends on your IT infrastructure and the information and data it houses. A managed service provider, such as Quanexus will not only keep your network up and running, but also running effectively and efficiently.

If you would like more information about our MSP program, or to see if it is right for you, contact us here or call

937.885.7272.

 

Related: Choose a Company With Over 25 Years of Experience

 

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Posted by Jack Gerbs in Recent Posts