Category Archives: Internet Security

The Small Business Guide for Your 2019 IT Budget

As summer comes to an end and fall quickly approaches, it comes the time to start thinking of next year’s budget. Research conducted by the National Cyber Security Alliance found that almost 50 percent of all small businesses have experienced a cyber attack and more than 70 percent of cyber attacks target small businesses. With […]

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It’s Time to Upgrade Your IT Infrastructure

An organization’s IT infrastructure has become a vital part of all operations and affects nearly every aspect of the business.  As such, it is critical to keep all of your systems up to date with the latest security patches. Every piece of technology that touches your network including; desktops, laptops, phones, servers, switches, etc. should […]

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What can your Company Learn from the Timehop Cyber Incident?

This past weekend, the Timehop app announced a large network intrusion that affected over 21 million users. The app compiles information from all forms of social media and creates a “look back in time” for the user. The data that was breached included names, email addresses, and phone numbers. Luckily, no private messages, financial data, […]

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So, You’re Suffering from a Data Breach?

Guest blog by: Andrew Davidson at AmVenture A data breach can be crippling for a small business. According to statistics provided by Small Business trends, a whopping 60% of small companies shut their doors within six months of a cyber attack, and yet only 14% of small business owners are highly confident in their ability to protect […]

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Should my Business Implement the Zero Trust Model?

In the ever-changing world of cyber security the “Zero Trust” concept is a strategy that is elegant in its simplicity; do not trust anyone. The model was created by John Kindervag of Forrester Research Inc. in response to an increasing number of breaches due to the lax security on open connections.  Many organizations depend solely […]

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Is cyber liability insurance necessary for my business?

The latest statistics show that 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses and 60% of those organizations attacked go out of business within 6 months of the attack. With the growing number of cyber attacks every day, the general thinking is not if you will will get breached, but when and how bad will it […]

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What can I do to protect myself from being crypto-jacked?

Crypto-jacking is one of the latest fads in cyber crime.  As opposed to a cyber-criminal locking up your files and waiting for you to meet their ransom demands, they are simply stealing the CPU cycles of your computer to mine for crypto-currency around the world. Why would they do this? They do this because where […]

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Public wifi; friend or foe?

In a business world where organizations expect you to be connected and productive at all times of all days, the convenience of having publicly available wireless networks wherever you are is fantastic! Or is it? The answer is, it depends. The availability of an internet connection can cut both ways. While it can give you […]

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Breach Level Index: A New Way of Thinking

With all of the recent high-profile breaches in the last year such as Equifax, Dow Jones, and River Cities Media, it seems the media hones in mainly on the scope of the incident, i.e. how many people were impacted.  While the amount of people impacted by a breach is important information, it is critical to […]

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Penetration Testing vs. Vulnerability Scanning – Guest Blog by Michael Giuffrida

With businesses today having to abide by one or more compliance standards such as NIST, PCI or HiPPA, the question about penetration testing and vulnerability scanning often arises.  Many compliance standards require that you perform these tests at least annually, but very little additional information is provided about what that means. To begin, there is […]

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