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Timely Talk About IT Security – Wannacry!

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Thu, May 18, 2017

By now, I'm just going to assume that most, if not all, of you have at least heard something about the Wannacry! Ransomware.

It’s been all over the news and many of my colleagues and clients have been asking me about it. Unfortunately, I have to deliver some bad news – these kinds of threats are going to continue to be more frequent. They're even getting cooler names from the individuals or groups disseminating them, so the media promotes them more, too...the jury's still out on whether that's a good thing, or a bad thing. 

Related: What DC SMBs Need to Know About Encrypting Ransomware and Malware

While widespread awareness can help slow the spread of bugs like this, it can also inspire copycat attacks from others who want their 15 minutes in the limelight. However, the thing the media's definitely not talking about enough is the fact that this could have been prevented if people simply took proper preventative care of their networks. 

Were you covered for the Wannacry attack? Are you sure or How do you know? Who do you call to get answers about something like this?

Related: Top 5 Risks of Using Outdated Technology

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Best Practices: Data Breach Response for SMB Business Continuity

Adam Siegelbaum

Posted by Adam Siegelbaum
Wed, Sep 02, 2015

Last year set a record for enterprise data breaches, and 2015 is on a pace to break that dubious achievement.

Small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) can no longer assume that they are too small or unimportant for hackers and cyber thieves to target. Criminal enterprises consider many types of SMBs, such as medical practices, law offices, engineering firms, and educational institutions to be low risk, high reward targets holding valuable personal identifying information (PII) about their clients.

RELATED: Biggest Data Breaches in 2015 (Part 1)

Business owners need an incident response plan in case their SMB gets hacked, and the time to formulate one is before a data breach incident occurs. For SMBs with fewer technical resources, partnering with a trusted managed services provider (MSP) is an option to consider.

Best practices for dealing with a data breach involve the 3 Ps:

  1. Preparation
  2. Promptness
  3. Protection

Read on to learn about each of the 3 Ps and how they contribute to a solid incident response plan.

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The End of Life: What the End of Windows Server 2003 Means for SMBs

Caroline McKee

Posted by Caroline McKee
Wed, Jul 15, 2015

On July 14th 2015, Windows Server 2003 reached the end of its very long life. The “End of Life” of Windows Server 2003 refers to Microsoft’s discontinuation of support for this now outdated platform, however many people do not realize the full impact this will cause.

According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2003 accounted for 39% of all Windows servers in use at the time the End of Life was enacted, with an estimated 9.4 million servers existing in North America alone.

So what does this mean for companies still using Windows Server 2003 as their primary server?
Read on to learn the risks faced by those who have not yet made the switch over to another server and  how to make the transition away from Windows Server 2003 as smooth as possible for your individual company.

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