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Holding Your Own Against Today's Most Pressing Threats

Holding Your Own Against Today's Most Pressing Threats

For all the attention that we (and many others) give to cybercrime, people are still falling victim to hacks and scams every day. With most businesses operating more in the digital sphere than ever before, it stands to reason that they need to do more to keep from being a victim of a data breach or worse. Here are six things your business should do to keep from being a victim of a cyberattack.

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Cybersecurity Risk Management and the Need for Small Businesses to have Cyber Insurance

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More than 70 percent of cyberattacks target businesses with less than 100 employees, and a recent report said that 60 percent of small businesses affected by ransomware went bankrupt within six months. Couple this information with information from Cybersecurity Ventures stating that, heading into 2021, businesses will suffer a ransomware attack every 11 seconds and cyberattacks will cost $6 trillion annually, and the FBI reports that digital crime increased 75% between March and June of 2020. These numbers are quite staggering, especially as many small businesses have undergone sudden transformations into remote work environments necessitated by COVID-19, however, most are not equipped to manage the security, risk, and technology demands that arise with work-from-home employees.

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Cybersecurity Basics Explained

Cybersecurity Basics Explained

October is cybersecurity month and no better time to focus on the basics. Did you know that over a quarter of all data breaches happen to small businesses? The cost of a data breach, well, it sure isn’t worth it. To keep your business data and infrastructure free of threats and relatively secure, small businesses will need a combination of useful technology tools and well-designed strategies. Let’s take a look at several steps your small business can take to secure itself from digital theft.

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You Shouldn’t Slow Your Cybersecurity Spending

You Shouldn’t Slow Your Cybersecurity Spending

COVID-19 has changed the way that most business owners look at a dollar. For months, businesses have been making strategic budget cuts to try to stay afloat. Cybersecurity has been the ultimate growth industry over the past several years, but in the face of the pandemic, the market for these products and services is seeing substantial retraction. In fact, Gartner estimates that in 2020, the cybersecurity industry will shrink by almost $7 billion. Today, we’ll take a look at the cybersecurity market and why it is important not to slow your cybersecurity spending, if you can help it.

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Tip of the Week: Best Practices to Protect Your Business

Tip of the Week: Best Practices to Protect Your Business

As a business leader, you must be aware of all different varieties of cybercrime. However, most of these varieties can largely be avoided through a few basic practices and behaviors. Here, we’re giving you a few tips to help you prevent attacks from successfully influencing your business, so make sure you share them with your entire team, as well.

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Protect Your Laptop from Theft

Protect Your Laptop from Theft

We talk about cybersecurity often. We talk about protecting your data from the illusive threat that hackers and cybercriminals bring. We don’t often talk about the more obvious type of security - preventing the physical theft of your data. It’s time!

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Tip of the Week: 3 Easy Actions That Will Protect Your Data

Tip of the Week: 3 Easy Actions That Will Protect Your Data

The modern business has to deal with a lot of potential security problems. Today’s threat landscape is filled with people looking to prosper from your misfortune. As a result, doing what you can to maintain the security of your network and data is essential. Today, we will discuss how maintaining your organizational cybersecurity does not have to be costly or time consuming.The best way to do this is to highlight a few key actions that you can take to keep your network secure and your data safe.

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Taking a Look at the Current Cybercrime Statistics

Taking a Look at the Current Cybercrime Statistics

Organizational cybersecurity has to be a priority for every business. These days, companies are getting hacked and being exposed to some of the very worst malware ever created. Today, we will take a look at some cybercrime statistics that will put in perspective just how damaging cybercrime is.

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Baseline Cybersecurity

Baseline Cybersecurity

More than any time before, cybersecurity has to be a major consideration for businesses. It is, in fact, one of the biggest problems the modern business has to face day-in and day-out. Shortage in cybersecurity talent and antiquated strategies are making it difficult for businesses to find the knowledgeable resources that will help them work to secure their network and data from threats to the business.  

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Armored Car Cybersecurity

Armored Car Cybersecurity

It’s fair to say that most business owners aren’t cybersecurity experts. That’s why there is such a large investment in cybersecurity solutions. That outlay is justified, sure, but is it effective? Today, we’ll talk a little bit about network and cybersecurity, and how all the capital investment in the world may not actually keep your network secure. 

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You Have to Be Smarter About Your Data

You Have to Be Smarter About Your Data

You’ve heard it over and over for the past several years: data loss is a disaster. A data breach can ruin your business. Ransomware is a business’s biggest enemy. Your reputation can never recover after a data breach. These statements may be redundant, but if you don’t heed the message behind them, you will likely regret it. 

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DHS Cybersecurity Shortage a Major Problem

DHS Cybersecurity Shortage a Major Problem

Cybersecurity is a big point of emphasis for the modern IT administrator. For the private business, it’s important for enough to be done in order to secure business assets, and the integrity of the network itself. Unfortunately, when looking at public computing resources, there isn’t enough talent available to properly secure the systems on which government entities rely. 

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Cybersecurity Insurance Gaining Steam

Cybersecurity Insurance Gaining Steam

Controlling your organization’s data relies on keeping your network and computing infrastructure free from threats. Early detection allows your business to actively confront risks before they develop into major issues. However, threats are becoming more difficult to detect in early stages, and one hidden threat could doom your entire business. 

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Network Security is Crucial for Every Organization

Network Security is Crucial for Every Organization

Avoiding risk is important for every business. Nowadays, with technology being an omnipresent element in most businesses, technology-based risks have grown in concert. As a result, the modern business owner and IT administrators need to understand the new risks and how to proactively work toward avoiding (or mitigating) them.

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Fishing for Answers to Keep Phishing Attacks from Sinking Your Business

Fishing for Answers to Keep Phishing Attacks from Sinking Your Business

Phishing attacks have been in the social consciousness now for a while, and for good reason. Phishing is the predominant way that hackers gain access to secured networks and data. Unfortunately, awareness to an issue doesn’t always result in positive outcomes. In this case, hackers get more aggressive, and by blanketing everyone under a seemingly limitless phishing net, 57 billion phishing emails go out every year. If a fraction of those emails accomplish their intended goal, the hackers on the other end of them really make out well.

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WARNING: A New Zero-Day Threat is On the Loose

WARNING: A New Zero-Day Threat is On the Loose

Zero-day threats are some of the most dangerous ones out there. What we mean by “zero day” threats are those that have been discovered by hackers before an official patch has been released by the developers, giving them exactly zero days before they are actively exploited in the wild. One of the more dangerous zero-day threats out there at the moment is one that takes advantage of Internet Explorer.


Before we start making Internet Explorer jokes, we want to mention that there is nothing funny about online threats--particularly those that haven’t been addressed yet by the developers. This newly discovered zero-day threat is called the “Double Kill” Internet Explorer vulnerability. Unfortunately, the Chinese developers who discovered this vulnerability--a computer security company called Qihoo--have been quiet about the details regarding the double-kill IE bug. It’s also difficult to tell if your organization is under threat, as they aren’t revealing any of the warning signs of such an attack.

The only thing known for sure about this threat is that it takes root by using Word documents. It’s likely that this is done through email attachments as well, as email is a major method of transporting threats of all kinds. When the document is opened up, Internet Explorer is opened in the background via some kind of shellcode that downloads an executable file. The vulnerability does all this without showing anything of note to the user, making it a difficult threat to identify, but the effects are well-known. Apparently, the downloaded executable file installs a Trojan horse malware on the user’s device which creates a backdoor into the system.

There are a lot more unknowns than anything else with this vulnerability, though. In particular, professionals aren’t sure if all Word documents are affected by this vulnerability, or if the threat even needs Microsoft Office in order to function as intended. It’s not even known what role Internet Explorer plays in the attack, or if the documents that can trigger this attack are identifiable. All we can tell you is that you need to keep security best practices in mind to keep these kinds of zero-day threats from becoming a problem for your organization.

To start, you should never download an unexpected file from an unexpected sender. This can come in the form of a resume, receipt, or other online document. You can never know for sure what you’re actually downloading, as criminals have been able to spoof email addresses to a dangerous degree in recent years. Just be cautious about everything you can, and augment caution with powerful security tools that can identify potential risks before they become major problems.

To get started with network security, reach out to CTN at (610) 828-5500.

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There are New Ways to Secure Your Data

There are New Ways to Secure Your Data

Security is an aspect of running a business that absolutely cannot be ignored, regardless of whether or not you see it as a considerable issue in the near future. The fact remains that your organization will always be at risk unless you take actions to keep it safe today. By taking advantage of some of the latest and greatest security tools on the market, you’ll be able to protect not only from the basic threats, but more advanced ones as well.

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybercrime is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. From the largest enterprise to the individual, it can affect anyone, anywhere. To help ensure the cybersecurity of American citizens and their businesses, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other agencies work together every October to raise awareness about the threats people face online through a series of educational events and activities.

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What Hackers Are Seeking On Your Network

What Hackers Are Seeking On Your Network

When hackers try to infiltrate your network, they do so with a purpose in mind. Usually they are looking for specific information, like account credentials, personal information, or files that can be used to blackmail victims. We’ll go over what a hacker can do with the information that they collect from you, and how you can best protect your data.

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Tip of the Week: 12 Security Rules Every PC User Should Follow

Tip of the Week: 12 Security Rules Every PC User Should Follow

While you are probably spending a fair amount of time thinking about your business’ security, can you confidently say the same about those that you’ve employed? Unfortunately, your workers may not put much thought into network security. This could very possibly lead to some severe issues potentially harming your business operations.

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