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Think like a Hacker: How would you break into your company’s IT?

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 12/30/16 4:38 PM

Do You Have Weak Domain Passwords?

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Topics: IT security, IT Cyber Security Issues, IT Password Security, Hacker

It’s Not Okay to Ignore these Recent IT Cyber Security Issues

Posted by David Mulvey on 3/4/15 1:30 PM

February showers bring May flowers. Well that’s exactly how things are not going in Philadelphia nor is that what is happening with IT cyber security! February 2015 brought three important IT security issues to every IT department to contend with. If you had outsourced your IT security to ANP these would not be your concern, ANP would have handled them for you. However, if you are doing your own IT here are three big issues you should be proactively addressing:
  1. If you user use Firefox, update it now. Open Firefox, click on the little square icon near the top-right of your screen that is composed of three horizontal bars. Then click the question mark for “help”. Third, select “About Firefox.” Firefox will automatically download the latest version. The latest version, just released, includes important security patches that you need. Want to learn more, Click HERE.

  2. If you company uses Lenovo laptops, uninstall Superfish now. Starting in as early as 2010, Lenovo has pre-installed Superfish on some of their laptops. This junk-ware software is vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. This means websites, such as banking and email, can be spoofed without a warning from the browser. Remove the application immediately. Want to learn more, Click HERE.

  3. Install Microsoft's Critical Security Update Now. Microsoft has released a critical security update to address multiple vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system if the user views a specially crafted webpage. This security update is rated critical for Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11. Want to learn more, Click HERE.

As an IT Professional you simply cannot become lackadaisical regarding the patching of your IT environment. As an IT manager I often find that my IT professionals are so busy with their day-to-day responsibilities that it’s almost impossible to expect them to remain up to date with the latest IT Cyber security issues. I often visit the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team website which is run by the Department of Homeland Security. The website is an excellent resource for all things cyber-security! Check out the US-CERT website by Click HERE.

 

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Topics: IT security, IT Cyber Security, IT Cyber Security Issues

Is Your Network Security Adequate? Think Again!

Posted by Michael Silverman on 2/18/14 11:06 AM

Back on February 7th, NBC reported on potential security risks at the Olympic Games.  There was a lot of controversy about the article itself, but, accurate or a hoax, IT security doesn’t get the attention it should in small businesses.  More and more organizations, large and small, are being audited either by regulatory agencies or by existing or potential clients.  Years back, news was about virus attacks, followed by malware; today we’re regularly hearing about hacking.  Everyone wants to know their data is secure.

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Topics: data security, IT security, network security, network assessment

Data Security Breaches: Not just a Big Business Threat.

Posted by Scott Persechino on 2/17/14 8:59 AM

If a big company like Target or Neiman Marcus can suffer a Data Security Breach, it can certainly happen to your small company. In fact, it’s probably more likely to happen. And though no business, big or small, is ever guaranteed to be completely protected from a data security breach, if a company does not take the proper proactive security steps, it will almost definitely happen.

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Topics: data security, IT security, network security, data security breaches

How does a Business Owner Insure IT Security with Employees?

Posted by Scott Persechino on 12/22/13 11:15 AM

Having worked in the technology field for many years, I’ve developed a certain perspective regarding the security of technology devices in my office and in my home…and frankly, I’m not sure if it’s “healthy” or “unhealthy”.  Here in my office, if I take a look at the devices connected around me, I see a computer with connections to internal resources as well as external Internet- and cloud-based resources; I see a little USB drive hanging off my computer; I see a smart phone with all sorts of applications loaded on it; I see an IP-based phone, with voice mail, and all sorts of other capabilities.  At home, I have a cable modem, a little wireless router, a few cable boxes, telephones with voice mail service, and a couple of smart appliances.  Although all of these devices are either essential for me to be able to do my job…or help make my time at home be more convenient and enjoyable, I can’t help but think they all have one thing in common…and that is all of these devices can be hacked!

The simple truth is that if you can plug it in, or connect it to a “network”, your device, no matter what it is, can be taken over by someone else. And the truth is that someone doesn’t have to be an experienced hacker to do some serious damage…either on purpose or by accident.

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Topics: IT Technology, IT security, Business Owners, Virtual Private network, home network, security of your company

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