How Hackers are Using the Coronavirus to Steel Your Data

Posted by Kayla Knight on Mar 17, 2020 5:03:17 PM
As if the coronavirus pandemic was not bad enough, hackers are now using the outbreak to hit your business with ransomware. 
 
As the pandemic is becoming a bigger issue across the globe, hackers are creating malicious links embedded with ransomware to lock and encrypt your data and business. 
 
Here are a few ways you can ensure your business is protected against these malicious attacks:
 

1. User training

User training is crucial in protecting your business against malicious links and behaviors.  Training your users on how to identify when a link may be malicious and ensure that it is coming from a reliable source.  
 
 

2. Pay attention to spam and attachment emails

Educate your users to avoid clicking links, pdfs, and zip files from unknown sources. Ensure the emails are coming from a reliable source and confirming with the source, if there is any suspicion. 
 

3. Proper business continuity plan

Accidents happen and disaster can strike at any time, without warning.  Prepare your business for success with the proper backups and business continuity plan to get your business back up and running in minutes. 
 
 
 
For more information protecting your business from malicious behavior or getting the proper backups in place, please contact us at (719) 359-5995 or send us a message from the link below! 

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Topics: Ransomware, Working remote, Managed Security

How to Prepare and Prevent Against Ransomware

Posted by Kayla Knight on Mar 4, 2020 9:09:46 AM
Ransomware is becoming more common among all types and sizes of businesses.   The intelligence behind ransomware is not only increasing but also becoming more malicious as time goes on.  
 
The best way to avoid ransomware is to have a prevention plan in place and also a plan in place to restore data in the event of attack.  
 
Here are a few ways you can ensure your business is headed in the right direction toward ransomware prevention:
 

1. Have multiple layers of protection

the best way to protect against a ransomware attack is to have multiple layers or protection.  This can include but not limited to, end-point protection, user training to identify suspicious and malicious behavior, and the proper business continuity plan. 
 

2. Security awareness training

cybercriminals are constantly trying to find holes and weaknesses within cybersecurity software.  Even the most up to date software will not provide all the protection that your business needs to prevent attacks.  The best way to prevent attacks is having the knowledge to identify the suspicious and malicious type behavior.  Educating yourself and your users is extremely important in prevent attacks. 
 

3. Prepare, test, and re-evaluate

Because cybercriminals are constantly looking for weaknesses in software, systems, and even mainstream media to exploit for their next potential victim, it is important to constantly re-evaluate your plan for prevention and implementation against ransomware 
 
 
 
For more information on how to get SaaS backups setup for you data and business, contact us at (719) 359-5995 or send us a message from the link below! 

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Topics: Ransomware, Managed Security

What is 2FA? | Why You Should Use it

Posted by Kayla Knight on Jan 28, 2020 4:47:58 PM

2FA or MFA

Login credentials are getting a lot easier for hackers to obtain to get into your private and business data.   Read our blog post on how to create a secure password here.  However, there are ways that you can protect your business, and it starts by protecting your login credentials. 

2FA (two-factor authentication ) or MFA (multiple factor of authentication) is just another layer of protection for your accounts.  The idea behind 2FA is a second layer of protection that will notify you at the attempt of each login to your account. In order to proceed logging into the account, the user will need to have the one-time generated code.  

There are several different ways that you can use 2FA, including receiving an email or text with a one-time access code, or by use of an authentication app.

 

Setting Up 2FA

In order to setup 2FA for your account, head to the account and privacy settings.  Typically it is under password or privacy settings titled two-factor authentication or one-time password.  However, if you are having difficulty locating it, you can always reach out to the account for assistance. 

 

Password Management 

Because 2FA is not full proof, and there are several ways for hackers to get around the tool or gain access to your account, it is advised that you use a password management tool alongside 2FA.  Password management tools securely store you login credentials all in one place.  These tools offer several benefits:

  • Quick login to accounts with browser extension
  • Secure storage of password
  • Easily update passwords with a click of a button
  • Their own authenticator app

Protecting your credentials to all of your accounts is more important than ever, as cyber attacks are becoming more common and widespread.  Learn more about how to protect your small business with our Essential Cybersecurity Toolkit.  Download from the form below! 

 

 

If you are ready to put together a custom cybersecurity plan for your business and need help getting started, contact us today! We can help you identify where your security may be lacking and put together a plan for you that gives you peace of mind and leverage for growth. 

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Topics: Ransomware, Managed Security

What is Ransomware? (And How to Protect Your Business Against it)

Posted by Kayla Knight on Nov 19, 2019 12:00:34 PM

What is Ransomware? 

Ransomware is becoming a problem that more companies are having to face.  On average there are more than 900,000 ransomware detection each year.1  Unfortunately, ransomware is not only becoming more common, it's is becoming more expensive and as a result causing downtime, loss of data, halting operations, and even causing companies to go out of business. 

Ransomware is a form of malicious software that overtakes your system(s) by locking down your data, systems, and software that your business runs on, and requiring a sum of money to be paid in order to re-gain access. 

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Topics: Ransomware, Managed Security

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