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5 Quick Tips To Help With Information Security

Information Security is a moving target. Once you "think" that you have it figured out, boom, here comes another new threat to knock you back on your heels and question just how strong your Information Security program is. That's the bad news. The good news is that we are going to give you 5 Information Security Tips that will help reduce the chances (notice I did not say eliminate) of an Information Security incident from taking place.(These can apply to both individuals and organizations as well):

How to Secure WiFi in 5 Simple Steps

The recent reports of rising cyber-attacks throughout the world have many businesses and people investigating ways that they can improve the cybersecurity of their work and home environments. Since the inception of the 802.11 protocols nearly 20 years ago, WiFi has become more prevalent in everyday life, and yet many people still are unaware of the security issues that arise when implementing a WiFi device into their environments. Below are 5 tips on how to secure WiFi at either your home or office:

Ransomware Update: The FBI is Coming, The FBI is Coming...

Q: Why was the Computer so tired when it got home?

A: Because it had a hard drive

While the joke above is pretty funny (at least I thought it was), Ransomware is no joke. I have written several blog posts about Ransomware over the past 9 months and the dangers that these types of attacks present an organization. Now, the FBI is becoming concerned and has issued recent guidance around the fact that Ransomware has become a significant problem for all organizations, no matter what size or industry they are in.

From Brute Force to the Phishing Email: How Hacking Has Changed

Hacking has changed. Both in how they do it and why they do it. Before, it was individuals trying to use brute force to gain entry into your network. It was aggressive and LOUD. Think of the idea of using a missile to swat a mosquito, same thing. Most of the time it was to prove a point, that they could access your system and you couldn't stop them. Overall, for the most part, there wasn't the malicious intent that exists today.

IT Security in 2016: Phishing and Ransomware Remain Challenges

If any of you out there like to watch the show "The Profit" on CNBC, you and I would most likely become instant friends. For those of you that have never seen the show, the basic premise is that a billionaire (Marcus Lemonis) helps struggling businesses turn their operations around through financial and operational oversight. During the course of a season, often times there will be an episode or two that are progress reports where he takes us, the viewers, back to businesses he previously invested in to see how they are doing. We are going to do the same thing with this blog: A progress report.