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You just clicked on a link that contained malware. Your computer screen turns red. You are the victim of a Ransomware attack. All of your data has been locked down. You can’t access any of your systems. Your company is completely shut down. You need to restore your data and get your company back up and running. Every minute means lost revenue and production. Fortunately, you have a back-up plan. Your back-ups are valid, you restore your data and you are back on-line.
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Did you know that 140,000 disk drives crash per week in the U.S.?  That’s a lot of lost data! Are you prepared for a data loss incident? Are malware and ransomware a concern to you? Do you have a backup strategy in place? Is your backup strategy reliable enough to get you back up and running in a critical situation? ......
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As you head into the office, you’re not thinking about backing up the data on your computer. Instead, your focus is on navigating rush hour traffic and listening to the news. But then you hear that the area rivers are starting to overflow their banks. You think about it for a moment; and hope everyone is ok. Until... ....
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We had a client that needed a conference room TV that was fast and portable. This was our solution.
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“The next Pearl Harbor will be Cyber! It’s a cheap way to attack! No bombers or submarines needed. We must do much more to protect our infrastructure from attack. ” - Senator Angus King, Maine. The idea that we must protect our businesses from a dark nefarious shadowy threat that lurks beneath the surface of the Internet paints a scary picture of the threat we all face. ......
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“In the most widespread attack to date, the WannaCryptor (WannaCry) ransomware family infected thousands of computers across the world. In just 24 hours, the number of infections spiked to 185,000 machines in more than 100 countries."  * picture from KnowBe4 A new family of ransomware called WannaCryptor has started targeting businesses in more than 70 countries around the world. Hospitals, telecom companies or gas and utilities plants are just some of the verticals tha...
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There are new developments on the cyber-attack front every day. New forms of social engineering, malware, viruses, and cyber-attacks are being developed faster than we can comprehend. Cyber-criminal enterprises have learned that data is as valuable to business as physical assets. Stealing from or disrupting business operations is lucrative and relatively risk-free. In the murky world of the darknet, criminal enterprises conspire to find ways to steal anonymously. Brad Chacos, senior editor ...
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We hear and read about cyber security every day. In fact we hear and read about it so much across so many platforms that it has become just another annoyance in our daily business lives. It’s just something else that may happen to us if we aren’t aware and don’t buy the latest software, tool, or appliance. The cyber security business is growing rapidly and the products, services, information and terminology we are confronted with is complicated and confusing. If you are tired o...
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Published: November 16th, 2016By:  Charles Paikert - senior editor with Financial Planing, a SourceMedia publication IBDs: Keep your head — or some IT supervision — in the cloud.Independent broker-dealer Lincoln Financial Securities found out the hard way what happens when an OSJ’s cloud server vendor fails to protect customer information from hackers.As part of a FINRA enforcement action, the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based firm agreed to a censure and a $650,000 fine for ...
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You have been attacked! Your files are encrypted. A screen pops up with instructions telling you that your files will be destroyed if you don’t comply. The clock is ticking down. What do you do? Unfortunately, ransomware attacks are on the rise globally. Attackers have learned that small to medium sized businesses are prime attack targets. It’s a numbers game to cyber criminals. Why take the risk of attacking a Fortune 500 company and asking for thousands of dollars when it easi...
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