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Free Antivirus Software: The Consequences of Being Cheap

Posted by Scott Spiro on Friday, 22 September 2017

Imagine for a minute that you’re the CEO of a scrappy, promising new start-up. In the beginning, it was just you and two other employees working on dinky PCs out of a 12-by-12-foot office, but things are picking up.

The company is growing rapidly and heading into uncharted waters. You're so busy with building your business, you haven't had time to think about cybersecurity.

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Topics: Cybercrime, cybersecurity, free antivirus software

What Will You Do When Code Breaking Hits Your Business?

Posted by Scott Spiro on Thursday, 24 August 2017

In today's world of rampant cybercrime, every savvy business owner knows the necessity of locking down their data. However, we find that the cyber security technologies used by the vast majority of businesses are woefully out of date. Sure, your current solution may have worked great, but digital threats to the safety of your company are constantly evolving. Criminals will eventually attempt to breach your data — and your barriers are not as secure as you might think.

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Topics: Cybercrime, Business, cybersecurity

6 Network Security Threats Your LA Business Must Prepare For in 2017

Posted by Scott Spiro on Monday, 26 June 2017

When you think of data security breaches, companies like Target and Yahoo probably come to mind. But now more than ever, network security threats are targeting small businesses. Still, for many small business owners, investing in the necessary network protections gets overshadowed by more immediate tasks. 

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Topics: Cybercrime, Confidential Information, network security

The Dirty Loophole That Lets Insurance Companies Refuse to Cover a Cybercrime Theft in Your Business

Posted by Scott Spiro on Wednesday, 21 June 2017

As hacking hit the headlines in the last few years — most recently the global hack in May that targeted companies both large and small — insurance policies to protect businesses against damage and lawsuits have become a very lucrative business indeed. Your company may already have cyber insurance, and that’s a good thing. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have a job to do — or that the insurance will cover you no matter what.

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Topics: Cybercrime, Insurance

How To Keep Your Employees From Leaking Confidential Information

Posted by Scott Spiro on Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Back in 2014, Code Spaces was murdered. The company offered tools for source code management, but they didn’t have solid control over sensitive information — including their backups. One cyberattack later, and Code Spaces was out of business. Their killer had used some standard techniques, but the most effective was getting an unwitting Code Space employee to help — likely via a phishing attack.

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Topics: Cybercrime, Confidential Information

“Lucky Charm” Keeps Hackers Out

Posted by Scott Spiro on Friday, 03 March 2017

Ralph’s been a good employee for you. Shows up on time. Gets the job done. Doesn’t hassle anybody.

He’s also a porn addict. When nobody’s looking, he’s visiting sites – on your network – that you’d be appalled to see IF…you knew about them. Without careful monitoring and filtering, this kind of Internet use on your network can remain hidden.

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Topics: Cybercrime, Security, cybersecurity

3 “Must-Do” Cybersecurity Resolutions For 2017

Posted by Scott Spiro on Tuesday, 03 January 2017

“Never before in the history of humankind have people across the world been subjected to extortion on a massive scale as they are today.” That’s what The Evolution of Ransomware, a study by Mountain View, California-based cybersecurity firm Symantec, reported recently.

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Topics: Cybercrime, cybersecurity, New Years Resolutions

$1.5M Cyber-Heist Typifies Growing Threat

Posted by Scott Spiro on Thursday, 01 December 2016

Efficient Escrow of California was forced to close its doors and lay off its entire staff when cybercriminals nabbed $1.5 million from its bank account. The thieves gained access to the escrow company’s bank data using a form of “Trojan horse” malware.

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Topics: Cybercrime, cybersecurity

In-Flight Wi-Fi: Are You Safe to Connect?

Posted by Scott Spiro on Thursday, 12 May 2016

In-flight Wi-Fi has become a convenient and accessible feature for travelers. With two-thirds of airlines now offering Wi-Fi and usage up 1,600% since 2013, why wouldn’t you join thousands of others in surfing the skies?

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Topics: Cybercrime, in-flight wi-fi, risks of in-flight wi-fi, cybersecurity, tips for safe web browsing

Hacking the Power Grid: The Effects of a Widespread Blackout

Posted by Scott Spiro on Thursday, 12 May 2016

When it comes to terrorism, attacks against the U.S. power grid rarely make headlines. But with 79 attacks on the U.S. energy grid in 2013 alone (and instances like these occuring every year), Americans need to prepare for a widespread power outage and its potentially catastrophic effects.

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Topics: Cybercrime, cybersecurity

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