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Social Engineering & IT Security: What Businesses Need To Know

By: Courtney Casey
October 14th, 2021

Every day we’re presented with news of the “next big thing.” Disruptive technology developed by some of the most innovative minds of our time has created tremendous value for companies. These revolutionary tools, which have completely changed the ways we work and play, are simply powerful.

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Train Your Team to Spot High-Stakes Phishing

By: Courtney Casey
October 13th, 2021

Phishing attacks are growing more sophisticated, and spam filters aren't effective against every kind of attack. Old-style spammers sent the same message to multiple people, hoping some of them would take the bait. The newer, more dangerous approach targets individuals. It's called spearphishing, whaling, or high-stakes phishing.

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Do IT Right: It's Not About The Computers

Optimize your business's IT function, understand proper - and cost effective - IT staffing, and learn from the mistakes others have made.

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Cyber Security

Email Safety Best Practices: How to Stay Safe From Email Scams

By: Accent Computer Solutions
October 12th, 2021

Email scams are almost as old as the internet itself, but the days of easily identifiable email scams are long gone. Today, cyber criminals are doing everything they can to trick unsuspecting recipients into clicking on a dangerous link or sharing sensitive information. Instead of a “Nigerian prince” asking for your bank info so they can transfer a million dollars to your account, scammers are posing as C-level executives and trusted vendors. Now, it’s more important than ever to know what to look for in a scam email and how to keep yourself safe from cyber criminals.

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Cyber Security

Phishing Scams: Can They Be Avoided?

By: Accent Computer Solutions
October 11th, 2021

74% of organizations have suffered phishing attacks. – TechRepublic "Go fish" just got a whole new meaning. Phishing scams are getting harder to detect. Pronounced "fishing," phishing is a way for hackers to get you to turn over passwords, sensitive company data, and bank account information. Usually, it comes in an email, but it can also be web-linked. 

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Cyber Security

Cyber Security is a Shared Responsibility

By: Courtney Casey
October 7th, 2021

Cyber security sounds like something that falls under the responsibility of the IT department. The IT department may handle many of the responsibilities that go along with protecting the company from cyber threats, but that doesn't make security the sole responsibility of the IT department. Ensuring that your business doesn't fall prey to a cyber attack is everyone's responsibility. With 43% of cyber attacks targeting small businesses, it's more important than ever that everyone on your team participate in your cyber security measures.

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Cyber Security

8 Cyber Security Drills You Should Run in 2021

By: Courtney Casey
October 6th, 2021

People don't really know how their cyber security skills are going to measure up until they've tried them.

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4 Ways to Increase Your Cyber Security Defenses

By: Courtney Casey
October 4th, 2021

As if we didn’t have enough to deal with during a pandemic, cyber criminals have increased their attempts to take over accounts, invade networks, kidnap data, and generally wreak havoc throughout 2020 and 2021.

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Cyber Security

Do Your Part. Be Cyber Smart. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

By: Courtney Casey
September 29th, 2021

Have you ever had a friend who was so passionate about a topic that they became known in your circle for being an expert? Not only are they happy to share their knowledge, but they’re more than a little excited when it comes to analyzing your behavior as it relates to that topic, and convincing you that a change may be in your best interest.

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14 Foundational Cyber Security Measures Small & Midsize Businesses Need in 2021

By: Peter O'Campo
June 22nd, 2021

Hackers are getting more sophisticated. The minimum security protections that businesses need to defend against cyber criminals has changed. As cyber criminals have advanced the technology they use to sneak in (or bust through) network doors, the list of must-have cyber security "basics" has expanded.

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How to Use Employee Training to Build Up Cyber Security Defense

By: Courtney Casey
May 12th, 2021

Cyber criminals have access to sophisticated technologies these days, yet some of the most successful tried-and-true social engineering tactics continue to bypass technical security layers -- targeting the humans behind the technology.

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