5 Tips To Keep Your Small Business Secure

Small businesses are an obvious target for cyberattackers because their security budgets are usually limited. However, as a business grows, so does its vulnerabilities. Nearly 50% of all cyberattacks target small businesses, and of those small businesses that are victims of a cyberattack, 60% go out of business within six months. Some small business leaders may know already that their IT security systems are lagging behind their competitors, but simply don’t know where to start. Here are five tips for small businesses to keep in mind when establishing a security strategy:    Strengthen and Varying Up Your Passwords   Strong passwords are a must as well as changing your password…

What You Need To Know About EKANS

A concerning evolution in ransomware is starting to take shape. Recently, researchers have started to warn against “EKANS,” also known as Snake, a type of ransomware that specifically targets industrial control systems (ICS). EKANS first emerged in December 2019, when it was found to be able to hack into Windows systems used in industrial environments. This is the second instance of file-encrypting malware that was designed to target the software used in oil refineries and manufacturing facilities, specifically.     How does EKANS work?  EKANS encrypts files (which are then renamed with a random five-character file extension) and blocks access until the user pays a cryptocurrency ransom. In order to deploy…

Everything You Need To Know About Office 365 Harvesting

Office 365 software is utilized by more than 150 million active subscribers. But this large number of users also makes Office 365 a major target for hackers. Recently, cybercriminals have been known to use a technique that doesn’t require users to give up their login credentials. While scammers have used similar tactics in the past, what makes this scam even more dangerous is that the URL within the phishing message links to a real Microsoft login page. Learn all about this new phishing scam and how to protect your company from becoming its next victim.    How does it work?  The scam starts with a phishing message that pops up on…

Public vs. Private Cloud Storage: Which Is Better for Your Business?

With its 30-year history, cloud storage is often viewed by companies as a safe, reliable and secure way to store their data. These services are especially useful for small businesses since they eliminate the need to have an in-house server.  However, the question of whether it is safer to use cloud storage or internal servers is worth asking. Learn more about the specific advantages and disadvantages of cloud storage, including when companies choose to use a combination of public and private storage called the hybrid cloud.    What are the benefits of cloud storage?  The first major benefit of the cloud is not having the expense of running your own…