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An Office Manager's Playbook For Unexpected Online Security Attacks

An Office Manager's Playbook For Unexpected Online Security Attacks
  You manage your office. You get the calls when email is slow, or a user can’t get into QuickBooks or some other software tool we have come to rely on. But, what do you do when a fellow team member accidentaly downloads an infected link or inadvertently finds themselves locked out of their system because of a malware or ransoware attack?  Could you have they have prevented it?  And more importantly, are you prepared to act fast to keep it from spreading? First of all, you are not IT (even though team members may call you as if you were). Second, you cannot prevent an attack. (Huh? Did I hear you correctly?) Trust us, you can avoid cyber attacks and online infections, but you can’t prevent them entirely. To make matter worse, according to Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, small businesses are a bigger target than ever before, with
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How Do You Proactively Avoid or Prevent Your Next Security Breach?

How Do You Proactively Avoid or Prevent Your Next Security Breach?
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times... Never in our history as human beings have we had access to so much information. The Internet of Things has simplified tasks that took teams to handle and given the everyday user access to information, customers and transactions all from a device. Today's D.C. business community lives in a world of instant alerts, long commutes and having to be available to your customer around the clock. With the fast face of IoT comes another stark reality for today’s D.C. business person: “90 percent of companies recognize that they are insufficiently prepared against a cyber attack.” The reality is that cyber threats such as ransom and phishing continue to evolve. Read More
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Averting Malware, Ransomware and Cyber Attacks: Get Smart Before They Get You

Averting Malware, Ransomware and Cyber Attacks: Get Smart Before They Get You
Close Encounters of the Worst Kind Symantec discovered more than 430 million new unique pieces of malware in 2015, up 36 percent from the year before. Perhaps what is most remarkable is that these numbers no longer surprise us. As our "real" and online lives become indistinguishable from each other, cybercrime has become a part of our daily experiences. Attacks against businesses hit the headlines with such regularity that we’ve become numb to the sheer volume and acceleration of cyber threats. Nearly every week brings a new headline spelling out the details of a new, ultra-sophisticated, impossible-to-detect type of cyber security attack. According to the Business Continuity Institute, the #1 threat for most businesses in 2016 is cybercrime. So, how does a small business avoid cyber-attacks like Malware, Ransomware and other cyber infections? The sad truth: you cannot identify a cyber-crime until it is underway and these attacks are virtually impossible
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3 "Must-Do" IT Resolutions for 2017

3 "Must-Do" IT Resolutions for 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.  If you have any illusions that your company is safe from cyber-attack in 2017, consider just a few findings stated in a recent report by the Herjavec Group, a global information security firm:  
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Ditch The Meeting. Get More Done

Ditch The Meeting. Get More Done
The average manager spends 30%-50% of their time in meetings. And most feel 67% of meetings are an utter waste. So what can we do to stop killing time? Quit having meetings. Here are three ways to tell if a meeting is worthwhile. 1) Compare cost to benefit. Take the number of folks attending times their average pay rate. Multiply that by their time spent meeting. Is the desired outcome worth it? 2) Will this be a one-sided affair? A dead giveaway is the conference call when the boss puts everyone else on mute. 3) Is the meeting a guise for “communication”? Instead, send an e-mail, point to a website or suggest someone to consult with. Now you’re talking… -Entrepreneur
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