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5 Things to Do to Improve Your Cybersecurity in 2018

2018 is right around the corner, and here are our top five recommendations for things you can do to improve your cybersecurity in the new year. Cybersecurity has been the most critical issue in 2017, and that’s not going to change. If you haven’t begun addressing your organization’s cybersecurity defense, let’s start now! #1 Train Your Employees The best way to improve your IT security is to train your employees on best security practices. Educate them so they can recognize and avoid cyber threats like phishing and scams. Teach them about protecting sensitive information. Humans are the weakest link in…
OTWAdmin
December 11, 2017
Cloud SolutionsOffice 365Security

More Reasons to Jump to the Cloud with Office 365: Security & Mobility

Recently we tackled just two of the big benefits of moving from an on-premise traditional Microsoft Office with email setup to Office 365. Those benefits were cutting out expensive, confusing licensing costs and eliminating update and upgrade issues. Today we want to talk about two more benefits of Office 365 that should be on your mind as you consider what options you need. The Best Security, All the Time Microsoft is constantly improving security. They need to design the best cybersecurity measures for themselves and for all the businesses that use their services. And Microsoft has a ton of resources…
OTWAdmin
November 27, 2017
Managed ServicesSecurity

3 Security Advantages of Managed IT Services

Managed IT services, or outsourced remote network management, can help your business in many ways. It’s a cost effective way of having your IT infrastructure monitored and maintained by experts instead of hiring an IT director. Or, it can free up your IT director and IT staff to work on more important projects than daily maintenance. But other than productivity and peace of mind, what are the security benefits of managed IT services? Here are three security advantages you get with remote network management. #1 You Stay Updated Basic managed IT services include running software updates, patches, and upgrades for…
OTWAdmin
November 6, 2017
BackupSecurity

Your best security defense includes backup

Why should your business have a data backup? Here at OXEN, we highly recommend a backup strategy for everyone as part of a strong security defense. You’ve probably recently heard a lot about the critical need for a backup solution in the fight against ransomware. Essentially ransomware is malicious software that encrypts your files and won’t decrypt them unless you the pay the ransom. You can’t rely on ransomware being removed. Even if it’s possible to remove it, it could take days and a lot of money. And if you pay the ransom, you can’t rely on the attackers to…
OTWAdmin
October 30, 2017
AnnouncementsSecurity

Equifax Breach: What should you do to protect yourself?

The big news this past week has been the Equifax breach. On September 7, Equifax — a top credit reporting firm — announced that hackers stole consumer data from mid-May through July 2017, affecting 143 million people. Hackers stole customer names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, and addresses. A smaller set of consumers also had their credit card numbers and other documents taken. This is one of the largest data breaches in US history and the biggest known leak so far in 2017. The size of this breach has alarmed consumers and lawmakers, and Equifax has been highly criticized for its…
OTWAdmin
September 12, 2017
Security

A Short Guide to Data Security Practices for Your Business

Much has been said about data security practices and cybersecurity measures that businesses should follow. All the information and recommendations out there can be confusing and overwhelming. Large data breaches and multiple scary ransomware attacks have dominated the news for years now. Each time businesses have to ask, “Should we be worried? Are we a target? What can we do to defend ourselves?” So here’s a short beginner’s guide on keeping your data safe and your risks low. #1 Don’t ask for information you don’t need Don’t ask for and don’t hold confidential information “just because”. If you don’t store…
OTWAdmin
August 28, 2017
InfrastructureSecurity

Why bother with software and hardware updates for security?

When was the last time you thought about software and hardware updates? For many, updating software and hardware is not a priority because "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". At OXEN, we politely disagree with this age old wisdom because it's abundantly clear that today's cyber attacks pointedly prey on vulnerabilities present in old software and hardware. (This holds especially true for operating systems such as Microsoft Windows.) It may not be "broke", but it's still old. "Working" does not mean "secure". Old software and hardware simply do not have the latest defenses like security patches and advances in…
OTWAdmin
August 16, 2017
Security

Update on Petya ransomware: It’s a wiper

In late June, a new ransomware attack was announced that was quickly spreading across the globe. Since then, after further analysis, it appears that this Petya ransomware isn’t in fact ransomware: it’s a wiper. Petya ransomware encrypts the master boot records of infected Windows computers, thus making the affected machines unusable. Because of the way the virus works, there appears to be no way for the attacker to decrypt a victim’s files – so don’t pay the ransom! It seems incredibly unlikely that victims would ever get their data restored. The other notable aspect of Petya is that it uses…
OTWAdmin
July 10, 2017
Security

Warning: Petya ransomware outbreak similar to WannaCry spreads worldwide

A new ransomware attack called Petya, PetyaWrap, or GoldenEye began spreading worldwide on June 27th, and it looks similar to the WannaCry outbreak in May. It targets Microsoft Windows operating systems and so far reports show that all systems from XP to Windows 10 are susceptible. Petya looks to be more sophisticated than WannaCry and doesn't have the same flaws that allowed a "killswitch" to slow down WannaCry's progress. This means Petya may be a more virulent attack and harder to slow down and stop, although experts are saying they hope the patching of the known exploits it uses after…
OTWAdmin
June 28, 2017
EventsSecurityWebinar

Webinar: Conquering Ransomware – Are You Ready?

Learn how OXEN Technology defends businesses from malicious attacks and how StorageCraft ShadowProtect backup software can rescue your data from ransomware. Ransomware continues to proliferate as long as hackers find organizations who will pay up. If 2016 was any indication, there are no signs of ransomware attacks slowing down... now is the time to protect your business! Do you have any questions about how to secure yourself against ransomware Reach out to us at hello@oxen.tech or 888.296.3619!
OTWAdmin
May 10, 2017