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Basic Cybersecurity Tips for the Workplace

In our increasingly Internet-connected world, all businesses now need to ensure their sensitive data and networks are secure. Human error is the biggest weakness that cyberattacks exploit, which means every person in the workplace has a role to play in security. Here are basic cybersecurity tips any employee should follow all the time and advice for protecting sensitive information in situations you may not have thought about before. Safe Habits to Practice All the Time Here are some tips for safe habits that any employee can start practicing today: Use strong passwords (longer is better!) and change them regularly. Keep…
OTWAdmin
June 11, 2018
Security

Breaking Down Security into Manageable Parts: People, Policy, and Perimeter

Security isn’t simple anymore. Arguably, it was never simple to begin with, but there’s no denying that keeping your technology environment secure and your sensitive data safe is much more complex now than ever before. If you’re trying to get your bearings with security issues, you may be overwhelmed. There are so many things to evaluate and determine if they’re right for your organization. You can’t just deal with each of the multiple aspects of security once and then never return to them, because a strong defense is a constant, ongoing undertaking. At OXEN, we’re passionate about security awareness. In…
OTWAdmin
March 5, 2018
Security

Do Your Employees Know How to Protect Your Data?

In general, we all know we need to keep our critical and sensitive data safe. We know about identity theft; we know about stolen data. We know we should keep our credit card numbers safe and be careful about where we release our Social Security Numbers. This is why there are laws like HIPAA, which are intended to safeguard our identities by protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII). But do we really know what sensitive information is? Do we know what qualifies as Personally Identifiable Information? And on top of that, do we really know how to protect it? This can…
OTWAdmin
January 29, 2018
Managed ServicesSecurity

Network Security Monitoring: Find the Security Threats in Your Network

You’ve probably heard all the popular security advice for your business. Firewall? Check. Anti-virus? Check. Password policies? Check. And so on. But here’s another tool in the security arsenal to consider: network security monitoring. What is network security monitoring? Network security monitoring is a service that monitors your network (traffic and devices) for security threats, vulnerabilities, and suspicious behavior. It is an automated process that collects and analyzes many indicators of potential threats in real time. It alerts you to these threats so you and/or an emergency response team can take action to resolve them. As it is automated and…
OTWAdmin
January 15, 2018
AnnouncementsSecurity

Spectre and Meltdown: Computer Chip Security Flaw Update

It has been another interesting week in the IT business! We wanted you to have an update going into this week about Spectre and Meltdown, the computer chip security flaws. We will all get a lot more information this week and we will keep you informed. Just trying not to add to the "fake news" that is out there. Bottom line: OXEN Technology is working with our leading industry partners, including Intel and Microsoft, to take measured and appropriate steps to mitigate the risk that we and our clients have from recently discovered security vulnerabilities. If you've been keeping up…
OTWAdmin
January 8, 2018
Managed ServicesSecurity

Improve Your Cybersecurity Defense with Managed IT Services

Did you know your organization could be subject to data breach notification laws and possible fines for data breaches and losing sensitive client data? The exact laws and regulations do vary by state and industry, among other factors. But the fact remains that poor cybersecurity can lead to grave consequences, either financial or for your reputation. Common sense advice is that any organization should establish and maintain a plan for managing cybersecurity risks. This security plans should be informed by applicable laws and regulations. Are you concerned about the state of your security and your ability to protect your organization's sensitive…
OTWAdmin
January 2, 2018
Security

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