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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
Security

First Quarter 2017 Update on Cybersecurity

Bob Gentzler, President, OXEN Technology I want to give you a short update on what OXEN Technology is doing on the cybersecurity front and the capabilities we have built to improve our security efforts. It seems like every day we read about another cybersecurity breach. Lost credit card information, hacked emails, corporate or national security information stolen by insider or external actors. Cyber espionage and security attacks have become sophisticated and big business. We have reluctantly learned a new language: ransomware, “phishing”, malware, HIPAA (in healthcare), PCI (for credit card protection), and PII (personally identifiable information) to name a few.…
OTWAdmin
April 18, 2017
BackupSecurity

Data backup is a must

March 31st is World Backup Day, an independent initiative to encourage people to back up their data. This initiative is great! We want to remind you to look beyond your personal data and consider efforts to back up and preserve your business or organization’s data as well. Why does a business need backup? Honestly, there are many reasons, practical and legal! Here are five top reasons you need backup for your business. Cybercrime Backup can protect against malware and ransomware. If your data becomes corrupted, infected, or taken hostage, you can restore your data from a backup quickly and without…
OTWAdmin
March 27, 2017
Security

5 Email Security Tips for Employees and Organizations

We send an astonishingly huge amount of email: over 205 billion emails per day. And the number is still growing.1 Email is a critical communication tool for businesses. It's also a gateway for hackers, viruses, and other nasties. Here are 5 email security tips for keeping your email and your information secure. 1. Stay watchful and cautious It's easy for an unauthorized person to email you and pretend to be a vendor or business partner. Be cautious and double-check before responding to sensitive requests. 2. Understand junk and spam filters Learn how to use your junk email folder and your organization's…
OTWAdmin
October 3, 2016
PodcastsSecurity

Malware Sneaks in Through Chrome Browser Extensions

With Google Chrome at 60% market share, it's no wonder that browser extension malware is on the rise. In this podcast, Chad Porter helps us understand a particular form of malware that sneaks in through browser extensions. Extensions are handy add-ons that increase functionality of your Google Chrome Browser. We share some information that Chad found on a blog by a man in Copenhagen, Denmark named Maxime Kjaer. He shares some insights regarding extension malware that sparked this conversation between Chad and me. If you're interested in learning more about how OXEN Technology can help you with your IT network, you…
OTWAdmin
September 7, 2016
Security

20% of Businesses Attacked by Ransomware Shut Down

John Rokes This next article on the continuing, growing threat of ransomware attacks comes courtesy of our very own John Rokes. John has spent 35 years in project management and enterprise IT and now brings that expertise to OXEN Technology clients. John constantly reviews industry buzz and writes about it in his own blog at InfoSec for the Small-Medium Sized Organization. This article is republished from that work. Ransomware Attacks Are Increasing A new report found that nearly 40 percent of businesses had been victims of ransomware attacks in the past year. Security Magazine says that at least a third…
OTWAdmin
September 1, 2016
Security

Defend Yourself Against Ransomware: Email Attachment Filtering

We recently noted the increase in ransomware attacks that OXEN Technology has dealt with. As a follow-up, we want to make you aware of a tool that helps protect your network environment against these types of file-hostage attacks. This tool allows for email attachment defense and filters email attachments that are able to enter your environment. Why Email Attachment Filtering? Why does filtering email attachments defend against ransomware attacks? Because infected document attachments have become an easy method for cybercriminals to use. The cost to create and deliver them is small and the opportunity is large. Unsuspecting users click on…
OTWAdmin
July 12, 2016