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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
EventsSecurityWebinar

Webinar: Protecting Your Business Against CyberSecurity Threats

71% of data breaches happen to businesses with fewer than 100 employees! Data breaches and cybersecurity are no longer just concerns for large businesses. Every day we hear about local small businesses getting hacked or held hostage by ransomware. We discuss: How you protect your company from a data breach. How to mitigate privacy risk in business-to-business transactions. What to do if a data breach occurs. We also teach you: The growing threats small businesses face today. How small businesses can protect themselves in a cost-effective way. What to do when you have a security breach. 5 things you can do to be more…
OTWAdmin
December 15, 2016
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
Security

Warning: Rise in Ransomware “Troldesh” Attacks

OXEN Technology has seen a significant increase in activity by a malicious ransomware software called Troldesh. Our engineers are currently working with several clients to resolve the issue for them, and we wanted to warn you regarding this potential threat. We have recognized that systems that are not actively managed or have no system access management policies are exceptionally susceptible to the current version of ransomware. What is Ransomware and Troldesh? Troldesh is a form of malicious software called ransomware. If infected, your data, and often every fileshare on your network is encrypted and you will be asked to pay a…
OTWAdmin
June 14, 2016