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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…
OXEN Technology
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…
OXEN Technology
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…
OXEN Technology
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…
OXEN Technology
December 11, 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…
OXEN Technology
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…
OXEN Technology
October 30, 2017
Backup

When is a simple data backup not enough?

You know you need data backup, but when do you need a business continuity solution? If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’ll know that massive global ransomware attacks are only growing in scale and frequency. These attacks and other threats and accidents that cripple, ransom, or destroy organizations’ data are a convincing argument for a solid backup solution. Restoring from a data backup is often the only reliable way to recover from these events. Even smaller organizations and businesses know that they need some sort of backup solution now. But when do you need more than a regular…
OXEN Technology
October 18, 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…
OXEN Technology
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…
OXEN Technology
August 16, 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…
OXEN Technology
October 3, 2016