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Ransomware Lessons for City Governments

U.S. towns and cities are being hit hard by ransomware and cyberattacks A city government's network is a prime target for hackers. Many small towns and cities don't have the tools, personnel, or budget to fight back. And when an attack is successful, who is to blame? Cities like Lake City, Florida have been in the news recently for falling victim to devastating ransomware attacks and the consequences afterwards. Lake City, Florida's computer network was devastated within hours. Their security and backup defenses were no match for expert hackers and sophisticated spear phishing campaigns. Their budget never extended to cover…
OTWAdmin
November 11, 2019
Security

How to Protect Your Business Against Former Employees

We’ve said this frequently, and we’ll say it again. One of the biggest security weaknesses that businesses face are their own employees. This isn’t pleasant, but it’s a truth that we have to face. Humans are a weak link in our cybersecurity defenses. When we make mistakes – forgetting to change a default password or clicking on a link we shouldn’t – we open the door for attackers. But there’s another way that your people can threaten your organization. It's from within: disgruntled or dissatisfied former employees. These are people who are no longer with your business but may still…
OTWAdmin
September 9, 2019
Security

What’s the difference between consumer and business-grade firewalls?

Why isn’t it a good idea to go out to your local Best Buy and get a consumer-grade firewall for your business? Can’t you save a few bucks this way, rather than getting a business-grade firewall? Well…you can. But there is a huge difference between a firewall meant for personal home use versus a business-grade firewall that’s equipped with the tools that a business needs for protection. A consumer-grade firewall won’t be the best solution for your business. Here’s why. What is a firewall? In networking, a firewall is a tool that “monitors and controls incoming and outgoing network traffic”…
OTWAdmin
April 15, 2019
Backup

3 Reasons to Invest in a Strong, Trusted Backup Solution

A backup solution is like an insurance policy for your business. Data loss is a serious – and often devastating – problem for organizations. A good backup solution in place means less worry and hassle for you and your business… and it is protection against costly threats in the future that might otherwise harm your reputation, impair your ability to function, or put you out of business altogether. Here are three reasons you should consider a backup solution. Backed up data is safe from ransomware threats Ransomware and other types of cyberattacks are increasingly common – and small to medium…
OTWAdmin
March 11, 2019
Security

Confessions of an IT Professional – Part 2 – Data Backups

This week's article is the second in a series by OXEN's own Terry Allen, one of our technical engineers based in Joplin, MO. Part 1 is here. This post originally appeared on Bloggin' IT with Terry Allen and is reprinted with permission. I’ll admit that I bang the security drum a lot. Those of you that know me will admit that I avoid risk. I look for it and work to manage and reduce it as much as reasonably possible. I don’t like risk. Life has taught me that our world is full of it. Often risks are ignored until…
OTWAdmin
December 10, 2018
Security

Confessions of an IT Professional – Part 1

This week's article is the first in a series by OXEN's own Terry Allen, one of our technical engineers based in Joplin, MO. This post originally appeared on Bloggin' IT with Terry Allen and is reprinted with permission. This post is rated E for everyone. These aren’t deep, dark secrets–but they are confessions in two senses:  1) admission and acknowledgement and 2) a statement of one’s principles.  I have to confess that most of what we’re doing today to protect ourselves from modern Internet threats is insufficient.  Before you bail on me banging the ‘security drum’ again, stick with me a little…
Terry Allen
November 5, 2018
Testimonials

Community Support with Joplin Family Y

Over the years, OXEN Technology has worked with the Joplin Family Y on many aspects of their technology, in support of their mission, from firewall management to remote monitoring of their servers and desktops, to their business continuity and backup solutions and more. The Joplin Family Y chose OXEN Technology take technology service and support off their plate so they could focus on the YMCA mission. Founded in 1891, the Joplin Family Y is a member-supported, non-profit organization committed to serving Joplin, MO and the surrounding area. Their mission is to provide programs that promote a healthy spirit, mind, and body…
OTWAdmin
October 29, 2018
EventsSecurityWebinar

Webinar: It’s Time to Improve Your #1 Security Risk

Join OXEN Technology for a webinar to learn how we are helping businesses improve their greatest security risk: their people. Start transforming your weakest links into your strongest defenses, one employee at a time. And as part of the "It's TIME to improve your #1 security risk" webinar, attendees will be registered to have a chance to win an Emporio Armani Bracelet Watch valued at $295! Join us on Thursday, November 8th at 10:00 AM CDT. We'll discuss how OXEN Technology is helping improve your #1 security risk through: Employee Vulnerability Assessment that continuously combines security metrics into an Employee Secure…
OTWAdmin
October 16, 2018
Security

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
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