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From the Trenches: Out of Office Phishing Scam

Phishing scams are not uncommon. Years ago, the "Nigerian Prince" versions of phishing attacks targeting as many people as possible, hoping to get a few people to fall for it. These days, cyber criminals put in a bit more effort and do their research on their potential victims first. 

We’ve seen a phishing scam going around recently targeting companies will high-level employees who are out of office (we’ve even experienced it first hand). The scammers are using this as an opportunity to try to get lower level employees to wire large sums of money to this.

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What Happens When Ransomware isn’t Really Ransomware

Ransomware has been making big headlines recently. The WannaCry ransomware attack knocked out systems all over the world in May. In late June, another massive ransomware attack (called Petya, ExPetr, or NotPetya) hit companies in Europe, taking down major companies like Reckitt Benckiser.

Except this latest ransomware attack wasn’t actually ransomware – it was worse. According to Kaspersky Labs, it was wiperware disguised to look like ransomware.

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How to Do Data Security on a Small Budget

By now, you probably already know that data security isn’t really optional anymore – even for small businesses. Cyber attacks are increasingly common and more and more small businesses are falling victim. But as a small business, you just don’t have the same resources as an enterprise to spend on cyber security. The thing is – cyber criminals know this, too.

You may be wondering if it is even possible to entertain the idea of data security on a small budget. Absolutely. All it takes is some careful planning and knowing what you need as a baseline.

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Cyber Security Q&A: The Basics for Business Owners

Data security isn’t exactly a fun topic of conversation. It’s usually stories of companies getting hacked, consumer data being stolen and IT companies and security companies like us running around yelling “The sky is falling!”

But, the unfortunate reality is, as a business owner, data security is something you can’t ignore (about that sky…). It doesn’t have to be your main topic of thought, but it needs to be on your radar. PTG CEO Reed Wilson recently participated in a Cyber Security Round Table for GSA Business Report to cover some of the basics you should know.

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Lessons to Learn from the Biggest Cyber Attack in History

There have been several recently high-profile cyber-attacks in the last few weeks, including the biggest cyber-attack in history. On May 12, more than 200,000 businesses and institutions all over the world, including Fed Ex and the UK’s National Health System, were hit with a ransomware called WannaCry (also known as WannaCrypt).

A couple weeks before that, millions of Gmail users were sent a phishing email disguised to looked like an invitation to collaborate on a Google Doc.

There are a few key lessons every business should learn from these attacks:

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How to Prevent Data Leakage from Hurting Your Business

A recent survey from Dell found more than 70% of employees would send out confidential company information given the right circumstances. They aren’t doing this for malicious reasons – in fact, in most cases, employees are just trying to do their job. But malicious or not, it can still hurt your company.

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Protecting Your Data from Physical Threats

We talk a lot about data security and apps and policies you can use to help keep your information safe on this blog. But not every threat to your data security is going to be computer-based. Recognizing and protecting against these threats is just as important to your data security as your firewall is.

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Why Data Security Should Be Treated as an Operating Expense

Traditionally, data security has been treated as a capital expense. Even if they’re regularly updated, firewall and antivirus programs have only been purchased–and thought about-every few years. In the past, this was enough to keep your business safe.

But cyber threats are advancing and evolving at a breakneck speed. Letting your data security decisions be dictated renewal dates is no longer acceptable to keep your business protected. Shifting your data security decisions to be part of your business operations, rather than just a capital expense, will keep you safer and make budgeting easier.

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Are you paying for internet speeds you’re not getting?

One of the best things a business can do to improve productivity is to provide employees with reliable technology that doesn’t slow them down. A major piece of this (especially for companies with cloud based applications) is your internet speed.

Current provider speeds range from 20 MB/s to well over 200 MB/s compared to the old T1 speeds of 1.5 MB/s. Unfortunately, there are businesses who are paying for very fast connections from their providers but aren’t getting what they are paying for – and not because their provider is ripping them off. Many companies aren’t getting the performance they’re paying for because they’re using an old firewall.

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Top 6 Security Features in Office 365

As more and more businesses move to the Cloud, the misconception that the cloud isn’t safe is slowly going away. Business owners understand that Cloud companies like Microsoft and Google have more resources dedicated to security. Don’t believe it? Here’s how Microsoft keeps Office 365 secure.

But it’s up you to make your own environment secure. If you’re an Office 365 user, there are plenty of apps and features in Office 365 (and availble add-ons) to help you do that. These are our favorite Office 365 security features and add-ons. We use all of these in our own organization.

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