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Your Network Infrastructure Needs to be Secured

Your Network Infrastructure Needs to be Secured

If your business isn’t protecting its technology infrastructure, you need to rethink your priorities immediately. After all, hackers aren’t going to wait for your business to secure itself. They will instead seize any easy opportunity to steal your organization’s sensitive data. There are countless threats out there that want to take advantage of your business, or at least see your sensitive data on-sale at the online black market. We’ll walk you through some of the most important factors regarding your organization’s security.

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Three Signs that Your Security Policies Need to be Refreshed

Three Signs that Your Security Policies Need to be Refreshed

It makes sense that your organization would want the best security possible and to mitigate the risks that it faces, whether they are physical or virtual. However, there is no definition for “perfect” security, as there isn’t one solution that can completely meet all of your business’ specific needs. As a result, you want to set realistic goals for yourself so that security doesn’t become difficult to gauge.

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Tip of the Week: Use the Lessons Learned in 2017 to Improve 2018’s Cybersecurity

Tip of the Week: Use the Lessons Learned in 2017 to Improve 2018’s Cybersecurity

2017 was chock-full of security threats, attacks, and breaches. Therefore, 2017 was also chock-full of lessons to be learned regarding business cybersecurity. For this week’s tip, we’ll review a few lessons that hopefully weren’t missed.

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Businesses Expected to Spend $96 Billion this Year on IT Security

Businesses Expected to Spend $96 Billion this Year on IT Security

A report by Gartner has provided evidence that security considerations are anticipated to see investments in 2018. So, if you were planning on focusing on your business’ information security this year, you certainly aren’t the only one.

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Are You Guilty of These Careless Security Flaws?

Are You Guilty of These Careless Security Flaws?

Did you know that a surprising number of data breaches are the result of insider threats? Insider threats are defined as data exposure, either malicious by nature or unintentional, that results from the actions of an employee in your workforce. With so many threats out there, it’s easy to forget that some of the most dangerous are right within your walls. How can you keep insider threats from becoming a major problem for your organization?

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A Thorough Cybersecurity Strategy Begins with Knowing What You Are up Against

A Thorough Cybersecurity Strategy Begins with Knowing What You Are up Against

Since many modern businesses rely on technology, it becomes mandatory that they have an idea on how to best protect themselves against the myriad of threats that can be found online. Knowing what kind of threats that you may encounter is key to concocting a thorough cybersecurity strategy.

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It’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Educate Yourself on These Threats

It’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Educate Yourself on These Threats

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! To prepare for this incredibly important month, you’ll want to focus your efforts on ensuring your business is protected against the myriad of online threats that can pose a danger for your business. Thankfully, you don’t have to do it alone. With our trusted IT professionals by your side, you’ll be able to take the fight to hackers and other entities that threaten your data.

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4 Cyber Security Bad Habits that You Can Start to Fix Right Now

4 Cyber Security Bad Habits that You Can Start to Fix Right Now

When it comes to hacking and cybercrime, it can literally be a few seconds that will ruin your business. One single chink in your network’s armor is all it takes for your data to be compromised. Modern SMBs need to take every opportunity to ensure they’re using best practices to help keep their network safe and secure. Here’s a look at four network security bad habits that you and your team can fix today.

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How to Foil the Plans of Cybercriminals

How to Foil the Plans of Cybercriminals

We all understand that there are things we need to lock up in order to protect them. Houses, cars, businesses, all are protected with locks to keep those who shouldn’t be in them, out. Shouldn’t your network receive the same consideration?

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10 Cybersecurity Threats Every Business Owner Must Protect Themselves From

10 Cybersecurity Threats Every Business Owner Must Protect Themselves From

It’s an unfortunate fact that cyber security threats are everywhere, and it doesn’t help that there are multiple kinds of threats to contend with out there. Here’s a quick runthrough of the different malwares and threats you may encounter, and the sort of damage they can cause.


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  1. Viruses: These programs infect other programs and use them to spread. They also have the unpleasant side effect of altering your data in some way, either by stealing it, corrupting it, or deleting it outright.
  2. Computer Worm: Inching their way through your network to infect as many of your devices as possible, worms are encouraged by the prevalence of connections the typical computing device has to the outside to spread its malware payload to as large a radius as possible. The main threat that these present are mostly to the usability of your systems, as they will copy themselves until your disk space and bandwidth are at capacity.
  3. Trojan Horse: Not unlike the wooden horse of ancient Greece, Trojan horse programs are those malicious bits of code that come disguised as a legitimate program. Once inside, a Trojan may introduce a keylogger to the computer, or manipulate a webcam, in order to further victimize its target.
  4. Keylogger: Speaking of keyloggers, these are programs that take a record of the strokes a user makes on their keyboard. This makes them a useful tool for a hacker trying to obtain credentials for their target’s accounts.
  5. Spyware: This malware gives a malicious user an inside peek into their victim’s systems. This could allow them to then design an attack on their victim that is more likely to succeed, based on the target’s behaviors and habits.
  6. Phishing: This is an approach that a malicious user may elect to take to collect credentials from their targets, in which the malicious user tricks the target into believing that they are someone else. This can be accomplished through falsified websites with sign-in forms, or through email correspondence in which the malicious user poses as some other, seemingly trustworthy person.
  7. Botnet: This threat is a web of interconnected, infected computers put in the control of the malware distributor. These “zombie” computers, as they are called, are then able to be used in further attacks.
  8. DDoS: Or Distributed Denial of Service, signifies a form of attack in which botnets and other forms of malware are used to assault a system until it is rendered unusable under the influx of traffic. The DDoS then allows the attacker to take whatever data they please.
  9. Rootkit: These tools are able to provide administrator access to a computer or network, which allows a malicious actor to leverage their control and cause grief for the user.
  10. Exploit: An exploit is a specific piece of programming that takes advantage of a particular vulnerability in a system. Fortunately, these can be avoided by regularly patching your systems through updates, but it will take vigilance in order to be successful.

Of course, this is not a comprehensive list of the threats that are out there, which only proves that all businesses need to pay attention to their systems. FormaTech has a solution in our Remote Monitoring and Management services. To protect your business from threats like these, give us a call at 707-258-1492.

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