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Here is your September 2022 “Tech Tips For The Boss” newsletter! This month features keeping your remote worker’s devices up to par, new research on malware attacks, the dangers of RATS, and more! Click here to download it: September 2022 Newsletter

Interested in finding out more? Book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

Most staff care about your business’s cyber security, but not all employees think the same.

 In fact, half are using software that’s been banned by their IT department according to a new survey. These high-risk apps can pose a big threat to your business’s security.

 We’ve created a new video on how to discourage your team from using “security risk” apps. Watch it here:

If you’d like help improving your business’s cyber security, book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

Here is your August 2022 “Tech Tips For The Boss” newsletter! This month features the benefits of cloud migration, the future of tech, how to prevent your team from side-stepping security measures, and more! Click here to download it: August 2022 Newsletter

Interested in finding out more? Book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

Did you know that some of the applications on your laptop might be accessing your webcam or microphone without your knowledge? They could even be gathering data from your messages or tracking your location.

Yes, that would worry me too. Privacy is important.

Fortunately, Microsoft’s testing a new feature in Windows 11 to give you back control over your privacy. Check out our newest video for all the information:

If you’re interested in finding out more about improving privacy in your business, book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

Could it be true? Could the password be near the end of its life?

It’s possible, yes. Microsoft, Apple and Google have teamed up to kill it for good.

Check out our newest video for what they want to replace passwords with:

In the meantime, if you’re interested in help making passwords easier within your business, book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

Here is your July 2022 “Tech Tips For The Boss” newsletter! This month features keeping your business safe across all chat channels, how your devices can affect new hires, and more! Click here to download it: July 2022 Newsletter

Interested in finding out more? Book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

It feels like every day we’re being warned about a new threat to our cyber security, doesn’t it? That’s for good reason. Last year, ransomware attacks alone affected 81% of businesses. By 2025, the cost of cyber-crime is estimated to hit $10.5 trillion according to the ‘2022 Cybersecurity Almanac’.

But we’re still seeing far too many businesses that aren’t taking this threat seriously. It’s not only your data that you could lose if your company falls victim to a cyber-attack. The cost of remediation or mitigation can run into tens of thousands of $$$.

At the same time, you’ll suffer an average of 21 days of downtime after a cyber-attack. Imagine… 21 days without being able to use all your business technology as normal. That would be disastrous. That’s not to mention the loss of trust your clients have in you, which could lead to you losing their business.

It’s really important that your business is taking appropriate steps to keep your data safe and secure. That most likely means a layered approach to your security. This is where several solutions are used, which work together to give you a level of protection appropriate to your business. This reduces your risk of being attacked and makes recovery easier should you fall victim.

It’s worth pointing out that you will never be able to keep your business 100% protected from cyber-attacks. Not without totally locking down every system, to the point where it would be very difficult to do business (and your staff would constantly be looking for ways around the enhanced security).

The key to excellent cyber security is striking the right balance between protection and usability. There are three mistakes that are most commonly made by businesses – and they’re also some of the most dangerous mistakes to make.

Is your business making any of these?

 

Mistake 1) Not Restricting Access

Different employees will have different needs when accessing company files and applications. If you allow everyone access to everything, it risks your entire network.

You should also make sure to change access rights when someone changes roles, and revoke them when they leave.

 

Mistake 2) Allowing Lateral Movement

If cyber criminals gain access to a computer used by a member of your admin team, that in itself might not be a disaster, but what if they could move from your admin system to your invoicing system… and from there to your CRM… and then into someone’s email account?

This is known as lateral movement. The criminals gain access to one system and work their way into more sensitive systems. If they can get into the email of someone who has admin rights to other systems or even the company bank account, they can start resetting passwords and locking out other people. Scary stuff!

One strategy against this is called air gapping. It means that there’s no direct access from one part of your network to another.

 

Mistake 3) Not Planning & Protecting

Businesses that work closely with their IT partner to prepare and protect are less likely to be attacked in the first place and will be back on their feet faster if the worst does happen.

You should also have an up-to-date plan in place that details what to do, should an attack happen. This will significantly shorten the amount of time it takes to respond to an attack. That means you’ll limit your data loss and the cost of putting things right again.

 

If you know you’re making any of these mistakes in your business, you need to act quickly. We can help. Book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/ and we can do a quick review of your current security set up.

 

Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.

Here is your June 2022 “Tech Tips For The Boss” newsletter! This month features video call etiquette, monitoring remote workers, keyboard shortcuts, and more! Click here to download it: June 2022 Newsletter

Interested in finding out more? Book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

You know what a ransomware attack is, right? Cyber criminals access your data and encrypt it so you can’t access it. Then they demand a ransom fee to get it back.

A shocking 97% of business leaders who’ve already been hit by ransomware say they would pay up if it happened again, despite experts strongly advising against it.

Why? They understand what a nightmare it is.

The only way to protect is to prepare. Our newest video tells you how. Watch it here:

Want help preparing your business? Book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

How many different applications do you have to log into each workday? 5? 10? Maybe more?

So how do you ensure the passwords you’re using for each account are long, strong, and most importantly… unique? The answer is a password manager. But be careful, as not all password managers are equally safe to use.

Microsoft Edge is soon launching a new password management feature BUT… our advice is not to use it. Our latest video explains why. Watch it here:

If you’d like help choosing the right password manager for your business, book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.