2018 Annual Cyber Threat Report

SonicWALL has released their 2018 Annual Cyber Threat Report. With over 9 Billion attacks recorded over the last year to organizations of every size, security is more important than ever before.

Key findings from 2017:

  • SonicWALL detected over 9,320,000,000 malware attacks in 2017.
  • The number of unique malware types increased over 101% from 2016.
  • Malware is using encryption to hide from traditional detection methods.

SonicWALL 2018 Annual Cyber Threat Report

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4 Different Types of Computer Backup Services

In information technology, computer backup is a process that involves copying and archiving of computer data so that it can be used to restore the original in the event of loss of computer data.

Some of the key services provided for computer backup Plantation include:

Cloud Backup: Cloud backup is one of the widely used computer backup services these days. This service allows companies or individuals to store all their data including computer files on the Internet instead of storing the data on hard drives or other physical disks.

Bootable Backup: A Bootable Backup, also known as a ‘Clone’ is the spare copy of files that stores data. It is a complete copy of your computer’s boot drive. In case there is a breakdown in the primary drive, you can regain the access to all the files and software by rebooting the computer with the help of a clone.

Business Continuity: Business continuity backup service is generally used by organizations to cover unforeseen risks and to continue their operations. It involves creating and implementing a business continuity plan to secure the future of a business.

External Backup Drive: External drive backups are commonly used to backup irreplaceable things such as photographs. With external backup drives that primarily focus on the home directory folders, you can retrieve the data of the deleted files as well. In the event of a computer breakdown, you just need to plug the external backup drive into another PC to gain access to all of your files.

Whether you are looking for computer backup service or network support Plantation, always choose a reliable company that can provide the most efficient and cost-effective service with highest level of customer support and satisfaction.

 

How to Make Your Computer Network Work Efficiently for Your Business

A computer network is a set of computers that are connected together for the purpose of sharing resources. Connection to the Internet is one of the most common shared resources. Other shared resources include a printer or a file server. The connection between computers is usually done through cabling, or wirelessly through radio waves. Some of the most common hardware required to set up a computer network include network cables, distributors, routers, internal network cards, and external network cards.

Most often, businesses experience frustration because of various inevitable computer issues like servers crashing, printers not working, catastrophic data loss, and many other issues resulting in significant financial loss. In order to make your computer network in Fort Lauderdale work properly and efficiently, it is important to address any issues before they become problems.

Make sure that you are using a secure, reliable network based on intelligent routers and switches that allows your employees to access the information and tools they require to keep ahead of competitors. With the help of an intelligent network, your business can benefit from interactive calendaring, videoconferencing, unified communications, and other technologies for easy collaboration.

Hackers use browsers to get credit card info

Does filling in web forms sap all your browsing energy? Do you find it especially taxing to shop or register online using a mobile device? Google’s Chrome alleviated this dilemma when it introduced the Autofill feature in 2011, which made filling in forms much faster and making credit card purchases online more convenient. Unfortunately, it didn’t take that long for cyberthieves to find a way to take advantage.

How do they do it?

By concealing other fields in a sign-up form, users are tricked into thinking they only have to fill out a few fields. The trickery at work is that upon auto-sign up, other fields, which could include your billing address, phone number, credit card number, cvv (the 3-digit code used to validate credit card transactions), and other sensitive information, are auto-filled with the user none the wiser.

This sinister trick is nothing new, but since there hasn’t been any countermeasure since it was first discovered, the threat it poses is worth emphasizing. Finnish whitehat hacker Viljami Kuosmanen recently brought to light how users of Chrome and Safari are particularly vulnerable, and he even came up with a demonstration of how this phishing technique is perpetrated. The technique is so sneaky, it’s enough to make one give up online shopping forever.

Using plugins and programs such as password managers is also fraught with the security risk, as having access to such a utility empowers cyberthieves to do more than just obtain your credit card info; it opens them up to a great amount of personal details.

Preventing an autofill-related theft

So what can you do to avoid falling prey?

Using Mozilla Firefox is one of the easiest available solutions. As of today, Mozilla hasn’t devised a mechanism that affords its users the same convenience that Chrome and Safari users enjoy with autofill. When filling web forms on Firefox, users still have to manually pre-fill each data field due to a lack of a multi-box autofill functionality – a blessing in disguise, given the potential for victimization in autofill-enabled browsers.

Another quick fix is disabling the autofill feature on your Chrome, Safari and Opera (for Apple mobile devices) browsers. This would mean that when filling out web forms, you’d have to manually type responses for every field again, but at least you’d be more secure.

It’s not exactly the most sophisticated form of online data and identity theft, but complacency can result in being victimized by cyber swindlers. Take the first step in ensuring your systems’ safety by getting in touch with our security experts today.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

Statistics for cyber security during 2016

As cyber attacks continue to rise, businesses large and small need to stay one step ahead with IT services that keep them protected no matter what. What once were minor nuisances have now become advanced threats that can actually put you out of business. In fact, these cyber attack statistics will prove to you that you need managed services from a technology provider to remain safe and competitive.

The numbers

Small businesses are not at risk of being attacked, but worse, they’ve already fallen victim to cyber threats. According to Small Business Trends, 55 percent of survey respondents say their companies have experienced cyber attack sometime between 2015 and 2016. Not only that, 50 percent reported they have experienced data breaches with customer and employee information during that time, too. The aftermath of these incidents? These companies spent an average of $879,582 to fix the damages done to their IT assets and recover their data. To make matters worse, disruption to their daily operations cost an average of $955,429.

The attacks

So what types of attack did these businesses experience? The order from most to least common are as follows: Web-based attacks, phishing, general malware, SQL injection, stolen devices, denial of services, advanced malware, malicious insider, cross-site scripting, ransomware and others.

Why managed services?

Managed services is the most effective prevention and protection from these malicious threats. They include a full range of proactive IT support that focuses on advanced security such as around the clock monitoring, data encryption and backup, real-time threat prevention and elimination, network and firewall protection and more.

Not only that, but because managed services are designed to identify weak spots in your IT infrastructure and fix them, you’ll enjoy other benefits including faster network performance, business continuity and disaster recovery as well as minimal downtime. One of the best things about managed services is the fact that you get a dedicated team of IT professionals ready to assist with any technology problems you might have. This is much more effective and budget-friendly than having an in-house personnel handling all your IT issues.

Being proactive when it comes to cyber security is the only way to protect what you’ve worked hard to built. If you’d like to know more about how managed services can benefit your business, just give us a call, we’re sure we can help.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.