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Do You Need Cyberinsurance?

Risks from Ransomware, breaches, disasters and more

  • 26 September 2017
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Data breaches, ransomware, data theft and more can bring a business to its knees while the damage is overcome.  A business owner's insurance policy probably isn't sufficient to cover claims from a cyber incident,  That's why we sat down with Todd Carbrey of NSB Insurance to discuss what a business owner needs to consider for good coverage in a cyberinsurance policy.  Likewise, with the two hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida, do you have a business continuity and disaster recovery plan for your business?  Both topics are discussed in this month's issue.  The Equifax data breach is a major concern, and we have some information on what you should do to try to protect your personal data that may be at risk. Ransomware continues to be problematic, as estimates now say costs for infections will exceed $5 billion in 2017, and we look at how CylancePROTECT® helps bolster your defense against malware. And, we have a more in-depth look at two-factor authentication and how this provides more protection against unauthorized logins to your network. Our partnership with Duo lets us easily put two-factor authentication to work for you.

What's this "Creators Update"?

Windows 10 adds features

  • 22 August 2017
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In our August SIMformation we cover the new features and security updates being pushed out to Windows 10 users by Microsoft's "Creators Update."  This upgrade adds several interesting features to Windows 10.  But if you are a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 user -- never mind!  We also look at Microsoft's introduction of an Enterprise-level version of Office 365 that provides administrators more tools to manage users and Office features.  It also forces an upgrade to Windows 10, as that is the operating system necessary for this version, so don't be in a rush to consider this if you are not moving off Windows 7 in the near future.  We cover the slump in PC sales this past quarter and whether or not the impending "out-of-service" date for Windows 7 in 202 will trigger an uptick in sales.  In our continuing look at Cybersecurity, we caution against companies attempting to scour the "Dark Web" to see if any company information is for sale.  This is a dangerous path, not only for those already on the Dark Web looking for new prey, but also you run the risk of attracting law enforcement interest, too.  Leave this to IT professionals if you are truly concerned.  And finally, even though Summer is almost over, we reinforce our continued emphasis on security when connecting to public wi-fi networks.

Cyber Security Training Tips

All employees must be aware of malware dangers

  • 12 July 2017
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In our July SIMformation we give you 10 tips for cybersecurity training for companies.  Best practices should start from the first day of a new hire and be a continuous process - no "one class and done" for all employees.  As new threats emerge, companies need to keep employees informed and we give you some guidelines on how to address this.  We also look at how our security partner, Cylance, and their CylancePROTECT® product blocked the release of the latest ransomware attack, dubbed "Petya/Not Petya".  This was a new twist on ransomware as the malware forced a re-boot of the PC that effectively locked it up, rendering it useless to evey try to de-crypt files if the ransom was to be paid.

Our Unified Communications provider, Zultys, has released their MX Meeting web conferencing tool as part of their Cloud-based Hosted Service, making this available to all Zultys users.  And, Microsoft has released a schedule for updates to their Windows Server software, now standardizing on twice-annual updates so companies can plan for these releases.  We look too at Google's attempt to remove the "phone" part of the smartphone, relying on the "computer" side for data and now voice through VoIP rather than using cellular voice services.  Finally, we discuss past successful hack attempts on devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) and how security needs to be in place for any device connected to the Internet.

New Approach to Malware Protection

SIM2K is now a Cylance Security Provider

  • 27 June 2017
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SIM2K is now able to offer CylancePROTECT® , the next generation of protection against malware, bots, ransomware, zero-day threats and unknown variants.  Using a combination of machine learning, artificial intelligence and algorithmic science, Cylance analyzes hundreds of thousands of characteristics per file to discern whether an object is good or bad – in real time.  And speaking of ransomware, we have a discussion between two IT experts on Microsoft's role in the WannaCry attack and issuing updates for out-of-service software like Windows XP.  We also look at how Windows 7 still powers more than 50% of PCs out there today.  We cover the data breach at a Cloud-based password management company that exposed their client's ID and passwords for countless sites.  Finally, are passwords on their way out in favor of biometrics?  Read this issue and find out!

Zultys Wins Product of Year Kudos

SIM2K is an authorized Zultys Partner

  • 24 May 2017
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Our May issue of SIMformation kicks off with the news that our unified communications partner, Zultys, has been awarded 2017 Product of the Year honors for the company's Cloud-hosted communications solution.  As a Zultys authorized partner, SIM2K can specify, source, install, train and support Zultys products, so if you are looking for a VOIP solution, give us a call.  We also discuss some news from Microsoft, including speculation that the skipped February patch was done to allow Microsoft to address the vulnerabilities the NSA had found – which then became part of the exploit used by the WannaCry ransomware attack this month.  It seemed to zero in on Windows machines that did not have the subsequent patch installed, leading to IT theories this was all related.  Also, we discuss how a firewall will improve your overall company security profile.  And, we offer some tips on how to save on data usage on your Android smartphone - if you can't always connect to Wi-Fi, this might help.

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