Find Out Why Cybercriminals Love Accounting Firms So Much

Even though the tax season is wrapping up for individual returns next week, accounting firms shouldn’t breathe easy on April 18th. In fact, much of the data they process daily is exactly what bad actors want to get their hands on. Why? Because accounting firms hold the same, if not more, information than banks do. They have multi-year tax returns, Social Security and direct deposit numbers, just to name a few pieces of valuable information. On a personal level, cybercriminals love to take the returns from the year before or capturing current tax information before it’s filed. These hackers often […]

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Ransomware Continues to be a Major Threat for Small Businesses

After the WannaCry ransomware virus spread through 300,000 computers around the globe, much has been written and touted about what went wrong. The latest report shows North Korean cyber criminals are the culprits, but the saddest part of this story is many of the individuals and businesses that paid the ransom never received their data back. Ransomware, if spread throughout the entire company, can cripple a business for days on end. Below are some key statistical observations about ransomware and the best solutions to keep it at bay within your organization, whether you have 5 or 5,000 employees. Startling Statistics […]

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2017 Year in Review: Cyberattacks, Data Breaches and 8 Solutions

Worldwide, there were several hundred cyberattacks and breaches this year. Sadly, most analysts predict that the attacks will continue throughout 2018 and beyond. Here is a month-by-month analysis of the ones you heard about (and possibly the ones you have not), what analysts are forecasting for the future and what your organization can do today to better protect yourself from an attack. 2017 Minor and Major Cyberattacks January: Cellebrite, an Israeli firm that markets smartphone hacking tools, had 900 gigabytes of data stolen by a hacker. Ironic, isn’t it? February: A group of hacktivists called Anonymous, hacked into the Freedom […]

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8 Great Takeaways from National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Even though the last day of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) ended on October 31st, that is no reason to take your eye off cyber security. Awareness is the first step in keeping your data safe. However, please remember that cyber criminals are working hard at all times to crack into your systems with new and innovative ways. Here are great tips derived from CIO Dive about ways to keep cyberattacks at bay, along with our thoughts on the subject. Practice National Cyber Security Awareness All Year Long (NCSA) Shift your attention to better detection. It is a lot […]

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What Every Business Leader Should Know About Antivirus Software

As a small- to medium-sized business owner, you probably think you are protected from a cyberattack because each computer on your network has antivirus (AV) software installed on it. While this may have been enough a few years ago, the latest WannaCry cyber-attack made it clear that AV solutions alone may not be enough. To make matters murkier, antivirus solutions are not even close to being the same. In the case of WannaCry, there were only two, Bitdefender and Cylance, that could possibly stop this worm in its tracks. All the others that were tested by Titan failed. This blog […]

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