Four Ways Blockchain Will Aid Cybersecurity

Not only will blockchain help win the war against cybercrime, it will dramatically reduce the volume of hacks. Not sure this is true? Read on to understand how this will be possible. As we shared in the ProActive Technology Group blog post, blockchain is a distributed, timestamped and cryptographically protected ledger system. Even though its first successfully introduction was through Bitcoin, the expected use for this methodology is unlimited and will most likely include real estate transactions, construction deals, legal proceedings, healthcare diagnosis and long-term patient care. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Once standards are established, […]

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Online Gamers and eSports are at Risk for Cyberattacks

The global online gaming industry is worth close to $100 billion today with an estimated gaming audience of 2.2 billion. Unfortunately, this growth isn’t without risks. Case in point: Steam, the most popular gaming platform, has a 125 million membership base. A critical security vulnerability which has existed for at least ten years may have exposed up to 15 million active clients’ sensitive information, including their bank accounts. eSports revenues are expected to reach $1.65 billion by 2021. According to the E-Sports Entertainment Association League (ESEA), 1.5 million gamer profiles were hacked into last month. The stolen information included the […]

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The Real Reasons You Need to Get to Windows 10 Now

According to a February 2018 report from StatCounter, Windows 10’s share of the market is 43%, Windows 7’s is 42%, with the remaining 15% using Windows 8 or Linux. All support for Windows 7 will discontinue on January 14, 2020, just 17 short months away. Office 2019 will not be supported on Windows 7 or 8.1, when it comes out early next year – giving you another reason to upgrade. But the most important reason to get off the earlier versions of Windows have to do with cybersecurity. Here is what you need to know.   If You are Still […]

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Will Your Business Be GDPR Ready by May 25th?

In less than two weeks(!!!), your organization must have in place General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) procedures and practices, especially if you do business in Europe. Or with their citizens while they are in the United States. While the legislation isn’t complicated, the process to fulfill it can be, particularly for emerging, global businesses. Here is a summation of GDPR, the results of a recent survey and a major risk when it comes to compliance. GDPR Main Points This European Union (E.U.) legislation was approved in April 2016 and replaces a previous data protection directive. It provides sweeping personal privacy […]

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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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Outdated Technology is a Cybersecurity Red Flag

Many small to mid-sized businesses keep outdated technology because: a) it is familiar to them b) it is already paid for and c) the hardware and software are running just fine. However, keeping this old equipment can be the ticket to putting your company in real danger. If you are still on the fence about moving forward with new technology, here are recent statistics from Microsoft and CNN that convey the risks of keeping the status quo and the rewards of moving forward. Risks of Keeping the Technology You Have   Between 70-80% of the top ten company malware issues […]

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Meeting Planners Need to Take Cybersecurity Seriously

Newsflash: Most event organizers spend more time worrying about physical security for their conferences rather than the disruptor that can really impact it: hackers. Why? Because they think everyone else has cybersecurity handled, from the hotel to the AV/IT company they hired. Truth be told, you need to start weaving the right cybersecurity measures into your event. And not next year, next quarter or next month. You need to do it today. Hackers are constantly looking for easy-to-crack networks where data is plentiful. These bad actors have one or more agenda items in mind, including: • Stealing the identities of […]

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Spectre and Meltdown Can Spell Big Trouble for All Technology Devices

Just this past week, the Software Engineering Institute announced that computer chips in most technology is vulnerable to a cyberattack – allowing bad actors the ability to access and exploit sensitive data stored on smartphones, tablets, desktops and even the cloud. The code name for the two chip vulnerabilities: Spectre and Meltdown. This blog will address what these threats are, how you can minimize your exposure to them and what to expect in the coming days and weeks. What is Spectre? Spectre is a vulnerability that forces other programs on a user’s operating system to access an arbitrary location in […]

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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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