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What Does Windows End of Life Mean to My Business?

You’ve all heard the panic. Windows is cutting off support for its widely popular version 7 software. January 14, 2020 will officially mark Windows 7 End of Life. Many companies have used Windows 7 since its onset in 2009 and are still actively using it today. That means you will need to migrate every single [...]

Getting Ahead of Windows 07 End of Life

With Windows 7 end of life quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what needs to be done to prepare. Technically, regular Windows 7 support has been dead since 2015, however, the extended support period is over January 2020, which means no more updates or security patches. What should you be aware of for [...]

To Renew or Not Renew, That Is the Question

You’re prepared, at least mentally, to begin your migration to Windows 10 because you’ve read What Does Windows End of Life Mean to My Business? And Getting Ahead of Windows End of Life. Is your hardware ready? How you handle your IT (on your own, as needed support, or with a fully managed agreement) [...]

Software Patching integral to PHI Data Security

Healthcare organizations and vendors are responsible for identifying and mitigating the risks unpatched software poses to ePHI as part of their HIPAA compliance, OCR advised in its June Cybersecurity Newsletter. By Fred Donovan Healthcare organizations and vendors are responsible for identifying and mitigating the risks unpatched software poses to ePHI as part of their HIPAA [...]

Think it can’t happen to you — Think again

DENTAL RECEPTIONIST GETS PRISON TERM FOR IDENTITY THEFT, LARCENY Annie Vuong, a former receptionist at a New York-based dental office, was given 2-6 years in state prison for stealing personal identifying information, such as names, dates of birth, addresses, and Social Security numbers, from more than 650 patients, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance announced [...]

7 Steps for getting right with NIST 800-171

The deadline for defense contractors and subcontractors to implement the information security requirements listed in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171 has come and gone. There are more than 100 information security requirements in NIST 800-171, and it is a good bet that many smaller companies without ample IT [...]

Network Assessment – What Does it Mean and Why Does it Matter?

Network Assessment can be a word as broad as the sky, so sometimes when an IT expert suggests doing a network assessment for your business, you may be thinking of your Internet speed and number of devices, while your expert is talking about infrastructure and power. The good news is that you are both right: [...]

What is the Newest Small Business Cybersecurity Threats

By: Pedro Hernandez Ransomware was a persistent threat throughout all of 2017, and things may be getting worse going into 2018, cautions Bogdan "Bob" Botezatu, senior e-threat analyst at cybersecurity firm Bitdefender. According to his company's recent Global Threat Landscape Report for 2017 (PDF), 2017 saw the emergence of over 160 ransomware families, each of [...]

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Why Older Computers and Outdated Hardware Pose Security Risks

By Marcie Geffner: Bankrate Cybercrime experts often tell consumers to upgrade their technology to protect themselves from credit and debit card fraud, identity theft and other financial scams. But is upgrading your hardware and software really necessary? Yes, says Shirley Inscoe, senior analyst at Aite Group, a research, consulting and analytics firm in Boston. “Consumers [...]