INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR SMBs

Our blog articles archive includes it security tips, cybersecurity alerts, state of IT reports, and tips on information technology for small and medium size businesses.

10 Tips for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October 2020)

This month, October 2020, is Cybersecurity Awareness month, co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA). Its theme, “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” is designed to empower individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting cyberspace. A key message of this theme is “If You Connect IT, Protect It.”  Individuals and organizations working together on protection methods will significantly improve the overall effectiveness of those efforts. As a member of the New Jersey

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6 Tips to Secure Your Home WiFi

To accommodate working from home and, now with schools starting, remote learning, both parents and students will use various devices that require an internet connection. These devices will likely use a home wireless (Wi-Fi) network; however, the Wi-Fi router may not be set up securely. If a Wi-Fi network is left unsecured, a threat actor could potentially gain unauthorized access to the network and the devices connected to it. As a result, personal, financial, and otherwise sensitive data could be

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Email Best Practices

Email is a commonly used method of communication in both academic institutions and the corporate world. It is important to be vigilant about what is clicked on, downloaded, and transmitted, especially with the increase in social engineering tactics and spoofed domains. Threat actors may send phishing emails that appear to be from a trusted classmate, teacher, or colleague, and contain attachments or links that, if clicked, attempt to install malware or direct the target to a spoofed website to steal

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Increase in Emotet Infected Emails

The New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) has issued an alert after increased reports of a new round of emails containing Emotet infected attachments. Emails containing the Emtot infected attachments slowed during the summer, the threat actors behind the Emotet trojan continue to increase their activity, with a large uptick occurring starting in early September. Based on information from the NJCCIC’s email security solution, threat actors are attempting to deliver Emotet-laden emails to NJ State employees at a

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Microsoft is delaying ending support for older versions of Windows 10 due to Coronavirus

Microsoft has announced an extension regarding their support for the older versions of their Windows 10 software. Initially, Microsoft had planned to stop technical support for Windows 10 this past week. However—due to the Coronavirus pandemic—the company has now extended the support up until October 13, giving IT administrators an extra six months. With IT administrators working more on helping employees work from home during the crisis, the company wanted to be sure that security updates and patches would still

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BYOD and Federal Wage Laws

As most everyone knows, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is an approach wherein organizations allow their employees to use their own smartphones and other devices in lieu of company-provided equipment. It provides convenience to employees interested in not having to carry around duplicate mobile devices. This policy can make employees happy, but it also presents a number of issues that should be explicitly addressed by employers before they adopt any policy. The biggest issue that companies face revolves around how

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Human Resources Issues You Never Considered with BYOD

There is a great deal of discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of the policy of allowing employees to use their own mobile devices, primarily smartphones, instead of employer-issued devices that are to be used solely for work purposes. This policy, known as “bring your own device” (BYOD) can make employees happy, but it also presents a number of issues that should be explicitly addressed by employers before they adopt any policy. The biggest issue that companies face revolves around

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How Businesses Can Securely Work From Home (VPN Guidance)

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, many businesses are assessing how they can prioritize their employee safety and still maintain regular business operations. One solution many businesses are turning to is recommending employees to work from home to avoid potential illnesses. To help ease the burden on businesses, Microsoft, Google, LogMeIn, Cisco Webex, and Zoom are providing free remote working tools. With the likely increase in remote work, companies will have to prepare in various ways to avoid

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Why choose psWorkplace for secure collaboration?

psWorkplace for a virtual remote workforce is a proven file sync and share service with over 10 years of experience serving the needs of businesses. psWorkplace provides the security, mobility, and control that businesses need to access, share, and collaborate on files internally and externally. Secure Collaboration, Built for Business Users everywhere are increasingly expected to work and collaborate anywhere, on any device. Collaboration, however, comes with risks. Sharing data with the wrong person or accidentally making a file publicly

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6 Phases to Guide Your Small Business Through COVID-19 Planning and Response

Businesses have had to adjust very quickly to the global health crisis. It’s imperative to provide context to help successfully navigate these uncharted waters. This guide illustrates the different phases of needs and planning efforts during the COVID-19 crisis. Identifying which phase your business is currently in will help you develop guidelines and ongoing response efforts for your team and your customers.     Phase 1: The Crisis Emerges SMB: Prioritize your employee safety. Provide clear direction. Reduce panic. Communicate

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Reopening the Workplace After COVID-19: Technology Considerations

Returning to your establishment doesn’t necessarily mean you will be abandoning all of your Work From Home (WFH) set-ups. In fact, for most of you, your workforce will likely consist of remote workers for some time to come. In addition, workstations in your establishment may have been sitting idle while everyone worked remotely. Your technology goal is to ensure your employees have what they need to do their jobs effectively while you ensure and maintain a safe and secure work

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Benefits of letting your employees work from home

In the last several years, the concept of Work From Home (WFH) has become increasingly more popular. Though some still remain skeptical, it has been gaining in popularity and become more widely accepted among management circles. That said, the pandemic event in 2020 essentially set the debate entirely aside, at least for the time being, because WFH became the only choice between working and shutting down. Aside from mandatory quarantines, why have organizations been adopting WFH policies? There are several

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