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Businesses Running Outdated Software are Taking a Huge Risk, Study Finds

Businesses Running Outdated Software are Taking a Huge Risk, Study Finds
The organization behind the study, BitSight, found that out of 35,000 companies analyzed worldwide across 20 different industries, over 2,000 of them had over half of their computers running on operating systems that are out of date. Around 8,500 companies also had been using out-of-date browsers. The study focused on those who use Apple and Microsoft operating systems, and included an analysis of the Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome Internet browsers. The numbers speak for themselves. Businesses that use outdated operating systems are three times more likely to suffer from a data breach. On the other hand, businesses that use outdated browsers are twice as likely to su...
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Latest Ransomware Attack is Brutal Reminder of Cyber Security Importance

Latest Ransomware Attack is Brutal Reminder of Cyber Security Importance
Why NotPetya Isn’t Really a RansomwareThe first clue that researchers had that NotPetya had a different motivation was the fact that the ransom only demanded the Bitcoin equivalent of $300. Secondly, the only means of getting the decryption key was to send an email to an address hosted by German email provider Posteo. Despite the lack of preparation the payment method appeared to have, NotPetya itself was clearly designed to be able to infiltrate as many networks as possible and do maximum damage once inside. A Hybrid Hacking AttackSince the attack commenced, researchers have ascertained that despite its initial similarities with Petya, NotPetya shares many traits with other malicious progra...
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Tip of the Week: Bypass the Windows Password Screen By Disabling it Altogether

Tip of the Week: Bypass the Windows Password Screen By Disabling it Altogether
Before Proceeding: We strongly advise against disabling the Windows Password Screen, under all circumstances. What may seem like an inconvenience that wastes your time, may actually prevent your personal data from falling into the wrong hands. Furthermore, an additional word of caution: this scenario works best for a personal PC that not on a network of any kind, has minimal chance of theft, and only a single user. If you try to enact the following steps on a workstation, you may find that you can’t, due to network settings. When making such major changes regarding the security of your work computer, be sure to first check with your IT administrator. We also don’t recommend doing this ...
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Two Approaches to IT Support. One Clear Winner

Two Approaches to IT Support. One Clear Winner
How Not to Help Your BusinessWhen many people hear the term “tech support,” the first thing that pops into their mind is the common perception of IT services, which is also known as a break-fix approach. This approach usually plays out in the following way:Something breaks or stops working as expected and a user (or users) can’t get work done. You reach out and contact tech support. A tech has to be sent out to resolve the issue. You wait for the tech to arrive. The tech arrives and resolves the issue. You pay the support fees. Your affected employees are able to return to work.While this approach does ultimately get your technology issue resolved, consider how much you’re really paying ...
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Common-Sense Steps You Can Take to Make Meetings More Productive

Common-Sense Steps You Can Take to Make Meetings More Productive
Seeing just how much this issue monopolizes an employee’s workday, there are many different angles you can take to tackle this problem and streamline operations. One of the biggest areas you can start with happens to also be a medium that you personally have the most control over, meetings.For starters, making meetings more efficient means thinking about how meetings are actually run. Now, you’re likely already doing this to some extent. After all, no leader just shows up to a meeting without a plan or some sort of agenda in place. Instead, we’re suggesting that there’s value in taking a step back and reevaluating the purpose of your meetings. Upon doing so, you may discover that the goal of...
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