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3 Years In A Row!

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment.

Organizations are assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more. All participating companies receive a complimentary assessment report and benefits throughout the year. 

The Important Role Of Cyber Security

As technology continues to become more common in the workplace, so too are threats of cyber-attacks on your company. Organizations of all sizes are susceptible to cyber threats, with small and medium sized companies serving as the principal targets. In this now ever-changing online workflow, it is important to understand not only the role of cyber security, but also the impact cybercrime may have on your company if left unprotected.

Why Is Cyber Security Important?

As an employer, you’ll naturally want to protect your company’s sensitive data. But what about the personal information made available from your employees? Credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, emails and passwords. These are all targets cyber criminals look to capture when executing data breaches. With the rise of cloud services now leading the way in storing sensitive data, you’ll want a system that both works for and protects you and your data.

After securing personal information through a series of data breaches spread out over what could be multiple years, hackers stand to make a fortune selling your information on the dark web. The criminals who buy this information often times do so with the intention of stealing identities.

However, identity theft isn’t always the goal for cyber criminals. A cyber-attack may aim to compromise your data integrity. In other words, a hacker may attempt to change or destroy company data in order to create distrust and conflict within on organization. Without the proper means of security, it is only a matter of time before hackers find their way into your most sensitive accounts.

What Is the Potential Impact Of Cybercrime On A Company?

A lack of cyber security could lead to an increase in damage to your company, including:

  1. Attacks to Your Reputation – As mentioned above, hackers have the ability to change or even delete data once infiltrating your system. This could cause consumers to stop trusting your business, a poor media reputation and even a decrease in future business.
  2. Economic Loss – The cost to repair a damaged or breached security system could be quite expensive. Not to mention the theft of intellectual property and corporate information that may have also been stolen by hackers.
  3. Fines – That’s right. If your company were to get hacked and have a client’s sensitive data stolen, you could very well be on the hook for a civil lawsuit.

No matter the size of your company, it’s important to train your employees on the importance of online safety. Cybergate IT also provides vulnerability assessments to determine how your organization matches up against cyber-crime, and where best to prioritize security measures.

How To Keep Your Company Safe Online

There are many different measures you can instill to protect your company and employees from cyber-attacks.

  1. Educate Your Employees – All levels within the organization should understand the importance of online security. Familiarize them with phishing scams and emails and train them on what to do when they encounter suspicious activity.
  2. Keep Software Updated – Software companies will release updates that increase security measures. If you aren’t updating your software, you may be leaving your organization open to attacks.
  3. Strengthen Password Policies – This can be a companywide policy. A minimum of 8 characters, having a mix of both upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols helps to prevent theft. To increase security, change passwords at least once a month.
  4. Contract Cybergate IT – Our Cyber Security Threat Detection Bundle is an essential package that protects companies online. We perform a dark web credential search for your business, network vulnerability test, as well as a cyber security assessment. We also provide onsite consultation after these are performed to discuss results.

Cyber crime is only a headache if you allow it to be. Contact Cybergate IT to talk over security options and plans for your company today!

Complimentary Dark Web Scan (Limited Time Only)

Data breaches are a REAL threat that you should plan for. Do you take this advice seriously?

A lot of Georgia based businesses don’t take this advice seriously, which is alarming since SMBs have a higher susceptibility of being successfully breached in comparison to larger corporations! There is a lack of knowledge and ability to plan for varying attacks, but you can take small steps to mitigate exposure to the threats before they gain access to your network.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What monetary value is at stake if my business is successfully is hit with a cyber-attack?
  • Could I detrimentally affect the lives of my customers if their information gets into the wrong hands?
  • Would my business go bankrupt because of an attack?
Think about it this way, when it comes to experiencing a data breach, the odds are as high as 1 in 4. Therefore, you must understand the probability of being attacked, how your business could be affected, and which factors can reduce or increase the impact and cost of your data breach.  You have to compare the cost of preventing an attack versus recovering from an attack.  What is the value you put on protecting your network with the most up to date security offerings? Once you have answered the questions above, this answer should be clear as day.

Complimentary Dark Web Search

A good place to start is to see whether your credentials (email and passwords) are on the Dark Web. If you have been compromised, we can assist by completing a Complimentary Dark Web Credential Search. If nothing turns up, you’ll have peace of mind and can take preventative actions. I would like to offer you this Complimentary Dark Web Credential Search. Take the next logical steps to robustly protecting your network!

Complimentary Dark Web Search
($299 Value)

Get started with our Complimentary Dark Web Credential Search

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE DARK WEB?

The Dark Web is a hidden universe contained within the “Deep Web”- a sub- layer of the Internet that is hidden from conventional search engines. Search engines like Google, BING and Yahoo only search .04% of the indexed or “surface” Internet. The other 99.96% of the Web consists of databases, private academic and government networks, and the Dark Web. The Dark Web is estimated at 550 times larger than the surface Web and growing. Because you can operate anonymously, the Dark Web holds a wealth of stolen data and illegal activity.
HOW DOES DARK WEB ID HELP PROTECT MY ORGANIZATION?
Our service is designed to help both public and private sector organizations detect and mitigate cyber threats that leverage stolen email addresses and passwords. Dark Web ID leverages a combination of human and artificial intelligence that scours botnets, criminal chat rooms, blogs, Websites and bulletin boards, Peer to Peer networks, forums, private networks, and other black- market sites 24/7, 365 days a year to identify stolen credentials and other personally identifiable information (PII).

HOW ARE THE STOLEN OR EXPOSED CREDENTIALS FOUND ON THE DARK WEB?

Dark Web ID focuses on cyber threats that are specific to our clients’ environments. We monitor the Dark Web and the criminal hacker underground for exposure of our clients’ credentials to malicious individuals. We accomplish this by looking specifically for our clients’ top level email domains. When a credential is identified, we harvest it. While we harvest data from typical hacker sites like Pastebin, a lot of our data originates from sites that require credibility or a membership within the hacker community to enter. To that end, we monitor over 500 distinct Internet relay chatroom (IRC) channels, 600,000 private Websites, 600 twitter feeds, and execute 10,000 refined queries daily.

DOES THE IDENTIFICATION OF MY ORGANIZATION’S EXPOSED CREDENTIALS MEAN WE ARE BEING TARGETED BY HACKERS?

While we can’t say definitively that the data we’ve discovered has already been used to exploit your organization, the fact that we are able to identify this data should be very concerning. Organizations should consult their internal or external IT and/or security teams to determine if they have suffered a cyber incident or data breach.

Cybergate IT to be featuring KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training.

KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training

Cybersecurity threats are on the rise!

Cybersecurity Threats

 

If you’re not living under a rock, you know that the internet is dominating our world. In a philosophical sense, the internet has completely altered global culture forever. Constant connectivity and the mind-blowing speed at which ideas are disseminated have changed forever the way in which nearly all populations think and communicate.

Unfortunately, the internet can be a dangerous place. Organizations all around the world are suffering through cyberattacks, many unsuccessfully.  Nation and corporate sponsored espionage and “Hacktivism” are on the rise. Defending against today’s cyber threat landscape requires a Proactive Cyber Security strategy with a real-time approach to assessing and managing risks. In this fast evolving environment, the challenge is for private and public sector organizations to manage risks proactively rather than reactively. This calls for making informed, predictive, risk-based decisions rather than implementing controls after a breach has already happened.

Companies are being breached seemingly at-will by hackers, malicious insiders, business competitors and nation-states. Companies and consumers seem to be losing the battle and here are a few of the reasons why:

· 83% of organizations have no formal cyber security plan. (Source: National Cyber Security Alliance)
· 96% of breaches were avoidable through simple or intermediate controls. (Source: US Secret Service)
· Thousands of breaches have occurred over the last 12 months. (Source: US Secret Service)
· 48% of breaches were caused by insiders, which means employees and trusted business partners. (Source: US Secret Service)
· 67% of security professionals are unqualified to do the job. (HP Cyber-security study)

Organizations could find themselves in serious jeopardy if a successful breach occurs, both financially and through brand and reputation damage. Businesses that do not take Pro-Active risk management and security seriously in our globally connected market could suffer severely.

Michael Frost-Founder and President-TelPlus Communications, Inc
Michael Frost-Founder and President-TelPlus Communications, Inc

 

Cybersecurity company finds classified NSA, Army data online

“A cybersecurity company said Tuesday it found top secret files related to classified Army communications systems sitting unprotected online for anyone to see.

The data belonged to the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command, a division of both the Army and the National Security Agency. It’s the latest known setback linked to the NSA where former agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed a cache of classified material in 2013.”

Read more details here.

Author: Deb Riechmann