Cyber Security – It’s Not A Choice Anymore … It’s Necessary!

Malicious attacks have spiked throughout the years and cyber security has been discussed in so many ways.
Throughout the pandemic and employees working from home, companies have been targeted and attacked with many different methods.
Hackers don’t take a day off, so we’re here to help you stay protected.

Malicious Attacks – How Often Do They Happen?


According to Embroker, in 2021 cyber attacks happen every 11 seconds. That has increased through time, but it will continue to rise through time. It was said that in  2020, 155.8 million individuals were affected by data exposures …

Impact and Severity of Cyber Attacks

Cyber attacks can impact businesses and organizations in many ways – from minor disruptions to financial losses. Every consequence leads has some form of cost. Malicious attacks can impact your business weeks, if not months later.

Your business may suffer in these areas:
Financial losses
Loss of productivity
Reputation damage
Legal liability
Business continuity problems

Costs of Cybercrime

According to the FBI, the cost of cybercrime in the US was $3.5 billion in 2019, as stated by Colbalt. The cost could be much higher if it remains unnoticed. In 2020, the average business cost of a cyberattack is $3.86 million and it takes over 200 days to detect the breach (IBM). Statistics show that cyberattacks projected to hit $6 trillion in annual loss in 2021, which has doubled since 2015. (Cybersecurity Ventures).
Cybercrimes can cost enough to shut down small businesses if it remains unnoticeable or the malicious attacks are not safely resolved.  The average ransom demand is over $100,000, which continues to grow over time. Over a third of all companies attacked with a ransomware attack, end up paying that price, resulting, on average, in a 16-day downtime for the attacked firm. The percentage and increase of cost continues to rise through the years as hackers continue to learn and grow.

How To Prevent Malicious Attacks

Here at PCS, we help you with all your cyber security needs. With Managed Endpoint Protection/Next Generation Antivirus, Advanced E-mail Security/Phishing Training, and Multi-factor Authentication, it would be a challenge for malicious attacks to happen.

For more information or to make sure your company is protected, contact PCS!

Microsoft Confirms Windows 11 – Everything You Need To Know

Microsoft has FINALLY released their newest version of Windows … Windows 11! Also knows as “the Windows that brings you closer to the things you love” as Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer said.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said “Today marks a major milestone in the history of Windows, It’s the beginning of a new generation.”
We’re here to give you the break down on what to expect.

Windows 11 Coming This Fall

Microsoft announced that Windows 11 will begin shipping to customers this fall, and Windows Insiders can begin testing a preview of it this week.  Windows 11 will be a free upgrade for Windows 10 users, as long as your current PC is compatible with Windows 11’s new system requirements.

These requirements include:

  • A modern 64-bit processor
  • 1Ghz clock speed
  • 2 cores
  • 64GB drive
  • 4GB RAM
  • UEFI, Secure Book capable & TPM 2.0
  • 9-inch display with 1366×768 resolution
  • DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x

Display Features

  • Rounded corners
  • New desktop wallpaper
  • Centered start menu featuring applications and “recommended” files such as Word and Excel documents, along with a search box.  The new Start menu drops the Live Tiles that were originally introduced with Windows 8 and opts for more of the typical launcher you’d find in Chrome OS or Android
  • The Windows icon has also been spruced up to be a simple square with four equal-sized panes
  • Windows Widgets: containing news, weather and other information.  The Widgets feature uses artificial intelligence to offer personalized content and it can be shown on the entirety of the screen with a swipe from left to right
  • More performance in browsing the internet in Microsoft’s Edge browser, which will enable longer battery life
  • Updates will be 40% smaller
  • Snap Layouts – allows you to quickly snap apps into the various modes that Windows 11 supports
  • Revamped app store – Panay described as

Microsoft Teams Update

Microsoft Teams, the company’s videoconferencing and chat software, is getting a big update to make it more like a systemwide messaging app. Microsoft revealed an interface that puts chats in standalone windows.  Your frequent contacts will now appear as a pop-up on the start bar. Teams is also getting more videoconferencing features and it appears easier to jump right into a video call.  Similarly to using Facetime or iMessage on a Mac.

Supporting Android Apps From Amazon’s App Store

Android apps will now be supported using the Amazon App Store! Popular apps that people already use on their phones will be available right on the desktop, in the Start menu and more. It is similar to Apple products that support iPhone and iPad apps. However, the Amazon App Store doesn’t offer Google’s popular Android apps like Gmail, Maps and other Google services.  You will need to sign in to your Amazon account to download those apps.

 

We’ll report as more details unfold!

Image VS File-Based Backups … The Great Debate!

Image-based backups VS file based back-ups are tricky. 

Knowing when you should use which is even harder.
Knowing what is best for you comes down to what kind of information you are looking to save and back-up.
Let’s go over the difference and what would be best for you and your company.
The main question is … What are you looking to recover?

Difference Between Image VS File-Based Backup’s

Image-based backups preserve a copy of a machine’s operating system. That includes system state and application configurations, as well as the data associated with that machine.  It’s basically an image of your entire operating system including files, executive programs, and OS configurations.  It works best if it is necessary to bac k up a VMware or Hyper-V virtual machine. This is very simple to configure type of backup where you just select an entire drive, partition, or an entire machine, which typically backs up the entire selection you have selected.

File-based backups will back up each file on your PC.  It will save the files, but not the applications that created them. If you did not setup your file backup to save “all” the documents on your machine, then you won’t be able to restore them. It is reasonable when it is necessary to copy separate files so that they can be recovered to any other system. File backups basically come down to you selecting some files and folders that you want to back up and then where you want those file level backups to go.


File-based backups are usually more flexible way to doing backups, scheduling, and are normally smaller backups.

Image-based backups are usually better in disaster scenarios when an entire system restore is required.

What Type of Backup is Recommended?

Now that we have established the difference between the two, the major question stands … Which one is recommended? Both is adequate when having back-ups.

A good backup setup would usually include:
1. An image backup once a month.
2. A full file level backup once a week.
3. A differential file level backup every day other than the full backup day.

This type of schedule will most often help give you an easy and quick way to get files and folders back.  Having extra backup to be able to recover any and all files will be a huge impact to your business information.

 

Need help backing up your computer? Don’t know where to start? Contact PCS and we can help!

Enhance Your Cyber Security!

Technology is a huge part of today’s society!

Smaller business are not flying under the radar anymore.

Smaller businesses are actually targeted MORE because they are usually less protected than larger companies, making it an easier way to scam.  Hackers now are finding new and innovated ways to bypass these systems and invade SMB networks.

With having all your information with just a click of a mouse, it can be difficult to keep all your important information hidden. Hackers THRIVE on that.

Everyone talks about different antiviruses and cyber safety, but everyone needs that extra protection to make sure their information is not being compromised throughout the process!

We are here to show you a strong and effective way to save your data and help protect your company against hackers.

Huntress is the company that is one step ahead of the hackers!  Traditional IT security tools like antivirus and firewalls are more focused on prevention.  If a hacker breaks down that front door (antivirus/firewall), they don’t have to worry about any other security issues and can get any information needed. Antivirus tools are no longer enough for these horrible attacks and it’s time to take charge of your information.  Huntress is the key!

To protect clients, Huntress offers a Managed Detection and Response (MDR) solution as part of their security service. It is an additional protective layer that specifically looks at hidden threats and silent indicators of compromise that other tools miss.

This is how MDR Works:

With Antivirus and Managed Detection and Response, you will have all your ground covered and your company will continue to stay safe.

 

Hackers have upgraded their systems. It’s time to upgrade yours!

 

Contact PCS for more information about Huntress!