Data Breach – How Can It Happen And Ways To Avoid It!

It seems like recently, we have been hearing a lot more about how businesses have experienced data breaches.  But how did the hackers get into their systems?
We’re here to tell you different ways that hackers can get into your companies information and how to prevent it!

1. Weak and Stolen Credentials (Passwords)

Weak passwords are the easiest way for malicious attacks to happen to your company. They allow hackers to ease their way into your system faster than you could imagine. Having strong and secure passwords that change every 60-90 days will greatly decrease the chances of these attacks.

Password Managers can help store, generate, and manage your passwords for local applications and online services. They assist in generating and retrieving complicated passwords, storing the passwords in an encrypted database, or calculating them on demand.

2. Phishing Scams

Email has been used more for business throughout the years. Hackers have found a way to gain access into your information by creating email that impersonates those that you would receive every day, perhaps even from company executives. Phishing emails are scams that target a specific person/company. Having email security will help identify threats to make sure you keep your companies’ information safe. Identifying email threats will also help to keep your personal information and accounts from being hacked. Knowing what types of email are threats can make a big difference to you and your company!

3. No VPN/Secured Wi-Fi

Not using a VPN service, or logging into an unsecured network can allow hackers to gain access to your business data! Allowing your data to travel through an unsecured network gives access to someone who is using the same network, or even a hacker who is trying to gain access to information you were retrieving on your devices. Once you connect to an unsecured Wi-Fi network, your information is vulnerable. Make sure to use your VPN service, or log into a secured Wi-Fi when trying to access important information. These steps create an extra layer of security, helping to avoid malicious activity, and making it more difficult for your data to get into the wrong person’s hands.

4. Running Updating Operating Systems/Applications

If you’re still running Windows 7 or haven’t updated your applications … STOP HERE AND READ!! Using outdated software and applications can lead to system vulnerability. Microsoft confirmed that Windows 7 will no longer be supported for security updates or technical assistance. If you’re running an outdated operating system, you’ll open your company up to known hacks, malware, viruses and other potential future security flaws.
For example, any Google Chrome versions prior to 91.0.4472.114 may have vulnerabilities that allow attackers to execute arbitrary code in your browser. Having an outdated application or web browser could lead to malicious attacks within your systems, targeting all the information that hackers want to get their hands on. An attacker could view, change, or even delete data if they have the access to do so.
Try to keep track of everything and make sure you install all your software updates as new ones come out. It will help reduce system vulnerabilities and from being a target of a data breach!

Malicious attacks can be avoided if you take the proper steps. A VPN Service, Email Security, Password Manager, Multi-Factor Authentication, and up-to-date software will help keep your system protected and secure!

Want to make sure you’re protected and taking the right steps? Contact PCS for all your cyber security needs!

How To Keep Your Email and Data Safe and Secured

Cyber Crime Has Jumped By 55% In The Past Two Years And Most Is From Email Scams. Keep Your Email Safe!

Within the past two years, we have seen the number of data breaches increase significantly because of hackers being more creative about how to attack businesses.
Cybercrime is on the rise as hackers continue to steal data, disrupt business and cause harm online.
The result is billions of dollars in losses.

Here are some ways to continue to keep your data safe.

 

Multi-Factor Authentication

We’ve said this phrase a lot, but knowing how important it really is can make a difference to keeping your information safe. Multi-factor authentication is an electronic authentication method that a device user is granted access to a website or application only AFTER successfully presenting two or more pieces of evidence (or factors) to an authentication mechanism: knowledge (something only the user knows), possession (something only the user has), and inherence (something only the user is).
Multi-factor authentication adds a second or third (or more) factor to the login process for company resources (apps, services, servers, etc.).
You can use multi-factor for banking accounts, emails, any sort of company program that has valuable information, and even email

Email Security Platform

Having an email security platform will help monitor what emails come through and whether or not they are spam or safe.
Cybir supports Ironscales (a self-learning email security platform to stop phishing attacks) to deliver an advanced email security platform with machine learning capabilities.  Cybir implements regular testing of employee security awareness via phishing campaigns.  Cybir offers key features to keep users safe of any acts of phishing within the company. With the jobs they have while incorporating their key features. it has the extra protection that can save the company from experiencing a data breach and losing any valuable information.

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Solution

Keeping extra security in mind, you want to make sure that through the antivirus and firewalls, you are still being protected.  Huntress is a great and reputable software that helps clients keep that extra added protection needed so hackers can’t get into their system.  Hackers are getting very creative with the way they try to get into businesses.  Huntress helps monitor your system so you can rest 24/7 knowing your business is safe. This will help your computer system stay safe and avoid getting into.

Protection Against Account Takeover

Every email system needs something to be able to not only monitor emails, but help get rid of them and help with the compromised system.  Barracuda Sentinel helps with phishing and account takeovers.  This helps with your emailing and helping your company stay protected and risk any attackers getting into your data.  It has a 3 step procedure that is known to continue the added protection you need.

Cyber Security Training

Knowing what to look for is important.  Having cyber security training for employees to understand what to look for in case something comes up to where it shows up in the email will complete the added necessities to make sure your emails are safe and not worry about a data breach.  What you can learn from the training can also help in your own personal email to make sure your personal information is not being compromised when spam emails come in.  It doesn’t happen to just business … It can get personal too!

Having all these tools will guarantee that you won’t have a data breach.
Always stay safe with as much security as you can! You don’t want intruders coming in.
Don’t be involved in the 55% that have been compromised!!

For more information or need help setting up your systems so there are no intruders, contact PCS today!

Don’t Know How To Tell If It’s A Phishing Scam? Cyber Training Will Help!

Phishing scams can be hard to recognize if you don’t know what you are looking for.

Email scams are the most common.  Clicking on a link within the email could compromise all your information AND your companies. But, there’s always a way to help you and your employees understand what phishing scams look like and how to prevent them.

Barracuda has come up with a solution to keep business owners and employees safe by having them understand what a phishing scam looks like.  We want to help you and help you protect yourselves from a data breach.  Not only is this good for companies, but this is good for anyone! Phishing scams don’t only happen in a business, it happens every day through your own personal emails as well. Well … Here’s your solution!.

Barracuda PhishLine

Barracuda PhishLine is the awareness training that is needed to help recognize and be aware of phishing scams. Simplifying security awareness allows everyone to understand what to look for in an email to determine what is real and what is a phishing trap.

 

Here are some ways Barracuda PhishLine educates:

 

Simulate email threats

Select from hundreds of real-world threat templates, taken directly from Barracuda’s massive threat database, and expose your users to the latest email threat types.  It will go over the top 13 email threats you typically will see and you will learn ways to fight them.

Analyze user behavior.

Receive detailed marks on user behavior to assess your security risks and suggest your training approach. PhishLine captures thousands of data points to give you deeper and more useful insights into exactly where your risks exist so you can precisely target your awareness programs.

Educate to mitigate risk.

Choose from a large variety of engaging training content, designed to meet your needs.

 

Cyber training sounds better than you think, doesn’t it?

Having these resources helps keeps users aware as well as having companies safe. While keeping your company safe, you also need to think about your users.  The more aware your users are, the better the security is!

Adding the additional cyber training to your cyber security will only help benefit yourself and your users.  Cyber training can also help with personal life and allowing your users to go home and keep those lessons in their mind as they read their own personal emails.

Barracuda PhishLine gives you the option to create a completely customized program or opt for the Quick Launch process to get an awareness campaign up and running in under a minute.

Barracuda offers a complete, multi-layered email security solution that combines email awareness training, email security gateway functions, and API-based inbox defense. Total Email Protection eliminates the integration and support aggravation that typically come along with multi-vendor solutions.

Barracuda PhishLine offers so much education without the hassle of trying to find the right one.

Don’t wait. Make sure you’re getting your cyber training!

For more information or wanting to get started on your cyber training, contact PCS today!

IT Help Straight To Your Door!

20 years ago, a college kid helped out his next door neighbor with a computer issue. 

After that day, PCS was born.

PCS started off residentially by providing affordable skilled IT support throughout the area.  As time progressed, PCS moved on to the commercial end of IT.  Now, with the need greater than ever for affordable, reliable, skilled support, PCS At Home is Reborn!

PCS At Home has skilled techs coming out to your home whenever an issue occurs.  With our excellent customer service and our dedication to the community, finding IT help for your home shouldn’t be stressful.  You don’t think all that shouldn’t be in one sentence? Because we do!

 

PCS At Home offers a wide variety of services that any home would need help with.  Our talented and skilled techs can be there when you need it.

 

 

 

We’re here to help make your life easier even during a stressful situation.

For more information or if you need help with any technical issues in your home, you can contact PCS at info@pcsathome.net or by calling 856-291-6656.

Spear Phishing VS Phishing … How To Prevent From Being Attacked

We all have heard of the term “Spear Phishing” and just assume that it is the same thing as just phishing.  It is in the similar category, but it is in fact a different form of phishing that exceeds the broad range of cyber attacks.

Let’s take this image and use it as a metaphor to help better understand the terms.

When you are fishing and you aren’t targeting on one particular fish, you are open to a broad range of different fish and aren’t specific on what you catch.  You use your basic line and hook to see what you catch in the heat of the moment.

When you are out spear fishing, you want a particular fish and the spear targets the exact fish you are looking for and can reel it in.  You do research on your specific fish you are looking for and get all the right equipment together.  when you see it and the time is right, you go right for it and attack.

THIS IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPEAR PHISHING AND PHISHING!

Phishing is using a broad-stroke approach that involves sending bulk emails to massive lists of unsuspecting contacts.  Phishing doesn’t aim for a specific target, but hopes that a target will just go in and fall for the bait they lie within the email.

Spear Phishing is targeted and personalized to a specific individual, group, or organization. They send emails to specific and well-researched targets while acting to be a trusted sender. The goal is to either infect devices with malware or convince their victims to hand over information or money.

What can you do to prevent spear phishing or any form of phishing?

Cybir supports Ironscales (a self-learning email security platform to stop phishing attacks) to deliver an advanced email security platform with machine learning capabilities.  Cybir implements regular testing of employee security awareness via phishing campaigns.

Cybir has a few different jobs that will help keep you and your business safe against spear phishing threats:

  • Responding to all alerts raised within the platform
  • Verifying all mailboxes within Client organization receive necessary protection coverage
  • Creation and deployment of phishing campaigns on a monthly basis
  • Creation of reports to Client detailing results of phishing campaigns
  • Work with Client to schedule and deploy learning modules to end users
  • Review and respond to all alerts and suspicious activity within the platform
  • Review and respond to all email submitted for review by end user

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Cybir offers key features to keep users safe of any acts of phishing within the company. With the jobs they have while incorporating their key features. it has the extra protection that can save the company from experiencing a data breach and losing any valuable information.

Spear phishing attacks a particular person and/or company.  Be careful on emails that you are being sent and watch out for the email addresses that are attached to the email.  Make sure to let your IT company know so they can further investigate the issue, but having more backup that can go on after hours is helpful for these kinds of scams.  Get to the root of the problem before the problem gets to you!

For more information or to continue keeping your business safe, contact PCS by phone or by emailing help@helpmepcs.com.

At Risk For Phishing Emails Throughout Your Business?

 

Do you get those risky phishing emails and want to protect your business data?

We’re here to help!

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There are approximately 15 billion spam emails are sent daily and out of those emails, 30% of them are phishing emails that are opened and links are already clicked on. In total, there has been over $12 billion have been lost to phishing and account takeovers. But now, there is something that will help you and your business from unwanted emails and keeping your business safe!

Sentinel, powered by Barracuda.  Sentinel is an AI-based protection that helps with phishing and account takeovers.  This helps with your emailing and helping your company stay protected and risk any attackers getting into your data. We can protect your business from these personalized attacks in real time, with zero impact on network performance. Let’s go over a few different things that Sentinel has in stored for you.

Protection Against Account Takeover and Insider Risk

Barracuda Sentinel’s comprehensive solution to account takeover includes three components: prevention, detection, and remediation. It prevents targeted phishing attacks that bypass traditional email gateways and can lead to collecting credentials. If an account has been compromised, it detects the bizarre behavior and alerts PCS. Finally, it can remediate the attack by removing all of the vicious emails sent by the compromised account from within employee mailboxes with one click.

Real-Time Spear Phishing and Cyber Fraud Defense

At the core of Barracuda Sentinel is the AI engine that detects and blocks spear phishing attacks in real time and identifies the employees inside an organization who are at the highest risk of spear phishing. Keeping ahead of the attackers will keep your business and data safe. Barracuda Sentinel uses artificial intelligence (AI) to learn your communication patterns and identifies abnormalities in metadata and content.  Sentinel combines this messaging intelligence to determine whether a certain email is part of a spear phishing attack. If it is, Barracuda Sentinel quarantines the attacks in real time and alerts the user.

Specialty Fraud Visibility and Protection

DMARC is a protocol that allows PCS to monitor emails sent from your domain. Once DMARC is properly setup, Barracuda Sentinel offers visibility and analysis to help ensure deliverability of real email traffic and prevent unauthorized activity such as spoofed emails.

Everyone is a target for today’s most trickiest threats. Why keep your company at risk any longer? There’s a solutions to the problem, and that is Sentinel powered by Barracuda!

Let us help you get on the right track to making your company more secure by integrating Barracuda Sentinel to your Office 365 account! Contact PCS today.