Believe it or not, blockchain has been around since the early 1980s. A variety of companies have tried a go with it since then, but it wasn’t until Bitcoin, an international cryptocurrency payment method, came to the marketplace in 2009 that it really started to take shape. Enthusiasts feel this form of payment has several advantages and will eventually take over our traditional banking systems. However, the blockchain architecture will be disruptive in other lines of business, too. This blog post will explain what it is, the current developmental players, whose using it and why organizations are moving this way.
Passwords need help. Initially, it was thought that a long password was the key. Then, it was a forced march to change your password every 30- to 90-days. Then, it was a very complex, long passwords that changed periodically. And now, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), you should loop back to the beginning; long passwords that are obscure to the hacker, but memorable to you. However, even with all these changes, passwords are still extremely vulnerable to hacking. Believe it or not, adding one more layer, two-factor authentication (2FA), has not helped. For a variety of reasons that will be explained here, multi-factor authentication is the best cybersecurity solution.
I think we’d all agree to this statement: Companies need to be profitable and they need to keep their data safe. Believe it or not, these two directives can be worlds apart, as expressed by the research gathered below. Today’s blog post will focus studies compiled from Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and Chief Information Officers (CIOs) when it comes to their practices to keep their company’s files protected and the impact this has on their end user relationships.
Your company is growing. You’re contemplating hiring a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to protect your technology, improve or automate processes and support your business goals. But often, these are fleeting thoughts because the salary, benefits and training costs can approach over $300,000 a year. According to a report by Deloitte, only 17% of SMBs have CTOs. So, whose left making the technology decisions? 70% are made by the owner, who has many other priorities when it comes to running their business.
The typical hotel and conference center leverages a multitude of technology applications and platforms. They incorporate several automation processes, from Point of Sale (POS) terminals that handle food and beverage orders to a mobile app that provides real-time response to their guests every need. The applications may or may not be fully integrated. However, because credit card payments are involved (i.e. guest room, gift shop, spa services), it’s vital that every venue have a connected, secure solution that doesn’t compromise each guest’s identity and financial information.
In an era with billions of social media users who share everything from what they are eating to where they are going, cyber attackers have found a new way to penetrate these channels: a method commonly referred to as spear phishing. This blog post will explore what it is, how individuals are fooled by it and how we can help.
It might surprise you to learn a large cyberattack source are the officers of your company. This is especially true when they travel internationally. Why? Because bad actors have found the C-Suite has the most valuable company information and are most likely to fall for hacker tactics.
If you don’t have a Security Operations Center (SOC) in place at your company, you are not alone. Some 44% of all US businesses are without one, too. Whether you run a small, medium or large business, these centers are an important element in keeping cyber criminals at bay. Outlined below is a SOC definition, why it makes sense to look at one and how ProActive Technology Group can help with the implementation.
As New York City is recovering from the latest winter storm and gale force winds, we thought it only appropriate to remind you, our readership, about the importance of protecting your smartphones, tablets and laptops from long-term cold exposure. Below are the negative effects extreme weather can have on your devices and the 10 things you can do to minimize the impact.
You may be under the impression that emails are relatively secure. You have been schooled on phishing and know not to open any suspicious PDFs or click on fake URLs. But that aside, your internal and external emails are still vulnerable to interception by hackers that are listening or sniffing on your network. Confidential information can include business plans, documents, designs, sketches, source code, trade secrets and medical/financial records.
Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), plans to dismantle net neutrality as we currently know in a mid-December vote with other commissioners. He believes the organization he leads should have as light of touch as possible on regulations that govern the internet, something that affects every business professional every minute of their working day. In addition, if net neutrality is replaced by Pai’s plan called “Restoring Internet Freedom” it will have a substantial affect ecommerce sites for small to medium sized businesses.
If you are one of the more than 50% of organizations that uses Wi-Fi as your default network connection, please read this important note.
We’ve reached the point in the discussion around the benefits of solid-state drives (SSDs) versus hard disk drives (HDDs) in broad terms from a perspective of benefits, the perspective of general comparison, and from the standpoint of analogies and general technology. Let’s look at three benefits of SSD over HDD purely from the standpoint of speed in different scenarios.
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