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Macro Systems has been serving the Metro Washington, DC area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Training Your Team in Cybersecurity Practices is Imperative

Training Your Team in Cybersecurity Practices is Imperative

Cybersecurity is one of those components to an IT strategy that is absolutely imperative; you cannot ignore it in the modern age of ransomware and other high-profile hacks. In order to make sure that you are prepared to handle anything that comes your way, you must periodically test your security practices and assess how well your team can prepare for attacks. The question remains as to how often you should do this.

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Unpatched Vulnerability of Western Digital's My Book Results in Lost Files and Accounts

Unpatched Vulnerability of Western Digital's My Book Results in Lost Files and Accounts

Nothing is more irritating than going to log into your device and finding out that you can't access it or that files you thought were there have been wiped. Alas, this is the situation that many users of a specific device have recently gone through. Thanks to an unpatched vulnerability, users of Western Digital’s My Book network-attached storage device are suffering from lost files and lost account access stemming from remote access.

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Zero-Day Vulnerability Results in Significant Issues for IT Providers

Zero-Day Vulnerability Results in Significant Issues for IT Providers

A new ransomware attack has surfaced, this time mostly targeting IT companies and their clients. The attack is specifically targeting the Kaseya platform. Kaseya is management software that many IT companies utilize to remotely manage and support technology. The attack in question targeted Kaseya’s supply chain via a vulnerability in its VSA software; this attack is notable because of how it targeted the supply chain, not only striking at the vendor’s clients—notably IT companies—but also their customers. Essentially, this attack had a trickle-down effect that is causing widespread chaos for a massive number of businesses.

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Agent Tesla: Another Phishing Malware Threat

Agent Tesla: Another Phishing Malware Threat

It doesn’t matter if you are a small locally-owned business or a massive enterprise: network security is equally imperative, as all businesses by default collect valuable information for hackers. It makes sense to protect your valuable assets, and your data is one of them. A recent threat called Agent Tesla is just another example of phishing malware designed to steal data from businesses just like yours, regardless of how big it is.

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Examining Recent Cyberattacks on Major Businesses

Examining Recent Cyberattacks on Major Businesses

The last few months have been filled with severe cyberattacks, particularly those taking advantage of major businesses that might not initially be considered targets for these kinds of attacks. For example, McDonald’s Restaurants was recently breached. We examine the situation below, and how it plays into the recent trends we’ve witnessed. 

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Are Your Organization's Security Priorities in the Right Place?

Are Your Organization's Security Priorities in the Right Place?

According to a survey conducted by Splunk and Enterprise Strategy Group, more business leaders plan to funnel funding into their cybersecurity; 88 percent of respondents reported a planned increase into their investments, 35 percent reporting that these boosts will be substantial. Listed below are a few of the insights that this survey has revealed.

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Ransomware Cases Now Handled the Same Way as Terrorism Cases

Ransomware Cases Now Handled the Same Way as Terrorism Cases

Ransomware has advanced from an irritating annoyance to a legitimate global threat, with the U.S. Justice Department officially going on the record and establishing that future ransomware investigations will be handled the same way that terrorism cases are now. Listed below is a review of the reasons behind this policy change and how your company should respond.

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Examining the JBS S.A. Ransomware Attack

Examining the JBS S.A. Ransomware Attack

Last weekend a significant cyberattack occurred against the world’s largest meat processor and distributor, JBS S.A., that completely shut down the company’s operations in both North America and Australia… and as a result, has affected the supply chains associated with the organization. What lessons can be learned from all this?

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Comprehending the Connection Between HIPAA and HITRUST

Comprehending the Connection Between HIPAA and HITRUST

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPAA, is a serious concern for all healthcare providers that operate within the United States. Since August 1996, HIPAA has mandated that these healthcare providers comply with various best practices. While HIPAA is relatively familiar to many people for assorted reasons, fewer know about HITRUST (the Health Information Trust Alliance) and how these acronyms ultimately cooperate with one another.

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What Cybersecurity Lessons were Learned from the Colonial Pipeline Hack

What Cybersecurity Lessons were Learned from the Colonial Pipeline Hack

Headlines have been filled with news pertaining to the recent hack of Colonial Pipeline, which resulted in significant gasoline shortages up the east coast of the nation. While the pipeline has been restored, the way this was accomplished sets a dangerous precedent. Furthermore, the attack seems to have set off bigger infrastructural changes in the political space.

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What You Need to Know about Deepfakes

What You Need to Know about Deepfakes

Did you know that maps as we know them are remarkably skewed? Due to some centuries-old superiority complexes and prejudices, the maps we’ve all been raised looking at have never been 100% accurate. However, this problem could soon be an element of cybercrime thanks to a developing technology that many have yet to take seriously, deepfake images, and how they could revolutionize cybercrime moving forward.

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Steps to take if Your Organization is Hacked

Steps to take if Your Organization is Hacked

Few things are more horrifying for a modern business to consider than the idea that they will be hacked, regardless of that their size or industry. After all, hacking can, will, and does cause significant damage across basically all aspects of your organization. This is precisely why it is so imperative that, should a business be hacked, the proper steps are taken in response.

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Discovery Time for Cyberattacks is Decreasing, Which Isn't Necessarily Good News

Discovery Time for Cyberattacks is Decreasing, Which Isn't Necessarily Good News

Research has shown that cyberattacks are spending decreasing amounts of time on their targeted networks before they are discovered. While this may sound like a positive (a faster discovery of a threat is better than a slower one), alas, this is not the case.

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What Can Be Learned From Coca-Cola’s Insider Trade Theft Case

What Can Be Learned From Coca-Cola’s Insider Trade Theft Case

Your organization's data is perhaps its most important resource, which is why it is so critical that it remains protected against all threats (including those that come from within your own business). Consider, for a moment, the ongoing trial of Xiaorong You, going on in Greenville, Tennessee. Accused of stealing trade secrets and committing economic espionage, You allegedly stole various BPA-free technologies from various companies—including Coca-Cola and the Eastman Chemical Company, amongst others—to the tune of $119.6 million.

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How a Cybercriminal Can Steal Your Text Messages

How a Cybercriminal Can Steal Your Text Messages

We always picture hackers as these foreboding, black-clad criminals, smirking through the shadows in their dark room by their computer monitor. Hard, uncaring individuals who don’t go outside very often, staring at code as if they were able to decipher the Matrix.

It’s time we give up this persona and stop mystifying cybercriminals. Why?

It only takes a few dollars and some spare time to truly hold an individual’s data hostage.

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Facebook’s Colossal Data Leak

Facebook’s Colossal Data Leak

Facebook is many people’s favorite, or at least most used, app and it does offer value by letting them keep tabs on friends and family or grow their businesses. It has grown to be one of the largest, most successful software technology companies in the world. Alas, with that type of exposure comes the responsibility of securing massive amounts of personal data. In this quest, they leave a lot to be decided. Listed below is a look at the situation Facebook is in as they are dealing with one of the largest data leaks in history.

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2021 Data Breaches

2021 Data Breaches

Everyone knows that modern businesses can be defined on how they approach cybersecurity. Alas, even if your business makes a comprehensive effort to protect your network and data from data breaches, all it takes is one seemingly minor vulnerability to be exploited to make things really hard on your business. Listed below is a look at the major data breaches that have happened since the calendar turned to 2021. 

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Best Practices That Your Workers Need to Follow at Home

Best Practices That Your Workers Need to Follow at Home

It is not uncommon for people to have very different personalities in the office than they do during their off hours, with different standards and practices to suit them. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that on the surface, you need to be sure that they are at least upholding the kind of security best practices that you expect of them in the office while they are at home.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Biometric Security

Advantages and Disadvantages of Biometric Security

A lot has been made about biometric authentication over the past decade, so much so that it has been loosely integrated into a lot of the access control mechanisms on most of today's mobile devices. Fingerprint scanners, retina scanners, and facial recognition are all part of the transition to biometrics to upgrade security and privacy. However, for today's businesses, implementing biometrics can have some major disadvantages. Listed below are the pros and cons of biometric authentication.

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Is Your Team Prepared for Inevitable Phishing Attacks?

Is Your Team Prepared for Inevitable Phishing Attacks?

While it initially sounds promising to hear that the number of data breaches seen last year went down significantly, it is critical to understand that the number of data records leaked as a result more than doubled. One clear cause was the resurgence in the use of the underhanded malware variety known as ransomware. With this suggesting an increased threat of ransomware incoming, can you confidently say that your business’ team is ready to deal with it?

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