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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.

Why the Price of Data Privacy is Worth It

Why the Price of Data Privacy is Worth It

We aren’t going to pretend that the investments required to preserve your business’ data security are small ones. Especially at first glance, you may very well start to question if such an investment is truly necessary.

The fact of the matter is that, compared to the costs that a breach of privacy will incur, the investment you put into your security measures will suddenly seem like a real bargain.

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Some Cybersecurity Statistics to Inform Your Business

Some Cybersecurity Statistics to Inform Your Business

When it comes to your organization's cybersecurity, it can be tempting to operate under the assumption that the few cybersecurity events you hear about on the news are all that happen. Alas, this is far from actual fact. Listed below are some of the statistics that might change your impressions, especially if you hold the aforementioned assumption.

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Network Segmentation can Help Protect Your Business

Network Segmentation can Help Protect Your Business

As Miguel de Cervantes wrote in Don Quixote, “...is the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket.” It was wise advice then, and it’s wise advice today, especially when it comes to your business’ network and your data security.

Below we explore the concept of network segmentation, and how it can help to protect your organization.

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What You Need to Know about Business Email Compromise

What You Need to Know about Business Email Compromise

Sometimes the most dangerous scams out there are the simplest ones. Hackers don’t require a fancy or complicated malware or algorithm to create chaos for your business; all they have to do is convince you that the email you’ve received in your inbox is from someone of authority within your business. Listed below: how a business email compromise is pulled off and why you need to be wary of threats like these.

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How to Limit Vulnerabilities for Your Business

How to Limit Vulnerabilities for Your Business

No matter how well you protect your network, chances are you’ll suffer eventually from some vulnerability or another. However, you can take considerable measures toward protecting your business so you don’t have to worry so much about it. Listed below is how your efforts today can protect your business now and in the future.

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Human Trafficking and Cybercrime can be Intertwined

Human Trafficking and Cybercrime can be Intertwined

Because of the faceless nature of many cybercrime acts, it can be easy to see them as nothing more than the acts themselves, which is of course not true. Behind these attacks are people, and where people performing illegal acts are concerned, there will always be concerns about other criminal acts which perpetuate the ones at the surface.

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Android Banking Malware Sova is Back

Android Banking Malware Sova is Back

Even if mobile malware doesn’t have as much of a presence in the cyber threat landscape as other significant threats like ransomware variants, it is still just as dangerous under the right circumstances. An Android banking malware called Sova, for example, has returned with a vengeance with additional features to make users’ lives miserable.

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Do All Your Apps Need to Know Where You Are?

Do All Your Apps Need to Know Where You Are?

Mobile devices have become a vital part of our daily lives, to the point that many of us openly feel undressed without our phones. As a result, our phones go everywhere with us. On the other hand, it’s imperative to remember that some applications have requested access to our location information. Do all of these apps need to know precisely where we are?

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A Possible Alternative to Multi-Factor Authentication

A Possible Alternative to Multi-Factor Authentication

User authentication is an imperative security feature for a business, specifically because it helps to reduce a significant threat to your business. This is why we’re so adamant that you should require multi-factor authentication wherever it is available… but is a better way to authenticate your users on the horizon?

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The Costs of Ransomware

The Costs of Ransomware

Say you’ve been infected by a ransomware attack, and (against our advice) you’ve elected to pay the ransom. That’s the biggest cost that comes with it, right?

Alas, wrong. A ransomware attack comes with a lot more financial impact than just the payment the attacker demands. Listed below are some of these other costs that can actually outpace that of the ransom.

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Identifying a Data Breach Is Not Always Easy

Identifying a Data Breach Is Not Always Easy

There is always the possibility that you have been involved with a data breach and you simply have not been contacted by the affected party. Additionally, if a hacker has managed to crack a website or service without being detected, you wouldn’t be notified in any case, either. Ask yourself this question: if I were to be involved with a data breach, how would I know it, and what can I do about it? And what is my data being used for anyway?

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A New Threat Involving the Windows 7 Calculator App

A New Threat Involving the Windows 7 Calculator App

You may be surprised by some of the security breaches and vulnerabilities out there, including some for apps that you would never suspect, like Windows’ Calculator application. Hackers are always searching for new ways to infect endpoints, and nothing exemplifies this better than this particular threat, one which utilizes the Windows 7 calculator app to launch attacks against Microsoft operating systems.

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Industries Most Commonly Targeted by Ransomware

Industries Most Commonly Targeted by Ransomware

All businesses and industries could potentially be targeted by ransomware, regardless of their size or target audience. That being said, as of late, some industries have been targeted more and more. Listed below are some of the commonly targeted industries that ransomware is frequently waged against.

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What Your Business Needs to Know About Social Engineering

What Your Business Needs to Know About Social Engineering

Let me ask you a few questions: how confident are you that you could spot an online ruse, and did you know there’s a stain on your shirt right now?

Did you look?

If so, you’ve just fallen for the school playground version of social engineering, a serious threat. Let’s discuss the kind that you’re more likely to see in terms of your business’ cybersecurity.

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The Most Common Cybersecurity Threats

The Most Common Cybersecurity Threats

As a business professional, it’s your responsibility to protect your organization's digital assets from cybercrime, but the path forward is not always so easy or clear-cut. Without a thorough knowledge and expertise of IT security at your disposal, it can be challenging to protect your infrastructure as adequately as it needs to be. Listed below are some of the common problems that involve cybersecurity, as well as how you can address them.

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What Your Business Requires to Keep it Secure

What Your Business Requires to Keep it Secure

Your business is your livelihood, so it only makes sense to invest in its protections so that your livelihood is secure. This will require a strategic approach. Listed below is what your business needs to remain sufficiently secure, and what you should look for from each to get the best, most secure option. 

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The Latest Malware Can Spend Your Cash

The Latest Malware Can Spend Your Cash

“I didn’t buy that!”

That’s what many smartphone users have been saying lately as a prevalent strain of malware has been infecting Android devices. The malware is called “toll fraud malware” and it’s been signing users up to services they didn't buy.

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Complete This One Task Right Now to Mitigate the Stress of a Cybersecurity Incident

Complete This One Task Right Now to Mitigate the Stress of a Cybersecurity Incident

Your organization is likely vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks. There are a lot of things you should be doing to protect your business, but this one task is something you can do right now to save your business a lot of stress if something were to take down your network and cause a major disruption.

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Cloudflare Halts Biggest DDoS Attack on Record

Cloudflare Halts Biggest DDoS Attack on Record

Cloudflare has stopped the plans of yet another major hacking attack, a record-breaking DDoS attack of the likes we have never before seen. Listed below are details regarding what goes into such an attack and what you can do to keep your business safe from their influence.

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Network and Data Security Tips

Network and Data Security Tips

Modern Businesses have to deal with more potential problems than in any time in history. These problems include cost increases at every turn, personnel shortages, and a regulatory landscape that is always evolving. One of the biggest issues that can have a negative effect on a business is not having the processes and resources in place and working to secure its data and network. Listed below is a look at five suggestions that can work to help your business keep its network and data more secure. 

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