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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.

Creating a Risk Management Process for Your Buisness

Creating a Risk Management Process for Your Buisness

Macro System has been known to take a bit of an extreme approach to cybersecurity—your business is at constant threat of being attacked by all manners of threats and all that. While we stand by this approach as an effective way to enhance awareness and adherence to cybersecurity needs, there are certain attacks that are more likely to target you. This is where risk management comes into play.

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The Analytics Baseball Strategy that can Also Help Your Business

The Analytics Baseball Strategy that can Also Help Your Business

It’s almost summer, which means baseball is in full swing. The sport that many of us grew up on has recently gone through a major shift, one which small business owners can replicate to help their organizations. It came about via the use of data and today we’ll discuss how the national pastime has changed and how you can use the same strategies to help make your business better. 

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A Data Breach Response Plan is Critical for Your Business

A Data Breach Response Plan is Critical for Your Business

While the focus of our attention is usually preventing and avoiding cybersecurity breaches, it is critical that we address how your business responds to a successful breach attempt. Listed below are tips on how to create a successful data breach response plan.

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Data Breach Causes

Data Breach Causes

Data breaches—any event where an organization's confidential data is viewed, copied, or stolen by an unauthorized person or party—are a serious problem. Alas, they are also a serious problem that can be caused by no shortage of situations. Listed below are some of the causes of business data breaches so you’ll know what to keep an eye out for.

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World Backup Day

World Backup Day

March 31st is the official World Backup Day, a day intended to remind us all of the importance of having backups for the sake of data continuity. While this kind of day can be a valuable reminder of an imperative best practice, we contend that your awareness of your backup, as well as the maintenance that goes with it, should not be limited to a single day.

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What You Need to Know About Cloud-Based Cybercrime

What You Need to Know About Cloud-Based Cybercrime

The cloud is one of the most beneficial technologies that today's business has at its disposal. Alas, the same can be said for today's cybercriminals. The cloud has provided cybercriminals new opportunities that are imperative to acknowledge and, of course, to protect your business against.

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What’s the Difference Between a Security Incident and a Breach?

What’s the Difference Between a Security Incident and a Breach?

Cybersecurity is an important subject for a business’ entire team to appreciate, particularly when it comes to the minute differences between different terms. For instance, a layperson might hear “breach” and automatically think “security incident.” While this technically isn’t incorrect, per se, the two terms aren’t really synonymous.

Let’s take a few moments to dive into the minutiae and define these two terms more clearly.

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How AI Can Help the Healthcare Industry

How AI Can Help the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare is an industry that operates under very high pressure for a significant share of the time. As a result, it is only natural to conclude that a technology that could make the lives of healthcare providers and administrators easier in numerous ways shows some promise. That technology? Artificial intelligence.

Listed below is a few of the many ways that AI has been proposed (if not implemented already) as a solution to some of healthcare’s more challenging obstacles.

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How Secure Is Your Cloud Provider?

How Secure Is Your Cloud Provider?

We are fans of the cloud, especially for data storage, but you shouldn’t implement the cloud without a good security strategy. Whether you are using it for your organization's data storage needs or just to take backups of your infrastructure, you’ll still need to keep various facets of security in mind for your cloud storage. It all starts with figuring out how secure your cloud provider really is.

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Reviewing Ransomware in 2022

Reviewing Ransomware in 2022

Ransomware has been commonplace for years, and there's no sign of it going anywhere anytime soon. Listed below is an examination the state of ransomware right now, and tips on how to keep it from impacting your businesses.

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Explaining Encryption

Explaining Encryption

Keeping your data protected is a colossal concern these days, with more and more safeguards needed to prevent it from being exfiltrated. Encryption is a great way to keep your data from being any good to those who might steal it. Listed below is an explanation about what encryption is, and how it works in practice.

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What to Do When Your Data is Breached

What to Do When Your Data is Breached

Data breaches are an unfortunate modern reality, even during the holiday season. While it is critical to do everything you can to prevent these kinds of disasters, you need to be prepared to deal with it, both in terms of your operations, and in terms of communicating with your clientele.

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The Right Technology Can Enhance the Customer Experience

The Right Technology Can Enhance the Customer Experience

Whether you refer to them as customers or clients, the people who act as patrons to your business are essential to its success and survival; you need to keep them as happy as possible. While there are many aspects of maintaining a high level of customer service, we wanted to take a bit of time to examine how deploying the right technology can assist your business in doing just that.

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Not All Updates are Perfect

Not All Updates are Perfect

While we cannot express how critical it is to update your software and hardware in a timely fashion, it is imperative to keep in mind that some of these updates aren’t going to be perfect. An upcoming update to Google Workspace serves as the perfect example, as the company has recently released an alert to inform users about an issue affecting Google Drive.

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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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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Types of Blockchain

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Types of Blockchain

The blockchain has made quite an impact, beginning as the technology that powers Bitcoin before branching out into different use cases that many businesses are already taking advantage of. Listed below are the benefits and shortcomings of the numerous varieties that blockchain now comes in, and how they are commonly utilized.

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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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Is Your Backup Trustworthy Enough?

Is Your Backup Trustworthy Enough?

Because of the protection it can offer your business, data backup is a necessary tool for you to have; that is, provided it has the requisite security and reliability you’ll need should you ever have to lean on it. Listed below are a few guidelines to help you be sure that your backup is trustworthy enough to stake your organization's future on.

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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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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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