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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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The Legend of the Tell-Tale Hard Drive

The Legend of the Tell-Tale Hard Drive

If Edgar Allan Poe worked in an office, here’s what one of his works would sound like:

True!—nervous—very, very dreadfully nervous I have been and am, but why will you say that I am mad? The office had sharpened my senses—not destroyed—not dulled them. Above all was my sense of hearing. I heard all things in heaven and on earth and many things in…the other place. So, how then am I mad, especially when I can so healthily and calmly tell you this story?

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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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When You Consider All Avenues of Data Loss, Backup Becomes Essential

When You Consider All Avenues of Data Loss, Backup Becomes Essential

“It won’t happen to me.” This is a common excuse amongst business owners who refuse to equip their network with a comprehensive data backup and recovery solution. They may feel like they’re careful enough to avoid a major data loss-causing disaster. Yet, the inconvenient fact remains that a disaster can happen to any business, no matter how prepared they may be.

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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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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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Explaining What Actually Happens to Deleted Data

Explaining What Actually Happens to Deleted Data

Chances are, you’ve gone through some old files, deleting what is no longer required. This is especially critical when you are upgrading your storage and getting rid of your existing storage media or an old computer. Let’s talk about what really happens when you’re doing so—chances are, you may be overlooking a serious security problem.

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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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