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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.

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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Cybersecurity Tools that Help Your Business

Cybersecurity Tools that Help Your Business

Macro Systems likes to remind people as much as we can of the importance of staying up-to-date with your organization’s cybersecurity. There are numerous things you can do to strengthen your grip on your network. This month we thought we’d go over some of the solutions we provide to help our clients secure their network and infrastructure. 

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What You Need to Know About The SolarWinds Hack

What You Need to Know About The SolarWinds Hack

2020 gave us a final parting gift: the news that the United States was targeted this year by the biggest cyberespionage attack ever. What were the ramifications of this attack, and what it should teach us going forward?

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How to Monitor Your Workers without Crossing Any Lines

How to Monitor Your Workers without Crossing Any Lines

Of all the controversial topics in the workplace, employee monitoring is among the most divisive. As an authority figure in your business, it is only natural that you would want to ensure that your team is working diligently, especially as they are working remotely. However, there are some lines that cannot be crossed you should be aware of. The concept of monitoring your employees and what cannot be done is discussed below.

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Four Vital Elements of Successful Network Security

Four Vital Elements of Successful Network Security

A modern business’ network security needs to be amongst its top priorities if it is to have any chance of operating without undue risk of data breaches and other problems. Admittedly, managing this sounds like a Herculean task, but a few relatively easy implementations can help give your security a significant advantage as you lock down your business’ future. Listed below is a review of four key components for successful Network Security.

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Alert: If Your Business Network is Running Windows Server, You Need to Have Updates Applied ASAP

Alert: If Your Business Network is Running Windows Server, You Need to Have Updates Applied ASAP

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have released an emergency directive concerning a critical exploit known as Zerologon, which affects servers running Windows Server operating systems that needs to get patched as soon as possible.

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What VPNs Can and Can't Do For You

What VPNs Can and Can't Do For You

We haven't been timid about promoting the use of VPNs (virtual private networks) as a way of protecting your online security. Nevertheless, we wanted to take a bit of time to specify what a VPN can and can't do to help you.

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The 3 Levels of Cybersecurity Every Business Must Be Aware Of

The 3 Levels of Cybersecurity Every Business Must Be Aware Of

People talk about cybersecurity like it's something you can just buy. That’s not the truth, however. When you are seriously looking at how you can keep unauthorized entities off your network, while having control over what you do with your technology, you need to look at it as three levels of cybersecurity.

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How to Monitor Your IT While Out of the Office

How to Monitor Your IT While Out of the Office

Businesses are beginning to reopen as stay-at-home orders are lapsing. Remote solutions have gotten many of those businesses through this ordeal and for many others they continue to deploy a remote workforce. For businesses still promoting telework, monitoring your local IT environment is something that you need a solution for. Listed below are some of the best practices you can use to monitor your IT while out of the office.

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How to Enhance Your Access Control

How to Enhance Your Access Control

There is no denying that a companies' security--specifically, its access control--is absolutely imperative to consider. Listed below are a few tips to help you enhance your business’ security via improvements to your access controls and their policies.

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The Challenges that Arise When IT and OT Work Together

The Challenges that Arise When IT and OT Work Together

Businesses have two different types of technology to contend with: their information technology, and their operational technology. As these categories have become less distinct with the arrival of the Internet of Things and other similar advancements, a couple of new challenges to maintaining security have become apparent. These challenges are listed below, as well as what you need to do to overcome them.

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Different Types and Motivations of Hackers

Different Types and Motivations of Hackers

Most people's perception of hackers comes via what they see in modern pop culture … but does this perception match up to a hacker in real life? Alas, pop culture doesn’t always differentiate between different hacker types and their motivations very well.

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3 Ways to Be More Intelligent About Your Data

3 Ways to Be More Intelligent About Your Data

Data loss is a nightmare for your business, and ransomware is the boogeyman. Once your data has been breached, your organization's reputation is damaged in perpetuity; that’s why it is imperative to confront these fears and start prioritizing data security. 

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The Future of Cybersecurity

The Future of Cybersecurity

How worried are you with your organization's cybersecurity? When you envision your business in the future, do you see yourself constantly fighting cyberattacks, or paying ransom? Hopefully not, but what if cybersecurity turns into one of the hardest parts to maintaining a steady business? Below is a look into the future and hypothesize what your organization may need to do to defend against cybercriminals. 

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The History of Cybersecurity

The History of Cybersecurity

The way a company approaches its network security is a very important consideration - especially to a company that is planning to have a future. This has contributed to cybersecurity becoming a multi-hundred-billion-dollar per year industry. In its short history, cybersecurity has had a significant impact on businesses, so it would be useful to go through some of the highlights of its deployment.

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How can Your Business Overcome Bad Password Practices?

How can Your Business Overcome Bad Password Practices?

Do you have different passwords for all of your accounts? Are these passwords adequately complex? Chances are you have used a repeating password at some point. Remembering 25 different logins for 25 different applications is hard enough, so it’s not surprising that most people will use the same password for many applications. Bad password practices are all too ordinary. How can you fix this issue?

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Cybercrime is Becoming More 'Accessible' Everyday

Cybercrime is Becoming More 'Accessible' Everyday

There’s a reason that cybercrime is so common these days: it is no longer reserved for those with substantial programming knowledge to profit from. Now, according to a report by Deloitte entitled Black Market Ecosystem: Estimating the Cost of “Pwnership”, there is a complete economy built around easily accessible hacking tools that don’t require specialized knowledge to be utilized. 

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Be Ready for an Increase in Ransomware Attacks

Be Ready for an Increase in Ransomware Attacks

There have been less Ransomware attacks in both 2018 and thus far in 2019 when compared to 2017. Alas, recent events have made it more likely that this trend will reverse in the near future. Why is that? Simple: some municipalities have set a precedent of paying up.

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A Firewall Alone Isn't Enough to Keep Your Business Secure

A Firewall Alone Isn't Enough to Keep Your Business Secure

Some terms are thrown around as if everyone knows what they are; this is especially the case with IT and technology solutions. Maybe it’s a result of them being around for quite some time in professional environments, but it doesn’t help those who are not familiar with the technology. One term that we should all know is “firewall,” as it’s omnipresent in the business sector, but it’s far from the only security solution you’ll need to guarantee safety.

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Protect Your Organization with Preventative Security Solutions

Protect Your Organization with Preventative Security Solutions

There is one constant in the modern business environment: your business will be in a consistent state of being at risk the second you start to make a name for yourself. What a lot of businesses don’t comprehend is that it doesn’t matter how high or low-profile an organization is, there will always be data on a network infrastructure that is valuable to hackers and is targeted by threats.

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