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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.

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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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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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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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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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Utilizing the Internet of Things

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Utilizing the Internet of Things

A lot has been made about the Internet of Things (IoT) over the past couple of years. People have been buying technology they can control from their phones or from centralized smart hubs and it has resulted in a shift to the way people interact with technology. For today's businesses this can bring several pros and cons to the table. Listed below is a brief look at some of the pros and cons of deploying IoT technology in the workplace. 

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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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A Warning About Social Media Quizzes

A Warning About Social Media Quizzes

We’ve all seen our friends and family sharing quizzes on their social media profiles, prompting people to find out what their celebrity stage name or what Hogwarts house you would be in. These fun, lighthearted quizzes are a solid way to get to know a little more about the people we’re connected with… and that’s the biggest issue.

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A Refresher on Malware

A Refresher on Malware

Network security could mean a number of things, but usually people are using the term as a blanket statement against the dreaded idea of malware and its numerous forms. Listed below is a discussion on how vast the world of malware can be and how often you might find yourself misunderstanding what it exactly is. Comprehending all this can help you identify if you have become a malware victim or not.

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A Breakdown NIST’s Definition of Zero Trust

A Breakdown NIST’s Definition of Zero Trust

How many people do you fundamentally trust? In a zero trust network, that number is reduced to zero. The idea of such a network is that everyone, whether they’re operating inside of the network or out, needs to be verified… and as you might imagine, it has proven effective in preventing data breaches. 

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Self-Healing Software Could Be Coming Sooner Than Later

Self-Healing Software Could Be Coming Sooner Than Later

Cybersecurity is a massively critical consideration for modern businesses, and as a result, managing it is often given a considerable amount of time. However, recent developments suggest that this time can potentially be reduced by the use of “self-healing” security software. This may sound a little out there, but stay with us! We’ll explain.

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4 Considerations for Your Organization's Cyber Security

4 Considerations for Your Organization's Cyber Security

Millions of people find themselves sitting in front of a computer moving files around and corresponding with people over the phone, through email, or updating info in the company’s line of business app. However, what many of them don’t know, is that, at any time, they are only a couple of clicks away from causing significant problems for their organization. This is why it is extremely imperative to train your staff on what to look for and how to address those situations when they do arise.

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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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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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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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