Friday, September 15, 2017

How to Protect Yourself from Ransomware!

Is your business protected from ransomware?

Should you pay the ransom to retrieve your data files?

Is your customers’ personal information at risk?

In February 2016, Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital paid $17,000 to retrieve patient data from hackers. The Verizon Data Breach Investigations report estimates that if 1,000 records are lost, businesses can expect to lose more than $67,000. As the size of the breaches increase, so does the cost of ransom. 
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Hackers are clever! You need to ensure you’re using best practices when it comes to ransomware protection. 

What are the best practices?

  1. Keep your browsers, and other software applications up to date!
  2. Educate your team on how they can identify phishing scams, suspicious websites and emails.
  3. Back up your files!
  4. Install multiple layers of cyber security protection like firewalls, anti-virus with active monitoring, anti-malware, and anti-ransomware on all of your computers.

Don’t be a victim. Choose to be proactive and learn what you can do to prevent this from happening to your business and personal files.

Have you been infected with ransomware? Contact us for technical support in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas of Brighton, Novi and Livingston, Oakland, and Washtenaw counties. At Network Services Group, we can help you get back on track. Need to restore a back-up? Need help running a scan on an infected machine? We’re your guys to get the job done right the first time!

Imagine if you hire technical support, but they only do half the job. You’ll still be infected with a terrible ransom virus. Get the job done right today by calling for technical support at our Ann Arbor office. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

5 Cyber Security Mistakes Companies Make & How to Avoid Them!

Are you at risk?

Do you keep your security up to date?

Do you have skilled IT support on staff?

When it comes to cyber security, don’t make these mistakes:

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  1. Assuming you’re not a target – No matter what company you own, you’re still vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Get into the mindset that it can happen to you, so you should put measures into place that will help decrease your risk.
  2. Approaching security as just an IT issue – Have clear policies and processes in place to help your employees protect your company’s intellectual property. It’s not just an IT concern, it should be everyone’s concern.
  3. Neglecting the updates to your network – Without keeping your system properly up to date you risk a breach to your system. You must build in a process to ensure all of your software is updated in a timely manner.
  4. Relying only on anti-virus software – Traditional anti-virus solutions may catch run-of-the-mill malware, but they’re no match for advanced hackers and thieves. Your business needs to employ solutions that identify advanced hackers’ objectives and the effects of a potential attack, even if there are no known signatures.
  5. Failing to monitor your endpoints - Employ technologies that monitor endpoints continuously. Endpoint visibility is critical for making the transition from reactive security to proactive hunting and detection.

Do you need help detecting cyber threats? At Network Services Group, we make it a top priority to make sure our clients information is protected. Imagine being able to sleep at night knowing your website and data security is secure and up to date. If you’re unsure about your cyber security protection, contact our technical support experts!

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