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Managed IT ServicesManaged IT services is crucial for all businesses, whether big or small. The Internet is the backbone of the new digital economy. McKinsey estimates that data growth has generated 10% net new growth in GDP, and with the increase of IoT, it is estimated that in just three years there will be 4.3 devices connected to the Internet for every man, woman, and child on the planet. And that number is expected to grow into the hundreds. This has significant ramifications for how businesses operate.

 

 

Managing Risk

The problem with our increasing reliance on data is that anything that can be generated, transmitted, stored, or analyzed can also be stolen. The question that many businesses are grappling with is, “how can we capitalize on the opportunity of the digital economy while managing the attendant risk?”

This is the role of risk management.

The challenge is that traditional risk management strategies do not always translate well to our new distributed and elastic networking ecosystems or the increasing sophistication of cybercrime. Increasing hyperconnectivity of devices and networks, the globalization of the digital economy, advances in cybercrime techniques, and the commercialization of crime-as-a-service has resulted in an explosion in both the frequency and severity of cybersecurity attacks.

Given the radical transformation of network infrastructures, every organization, regardless of size or industry, needs to regularly examine their exposure to cyber risks and prepare for a potential incident. The basic formula is Risk = Threat x Vulnerability x Consequence. While this may seem simple on the surface, getting the information required to make a risk calculation is not trivial.

Historically, organizations have focused primarily on reducing and managing the threat and vulnerability components of the equation. Of course, we need to understand what devices are on our network, where our data lives, who has access to these resources, and how applications and services connect these things together.

However, managing these elements of the equation is becoming increasingly complicated, and given the current rate of effective security breaches, it can be argued that it hasn’t been particularly effective.  Part of the problem is that the isolated security tools and platforms currently deployed in our networks to address threat and vulnerability were never designed to protect today’s complex ecosystems. As we move infrastructure and services to the cloud, implement and adopt IoT technologies, embrace a more mobile workforce, and acknowledge the growth of shadow IT (where data and services live outside the network, and often out of the sight or control of the IT organization), the potential attack surface grows.

In order to be effective, risk management needs to focus more resources on the third element of the equation, which is consequence. To do that, defenders must invest time and energy getting to know what data is worth protecting, who and what can access it, and how to build an ecosystem designed to prioritize and protect your digital assets and resources.

Doing this requires creating digital trust and hiring managed IT services Fayetteville NC.

Digital Trust

Effective cybersecurity is more than just defense. It is an essential enabler of digital transformation. If organizations and users can’t trust their data, and trust that it is safe, they will not engage or take the risks that drive growth, and the digital economy will fail.

To establish digital trust, every member of the ecosystem must commit to doing their part to secure mutually valuable assets. Because interconnected networks span a variety of ecosystems, from cloud and IoT to virtualized networks and endpoint devices, protecting what’s left of our borders is no longer enough. To weave digital trust into the environment, organizations require an integrated security architecture that can provide transparency and control from top to bottom, across the entire distributed technology landscape.

But digital trust is about much more than technology. It requires shifting our paradigms from being reactive to proactive. This includes educating people, establishing a culture in which security is paramount, understanding the risks associated with business objectives, and mindfully creating processes that engineer as much risk out of the system as possible.

The goal of any risk management strategy is to maximize the opportunity while minimizing risk. This requires understanding your business goals, the context of your market, customers, value proposition, and your expected results (KPI’s) and connecting them to a cybersecurity strategy. Risk can only be quantified by knowing what your vulnerabilities are as well as the impact to your organization if they are exploited.

Managed IT Services: Digital Trust Starts at the Top

The person primarily tasked with the protection of data assets in many organizations is the CISO. Today’s CISO must be more than a technologist and risk manager. They must also be business leaders, They must understand short and long-term business objectives, have clear line-of-sight across the organization and technology, and be able to establish policy and governance for everyone who touches your data.  At every step along the way, it should be possible for the CISO to assess vulnerabilities and threats, size the consequences of compromises, and tie investments and focus to business objectives.

It can’t stop there, however. While the CISO is the quarterback, cybersecurity as a core behavior needs to permeate every function and all levels of the organization, from the CEO and CFO on down. Each business or functional leader must be mandated to embed security into the core processes and initiatives that they respectively own. And every employee needs to understand that good security practice benefits everyone. There can be no single throat to choke – all leaders must have a role in assigning risk and assuming the weight of consequences.

To do this effectively, organizations need to be more precise about describing why something is risky.  Is this risk due to a system or process vulnerability, an internal or external threat, or the consequence of something else? Organizations also need to assess the size of a risk - low, medium, or high – to appropriately allocate resources, and estimate the consequences should a breach be successful.

Finally, you have to prepare for the unknown. Many organizations that have dealt with a breach can tell you that some risks you aren’t even aware of can have severe consequences. Which means you need to be thoughtful about engineering as much risk out of your infrastructure and processes as possible to protect your most critical assets, rather than simply relying on reactive security technology.

 

Call SpartanTec, Inc. now if you want to know more about managed IT services.

 

SpartanTec, Inc.
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 745-7776
https://manageditservicesfayetteville.com

Serving: Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Florence

zero dayOn April 20, 2021, Google released Chrome 90.0.4430.85, designed to address a zero day exploit hackers are currently taking advantage of, tracked as CVE-2021-21224. The patch also patches four other high severity security flaws that had previously been plaguing the most popular browser on the web. By the time you read these words, the latest version will be available for Windows, Mac and Linux users.

The other issues this latest patch addresses are tracked as follows:

Needless to say, with a quartet of serious to critical severity flaws being addressed, this is an update you don't want to miss.

 

 

If there's a silver lining to be found, it lies in the fact that by itself, the remote code execution allowed by this particular zero-day exploit doesn't allow a hacker to escape from Chrome's sandbox. That's not much of a silver lining though. The company explained in a blog post about the matter, and as demonstrated via a recently released proof of concept, it can easily be chained with another exploit to allow it to escape the sandbox.

Google and a number of other giant tech firms have been scrambling this year. They've been addressing zero-day and high severity cybersecurity flaws left and right, trying gamely to stay one step ahead of the hackers, or at least not fall too far behind them.

Kudos to Google for taking fast action here. Be sure to update to the latest version as soon as feasible. If the current pace of patching holds, this is going to be a very busy year for everyone. It's best to know more about zero trust networks, too. Buckle up, it appears that 2021 is going to be a wild ride indeed.

 

Call SpartanTec, Inc. now for more information on how our team of IT experts can help protect your company against zero day exploits.

 

SpartanTec, Inc.
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 745-7776
https://manageditservicesfayetteville.com

Serving: Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Florence

zero trustZero trust security can be defined as an IT security model that needs stringent identity verification for each device and person who tries to access any resource on a specific private network, whether they’re inside or outside the perimeter of the network. There’s no single technology that’s related to the zero trust architecture; it is a holistic method that involves network security, which uses various technologies and principles.

Conventional IT cybersecurity depends on the castle and most idea. In this type of security, it’s difficult to get access when you’re outside the network. But all those who are inside the network is considered as trustworthy, by default. The problem with this method is that when a hacker gets access to the network and gets inside the perimeter, he’ll be left to do whatever he wants inside.

This vulnerability is made much worse by the fact that companies keep their data in different places. These days, data is spread across different cloud vendors, which makes it a lot of more difficult to have one security control for the whole network.

With zero trust community, no one is considered trustworthy by default, both in and out of the network. Before access to the network’s resources is given, verification must be provided. This additional security layer has been shown to be effective at preventing data breach. A recent study that’s been sponsored by IBM showed that the average cost of one data breach reached at least 3 million. Given that figure, it’s no longer surprising that a lot of organizations are considering a transition to a zero trust security policy.

 

 

What are the primary principles and technologies behind a zero trust security?

The concept behind a zero trust network involves the assumption that there are attackers inside and outside the network, so no machine or user can be trusted automatically. Another zero trust security principle involves the least-privilege access. This implies that users are provided with as much access is required, such as an army general provide soldiers information only on a need to know basis. This will help minimize the exposure of every user to sensitive areas of the network.

Zero trust network also uses microsegmentation. It is the practice of dividing security perimeters into smaller zones to keep separate access for separate areas of the network.

Another core of the zero trust security is multifactor authentication. It requires users to provide more than one piece of evidence for authentication. For example, keying in a password is no longer enough. With MFA, users need to enter the password and a code that that is sent to a different device.

Aside from controlling user access, zero trust security also imposes strict control when providing access to devices. Zero trust systems must monitor how many different devices are trying to access their network as well as make sure that each of them is authorized. It helps minimize the network’s attack surface.

How to implement zero trust security?

Up until today, zero trust needs a comprehensive implementation by professional security engineers, concentrating on the main principles and technologies shared above. But things have been simplified thanks to companies such as SpartanTec, Inc. whose IT experts can help businesses transition to a zero trust network seamlessly and easily.

Call SpartanTec, Inc. now for more information about zero trust security and our managed IT services.

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Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 745-7776
https://manageditservicesfayetteville.com

Serving: Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Florence

CybersecurityFortinet Field CISOs Courtney Radke, Jonathan Nguyen-Duy, Jim Richberg, Renee Tarun, and Rick Peters offer actionable insights for establishing cybersecurity best practices around cloud security and Zero Trust within their respective industries.

Cybersecurity Best Practices for CISOs

Courtney Radke, Fortinet Field CISO
Retail

“Omnichannel retail experiences have enabled retailers to expand to new demographics and open up new revenue streams. However, despite these new initiatives, the retail industry has seen an erosion in customer trust and confidence in recent years to the point that less than 20% of consumers actually trust that retailers are properly protecting their data, and only 11% believe that retailers are able to effectively manage a data breach. Because of this, maintaining a strong perimeter has been the key to success. Today, retailers need to maintain a proactive security policy that incorporates a Zero Trust model that protects customers from unnecessary risk while also allowing for expedited response and communication in the event an incident occurs.”

Cloud security and the challenges that come with it are at a reflection point. Retailers must review their deployed solutions and determine if the technologies align with their overall security maturity. With new cloud workloads and an increased reliance on mobile apps, data proliferation is a growing concern. Retailers building out their cloud strategies need to protect their cloud workloads and create a defense in depth (DiD) approach that includes elements like SD-WAN solutions, cloud workload protections, and Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) solutions.”

 

 

Jonathan Nguyen-Duy, Vice President, Global Field CISO Team
Healthcare

“Healthcare organizations need to be able to identify new types of users. On average, there are at least 15 devices connected to any hospital bed in the United States today. Because of this, there is a variety of both people and devices collecting, generating, and curating data across organizations to help execute data-driven decision-making. This, in turn, creates challenges around how organizations catalog and identify all people, devices, and applications in their networks.

This is where Zero Trust Access (ZTA) comes in. ZTA, at its core, is all about identity and access management, which is why it provides value for healthcare organizations. In many ways, Zero Trust arose from network segmentation’s limitations. Although it is intuitively elegant, over-segmentation impedes business operations, while under-segmentation lacks the security needed to prevent compromises and the lateral movement of threat actors. The key to segmentation across hybrid and distributed ecosystems is understanding all role-based access controls and segmenting accordingly.”

Jim Richburg, Fortinet Field CISO
Public Sector

“For those working to establish cybersecurity best practices in the public sector, ZTA should be a top consideration. Zero Trust is an operating principle with a philosophy, not a network architecture. It describes an approach for defense and depth: Don’t trust by default, always verify your request for access, authenticate users and devices, grant the least privilege necessary to the task at hand, and log – and potentially inspect – all network traffic. And while it can be beneficial, full Zero Trust implementation requires hardware, software, and business process changes, making it a daunting – and fairly difficult – approach for security teams. But at its core, Zero Trust is a risk management philosophy, and managing risk doesn’t require perfection. That’s why a more reasonable interim goal should focus on intent-based segmentation, defining users’ access based on business needs. Intent can also be defined in a static fashion by creating internal network segmentations corresponding to organization or business rules for sets of users.”

“Cloud technology also offers the public sector several key benefits: resilience, efficiency, smarter spending, security, and service availability. But despite these benefits, the public sector still lags behind the private sector in terms of the pace and progress of its implementation of cloud services and technology. And this isn’t due to the public sector being a technological laggard by desire. It’s simply due to the nature of procurement, the kinds of policy wickets they have, and the protracted budgeting cycle – they just can’t move as fast as the private sector can. With this in mind, the public sector should embrace technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to mature its security posture without overwhelming IT services teams. Additionally, unified platforms provide visibility, control, and management and enable automation across a broad suite of capabilities for any cloud environment.”

Renee Tarun, Fortinet Field CISO
Education

Higher education’s culture is built on knowledge and information sharing, often running counter to IT security principles. Adopting a Zero Trust approach to network access ensures that IT network administrators can manage the growth of unsecured and unknown devices. It gives visibility into who and what is accessing networks, simultaneously limiting access to the resources according to the principle of least privilege. IT teams can also implement network access controls (NAC) to see every device and user that joins the network, enhancing network control by limiting network access and automating event response times from days to seconds.”

“Many institutions have increased their use of cloud technology, especially SaaS applications, to deliver their online learning platforms. Cloud security must monitor Integrated security solutions to enforce uniform security policies across both traditional and SaaS applications so they can continuously monitor web application firewalls, secure web service APIs, and front-end applications. They should ensure that any solutions integrate with the major cloud providers, run on a security tool suite that covers the entire attack surface, and provide centralized management of security with automation and workflows.”

Rick Peters, Fortinet Field CISO
Operational Technology

“Securing operational technology (OT) starts by enforcing the “never trust, always verify” model, which means protection at every wired and wireless node to ensure that all endpoint devices are validated. With the dynamics today introduced by exponential growth and enabled sensors for OT systems, Zero Trust is crucial to defending the cyber-physical. It’s also important to practice the principle of least privilege across both internal and external communications. By providing only the minimally required access and creating an internal segmentation firewall at multiple points within the networks, OT leaders are afforded extra layers of enterprise protection from an array of attack vectors. In this manner, the network visibility is achieved along with least privileged enforcement, helping to prevent vertical or horizontal movement within the target environment.”

“Organizations today are embedded with operational processes and are digitizing their environments using sensor technology and connecting with cloud-based applications – and OT is no different. Amid this adoption of cloud services, however, comes the challenge of the broadening attack surface. Threats within the OT sector are now going beyond network and application attacks to target vulnerabilities caused by misuse or misconfiguration of the cloud infrastructure. To address the intersection of these challenges, IT support teams need a solution that offers advanced security and can detect suspicious activity across any and all cloud environments. This cloud security solution must also enable a containment and mitigation strategy to ensure safe and continuous operations. Overall, the chosen security service must provide fluid and dynamic transparency that delivers operational efficiency as well as continuous trust across the cloud.”

Renee Tarun, Fortinet Field CISO
Financial Services

“Financial institutions are continually expanding their digital innovation tactics with SaaS-based tools, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) video services, and wireless access points while also increasing the types and number of devices on their networks. Because of this, they must adopt the Zero Trust approach to network access to ensure they know who and what is accessing their networks. Using a network access control (NAC) provides network visibility that allows IT teams to see every device and user that joins the network. In addition, they can implement Single Sign-On (SSO) or multi-factor authentication (MFA) solutions for an additional layer of protection, thereby ensuring users only have the least amount of access necessary to do their jobs.”

“Organizations within the financial services sector are becoming increasingly reliant on cloud-based infrastructures. This likely comes down to two key reasons: The pay-as-you-go infrastructure is easy to justify, at least upfront, and the operational agility that comes with ramping up capacity at a moment’s notice or shutting off unnecessary features on-demand is extremely beneficial. However, financial services institutions are faced with constant attacks and intrusion attempts. As digital transformation initiatives expand the attack surface, the security teams need that network visibility and control to keep the breaches at bay, achieve cost savings, and gain operational efficiencies. This is only made more complicated by the need for compliance. With this in mind, these institutions need a cloud security solution that can monitor all activity and integrate with other solutions to enforce uniform security policies across both traditional and SaaS-based applications. They need to deploy web application firewalls that secure the web service APIs and the front-end web applications from threats. To lower the total cost of ownership, they should look for solutions that natively integrate with major cloud providers, include a broad suite of security tools, and provide centralized management, including automation, workflows, and intelligence sharing.”

 

Call SpartanTec, Inc. now if you want to improve your company's cybersecurity.

 

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Fayetteville, NC 28304
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zero trustJohn Kindervag, of the earliest cybersecurity experts, created the term zero trust and introduced it into the market. It is based on the concept that every attempt to access the network, whether from the inside or the outside, is considered as a threat.

You’re probably wondering why. It’s because cybersecurity breaches usually happen within the perimeter when cybercriminals steal the credential of someone, access corporate firewalls, then move around without being checked and without much resistance.

Since zero trust models were introduced, firms have been wanting to make the transition. As a matter of fact, recent studies found that 78% are thinking of implementing zero trust security while 15% already made the transition. Meanwhile, 47% shared that they do not feel confident in their company’s existing technology. How do you know that your company needs a zero trust model?

 

 

Reasons To Switch To Zero Trust

You want to protect sensitive customer and company data.

If you or someone you know have been a victim of security breach, you’ll want to boost your cybersecurity. Many companies, both small and big, have had problems with data breaches. As a result, they were offline for a certain period, suffered significant financial loss, filed bankruptcy, or shut down their doors permanently. Another factor you have to consider is the GDPR compliance issue. Your data may include significant amounts of client data, proprietary company information, or sensitive personal details. The loss of these data may tank your business or cost you a lot of resources, time, and money.

Your company’s applications and data are in the cloud.

A growing number of companies are opting for cloud services because it’s easy to work with and collaboration is simple. Companies use the cloud in some way and that means the corporate firewall that surrounds the data that your staff is sending to and fro every day has expanded. These days, there is a new perimeter at the actual access point, which makes older cybersecurity measures obsolete. Therefore, a zero trust model is the best approach for businesses that work at all with cloud services, storage, and apps.

Your staff access your network from their personal, mobile devices.

Many of your employees do not simply go into one office to use just one computer on one network anymore. A lot of them use different Wi-Fi networks and various devices to access confidential company data.

Also, many companies are adopting the bring your own device method to complete their work and it has become a trend. Almost 70% of businesses in the US now support a workforce that supports using their personal devices such as laptops and phones to finish their tasks.

You are interested in controlling access and protecting user identities.

You need to verify and secure every identity every time they log in in order to protect your company against data breach. The first step to zero trust network security is identity and access management. It encourages secure connections between data, apps, devices, and people by using a holistic identity solution that provides you control and flexibility. It means, users won’t get access automatically even if they’re already within the network. A multifactor authentication will be needed to add security layer because every identity will be verified before access is granted.

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Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 745-7776
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Serving: Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Florence

Zero trust CSOs can improve the network security of your company through a zero trust network. It is the first step in building a strong defense against internal and external attacks.

Simply put, zero trust security limits access to confidential and sensitive data to only those that require it. The idea is to get more support with each successful reported data breach. It could have prevented the latest data breach, wherein tens of millions of confidential accounts have been stolen from Anthem Inc., a health care provider in the U.S.

Zero trust has been created to prevent data breaches. Since it’s the core of the data center where you could see things, it has the greatest hope of stopping it across all of the egress points.

Different controls are just made to protect the online connection but there are different places data could be exfiltrated from your network. It can be performed via your Wi-Fi, your VOIP, WAN, cloud, and business partners. There are different places that are not checked or controlled. As a matter of fact, some companies have networks that can be considered as one big blindspot.

 

 

5 Steps To Create A Zero Trust Network

Determine and classify the data of the company. If you focus on network devices exclusively as well as their protection and forget the confidential data then there will always be data breaches.

Know how data flows across your network for every application. Be sure to optimize the flow of data to improve your company's cybersecurity.

Base the data flow when you’re developing you’re your zero trust network. Identify and optimize a path that will encourage the proper use of data, and denies or flags any transaction where someone is misusing or abusing data. A segmentation gateway or a next generation firewall can help build microperimeters around confidential data.

Make automated rules surrounding your network to encourage access control and the inspection policies for the firewalls/gateways. One possibility is to leverage network virtualization techs that are software defined so the right traffic is sent to the appropriate inspection point so it could be monitor those who are trying to steal your data.

There should be application layer visibility because it traverses the gateway to identify malicious traffic. Another recommendation is to use a firewall auditing solution to audit and then optimize the network segmentation rules.

Check the network security so you can see where more insight is required. Log and then check all the traffic, both external and internal traffic. A security analytics system must link the segmentation gateways to prevent malicious traffic.

Encryption is good but that alone can’t keep your data secure. You need zero trust to boost your security.

Call SpartanTec, Inc. now if you want to know more about cybersecurity and zero trust network and how they can help your business.

SpartanTec, Inc.
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 745-7776
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Serving: Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Florence

 

zero dayWhat is a zero day exploit? It is a vulnerability that is exploited right away after it’s been discovered. It is a rapid attack that happens before the vendor or security knows about it or has been able to fix it. These kinds of exploits are considered to be the Holy Grail for cybercriminals since they take advantage of the lack of awareness of the vendor as well as the lack of a patch, allowing hackers to cause a lot of problems.

Zero day exploits are usually discovered by hackers who look for vulnerabilities in a specific protocol or product. When they’ve been discovered, zero day exploits are rapidly disseminated usually through Internet Relay Chat channels or the underground Web sites.

Why is zero day threat growing?

Even though there haven’t yet been any significant zero day exploits, it is undeniable that the cybersecurity threat is growing.

Hackers are becoming better at exploiting the vulnerabilities after being discovered. It would usually take months before they can be exploited. But now, it will just take hackers days to exploit the vulnerability following its discovery.

Exploits are becoming faster to propagate and are designed to infect bigger numbers of systems. Exploits are no longer slowly propagating and passive files and micro viruses. They have become more active and self propagating email worms as well as hybrid threats that will only take hours or days to spread. For instance, Flash threats and Warhol will take only a few minutes to spread.

The knowledge of vulnerabilities has been growing and more are being discovered and starting to be exploited.

A general enterprise uses intrusion detection systems, firewalls, and antivirus software to secure its IT infrastructure. These systems provide good first level protection. However, despite their employees’ best efforts, they cannot protect companies against zero day exploits.

 

 

Signs Of Zero Day Attacks

During these cases, you should perform an analysis of the phenomenon with the help of the affected vendor to know if the behaviour is because of a zero day exploit. You can also work with an expert in computer security - Fayetteville NC for assistance.

How should you secure your company from zero day exploits?

It is important to set in place good preventive IT security practices such as setting up the firewall and updating the antivirus software. All systems must be patched against common vulnerabilities.

Real time protection is a must and that includes deploying inline intrusion-prevention systems or IPS, which provide comprehensive protection.

It’s also crucial to have a planned incident response measures along with defined roles and methods like prioritizing crucial business processes.

Preventing the spread is essential, too, by limiting the connections to those that are authorized.

Zero day exploits are difficult to handle even for the most well versed and experienced systems administrators. But having the appropriate safeguards in place can help reduce the risks to critical systems and data.

 

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cybersecurityMost cyberattacks involve criminals exploiting some sort of cybersecurity weakness.

That weakness could be down to a poorly chosen password, a user who falls for a fake login link, or an attachment that someone opened without thinking.

However, in the field of computer security, the word exploit has a specific meaning: an exploit is a way of abusing a software bug to bypass one or more security protections that are in place.

Software bugs that can be exploited in this way are known as vulnerabilities, for obvious reasons, and can take many forms.

For example, a home router might have a password page with a secret “backdoor code” that a crook can use to login, even if you deliberately set the official password to something unique.

Or a software product might have a bug that causes it to crash if you feed it unexpected input such as a super-long username or an unusually-sized image – and not all software bugs of this sort can be detected and handled safely by the operating system.

 

 

Some software crashes can be orchestrated and controlled so that they do something dangerous, before the operating system can intervene and protect you.

When attackers outside your network exploit a vulnerability of this sort, they often do so by tricking one of the applications you are using, such as your browser or word processor, into running a program or program fragment that was sent in from outside.

By using what’s called a Remote Code Execution exploit, or RCE for short, an attacker can bypass any security popups or “Are you sure” download dialogs, so that even just looking at a web page could infect you silently with malware.

Worst of all is a so-called zero day exploit, where the hackers take advantage of a vulnerability that is not yet public knowledge, and for which no patch is currently available.

(The name “zero-day” comes from the fact that there were zero days during which you could have patched in advance.)

What to do to improve cybersecurity?

Patch early, patch often!

Reputable vendors patch exploitable vulnerabilities as soon as they can. Many vulnerabilities never turn into zero-days because they are discovered responsibly through the vendor’s own research, or thanks to bug bounty programs, and patched before the crooks find them out.

Cybersecurity Tips: Use security software that blocks exploits proactively

Many vulnerabilities require an attacker to trigger a series of suspicious operations to line things up before they can be exploited. Good security software can detect, report and block these precursor operations and prevent exploits altogether, regardless of what malware those exploits were trying to implant.

Managed Service Providers like SpartanTec Inc. will work with your company to keep up-to-date with software patches and prevent these backdoor measures. We monitor your network to ensure invaders are stopped before they can breach your network firewall.

SpartanTec, Inc. is a Sophos partner and is here to assist businesses in Fayetteville NC stay safe.

SpartanTec, Inc.
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 745-7776
https://manageditservicesfayetteville.com

Serving: Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Florence

COVID-19 has changed the lives of everyone. Everybody is also operating under the mentality that this is now our reality, although everyone is still hoping that things will return to their normal condition down the road. However, there are few things that remain including managed IT Services Fayetteville NC. As a matter of fact, since remote work has become much more common, IT requirements have evolved. They’re now more complicated and necessary.

As you’re finalizing your business plan for the year 2021, and strategizing methods to retain and acquire clients, it might help understand why businesses need IT Support in Fayetteville NC.

Why Businesses Need Managed IT Services

When considering how to best position your IT support, it’s worth taking into account what points will make the most convincing sell. Keep in mind that although you may think that SMBs must adapt your business model for a single reason, they might have totally different priorities that you must appeal to. So, what should you consider when promoting and selling to possible clients?

The constraining factors on business operations are access to funding, looking for the appropriate technology to satisfy their needs, and finding the right people to hire. And, one of the important things that everyone is thinking about at this moment is how to address cybersecurity threats.

Reasons Why Businesses Seek Out Managed IT Services

Access to new technology – In most cases, companies that you want to partner with have IT staff that is overburdened or do not have the right skills or training needed for specific tasks, or cannot take care of the network of the entire company on their own. As a response, these firms know the value of having to work with a third-party IT support team, such as a IT Services Fayetteville NC provider. Not only does outsourcing IT help you by giving you access to the IT experts who will fix problems that come up.

Cost savings and ROI – among the biggest values of having managed IT services are enjoying cost savings. The budget for your IT may include software and hardware cost, network infrastructure, and maintenance costs. Additionally, the labor cost is important for any business but most especially for businesses that depend on managed IT services.

Improved Security – Security has become a vexing concern for all businesses, regardless of their size. You need to invest in managed IT services if you want to secure your company and client data.

Peace of Mind – if there’s one thing that managed IT services can give you, it’s peace of mind. You no longer have to worry about your IT operations every day. You don’t have to worry about your network connection. You don’t need to concern yourself with the state of your environment. By working with a company that offers managed IT services, you will get 24/7 IT service. Therefore, you’ll spend more time doing what matters most, running your business.

Call SpartanTec, Inc. now if you want to take your IT security up a notch. Our team of IT experts will take care of all your IT needs.

SpartanTec, Inc.
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 745-7776
https://manageditservicesfayetteville.com

Serving: Myrtle BeachNorth Myrtle BeachColumbiaWilmingtonFayettevilleFlorence

cybersecurityThe threats to computer security are becoming extremely inventive. They are masters of manipulation and disguise. They always evolve and try to search for new ways to steal, annoy, and harm. You need to be prepared with all the resources and information you can find so you can protect yourself against growing and complicated computer security threats and remain safe when you’re online.

Cybersecurity Threats

Computer Viruses

A computer virus could be the most famous computer security threat. It is a program that’s been written to change the way a computer works without the knowledge or even the permission of the actual user. A virus mimics and then executes itself, generally causing damage to your computer during the process.

You need to carefully evaluate free software, downloads that come from peer-to-peer file sharing websites, and emails from senders you don’t know are important when it comes to avoiding viruses. Web browsers commonly have a security setting that could be improved for better defense against online threats and attacks. But the most effective way of keeping your computer safe from viruses is by installing an up to date anti-virus software from a reputable source.

Spyware Threats

Spyware is a program that monitors the online activities of the computer user or installs a program without your permission for profit or to get your personal information. Although several users don’t want to hear it, reading the terms and conditions is an excellent way to know how your activity is being tracked online. In case a company you don’t know is showing ads for deals that is too good to be true, you need to have an internet security solution and make sure that you be careful with the links you click.

Predators and Hackers

Computers, not people make computer security threats as well as malware. Predators and hackers are programmers who exploit others for their own personal gain by getting access to computer systems so they can change, steal, or even destroy information as a type of cyber terrorism. These predators could put your credit card information at risk or even lock you out of your personal data, steal your identity. One of the most efficient ways of protecting yourself from various types of cybercriminals is to use online security tools that include identity theft protection.

Phishing

Phishers pretend that they are trustworthy and reputable businesses or persons. They try to steal pertinent and sensitive personal or financial information through instant messages or fraudulent emails. Phishing attacks are some of the most effective methods for cybercriminals who are trying to pull off data breaches.

How will you know if a message is legitimate or if it is a scam? Educate yourself or consult a team of IT experts who can help set up security protocols to protect your personal and business information. Call SpartanTec Inc. in Fayetteville now.

SpartanTec, Inc.
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 745-7776
https://manageditservicesfayetteville.com

Serving: Myrtle BeachNorth Myrtle BeachColumbiaWilmingtonFayettevilleFlorence

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