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Cloud Services
Dive Into Cloud Computing

Cloud computing –  simply put – is internet based computing in lieu of building or maintaining large in-house technology infrastructure. In the past, users would download software onto a physical computer or server in the office.  Now with the prevalence of faster connectivity speeds and the remote nature of today’s workplace, SAAS models (software as … Continued

Project & Contracted Services
An Inside Job: The Real Threat to Your Business Network’s Security

Today, the number of types of cyber-attacks which threaten the security of your businesses are endless.  We’ve discussed the greatest weakness in network security being users before, but the focus was in a non-acting participant being coerced into clicking on a malicious link or opening a dangerous attachment. We often focus so much attention to … Continued

Network Security
An IT Director’s Best Practices for E-Mail Security

E-Mail is one of the most commonly used applications in the world.  It provides organizations with a quick and cost effective means to communicate and, from inception, it quickly became a necessity most businesses could not live without.  However, hackers are keenly aware of this fact as well and continuously devise new creative ways to … Continued

Microsoft February Patch Tuesday Fixes 50 Security Issues

By Kenneth Sprague | February 14th, 2018

Microsoft released the February 2018 Patch Tuesday security updates, and this month’s release comes with fixes for 50 vulnerabilities, along with additional patches for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities (ADV180002).

Microsoft January Patch Tuesday Fixes 56 Security Issues Plus Zero-Day

By Kenneth Sprague | January 11th, 2018

Microsoft published the January 2018 Patch Tuesday security updates this week.  The release includes fixes for 56 vulnerabilities and three special security advisories with fixes for Adobe Flash, the Meltdown & Spectre flaws, and a defense-in-depth update for Office Applications.

New PCI Compliance Standards Deadline Approaching

By Roger Murray | January 30th, 2018 | Project & Contracted Services

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has published a new version of the industry standard that businesses use to safeguard payment data before, during, and after purchase.  PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version 3.2 replaces previous versions in addressing the growing threats to customer payment information.

Infected USB Drives Handed Out at Data Security Event

By Roger Murray | January 19th, 2018 | Network Security

During a recent data security expo hosted by Taiwan’s Presidential Office, 54 malware-infested thumb drives were handed out to the public by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. These infected USB sticks were among the 250 drives the bureau gave to winners of a game about cybersecurity knowledge at their exhibit.

DFARS NIST 800-171: Compliance Checklist

By Roger Murray| October 20, 2017

The need for strong security measures to protect sensitive government data from hackers has never been more pertinent. To address this problem, the Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards & Technology has released NIST Special Publication 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Infromation Systems & Organizations. If you are a contractor to governmental agencies, SP800-171 impacts your ability to continue doing business with the Government unless you are compliant. Continued

201 CMR 17.00: Massachusetts Compliance Guidelines

By Roger Murray| December 5, 2017

Massachusetts has a high standard for consumer protection that most states look to as a source to frame their own laws. 201 CMR 17.00 requires any business that stores or licenses personal infromation of residents in the state to notify the Office Of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation, as well as the Office of Attorney General and those affected, within a reasonable amount of time of suspecting a breach of security. The notifications must include... Continued

Guide: How To Guard Against HIPAA Privacy Breach Fines & Violations

By Roger Murray| October 4, 2017

In 2016, the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) collected over 23 Million in Civil Money Penalties (CMPs) related to businesses violating patient data privacy provisions. Over half of the cases involved organizations who failed to even have a proper risk assessment conducted. The cost for violating HIPAA privacy protections continue to grow, which is why we decided to provide a list of the most common violations, as well as how to avoid them. Continued

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