5 Reasons You Need Cyber Security in the Workplace

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Cyber Security’s Importance in the Workplace

Cyber attacks continue to rise and pose significant threats in the workplace. Cyber security has previously not been a priority for many businesses. Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to cyber threats, as many of these businesses do not have the resources to hire an in-house IT team. However, choosing to partner with CoreRecon will give your company access to the ultimate protection against cyber criminals through the use of real-time monitoring, data backups, cloud technology, employee training, help desk support, and much more.

Are you interested in learning more about cyber security and CoreRecon? Here are five reasons you should invest in cyber security in the workplace.

Reason #1: Reduced Downtime

One of the essential advantages of focusing on cyber security in the workplace is that it significantly decreases your company’s downtime. Any cyber attack can disrupt daily business operations and make it almost impossible to serve clients. However, CoreRecon will automatically download the latest critical security updates and proactively monitor your network at all times to keep downtime to a minimum in the workplace. CoreRecon has the resources to reduce downtime for your business. 

Reason #2: Focusing on Cyber Security Shields Confidential Information

An added perk of cyber security is that it keeps your confidential information secure and out of the hands of cybercriminals. Cyber attacks strive to access personal information, such as phishing scams that target unsuspecting employees and appear to be legitimate emails. CoreRecon provides training to educate employees on the many dangers of cyber attacks and the best way to avoid becoming the next victim. Another perk of our cyber security services is identifying a malicious phishing email and removing it from every mailbox in the company to prevent a cyber attack. 

Reason #3: Enhances Employee Productivity

A computer infected with malware operates much slower and makes it difficult for employees to remain productive. However, CoreRecon installs advanced security software to automatically scan and remove viruses, malware, trojans, and many other malicious attacks. A computer free from any malicious software operates much quicker and allows employees to be much more productive.

Reason #4: Protects the Company’s Reputation

A cyber attack can ruin any business’s reliability and make it challenging to recover clients’ trust. However, CoreRecon plays a crucial role in keeping your company well-protected from a wide range of cyber threats in the workplace. A strong reputation for your business makes it much more likely to entice new customers while also developing long-lasting relationships with each client.

Reason #5: Having a Peace of Mind

CoreRecon gives your business the peace of mind to know that you will always stay one step ahead of cyber threats in the workplace. We offer a wide range of services to keep you protected and proactively look for ways to improve your company’s cyber security support. This proactive strategy to cyber security will give you peace of mind to know that your business is always secure from cybercriminals’ malicious schemes.

Cyber security offers a wide range of benefits for businesses. Making cyber security a priority will lessen downtime, preserve confidential data, increase productivity, protect business reputation, and give you much-needed peace of mind. Of course, new cyber threats will only continue to evolve in the workplace, but the team at CoreReocn will significantly improve your cyber security defenses in today’s work environment.

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Cyber Security Threat Roundup For Mid August 2020

At CoreRecon we’re starting a new series where we collect the latest news on the latest cyber security threats that IT Managed Services Providers are dealing with, with special emphasis on cyber attacks in Texas.

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Are Random Password Generators Safe?

Many people look to random password generators to produce a password that will be hard to guess. The idea of a generator is to generate a password that is not easy to guess. A lot of people tend to use personal information that is easy to obtain via social media. An important concept to grasp from this is not to use any publicly known information as a password. However, the question remains, are random password generators safe? The answer is yes, and no. Let’s clarify why it can go either way.

A random password generator is secure to use because it does not include any private information as a password. A lot of people tend to post a lot of information on social media; examples include pet names, nicknames, parent’s names, and so forth. Not to say that you shouldn’t post any information you want, just don’t incorporate that information into your password. Hackers use social engineering to crack passwords, so by adding personal data, the door is left wide open to compromise your accounts.

Now let’s explore how a random password generator can be unsafe. While generating a password online, there is no clear cut way to distinguish if your password stays on that website. Yikes, not another compromised case for your business to stress over. However, having good cybersecurity policies and an IT company with strict password policies can help prevent that from happening. When utilizing a random generator, it’s essential to keep the passwords longer than twelve characters and change your password every six months. By implementing these policies, your accounts will be secure due to not using your dog’s name as your password.

CoreRecon has specialists who are accustomed to how passwords can be compromised. We have tools that help discover whether you have had your password compromised. We are here to keep your data and your business protected. Trust CoreRecon to ensure your business is not the next headline because company data was compromised. Our staff is highly skilled and equipped to prevent situations like this from occurring. If you have any questions or would like to know more information on the services we provide, feel free to contact us at 361-248-3258. We are available 24/7 for your IT and cybersecurity demands.

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Coronavirus and Cybersecurity

As the Coronavirus pandemic swings into full effect, most businesses are closing down. Many people are being forced to work from home for social distancing purposes. Working from home is convenient, but convenience isn’t always secure. Using remote desktop can be dangerous because someone can hack into your pc and steal your companies data if you are not using a secure connection. Now is the time that hackers will be working harder. That has many people asking, what can be done to ensure data safety?

There is a screen sharing software that can be used to access your desktop from work. Another way to work from home safely is to use a VPN. Using a VPN allows there to be a layer of security over your companies information.

VPN (Virtual Private Network): “allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the Internet. VPNs can be used to access region-restricted websites, shield your browsing activity from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi, and more…”

howtogeek.com

VPN access can get given by your IT provider. VPNs in the business setting allow access to company data via a firewall. This allows you to work from home and access your files while remaining protected. Firewalls are essential to protect your company’s data. A firewall is your business’s first line of defense.

Firewall: ” a network security device that monitors incoming and outgoing network traffic and decides whether to allow or block specific traffic based on a defined set of security rules”

cisco.com

Coronavirus has instilled much panic and fear everywhere. The last thing on your mind should be your business exploited as a result. Contact CoreRecon to ensure your company’s data stays safe while you work from home. We are available 24/7 to help you keep your business safe. Remember to wash your hands, stay home if you feel sick, and stay safe. As Matthew McConaughey said, “every red light turns to a green light”.

As for our customers, we will be here 24/7 to help you with any issues and questions you have regarding working from home. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Thanks for reading!

Don’t be the next headline!

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TikTok and Its Hidden Vulnerabilities

Many people are using TikTok these days. If you haven’t heard of TikTok, you are part of the rare crowd. TikTok is video-sharing social networking, basically the new Vine. There are over 1.5 billion uses globe-wide within a two and a half year span.  TikTok has spread to Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram.

How can hackers use TikTok to hurt users:

  • Manipulating content in Tik Tok user accounts
  • Erasing videos
  • Uploading unapproved videos
  • Changing private videos to be publicly available
  • Expose private information like personal email addresses

HOW?

How are they doing this?? By sending malicious links with spoofed messages, they are gaining access to TikTok profiles. Social engineering is also a way that hackers are getting access to TikTok user profiles.

Since TikTok has been looking to grow quickly, they have not given security vulnerabilities much needed attention. However, back in 2019, TikTok was fined 5.7 million dollars for collecting personal information illegally from minors. *Yikes* Soldiers are not permitted to make TikTok’s while in uniform. The Navy and the Army have banned the application on December 30th. 

It has many vulnerabilities, and it has the potential to be very risky for minors. Parents, please monitor your children’s TikTok. Very important to follow your children’s social media and make sure they are not being taken advantage of. Thanks for reading!

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Big thanks to Medium for providing this insightful information. 

Photo creds to Wikimedia Commons for the TikTok logo

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Ransomware Continues to Wreak Havoc

Ransomware is  “malware that requires the victim to pay a ransom to access encrypted files” (Merriam-Webster).

Merriam-Webster

I’m sure you’ve heard the term ransomware countless times this past year alone. Over the past couple of years, ransomware has continued to evolve. If the trend continues, ransomware will not be going away anytime soon; in fact, it appears that it is beginning to become more frequent. Ransomware began as a threat to consumers. The idea was to trick people into paying fines that were not real and purchase infected equipment.

These days ransomware attacks are “becoming more targetedsophisticated and costly, even as the overall frequency of attacks remains consistent” (IC3).

IC3

 Impacted in 2019 by ransomware:

  • 113 government agencies, municipalities and state governments
  • 764 healthcare providers
  • 89 universities/colleges
  • School districts with up to 1,233 individual schools were potentially impacted.

Cybersecurity must be one of the top priorities when it comes to any establishment that holds personal data. Public institutions are usually the main culprit for ransomware because there is typically a lack of funding allocated for cybersecurity.

The best way to keep this from happening to your business is to call CoreRecon. We provide security assessments for your network infrastructure. We also are an MSP, which means we can be your IT support and help educate employees on safe desktop practices. The most important thing for us is to keep your business and your data safe.

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Ransomware Hackers Continue to Evolve

A new hacking tactic has surfaced, and it is infecting PCs at an alarming rate. Ransomware “gangs” have begun using drivers to infect PCs. Currently, they are using GIGABYTE technology to infiltrate networks. GIGABYTE is a leading computer hardware company. They build motherboards, graphics cards, and more. Chances are you have a piece of GIGABYTE hardware in your PC right now. Unfortunately, instead of releasing a patch for the vulnerability within the software, GIGABYTE maintained that its products were unaffected.

The hackers are using GIGABYTE drivers to gain access to PCs and disable security products so their actions can remain hidden. With security products enabled, the hackers would not be able to access PCs as easily. 

A security company has recently released the method of the new tactic.**

  1. Ransomware gang gets a foothold on a victim’s network.
  2. Hackers install legitimate Gigabyte kernel driver GDRV.SYS.
  3. Hackers exploit a vulnerability in this legitimate driver to gain kernel access.
  4. Attackers use the kernel access to disable the Windows OS driver signature enforcement temporarily.
  5. Hackers install a malicious kernel driver named RBNL.SYS.
  6. Attackers use this driver to disable or stop antivirus and other security products running on an infected host.
  7. Hackers execute the RobbinHood* ransomware and encrypt the victim’s files.

Therefore, files are encrypted and inaccessible, this is a result of the hack. 

*RobbinHood is ransomware that currently does not have a public decryption key. Without the public decryption key, there are minimal ways that data restoration can occur unless the affected users pay for the attackers’ private key.

However, that does mean that our security experts are unable to crack it. In these perilous times with technological warfare, it is essential to get a security assessment. Contact CoreRecon to ensure that your network and your company remain safe during this dangerous time. Please don’t wait until it’s too late, call 3612483248 for more information on our cybersecurity services. 

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Cities and Governments Lax Cyber Security

On May 7th, 2019, the City of Baltimore’s IT infrastructure was compromised. Baltimore’s ability to send out water bills and in government employees did not have access to their email,

They are the second U.S. city to fall victim to a ransomware attack. The hackers demanded 13 bitcoin (USD 76,280) from the city to return their data. The city was vulnerable due to their IT practices. 

The tool reportedly used by hackers is called EternalBlue malware. Not all hacking tools will leave a digital footprint, but this one did.

The New York Times reports that ever since the N.S.A. lost control of their tool “it has been picked up by state hackers in North Korea, Russia, and China” (NY Times).

Their budget was not utilized to allocate money to fund cyber-attack insurance. The city’s system was restored May 20th, 2019. However, they are still recovering from the fallout. The estimated loss for Baltimore is USD 18.2 million.

On May 29th, 2019, Riviera Beach, Florida was the target of yet another ransomware attack. All the city’s data remained locked until they paid the ransom fee. The hackers demanded 65 bitcoin (USD 603,000). After deliberation, the city council elected to pay the ransom.

By paying the ransom, this allowed them to retrieve the lost data. Since they hadn’t backed up any of their data, they understood they couldn’t regain access to any of their past data without paying the ransom.

However, not only are local governments getting hacked but so are entire countries. On July 21st, 2019, over 5 million Bulgarian’s data became accessible to anyone on the internet. In 2006 a data breach occurred at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; 26 million veterans had their data exploited.

All these attacks show the significance how important of cybersecurity is and how overlooking it will leave organizations vulnerable. create vulnerabilities. CyberCrime is rising, and if there are no mitigation strategies in place, your company is vulnerable to attack. 

So, the real question is, how does an organization recognize that their data is compromised? When this occurs, there is an alarming ransomware notice. They let you know what has happened and how much they demand to return your data. Overall, it can be extremely disastrous for large corporations, especially for a small business.

The hackers have no specific target when it comes to who they will attack. There have been many cities, universities, and even school districts compromised.

What can be done to stop this from occurring? CoreRecon will work on monitoring the environment and complete assessments. We want to keep organization data safe and make sure that your information remains protected.

Resources:         https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/25/us/nsa-hacking-tool-baltimore.html

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