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cybersecurity

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) has come of age at just the right time. Statistics show that password compromises are by far the most likely reason companies experience data breaches. The most recent Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report indicated that 81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen, default, or weak passwords. The time has come to “up […]

Datto surveyed 1,700+ Managed Service Providers serving 100,000+ small-to-mid-sized businesses around the globe and here are some of the results: Only 38 percent of SMB clients are “highly concerned” about the business threat of ransomware The ransom isn’t what breaks the bank. The downtime and data loss cut the deepest Among those industry verticals who […]

NPI on WCAX-TV

- May 18, 2018

John Burton appeared on WCAX-TV in 2015 and 2016 to discuss computer security. Reporter Keith McGilvray said that John “makes the complex simple” and in these clips he offers password advice, describes ransomware and explains the importance of backups. December 12, 2015 What is Ransomware? June 9, 2016 World Backup Day November 1, 2016 Preventing […]

One of the growing trends in cybercrime prevention is the use of a login technique called multi-factor authentication.  This technology adds a powerful extra layer of security to the access of sensitive information and works for any size business by requiring a further proof of identity beyond a simple password. All multi-factor authentication methods combine a […]

- October 2, 2017

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month so WCAX-TV invited me to share information on how to stay secure.        

Many thanks to NPI’s controller Mary Lowder, CFE for this article. Any private data your business possesses, company and personal, can be predisposed to fraud. Is your organization prepared for fallout from its loss? We are talking about your clients’, customers’ and employees’ classified, confidential, and personal data.  Keep in mind that losing data can […]

12/31/17 – The latest date that contractors and subcontractors can continue to maintain and receive new defense related work unless certified for the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) clause 252.204-7008 requirements about protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). 10/1/17 – Contractors and subcontractors receiving awards before this date must report their status within 30 days […]

All businesses–regardless of size–have a digital presence. This mandates that both mundane and mission critical data must be regularly backed up and ready for recovery at the drop of a hat. Whether it is managed in-house or outsourced, business owners and financial managers don’t always know what data is backed up, how often it’s backed […]

The WannaCry ransomware attack ended up causing tens of millions of dollars of damage when it encrypted important data at business, hospitals and government offices around the world.  Unfortunately, many of the victims are to blame in this case because they fell for a phishing message that attacked systems that were not properly updated. This […]

Arrest bogus wire fraud

- May 11, 2017

Business owners are seeing a huge increase in attempted wire fraud.  The FBI reports that this problem has cost companies billions of dollars in the last few years.  The number of wire transfers has significantly increased in the last 15 years and, sadly, one in four victims actually transfers money to thieves. Targeted email phishing […]