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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jun 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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4 ways to improve employee cyber-security awareness

The recent security incidents point what should by now be considered common sense: businesses who rely heavily on technology (and let’s face it, that makes most of us!) need to go a step further and make sure that their staff are trained on how to spot a possible cybersecurity threat.

If this is still not syncing for you, or perhaps the incidents seen by Wannacry didn’t scare you, perhaps this will:

Cybercriminals like to target SME’s. 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses.
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hishing attacks are the main avenue criminals use to implement ransomware and malware inside organisations.
 

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Written By Paul Poteete Feb 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

IT security Digital Transformation

How to Build a Robust Cybersecurity Plan: Top Tips for SMEs

We define small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) as companies with less than 50 people. Often they are smaller than this, numbering in the tens.

However, the size of the businesses doesn’t change the value of the information inside its systems. Employee and client information, credit card details, payroll figures, access to private materials… the list goes on. The backbone of a reliable business is its ability to protect customers and their information.

We spoke to Aura Information Security cyber evangelist Paul Poteete to get his top tips to help SMEs frame their thinking around building a cybersecurity suite that effectively protects their day-to-day operations. The result? a compelling list of 5 actionable topics, as follows. 

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Written By Imran Sadiq Jan 24, 2017 9:23:17 AM

IT security

5 IT Security breaches to look out for in 2017

 IT security is all about how to best secure your information. With a number of attacks happening over the course of 2016, we learnt that everything can be at risk - from customer related data sitting in your network to the photos saved on your phone.

Unauthorized access to information (hacking) has been on the rise in the last few years. In this post, we picked our technical director's brain and collected a number of factors and predictions for the year ahead.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Nov 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM

IT security

Don’t throw out passwords, make them a part of the solution

Ah, passwords, the mish mash of letters, numbers, CAPITALISED and lower case, and you must have at least one symbol, that we all love to hate. Like really LOVE to H@t3 (password must be at least 8 characters long, please try again).

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Oct 18, 2016 9:30:00 AM

IT security

Ransomware: The million-dolar con

 

You've heard about it infecting big banks down to everyday people like you and I. The scary thing is that you can fall victim to it at the click of a button, from a legitimate looking source. In this post we help you to help yourself by exploring not only ransomware, but also the different types of Malware that surround it.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 30, 2016 9:30:00 AM

IT security

The 5 habits that will prevent you from being hacked

Some people fall victim to hacking from scams and malware more often than others do. It isn’t by luck that this is the case, either. Instead, it is the vigilant and the cautious who know what to look out for who tend to stay safer, while those who aren’t in the know are far more likely to get caught out.

Protecting yourself from hackers can be a relatively easy process. In fact, if not as easy as 1-2-3, try 1-2-3-4-5. These are our top tips which can make you (and your staff members) all but unhackable.

 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 9, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Top tools for better and easier security

Very little is secure on the internet these days and for proof of that, just wait for the next email you receive from a trusted company – LinkedIn, LastPass, or pick one – asking you to change all your passwords because… hackers have been at it again!

The thing is, remembering passwords has to be one of the great challenges of our age, particularly since any half-way good one requires the abilities ofMnemosyne. And it’s not just a password issue, either. With the internet demonstrably insecure, can you even depend on password strength alone to secure sensitive details, like credit card numbers?

Yes, there is good news, because there are a number of apps available for that (and this post lists our top 3 picks).  

Take at least some of the hassle out of forgotten passwords and the ongoing challenge of coming with a new one, protect your transactions and take advantage of public wifi without the risk with these three easy-to-use tools:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jul 26, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Windows 10: To upgrade or not upgrade?

There is precious little time remaining to take advantage of Microsoft’s Windows 10 free upgrade programme. As July 29 approaches, so too does the deadline for those still on Windows 7 and 8 to upgrade at no cost. Making the move will not only save you money, but Windows 10 represents a stable, mature and above all, better experience than anything which has come before.

Upgrading, of course, is a more complex consideration for business PCs than it is for personal ones.

The major issues are twofold:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jun 14, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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How data security relates to CFO's

Data security should be everyone’s concern, but when it comes to senior executives, the responsibility goes up a few notches. And it’s not just the CEO and the CIO who need to be abreast of it, but also the CFO – the person in charge of the finances.

Security breaches are commonplace. While the high-profile ones will make headlines, there are millions of far smaller ones which don’t – but that doesn’t mean they haven’t happened. The problem is growing, too, as the number of records exposed in data breaches rose by 97 percent in 2015. It’s not hard to see why: hackers make money by targeting information, with whole companies set up for this purpose.

So, as a CFO, what do you need to consider when it comes to information security? Here are our top five things you need to know:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Apr 26, 2016 9:30:00 AM

IT security

Email attacks: Be aware of these scams and be safe

 A couple of months ago, we published a post about malware and the danger of being targeted through the internet. The reality is that despite the easy availability of plenty of information, the emails of more and more businesses are being compromised. Email-borne risks include viruses, scams, phishing attacks and more. Knowing how to protect yourself against these attacks is challenging because hackers are dynamic and smart about how and who they target, making it difficult to know what is and isn’t legitimate.

 

In this post we help you to help yourself by pointing out a few common email threats and how you can identify them (Oh! And provide examples of the latest spam reported in New Zealand.)

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