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Mariah Prendergast

Cisco Umbrella: Your Cybersecurity Shield

Just as cybercriminals become more advanced with email spoofing, malware, and ransomware, your organization’s IT security must advance to defeat them.

You wouldn’t leave your business PC without Anti-virus software, but many businesses leave their email communications and Internet use to unsecured wi-fi and legacy firewalls.

Don’t be one of them.

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Mariah Prendergast

Employee Cyber Attack Readiness – WFH 8 Tips for Zero Trust

From an IT Security perspective, the term “social engineering” refers to cybercriminals using any number of psychological tricks to get users to perform actions (click on an email or link) or divulge personal or confidential information.

While technical hackers seek vulnerabilities in the networks or software, social engineering cybercriminals exploit an end user’s tendency to trust…

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Multi-factor authentication: something you know, something you are, something you have
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Mariah Prendergast

How Secure Is Your Multi-Factor Authentication?

If today’s cybercriminal obtains your login credentials, he can change your account settings, steal sensitive personal or company data, send out phishing emails as you, and possibly access additional accounts within your organization.

Criminals can attempt this “malicious account takeover” through:

Hacking: Automated scripts run through various password combinations (AKA, brute force attack) to discover the correct access.
Phishing and Spear Phishing: Highly targeted emails from seemingly credible sources trick users into to revealing personal information.
Social Engineering: Researching online databases and social media to data mine potential password information based on your name, location, phone number, or names of family members, etc.
Botnets: Bots from multiple IP addresses perform high-volume username and password hacks to take over a number of accounts while staying unnoticed.
Credential Stuffing: Stolen or leaked credentials are tested against multiple websites in the hope that the victim uses the same password for everything.
In order to prevent the above, connecting to your network and critical applications has developed from a simple password into a process of multi-factor authentication (MFA).

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Mariah Prendergast

Keeping Remote Workers Secure and Productive

Just one week ago on Thursday, March 19th, within hours of each other, the State of California, Los Angeles County, and Ventura County issued ‘Safer at Home’ orders to their citizens. Within this last week, our helpdesk, network, and application teams at AllConnected have fielded 200+ tickets solely focused on supporting local businesses in implementing secure Work From Home strategies to ensure employees stay secure, healthy, and productive.

Whether you prepared an effective business continuity plan for your organization or not, the outbreak of COVID-19 has kept most “non-essential” employees at home.

But you know no one is “non-essential” in your organization. So, consider the following steps to make sure your employees are both productive and secure working remotely. Our engineering team has assembled some important observations and recommendations below for your organization to ensure Continuity of Business operations with Remote Workers:

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