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Why Employees are the Weakest Link in Your Cybersecurity Business


When many business leaders consider the security of their operation, the first things that come to mind are locks on the doors, proper outdoor lighting, and perhaps a security guard on-site, then they begin to look inward and consider their cybersecurity. Toward that end, they invest in the latest and greatest firewalls, antivirus, anti-malware, firmware, and other software fixes while overlooking the most important aspect of their security integrity: their employees.  Why are employees your greatest cybersecurity threat and what are you to do about it?

The very nature of human beings with their curiosity and need for stimulation, information, and novelty makes them the prime target for hackers who want to infiltrate your business network and its data.

Therefore, the full buy-in of the company security endeavors will require an alliance between IT, which should understand your operating needs, and HR, which should comprehend the foibles and psychology of human beings that can make them gateways to cyberattacks.

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12 Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Businesses:

It is simply not good enough that your employees remember to update passwords regularly; they need to understand how a hacked company system affects them directly. To this end, your IT team should work with HR to develop training that garners staff support for the security processes that need to be implemented.

Here are a few of the issues this composite team needs to address:

Impact on the Company of Down Time and Security Breaches

Explain in the clearest terms how downtime in the company network affects everyone. Use examples such as Ransomware or Spear Phishing attacks or other situations in which your business could lose data or computer access – thus affecting the ability of your company to remain in operation and therefore to employ people!

Lack of Awareness

Simple though it may sound, regular training and reiteration of concepts like having strong passwords, proper storage of customer information, use of locking drawers or file cabinets, how the company uses multi-factor authentication, and data access principles should be ongoing practices.

In addition, all personnel should know how to properly dispose of drives, reports, etc. when they are no longer pertinent. Last here is the need to inform employees of the importance of system/software updates for both company equipment and approved BYOD mobile phones and other devices, as well.

Hazards of Using Unsecured Networks –

This is particularly problematic with BYOD environments including commuting vehicles (e.g., the train and subway), cafés, etc. which are typically unsecured networks. Your employees need to be aware that all online activity conducted on such networks can be visible, putting devices and sensitive company information in peril.

To minimize this risk, explain the difference between using HTTP and HTTPS prefixed sites – the later carries encryption protocols – on any device (laptop, smartphone, etc.) used for work-related activities and help them to understand which work is best left to be performed in the office on company secured devices.

Another off-site peril comes from Juice jacking (stealing data by monitoring public charging stations) in which a hacked wireless charging port can allow cybercriminals to record what is being written or watched on a device as well as download programs to said device.

Personnel who frequently work outside the office should be trained to understand the risks of using public access networks and a few means of minimizing same, such as plugging into an electrical outlet or using their own power bank, having different passwords for each app and device they use, and waiting to perform personal interactions until at home and only installing apps from official marketplaces.

Best, have them use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) set up by your IT team that provides for encryption of data moving between them and any end-user whether they are at home, traveling, or otherwise working outside the office.

IoT (Internet of Things): a Door to System Access –

With the growing complexity of the business operating environment, you may find you have manufacturing equipment as well as simple office equipment such as printers connected wirelessly to your server. These additional pathways offer opportunities for an employee to involuntarily undermine your security by tapping into equipment not meant to be part of their peripherals.

In order to minimize this risk, have your IT team set up not only different passwords for this equipment but different router levels, as well, which prevents certain devices from ever ‘seeing’ other devices they shouldn’t. Turning off equipment when not in use will help to mitigate cross-system access as well.

These steps can also help prevent an unintended internally produced Denial of Service (DoS) attack or Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDoS) in which equipment or websites crash from an overload of demand.

Don’t forget, your IT team consists of all your employees. To this end, think about the cybersecurity culture you want to create. For instance, have your IT team start broadly sharing new concepts learned trade events, which can keep lines of communication open between departments and can help your staff understand new threats and preventive actions they can take before your business is targeted.

In addition, savvy IT members don’t put all their eggs in one basket; they may like vendor X who provides software X and has worked with them for years but they stay aware of the news of failures of this protective service and are willing to jump ship to vendor Y if that is in the best interest of your company.

Better, working with an outside company, in addition to your in-house staff, who is not a single service provider and whose sole interest is in being knowledgeable about multiple software security tools, techniques and processes and is willing to embrace your company’s unique business protection requirements can be a valuable asset.

Finally, keep in mind that a disgruntled employee with any system access can pose a threat to your business (e.g., copying trademarked or other business-sensitive information for purposes of corporate espionage), and containing them is the territory of HR. However, a coordinated effort between your employees and IT, with the help of training developed actively with HR, will strengthen the personnel link in your cybersecurity chain, in addition to bringing added value to your employee morale due to your consideration of their need to understand, so that they are able to actively participate in protecting your company and their jobs.

Be safe out there!

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VULNERABILITY SCANNING

Vulnerability Scanning: Pros, Cons and Best Practices


Vulnerability scanning has become an important practice in cybersecurity

There are a lot of threats that can be discovered on a daily basis. And these threats can damage your valuable data and systems. Therefore, it is important to detect your network ecosystem for associated risks. 

But it is equally true that vulnerability scanning has its own limitations. They can deal with the vulnerabilities known to them. Using outdated or inferior vulnerability scanning tools can give a false sense of security. 

To equip you with the right outlook towards vulnerability scanning, here we have come up with some key pros and cons of vulnerability scanning. 

Advantages of Vulnerability Scanning:

  • Quick Results:

The key benefit of vulnerability scan tools is that they generate quick results. 

  • Repeatable:

An automated vulnerability scan can be repeated as you can decide when and how long to perform the scan. 

  • Easy to Use:

Most vulnerability scanning tools come with a user-friendly interface. However, a security specialist is still required to read the results obtained through these tools. 

  • Constant Monitoring:

Vulnerability scanning software can be used effectively for constant monitoring. 

Disadvantages of Vulnerability Scanning:

  • Not Locating All Vulnerabilities:

A vulnerability scanning tool can miss on some threats, so you have no idea which vulnerability can be exposed by a threat actor. For example, it might not detect the threat that is unknown to its database. Sometimes, the vulnerability is too complex to be detected by an automated tool. 

  • Giving a False Sense of Security

If you have a large IT infrastructure, plenty of servers and data systems, it can be challenging to understand the impact of the vulnerabilities detected by the scanner. Consequently, you end up with a false positive. If you are not a cybersecurity pro, it would be time-consuming and overwhelming to detect such things. 

  • Unclear Vulnerabilities

If a vulnerability is spotted, it is sometimes challenging to examine its impact on your business operations. An automated tool won’t educate you on this while a system admin will likely be more concerned about the technical part of the vulnerability.     

Hope these pros and cons would help you develop the right outlook towards vulnerability scanning tools. The point is here that you shouldn’t blindly believe the results as no tool is perfect. Therefore, keep your tools updated and run a frequent scan that can be once a week or month. 

Need for Vulnerability Scan?

For organizations in need of quantifying their exposure to surface level risks, vulnerability scanning can be a cost-effective method of discovering available attack vectors, albeit with some shortcomings that are important to understand.

First, a vulnerability scan is not equivalent to a network penetration test. In a pen test, vulnerabilities are not only discovered, but they are also exploited and re-exploited, if possible, in the name of discovering all potential damage a harmful actor could do if able to gain access to an organization’s network.

Such testing is carried out by a live specialist – in our case here at Cynexlink, by our Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) – who thinks and acts like an intruder.

How does it work?

Vulnerability scans, on the other hand, are typically run via automated programs. While these scans can be effective at performing network discovery, identifying open ports, missing patches, misconfigurations and more, it should also be remembered that such scans only uncover surface vulnerabilities – those weaknesses that exist in isolation, independent from other weak spots.

Unfortunately, vulnerabilities rarely exist in isolation. Indeed, a string of seemingly low-level individual risks could leave a gaping security hole while leaving the scanned organization falsely confident in its risk profile.

Out-of-date signature repositories and the ability of network-based scanning solutions to run only on active systems are further drawbacks, which means poorly established vulnerability scans can either be inaccurate or more labour-intensive than imagined.

If run by an experienced provider who knows how to avoid the potholes mentioned above, however, vulnerability scanning can indeed provide great cybersecurity bang-for-the-buck.

Here are five rules for ensuring a positive outcome with vulnerability scanning: 

  • Scan All Network Assets

Make sure to scan each device and access points within your network ecosystem. Assessing all assets within the system helps expose various loopholes within the infrastructure and lets you create solutions accordingly. Moreover, create an inventory list including all network assets regardless of their function, and determine which target to be scanned from your inventory.

  • Scan Frequently

The gap between the scans can be critical as this time interval leaves your systems exposed to new threats. Scanning can be done weekly, monthly, or quarterly. If done frequently, not every network device is required to be scanned, minimizing the time and effort while providing layered network coverage. Your network architecture and device impact are factors that help determine scanning intervals.

  • Set Accountability

Create asset owners or asset supervisors to create accountability. For example, roles can be designed to protect specific devices and take actions in the event of a data incident. However, asset owners shouldn’t be confined to tech teams; business owners can also oversee some systems.

  • Run Patching Process

Patching internet-enabled equipment for all discovered vulnerabilities is more crucial than patching similar devices that have already been blocked by firewalls or settings. This is a time-management practice that can be needed due to resource limitations and it is essential to focus on assets that provide the highest risk levels to the enterprise.

  • Document All Scans and Their Results:

Make sure to document all scans and their outcomes. Every vulnerability scan should be scheduled utilizing a management-approved timetable, with an audit process set to provide detailed reporting. By documenting the scan run according to a timetable, companies can monitor vulnerability trends and issues, identifying susceptible systems and creating accountability.

Interested in learning more about how Cynexlink provides pen testing and vulnerability scanning solutions for companies of all sizes? Contact us to learn more!

 

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How To Protect Your Data From Hackers


Hackers are the digital thieves who illegally get into your network to steal valuable information—financial data, passwords, intellectual property, personal information, or whatever crucial information they can get their hands on.

This data is generally used to steal money from accounts or to set up credit cards, and they may even sell data to your competitors.

In fact, all they need is one account or device to inflict damage. On top of that, they are not easy to stop because they are often located outside the country. They use sophisticated technology to resist law enforcement and get massive amounts of information.

According to one survey, 52% of data breaches are hacking. Hackers attack every 39 seconds, accounting for 2,244 times a day. Another scary finding is that hackers steal 75 records every second.

Don’t think that your business is too small to be attacked. Small businesses are always on the radar of cybercriminals due to outdated security systems and lack a cybersecurity team.

Fortunately, you can minimize or eliminate the risk by taking precautions.

Here are some security tips to protect your business data from hackers. 

Be Careful with Your Password:

Creating a strong password may seem an essential piece of advice, but the fact is that not all users are serious about their passwords. Most users still create secure passwords like ABCD, 1234, or their date of birth.

Such passwords are low hanging fruits for today’s sophisticated cybercriminals. Therefore, you need to create a strong password and change them frequently.

A strong password is a combination of alphabets, numbers, and special characters. Don’t use the same password for all accounts.

Work With the Right ISP:

Make sure to choose the right Internet Service Providers or ISP beyond their cost and speed.

The market is stacked with plenty of ISPs. Go for the one that comes with built-in security features. ISPs have a significant impact on cybersecurity because of their prominent position in the network.

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Limit or Block Access to Unnecessary Sites:

Restricting access to certain websites minimizes the risk of a security breach, so it’s the right thing to make sure only the authorized users get access to specific data.

Similarly, blocking specific sites from being viewed reduces the risk of viruses and spyware injecting sites from being accessed within your network.

Therefore, take the necessary measures to block malicious sites and make sure your security tools like antivirus are upgraded.

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Use Up to Date Security Programs:

The simplest way to protecting your data from hackers is to update your security software. The constant updates might seem to hassle, but you should stick to them.

Using dated software can increase the risk of being hacked. Upgrades are essential to improve the efficiency of the security tools against the latest malware. Besides, you need to back up your data at least once a week.

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Protect Your Network:

With an unsecured Wi-Fi network, you are asking for trouble. Hackers utilize a technique known as wardriving, and it’s quite lethal. Wardriving is when cybercriminals equip their cars with high powered antennas and drive around scanning for the vulnerable network. When these hackers find a soft target, all of your passwords, finances, and data are on the risk.

Therefore, make sure to protect your Wi-Fi network and rely strictly on wired networks.

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Educate Your Employees:

Employee negligence is one of the factors leading to cyber-attacks. For example, your employees can use weak passwords or leave their devices containing relevant data exposed. Or they may open emails that contain malicious links.

This way, they are making your data prone to attack unintentionally. Therefore, you need to educate your employees on cybersecurity. Besides, it would be best if you created formal company data policy, setting acceptable and prohibited online activities for employees. Their email access to personal smartphones via the company’s Wi-Fi should be restricted.

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Conducting regular cybersecurity workshops are also an effective way to keep your staff educated on cybersecurity. If you are small enterprises, you can organize these events together with other local small businesses. Moreover, organizing cybersecurity workshops for your clients can be a great branding opportunity.

Practicing cybersecurity on a daily bases strengthens the security of your organization, eliminates the risk of hackers, and makes your business’s landscape safe and sound.

What do you think? Please let us know by commenting below.

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Best Ways to Prevent Phishing Attacks


Given the soaring rise in phishing attacks over the years, your site can be the next target. Have a proactive approach now by opting for these anti-phishing measures.

Phishing sounds like fishing. Right?

Well, both have a similar meaning to some extent. But here we will talk about phishing. Fishing means catching the fishes by luring them with bait. Phishing is the same thing, but with a slight difference. While it doesn’t lure the fishes, it tricks web users into fraudulent activity—just like trapping the fishes.

Let’s dig deeper.

Phishing is a malicious practice to steal personal information, login credentials, and credit card numbers from an individual by trapping them through offers or posing as a trustable entity. For example, an attacker will send you an email claiming to be from recognized sources and ask you to provide your account or credit card information.

According to one report, nearly 80% of all malware attack comes from phishing. Sadly, 97% of people, according to another study, are not able to recognize a phishing attack. And phishing scams cost American business 500 USD million a year.

Therefore, keep your website safe from such malicious attacks. All you need is to practice these things:

8 Fays to Prevent To Phishing attacks

1.) Use SSL Certificate:

SSL certificates provide critical security, data integrity and privacy for both your website and user’s personal information. Having an SSL certificate ensures both you and your customer’s information is properly encrypted and can’t be easily decoded by anyone. No wonder most customers like to visit SSL secured websites. If a site protected by SSL, then it begins with “https” instead of “HTTP”.

2.) Use Strong FTP Passwords:

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. As the name suggests, it allows you to send or receive files (transferring) over the internet. For example, you can share your files with other users over the Internet by uploading it through your computer. Make sure to use strong passwords for your FTP. Otherwise, it would be a cakewalk for a hacker to access your data.

3.) Check Your Account for Malicious Files or Folders:

Make sure your folders and files are server related files with an extension like phpinfo.php file. If you notice a lot of text files in a folder that you hadn’t seen the day before, it is an indication that your site is under threat. Contact your web hosting vendor as soon as possible in case of having such folders or files with unknown origin.

4.) Remove the Signs of Phishing:

Web Hosting Hub plays an important role to detect phishing attempts from your servers. In some cases, you are required to remove the files on your own as you will be notified directly.

5.) Block Access to Restricted Sites:

Not all websites are safe to visit. Some websites contain malicious content to gain access to your data. These sites lure visitors by showing them porn content or offer to win attractive prizes.

But how will you stop your employees from clicking such site links? You should restrict those sites from being able to be opened over your network. It can be done by making a few changes in your network. Also, stay updated with the list of blocked sites in your nation.

6.) Set the Number of Login Attempts:

Generally, a hacker is likely to make several attempts to crack your website password. He just needs one successful attempt to make it into your data. So, reduce the number of login attempts to keep such risk at a bay.

By default, WordPress lets users try different passwords as many times as they want. This feature is known as a brute force attack. You need to install the Login Lockdown plugin to restrict several login retries. If the number of failed attempts exceed the login retries limit, then your site will lock the user’s IP address for a temporary period (based on your settings).

7.) Change Admin Login URL:

Does your website login page open up by putting wp-admin at the end of the URL? If so, you are giving an easy route to the hackers. This minor mistake can lead to a huge setback to your website.

Therefore, make it secure by changing this to something less predictable like wp-login.123? ordu_login.php etc.

8.) Encrypt your Wireless Network:

Anyone can use your wireless network without your permission, no matter if they are outside your office or living in the building next to you.

It will not only increase your Internet bill but also allows hackers to access your data using your Wi-network. In such a scenario, you need to encrypt your Wi-Fi. It is very simple to do.

Just go to your router’s settings and find security options. You will find WEP, WPA, and WPA2 which are encryption methods. Choose the one and enable it.

In this way, these simple yet effective things help you save your website from phishing. Stay Safe. Stay Aware.

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Email Phishing


Hackers can be referred to as cyber” con-artists”. They trick others by influencing them to see something not true, as true. This method is called Phishing. Hackers use it to make you provide your personal or private information such as your password, account numbers, and credit card numbers thereby having access to sensitive data.

Email Phishing, therefore, is when hackers use electronic mail as the means of breaching the security of your business.

Businesses and individuals receive emails that are made to look like it was sent by a legitimate bank, government agency or organization. These emails look beneficial to the receiver and often include a call to action.

In some instances, the hacker impersonating may ask the receiver to click on a link that will redirect to a page where they can confirm personal data, account information due to a false technical error or even ask the recipient to fill out a survey and attach a prize for doing so.

On the other hand, the hacker may alert you of an unauthorized activity taking place with your account. You may be informed that a huge transaction has been made and are asked if you can confirm the payment involved in the transaction. If you reply that the transaction was not from you, the hacker will request you confirm your credit card or bank details. Sometimes the hacker may already have card number information and probe you to confirm your identity by quoting the 3 or 4 digit security code printed on the back of the card.

However, there are some pointers to look for in an email to avoid falling victim to email phishing.

  • Authentic companies call you by your name:

A phishing email usually use generic salutations like “Dear valued member,”, “Dear account holder” or “Dear customer”. A legitimate company will address you by name. In the case of an advertisement, hackers completely avoid a salutation.

  • Authentic companies have domain emails:

It is important to check the email address of the sender. Ensure there are no alterations, either in the form of letters or numbers. The moment you doubt the legitimacy of an email address, make sure to verify the authenticity instead of assuming.

  • Authentic companies do not misspell words:

One of the easiest ways to identify a phishing email is a misspelling of words and/or bad grammar. A legitimate email will be well written. Individuals who are not observant often fall prey.

  • Authentic companies do not ask for sensitive information via email:

Most companies will not ask for vital and sensitive information via email. In situations where this happens, ensure you contact the bank, service providers, organization or government agency for adequate confirmation.

 It is necessary to always be a step ahead of hackers, therefore to avoid falling victim to phishing via email, a company like CYNEXLINK will be of great help!!!

Cynexlink is a technology company that provides services that include Cybersecurity Solutions, Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN), Managed IT Services, Cloud Vendor Selection & Consulting, Cynexlink VoIP, and CCPA.

For more information, visit our website at www.cynexlink.com NOW!!!

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Data Breaching in 2020

How to Prevent Data Breaching in 2020?


What is a Data Breach?

Data breaching is a process by which an organization experiences a cyber-attack, which lets hackers gain illegitimate or unauthorized access to an organization’s system or network to steal sensitive and personal information, or data of users or customers.

When a company experiences a breach in their cybersecurity, making reparations to the damage usually costs the company not only a large amount financially, but also in terms of reputation. Therefore, companies must make sure they prevent such a breach or unauthorized access from taking place by almost any means necessary.

Below are some suggested tips  to prevent data breaching in  2020:

  • Updated Security Software

Software developers constantly improve their products (software) thereby making upgraded versions available. An organization must have the latest version of its cybersecurity software to avoid weak spots for hackers to exploit.

  • Risk Assessments

Frequent vulnerability checks on your system should be done. This will help your business to review and improve security procedures and policies.

  • Regular employee security training and awareness

Hackers don’t abstractly just get access to a network or a system, there is usually an entry point. Employees are often the crack-in-the-wall that hackers use in breaching a company’s security.

Employees are the likeliest to click on suspicious links, download “anti-viruses”. In other words, an honest mistake by an employee is all any hacker needs in breaching your network. Therefore, to ensure the utmost safeguarding of important data, employees need to attend regular classes on cybersecurity until following safe practices becomes a norm.

  • Employees tiered access

Access to data should be categorized based on employee’s job specifications and requirements. For example, an employee in charge of mail should not have access to information concerning the financial record of the customers. That way, critical information cannot be viewed by just any employee and the honest mistake of clicking a harmful link is minimal.

  • Compliance of Third-party vendors

No business is a stand-alone, businesses often get involved with third-party vendors. Necessary background checks should be carried out before getting involved with such vendors. This will give you the opportunity of knowing your vendors better. Also, limit the kind of documents your vendors have access to and ensure they know and comply with security policies.

  • Have a business continuity plan

There is a common saying, “hope for the best, but expect the worst”. Having this in mind causes you to prepare your business for unattractive occurrences. In a case where your business experiences a data breach, this plan helps you bounce back and handle the attack fairly.

Integrating these steps to prevent data breaches can be demanding. So, take the burden off and let Cynexlink help you.

Cynexlink is a technology company that provides services that include Cybersecurity Solutions, Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN), Managed IT Services, Cloud Vendor Selection & Consulting, Cynexlink VoIP, and CCPA.

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Network Penetration Testing

Network Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking


What is Network Penetration Testing?

Network Penetration Testing is also known as “Ethical Hacking”. It can be referred to as professional hacking where hackers recognize and exploit or probe into the weaknesses of your network or system.

Network Penetration Testing or Pen Tests are done in the form of a deliberate cyber-attack against your computer system or network by professionals. These tests give way to recommendations for fixing the possible loopholes hackers can exploit in breaching the security of the business.

It is done for safety purposes because it can be used to check the security policies employed by a business, how aware and compliant the internal customers (employer and employees) are applying these policies, and how quickly and efficiently an organization can recognize and respond to security occurrences.

WHY A PROFESSIONAL IS IMPORTANT FOR ETHICAL HACKING:

An ethical hacker is precisely trained and equipped with the necessary skill to perform pen tests and other system assessments. Inadequate or no network penetration testing could be harmful to your business and business operations.

Importance of Network Penetration Testing: 

  • DATA BREACH PREVENTION

A proper network penetration test keeps your business on top and helps avoid possible security risks in your network. This test is a form of business continuity strategy which gets your business ready in case of unpleasant eventualities.

  • APPLICATION SECURITY

In a bid to better serve your customers, there is a need to improve your business applications.  Performing security assessments before launching these new applications is important. This is because the applications are to handle sensitive data and these assessments will help prevent the malfunctioning of the app or the exposure of sensitive data to risks. The security of these apps makes investing in network penetration testing worthwhile.

  • SECURITY CONTROL TESTING

Network security professionals are well trained in firewalls, encryption procedures, data-loss prevention, layered security processes and so on. Their knowledge results in the effectiveness of the network security controls.

  • GAP ANALYSIS MAINTENANCE

Network Penetration Testing is meant to be a continuous process and it identifies how well your security model is functioning. It also helps your business to create awareness of any gaps in the security model that may occur at any time.

  • COMPLIANCE

A network security professional guarantees that your system complies with the set standards and requirements for your business’s security model. It also eliminates the possibility of facing sanctions that can be in the form of paying some penalties attached to non-compliance.

CYNEXLINK is your best bet for professional penetration testing. Cynexlink is a technology company that provides services that include Cybersecurity Solutions, Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN), Managed IT Services, Cloud Vendor Selection & Consulting, Cynexlink VoIP, and CCPA.

For more information, visit our website at www.cynexlink.com NOW!!!

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DARK WEB EMAIL MONITORING


Dark web email monitoring is just gaining popularity in the cyber world. Talk about second chances, the dark web is one of such rare opportunities. When Hackers steal personal information like credit card numbers, bank account passwords, postal/IP addresses or even social security numbers. The process doesn’t end at stealing, hackers make transactions with the stolen data.

WHAT DOES DARK WEB EMAIL MONITORING DO?

Whenever there is a hack, the dark web creates awareness for its users. Dark Web Monitoring helps scan the web for any leaked personal data so the owner of such data can act promptly to protect their accounts.

Below are a few steps you can take as an additional line of defense against further threats:

  1. SCAN YOUR COMPUTER

There is a possibility that your passwords and keystrokes were monitored and exposed as a result of viruses on your computer. Therefore, scanning your computer for possible malware when your email is found on the dark web is a smart and safe thing to do.

  1. BOOST YOUR PASSWORD STRENGTH

Emails found on the dark web is often as a result of a successful phishing scam. To strengthen your password to make it more secure, ensure:

  • Your password is lengthy (up to 15 characters)
  • Use a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Add numbers and symbols
  • Avoid using your name or common words
  1. CREATE AN EMAIL FOR JUNK MAIL

Most often than not, many recent sites require intending users to sign-up using their email addresses. Therefore, it is important to have a side email for unnecessary profiles. This is because when any of these insignificant sites are hacked, your primary email will not be found on the dark web. This means there will be less damage to your vital information due to less exposure.

  1. VERIFY YOUR ACCOUNTS

On receiving a breach alert through dark web email monitoring, check your bank accounts to ensure no money is missing and that no strange activity has occurred. Carry out these checks regularly because occasionally hackers don’t defraud your account(s) immediately after gaining illegitimate access. They tend to wait a while and allow you to lose guard.

  1. USE TWO-STEP AUTHENTICATION

Don’t limit access to your account through the conventional email and password. Rather, add another vital step to the process by having to verify your login attempt typically through a text message containing a randomly generated code. This helps add further security and reduces exposure to hackers.

In conclusion, Cynexlink makes sure every corner of your security program is covered. For more information, visit our website at www.cynexlink.com NOW!!!

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Dark Web Monitoring

Are Dark Web Monitoring Services Really Worth It?


What is Dark Web Monitoring?

The world of cybersecurity is constantly changing. No matter how much you try to stay updated on the latest trends, you will always find yourself missing out on some new information. This might be the case for dark web monitoring services.

To understand what dark web monitoring services are about, it is essential to have an idea of what the dark web consists of.

What is Dark Web?

The dark web is the part of the internet you can’t access through the ordinary search engines. This makes it a mysterious universe where criminality and law transgressions are conducted, and where computer hackers can be hired.

Therefore, it is crucial to protect your company from cyber attacks that do not only originate from the regular web, but from the dark web as well.

As you know, scams and scammers are almost everywhere. And while you might be aware of its danger and how to protect yourself from it, your employees probably can’t.

In such cases, having a reliable and professional team you can count on might be the optimal decision and the smartest investment you can make to keep your business data protected.

At Cynexlink, our experts are ready to dive into the deepest secrets of the dark web in order to boost your cybersecurity, providing you with a complete report of your dark web monitoring scan, in addition to an insightful whitepaper to learn everything about the dark web.

Download your “UNDER ATTACK: The Year in Breach” white paper and understand how to maintain your cybersecurity at its peak today.

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Small Business Worries


 

CyNexLink Blog   •   October 10, 2017

 

Many surmise that when an individual starts their own business and can set their own rules, their troubles will disappear. However, the converse is usually true, and small business leaders have their own set of nightmares that keep them up at night.

There are basic worries that plague the minds of small business owners. A survey of more than 1,100 small businesses by Wasp Barcode Technologies produced a State of Small Business report that delineates the essential challenges of small businesses.

It identified increasing profit, employee healthcare and cash flow as some of these challenges.

Yet, Greg Petraetis of Smallbizdaily says some of the emerging worries to antagonize the minds of small business owners will be customer retention, cyber attacks and smart cultural branding.

Customer Retention

Retaining a stable customer base is essential to the desirable functioning of a small business. Customer retention increases profits and as the technological realm evolves, competition will increase as new entrepreneurs and ideas are enabled, making customer retention all the more important.

Yet, there are a variety of ways to retain customers. As an example, Spotify used Facebook to engage its customers while promoting its services and Dropbox gave users free data as a gift for providing written feedback. This ability to engage existing customers requires an awareness and ability to adapt to their needs and desires. Small business owners should be aware that there is ever-changing technologies that aid in the understanding of a customer base through data analysis.

Cyber Attacks

Small business owners aren’t particularly concerned with cyber attacks as it ranks way down at number 51 out of 75 possible business concerns, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. But computer security will soon line up along estate tax and electricity costs at the forefront of small business owners’ concerns, as 60% of all targeted cyber attacks in 2014 affected small- or medium-sized businesses.

Couple this with the fact that the average price for a small business to repair the damages of a cyber attack are about $690,000, and its clear that owners will have to pay heed to the beast on the horizon.

Branding

Defining the right brand and culture of a small business is a primary concern for leaders. It determines how your business will be perceived by customers and its reputation. More than ever, the culture of a brand is playing a role in how customers make their purchasing decisions. Especially with young adults, the values of a brand are seen as an extension of the individual, as a way of expressing oneself. Clearly, it’s important for business leaders to pay attention to the cultural values of whatever customer base they are targeting. Businesses that are known to conduct their workplace in an “inclusive” or “environmentally responsible” manner already reap financial benefits.

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