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IT Management, Security, Compliance for Regulated Firms

Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development


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A Complete Guide to Using Backupify to Help Ensure Business Continuity

Jan 2, 2020 1:18:05 PM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in Business Continuity, DATTO, Backupify, Backup Solutions

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Free eBook: Defending Your Office 365 Data: Five Threats That Microsoft Can’t Defend Against, But You Can

Recently, our business continuity and backup (via its Backupify) solutions partner Datto was a presenter at a cyber security conference where there was also a demo by Kevin Mitnick. Kevin is one of the world's best-known hackers – formerly a notorious and most-wanted hacker and now on the “white hat” side of the business as the “Chief Hacking Officer” at our cyber security solutions partner KnowBe4.

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Recent NY SHIELD Act Beefs Up Cyber Security for State Citizens

Nov 26, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in Security, cyber security, legislature

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What Businesses Everywhere Should Know About New NY Data Protection Law Compliance

New York state recently enacted a robust amendment to existing NY data protection law. Known as the NY SHIELD Security Act (Senate Bill S5575B), it applies to any company that has access to or stores personal or private customer or employee data of New York residents. By the way, SHIELD is an acronym for Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data.

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Disinformation Campaigns Not Limited to Politics; Businesses Beware

Oct 28, 2019 8:45:00 AM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in cyber security, Disinformation Campaign, Fake News Sites

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‘Fake News’ Sites, Troll and Other Attacks Can Trash Reputations, Manipulate Stock Prices, More

Lately, not a day goes by when we don’t hear or see a reference to ‘Fake News’ – generally related to politics. We read about Russian, Irani and Chinese bots, trolls and ‘fake news’ sites spreading disinformation in efforts to influence elections and otherwise disrupt nation states. As unsettling as this truth of modern life may be, it’s equally disturbing that the same disinformation campaign tactics are being applied to the business community.

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Crypto Mining Tools Are Overtaking Ransomware Attacks as a Cyber Threat

Jul 10, 2019 1:16:39 PM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in Ransomware, Soundshore Technology Group, Crypto Mining Tools

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Longer-term Payoffs, Lower Tech Skill Requirements Motivating More Bad Actors

A new cyber threat – crypto mining – began in 2017, accelerated in 2018 and is exploding in 2019, overtaking ransomware attacks to become one of the most prolific threats out there. More correctly termed ‘crypto jacking’ when used for nefarious purposes, crypto mining, when used legally, is a part of the cryptocurrency ecosystem that helps to keep track of ‘blocks’ of cryptocurrency as they’re created. Legitimate crypto miners use crypto mining tools on their computers that may earn them a few pennies for their efforts to help maintain and/or increase the value of cryptocurrencies.

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Microsoft Security: How MS Is Beefing Up Its Cyber Security Technology Brand

May 17, 2019 9:09:00 AM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in Cyber Security Training, Microsoft Security

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According to Microsoft, there are more than 400 million active users of its Windows 10 operating system worldwide. Estimates have the number of MS Office 365 users at 180 million. In addition to the productivity features that have led to this success, Microsoft Security has put a strong focus on cyber security technology as threats have increased exponentially in recent years. Frequent software updates fix vulnerabilities and issues as they’re discovered. But the company is also looking forward and outward in an effort to prevent cyberattacks and minimize cyber security risk. This post focuses on some of the initiatives the company is involved in beyond actual product development and touches on some product security improvements.

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Standardized Multi-factor Authentication Just Became a Reality

Apr 17, 2019 12:15:35 PM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in Security, cyber security, U2F, multi-factor authentication

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Tech Group The FIDO Alliance Is Leading Us to a Password-free Internet, Greater Security

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One of the greatest fears today is that hackers will steal the passwords we use to access social, banking and other sites where we must register to take advantage of their features and offerings and steal our data. The threat for businesses – especially regulated entities – is that employees will fall for password-centric schemes, like phishing, that can compromise a company’s entire IT network. Better days are here – and even better ones are ahead.

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Spear Phishing: A Growing Cyber Threat in 2019

Apr 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in Security, cyber security, Ransomware, phishing

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Learn About This Dangerous Type of Phishing and How to Prevent It

A survey of managed service providers and in-house IT professionals conducted by our cyber security partner KnowBe4 revealed that phishing/spear phishing is the number three cyber threat that “keeps them up at night.” Other studies show that spear phishing stands to be one of the fast-growing types of cyber-attack in 2019.

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Cyber Security Training: How to Phish-proof Your Employees

Nov 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in Security, cyber security, phishing

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Drastically Reduce Vulnerabilities in Only 90 Days

Continuing our discussion of cyber security training for employees of regulated organizations, this post examines the growing threats from phishing schemes and suggests training that will reduce the possibility that your staff will inadvertently unleash a disastrous attack on your systems, data and client assets.

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What to expect from an SEC Audit of Your DR & BCP

Oct 23, 2015 7:45:00 AM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in Compliance, Business Continuity Plan, DR, IT Support, SEC, Audit, Disaster Recover, BCP

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SEC audits are never welcome, but with this blog entry you can at the very least know what to expect and what to prepare for with your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan

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Soundshore Technology Group LLC Completes Acquisition of Westside Automation and Opens Los Angeles Office

Oct 23, 2015 7:45:00 AM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in Business Continuity Plan, Office Move, IT Relocation, IT Support, Disaster Recover, BCP, Soundshore

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