Information Security

To stay out of the headlines, take cybersecurity seriously

You’ve probably heard about the Equifax data breach. And you’ve probably noticed an uptick in the conversation about cybersecurity. There’s a really simple reason why stories like this are happening more and more frequently; we simply aren’t taking cybersecurity seriously.

Ignorance of cybersecurity is no excuse

Target. Yahoo. eBay. Netflix. JP Morgan Chase. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Sony. Ashley Madison. The Democratic National Committee. LinkedIn. Home Depot.

What do all of those companies have in common? They all have been the victim of cybersecurity breaches.

Imagine how attractive a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice or personal injury is to a hacker. Or what about a defense firm with terabytes of business emails, trade secrets and financial information?

Cybersecurity Fundamentals

On July 19th, we held our July Advantage Lunch live from Edgewood Country Club where it was simulcast to Shepherdstown and via webinar. (If you haven’t heard about our Advantage Lunch, learn more at advantagelunch.com) In addition to the pictures and video below, be sure to check out our Facebook photo album!

Learning more about the government's rigorous cyber security standards

Two Advantage Technology professionals recently returned from the preeminent event for training, education and workforce development for protecting the country’s infrastructure from cyber threats.

The National Cyber Summit took place in early June in Huntsville, Ala. The annual event attracts commercial and defense companies as well as healthcare, automotive and energy industries and academia. It was sponsored by Information Systems Security Association.

Randy Ross and Rob Dixon from Advantage Technology were on hand to learn and to network with other providers.

What is Phishing?

In our last blog, we discussed the broad term hacking, which is using a computer system to gain unauthorized access into another computer or network.

Phishing, on the other hand, has a more specific meaning. The term is a play on the word fishing because cybercriminals are dangling a fake “lure” hoping system users will bite by giving out private information. That information can be anything such as credit card numbers, account numbers, passwords, user names and more. As with most online scams, the goal is to steal money.

What is Hacking?

Hacking, by definition, is using a computer system to gain unauthorized access to a computer system or network. “Hacking is not necessarily bad. Hacking is having that bug in you that says I have got to figure this out”, said the Director of Information Security at Advantage Technology. And since computers and the internet are now a major part of our society, understanding hacking and protecting your information is more important than ever.

2016 Tech Review

2016 has been a real banner year for technology. We’ve seen the mainstream finally come to terms with the need to take cyber security seriously with the hacks of Internet of Things devices, email hacking scandals and the rise of ransomware. We’ve learned that not everything you read on the Internet is true with the controversies surrounding “fake news” online. We’ve seen the proclamation that we’ve entered the post-PC era… again. Not to mention the fact that we might be in the post-headphone era.

The Importance of Data Security

On Tuesday, October 11, I returned to 580 WCHS’s Ask the Expert radio show to talk to the audience about the importance of data security. I took advantage of this opportunity to speak about the great risks of having your data unsecured and how you can find yourself in some serious trouble if you are not properly protected. More specifically, we discussed Advantage Technology’s Data Security Risk Assessment and how dedicated we are to addressing data security needs.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

And no, I’m not just making that up! There’s even an official hashtag, #CyberAware. And if it’s got an official hashtag, you know it’s for real.

The whole point of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSA) is to raise awareness about cybersecurity. Things like ransomware, business email compromise, personal health information theft, intellectual property theft and identity theft.

Information Security Risk Assessment

In recent years, massive date breaches have made headlines all over the United States. From these headlines, it’s clear that many organizations, including very large business and government agencies, do not give enough attention to information security. At Advantage Technology, we’re dedicated to addressing this problem and help both large and small businesses and organizations keep their data, and their client’s data, safe and secure. To that end, we have developed the Information Security Risk Assessment.

The Information Security Risk Assessment is Advantage Technology’s premiere information security product. It is a comprehensive process that our security team will undertake with your company to survey your IT infrastructure, identify security vulnerabilities and recommend hardware, software, and policies to ensure information security.

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