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Cyberattacks 101: SEO Poisoning

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a common term used by digital marketers, and is a technique used by many organizations to generate clicks on digital content, drive website traffic, and more. While SEO efforts and techniques vary – and can be paid or unpaid – the goal for marketers remains the same: to expand visibility by targeting online users through search engines.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Tips, Cyber Crime, Cybersecurity Awareness

Cyberattacks 101: Scareware as Malware

Malicious behavior using new malware variants is on the rise. Cybercriminals continue to expand and improve attack methods, uncover new vulnerabilities, and develop fresh exploits. Unfortunately, these evolving techniques work because they often get through traditional defenses undetected. With proper knowledge, awareness, and cautious browsing, you can help defend against these attacks and keep both you and your organization’s data secure.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Tips, Ransomware, Cybersecurity Awareness

Credit Card Skimming Attacks

Cyberattacks against organizations are still on the rise, and unfortunately, they are only getting harder to detect. Hackers know how to break through traditional defenses to get what they want. But it’s not just web-based attacks that you need to be aware of, physical skimming attacks that could affect you financially should also be on your radar.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Tips, Cyber Defense

5 Tips to Secure Your Home Office

We’re a year in to the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. There are still millions of people working from home, and studies suggest that the model of working remotely – whether full-time, part time, temporary, or permanent – probably won’t go away completely anytime soon. A Gartner survey revealed that 82% of organizations will continue to allow increased work from home (WFH) days post-pandemic, and some 47% are considering allowing employees to WFH full-time post-pandemic. That’s a huge percentage of the workforce. Having a safe and secure at-home network is becoming increasingly important (and necessary) to keep cybercriminals away from your personal and professional data.

Following are five tips, gathered from SANS, that you can easily implement to ensure a more secure home office network.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Tips, Cyber Defense

What to Know about Location Tracking

In today’s world, it can be time consuming to keep up with the current cyberthreat landscape, especially when many organizations do not have dedicated security staff. However, the landscape changes daily, and it’s important to be aware of what’s happening in the digital world that surrounds you.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Tips, Mobile Security, Privacy

Why You Need Strong Passwords

Passwords are essential to keep both your professional and personal information protected. With nearly all business being conducted online and many of us working remotely, we all have multiple accounts to manage. Strong, unique passwords are a great defense against hackers.

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Topics: Cybersecurity Tips, Cyber Defense, Cybersecurity Awareness, Penetration Testing

A Programmatic, Risk-Based Approach

Cybersecurity, as we know it today, is defined as the “the art of protecting networks, devices, and data from unauthorized access or criminal use and the practice of ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information,” according to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. In the 1990s, organizations across the globe started to practice information security to keep data safe. A few years later – as cybercriminals continued to get more sophisticated and organizations had to face the devastating consequences – the idea of cybersecurity over information security evolved.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Tips, Cybersecurity Awareness

What Makes a Strong Password?

Between personal accounts and work accounts, the sheer number of credentials and passwords that we have to manage can be overwhelming and inconvenient – especially if we forget them. While managing passwords may be a pain, it’s necessary if we want to protect our personal information. After all, cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility. 

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Topics: Cybersecurity Tips, Cybersecurity Awareness

How to Start Developing Your ISP

The role of policy is to codify guiding principles, shape and require behavior, provide guidance to those who are tasked with making present and future decisions, and serve as an implementation roadmap. An information security policy (ISP) is a directive that:

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Topics: Cybersecurity Tips, Regulations, Information Security

Cyber Liability Insurance Explained

With the number of cyberattacks occurring today, it’s especially important for companies to be knowledgeable when it comes to cybersecurity best practices, how to create and nurture cybersecurity culture, and how to hunt for threats on the network. But no organization – large or small, public or private – is immune to a data breach, even with appropriate security measures in place.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Tips