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Jon Seals

Jon Seals

Friday, 30 September 2016 00:00

MSP Goes From Worst Year to Best Year

A simple business philosophy has largely guided Michael Cook in operating his Norwood, Mass., managed services provider (MSP).

“It’s kind of common sense,” said the CEO and founder of 17-year-old Corporate IT Solutions (CITS). “I never had a lot of advice or consulting.”

That changed last year, when Cook felt he could no longer stand by in the face of some worrying and pervasive trends.



If you were one of the 500 million who were affected by the Yahoo breach (and I’m right there with you), you have something in common with the top 1,000 companies in the Forbes Global 2000 list. According to research conducted by Digital Shadows, 97 percent of organizations have breached credentials publicly available online, with a median average of 706 credentials per organization. This information is regularly sold, traded, or shared by the hackers, even years after the initial breach occurs. As the report stated:

As a result, the number of compromised credentials that are available online is staggering, providing a goldmine for attackers. With this in mind, it is unsurprising that one report claimed that breached credentials were responsible for 63 percent of data breaches.

These credentials, like passwords and other authentication data, open the door for more damage, the report stated, saying that threat actors will use that information to take over accounts, extort specific individuals within the company, and turn computers into botnets.



Friday, 30 September 2016 00:00

Are You As Prepared As You Think You Are?

We’d like to think we’d know what to do in an emergency, but studies show many Americans are not as prepared as they think they are. If we, as private citizens, haven’t prepared our homes and families for emergencies, how can we expect our employers to have a plan in place?

Preparing your home for an emergency is quite different than your workplace. We assume our managers and executives have some sort of plan in the books, right? Maybe the answer is in a poll that revealed more than half of Americans assume local authorities will come to their rescue with disaster strikes, whether at home or in the office. If you’re a business owner or have a management role, particularly related to security, maybe it’s time to look at mass notification software as part of an emergency plan.



(TNS) - Tropical Storm Matthew is gaining strength while moving into the Caribbean Sea and could become a hurricane later today, forecasters say.

It's too soon to tell what impact Matthew might have on Florida as its path is still fairly uncertain, but local forecasters say they'll watching this weekend.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter plane flew into the storm this morning and found maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Winds need to reach 74 mph for Matthew to be upgraded to a hurricane.



(TNS) — Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services is developing a statewide plan for handling the Zika virus, despite federal aid being held up until late Wednesday to assist states in fighting the possibility of an outbreak.

After months of political wrangling, Congress late Wednesday passed a short-term resolution keeping the government open at current spending levels into the new fiscal year, which begins on Saturday, averting a potential shutdown. It includes funding for states to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that carry it.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus linked to birth defects, putting pregnant women in particular at risk. Many with the virus aren’t aware they have it. In 20 percent of cases, the virus causes mild symptoms of fever, joint pain and pink eye.