22 Sep 2017

Are you a Cyber Attack Target?

An Article By: David Tan, Chief Technology Officer

It seems you can’t go a day without hearing news of some huge cyber-attack on a large company or organization.  Everyone from Target to HBO has been the victim of malicious hackers looking to gain profit from some sort of unauthorized access to company data, assets, or resources.  Those are the stories you hear about – what about the ones you don’t?  What about the small businesses getting compromised every day and losing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, or losing the intellectual property that help differentiate their business?  HBO may look bad when they get hacked, Equifax might have to offer free credit monitoring to the whole country, but isolated cyber incidents are likely not going to put them out of business.  However, for the average small to mid-sized business, that type of an incident is unrecoverable.

read more

Share this
30 Aug 2017

Everything we’ve ever told you about passwords? Yeah, we were wrong!

An Article By: David Tan, Chief Technology Officer

Have you ever done anything that you really regretted?  I’m not talking about a little slip up or a minor faux pas.  I’m talking about the kind of mistake that has a long-ranging impact on a huge population of people.  If you have, then you know what it’s like to be Bill Burr, former midlevel manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST), and the author of “NIST Special Publication 800-63. Appendix A.”

OK, I’m sure you’re asking what “NIST Special Publication 800-63. Appendix A” is, and we should get that out of the way first.  That was an 8 page primer published in 2003 that advised people to protect their computer accounts by inventing awkward words using capital letters, numbers, and special characters.  That’s right, Bill Burr is the reason you’re going completely In$@n3! trying to remember all your crazy passwords!  Not since your mom told you not to leave the house with wet hair or you risk getting sick has such bad information perpetrated so deeply into commonly accepted truth. read more

Share this
09 May 2017

Protecting Against Ransomware with Azure Backups

An Article By, Stephanie Memos, Marketing Coordinator

With ransomware attacks steadily rising in 2017, we cannot stress the importance of protection against infrastructure attacks. According to CRN’s most recent Quarterly Ransomware report, infrastructure attacks have increased 3500% in 2016 and that percentage is predicted to increase for the 2017 year. It is essential for organizations to have a backup of critical business data in case defenses fail during a ransomware attack. With that being said, these backups must be inaccessible to a malicious attacker since ransomware attackers have the experience neutralizing backup applications and operating system features like Volume Shadow Copy. read more

Share this

© 2017 CHIPS Technology Group. All rights reserved.

Click Me