Strong Passwords & Passphrases

Using strong passwords and passphrases - cybersecurity awareness

Your information is valuable – to you and to perpetrators. Here are some tips on how to create a strong password/passphrase. Examples of Bad Passwords First, let’s review some bad passwords: Password1 123456 Steelers1 (Or any favorite sports team) (Your pet’s name) or (Your Spouse’s name) or (Your Child’s name) (Your birth date or any […]

Cybersecurity Awareness: Creating a Secure Network

Cybersecurity awareness - Building a secure network

  It is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!  For that reason, we want to help you create a more secure network with defense-in-depth techniques.  Defense-in-depth is an acknowledgement that firewalls, while critical and very effective, cannot stop all attacks. Instead, we need to create layers of defense that slow down and limit the impact of an attack wherever […]

What is Malware?

Young woman working on phone and laptop - What is Malware?

Malware is any number of malicious software variants, including: Viruses, trojans, and spyware. It is designed to cause extensive harm to data and network systems, to gain unauthorized access to a system, and to obtain data contained on a system. Malware is often downloaded onto a computer or phone when a user clicks on a […]

Why Hackers Go After Educational Institutions

Professor teaching a class - Hackers targeting schools

Last week, we showed that ransomware attacks were on the rise and discussed how municipalities need to be aware that they are a prime target. Kelly Sheridan of DarkReading shed additional light on the subject.  Sheridan cites a study by the cloud-security firm, Armor, which has tracked nearly 200 publicly disclosed ransomware attacks in 2019 […]