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9-Step Los Angeles Data Security Checklist

Posted by Scott Spiro on Monday, 01 May 2017

 Summer is upon us… Time for a stroll in the park...softball...fishing...a few rounds of golf… 

Yet how could you possibly relax if some random bit of malware, software glitch or cyber-attack catches you off guard just as you’re walking out the door? A well-designed secure computer network gives you the confidence that “all systems are go,” whether you’re having fun in the sun, or just getting things done with your team.

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Topics: cybersecurity, Data Recovery, Data Security

“Lucky Charm” Keeps Hackers Out

Posted by Scott Spiro on Friday, 03 March 2017

Ralph’s been a good employee for you. Shows up on time. Gets the job done. Doesn’t hassle anybody.

He’s also a porn addict. When nobody’s looking, he’s visiting sites – on your network – that you’d be appalled to see IF…you knew about them. Without careful monitoring and filtering, this kind of Internet use on your network can remain hidden.

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Topics: Cybercrime, Security, cybersecurity

Fake Apps: Newest Cybersecurity Threat

Posted by Scott Spiro on Wednesday, 01 February 2017

Ryan loved tweaking photos on his Android phone. 

He’d heard rave reviews from his friends with iPhones about Prisma, a new iOS app for image editing. So when he heard Prisma would soon be released for Android, he logged in to the Google Play Store to see if it was there yet.

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Topics: cybersecurity, Mobile Security

3 “Must-Do” Cybersecurity Resolutions For 2017

Posted by Scott Spiro on Tuesday, 03 January 2017

“Never before in the history of humankind have people across the world been subjected to extortion on a massive scale as they are today.” That’s what The Evolution of Ransomware, a study by Mountain View, California-based cybersecurity firm Symantec, reported recently.

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Topics: Cybercrime, cybersecurity, New Years Resolutions

$1.5M Cyber-Heist Typifies Growing Threat

Posted by Scott Spiro on Thursday, 01 December 2016

Efficient Escrow of California was forced to close its doors and lay off its entire staff when cybercriminals nabbed $1.5 million from its bank account. The thieves gained access to the escrow company’s bank data using a form of “Trojan horse” malware.

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Topics: Cybercrime, cybersecurity

The Small Business Cyber Security Checklist

Posted by Scott Spiro on Tuesday, 15 November 2016

In 2015, the world's first "international cybermafia" stole up to $1 billion from more than 100 global financial institutions. The gang's "spear-phishing" emails opened the bank's digital doors and released trojans into each entity, which then directed ATMs to transfer huge sums of money into dozens of hacker accounts. Although your business might not have billions in the bank, data breaches like these could happen to any entity -- regardless of size -- and implementing a cyber security checklist is the first step to securing your digital walls.

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Topics: Security, Small Business, cybersecurity

7 Major IT Problems Los Angeles SMBs Face - And How to Overcome Them

Posted by Scott Spiro on Tuesday, 08 November 2016


Thirty-three percent of small business owners place a high priority on technology investment, according to eMarketer. As a Los Angeles business owner, you seek out new ways to improve your operations, but you may face several roadblocks along the way. By learning about these inevitable IT problems now, you'll be better prepared to overcome them and get more ROI from your technology.

1. Desktop Support

An outage in your infrastructure can cause major setbacks for your business. In fact, 27 percent of small businesses lack desktop support, which means you'll need to take time away from your leadership duties to fix it or find inefficient workarounds for the issue. Even small problems can add up fast when you have to fit it around an already hectic schedule.

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Topics: IT Support, Risk Management, cybersecurity, managed IT services

4 Cybersecurity Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Scott Spiro on Tuesday, 04 October 2016

Things were going great at Michael Daugherty’s up-and-coming $4 million medical-testing company.

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Topics: Security, cybersecurity

In-Flight Wi-Fi: Are You Safe to Connect?

Posted by Scott Spiro on Thursday, 12 May 2016

In-flight Wi-Fi has become a convenient and accessible feature for travelers. With two-thirds of airlines now offering Wi-Fi and usage up 1,600% since 2013, why wouldn’t you join thousands of others in surfing the skies?

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Topics: Cybercrime, in-flight wi-fi, risks of in-flight wi-fi, cybersecurity, tips for safe web browsing

Hacking the Power Grid: The Effects of a Widespread Blackout

Posted by Scott Spiro on Thursday, 12 May 2016

When it comes to terrorism, attacks against the U.S. power grid rarely make headlines. But with 79 attacks on the U.S. energy grid in 2013 alone (and instances like these occuring every year), Americans need to prepare for a widespread power outage and its potentially catastrophic effects.

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Topics: Cybercrime, cybersecurity

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