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Inside Secure-IT: User-Based Security and Password Management

Posted by Laif Thorbahn on Dec 7, 2018 9:13:00 AM

Welcome to the Inside Secure-IT series of articles. Inspired by an alert from the US-CERT at the beginning of October describing the threat posed to MSP’s by hackers and other ne'er-do-wells. Our response, a comprehensive series of posts that takes a look at what we do at Lighthouse IT to keep your company data secure both on and offsite.

Both user-based security and password management are important security measures to have in place. Users needing to prove they are who they say they are adds a layer that is very hard to break through. Password management allows you to keep more secure passwords and track them safety.

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Managed Service Provider, IT Fights Back, Inside Secure-IT

Inside Secure-IT: Physical Security

Posted by Laif Thorbahn on Nov 30, 2018 9:02:00 AM

Welcome to the Inside Secure-IT series of articles. Inspired by an alert from the US-CERT at the beginning of October describing the threat posed to MSP’s by hackers and other ne'er-do-wells. Our response, a comprehensive series of posts that takes a look at what we do at Lighthouse IT to keep your company data secure both on and offsite.

Network security starts at the physical level

There is a lot of worry about network security these days. With hackers trying to steal private information we have implemented various security measures to try and deal with them like firewalls, anti-virus programs, and long complex passwords. However, there is an equally important layer of security that most people do not consider when trying to protect their servers, and that is the physical security. Even if you were to make your server as hacker proof as possible that would hardly matter if someone was able to simply walk up to your server and tamper with it.

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Topics: IT services, Managed Service Provider, IT Fights Back, Inside Secure-IT

Inside Secure-IT: Backups and Recovery

Posted by Mark Nash on Nov 16, 2018 9:03:00 AM

Welcome to the Inside Secure-IT series of articles. Inspired by a post done by the US-CERT at the beginning of October describing the threat posed to MSP’s by hackers and other ne'er-do-wells. Our response, a comprehensive series of posts that takes a look at what we do at Lighthouse IT to keep your company data secure both on and offsite.

Backups have never been more important

In this day and age, it is easier than ever to store a large amount of data. Computers provide a compact manageable way to keep all your photos, recipes, reports and more. However just as easily as you could misplace an important paper, computers are susceptible to data loss as well. From accidental deletion, malware or hardware failure, there are numerous ways in which your data could be lost. Just because your data is gone from your computer does not mean that it must be gone forever though.

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Topics: IT services, Managed Service Provider, Backups, IT Fights Back, Inside Secure-IT

Why You Should Take Passwords Policies More Seriously

Posted by Griffin Ball on Dec 1, 2017 8:47:00 AM

Online security is everything now-a-days and the most basic forms of security can be passwords. These secret strings of letters, numbers and special characters keep unwanted eyes from seeing your sensitive data. It should be obvious that they are important and should be kept to yourself, but we would like to ask why are people sharing and creating easy-to-hack passwords all the time? Well, would it be surprising that most breaches occur from internal sources?

The biggest threat to a business is lack of internal security.

And you guessed it, passwords are at the forefront of risks. Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, shows that small businesses (any business up to 250 employees) have become the main target for hackers and phishers. These phishing campaigns are only going to be more prevalent with 18% in 2011 focusing their efforts on small businesses, which has risen to a shocking 43% in 2015. (We will be awaiting the next review of 2017-2018 and let you know how much more dangerous it has gotten...) This alone shows how important it is to keep passwords to yourself, not share them (even internally) and why they should be strong.

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Network Risk Assessment, Internet Safety, IT Fights Back

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