Category: Protection

Cyber breaches are a matter of when, not if

You hear on the news all of the time about big cyber attacks on large corporations, and even government agencies. The trouble with this news coverage is that is suggests a distorted view of who cyber criminals are targeting. These attacks are not solely hitting large organisations. Small businesses represent a significant portion of those…

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Safer Internet Day 2018 is here

Did you know that one third of adults in New Zealand have experienced an unwanted online communication in the last year?  Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally each year on 6 February and promotes the safe and positive use of digital technology.  Coordinated in New Zealand by Netsafe, Safer Internet Day is an opportunity for everyone to…

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4 key Components of a Robust Security Plan Every Business Must Know

Most businesses are now technology dependent. This means security concerns aren’t just worrisome to large corporate enterprises anymore, but also the neighborhood sandwich shop, the main street tax advisor, and the local non-profit. Regardless of size or type, practically any organization has valuable digital assets and data that should not be breached under any circumstances.…

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80% of downtime is due to human error. Don’t let someone’s bad day bring your business to a screeching halt!

Can your business withstand unplanned short or long-term interruptions? 66% of small businesses have no tested Business Continuity or Disaster Recovery plans in place. As a small business owner, you owe it to yourself, your employees, stakeholders, and any customer you serve to honestly answer this one question: Is your business resilient enough to withstand…

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Almost two-thirds of small businesses are out of business within 6 months of a cyber-attack

Is your business too small to be a target of cybercrime? Think again… 71% of malicious data breaches target businesses with less than 100 employees. Of that group, businesses with less than 10 employees were the most frequently attacked. SMBs have neither the money nor the manpower of large enterprises and can’t afford the same…

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A digital battle plan

There’s a war going on in cyberspace. Criminal masterminds are reaching across continents into your office and taking files hostage. This faceless enemy can cause havoc to your business by encrypting important files, and demanding a fee to release them. This criminal activity is called ransomware, and last year 40% of New Zealand businesses were impacted by it (PWC).

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All shook up; The power of Mother Nature

Things got off to a shaky start a couple of weeks ago when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the upper South and lower North Islands, leaving a trail of damage and disruption in its wake. Reminiscent of the chaos and disruption suffered in the Christchurch earthquakes, Wellington experienced some of the similar after effects with several large office buildings evacuated, some now planned for demolition.

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Xero invoice email scam

We’re now seeing phishing emails being sent from the @post-xero.com domain.  The full From address is messaging-service@post-xero.com, rather than Xero’s legitimate messaging-service@post.xero.com address.  We’ve started the process to get the @post-xero.com domain taken down.

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Virus alerts

CryptoLocker a relatively new family of virus/ransomware and is catching out a few too many unsuspecting victims.  It is based on extorting money from infected users who are tricked into running it. The victim receives an email with a password protected ZIP file often purporting to be from a courier company. CryptoLocker hijacks and corrupts users’ business documents and demands them to pay a ransom (with a time limit to send the payment).

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