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Support for Windows 7 Ends on Jan. 15: Do You Know Your Options?

By Erik Briceno

Support for Windows 7 Ends on Jan. 15: Do You Know Your Options?

By now, you should have already moved away from Windows 7. A lot of people haven’t. For some, it’s for personal reasons. For many businesses, it’s for several reasons — productivity interruptions during the transition and/or a reliance on old architecture, to name a few.

The fact of the matter is, whether we like it or not, Windows 7 is officially being put out to pasture in January of 2020. That means making some important decisions — and we mean right now. You absolutely don’t have to go it alone, however. V2 Systems is here to help you fully prepare your business for the transition and help with the process.

Here are some key things to know.   Read more

How to Make a Smooth Transition to Office 365

By Erik Briceno

How to Make a Smooth Transition to Office 365

Moving an organization’s infrastructure to a cloud-based option can seem like a daunting and expensive experience to manage. Quite the contrary, if an experienced and well versed third party handles the transition. What exactly is Office 365 and what are some good reasons for making the switch? More importantly, how do you make the switch without interrupting and/or up-ending your business?   Read more

At V2 Systems, We Use Cisco Umbrella. You Should, Too.

By Erik Briceno

At V2 Systems, We Use Cisco Umbrella. You Should, Too.

Are you familiar with Cisco and their many products? If you use our services, you might be surprised to know that we use Cisco Umbrella to help keep you safe. Let’s take a closer look at what Cisco Umbrella is, and how we utilize it to help keep your business secure from outside threats. What makes this product superior to others on the market?

It’s certainly not the only tool in our arsenal, but it’s definitely a good one. Here’s a more in-depth look at this full suite of detection and protection.   Read more

In-House Security Training: Knowledge That Everyone Should Know

By Erik Briceno

In-House Security Training: Knowledge That Everyone Should Know

Being a security-minded company means having in-house staff that are properly trained in being security-minded. Although Cybersecurity Awareness Month may be ending, it is always in your organization’s best interest to maintain vigilance — not just one month out of the year.

While hiring a managed security service provider is a critical first step, cybersecurity awareness certainly doesn’t end there and depends on everyone who works for you being informed and educated on this subject. To that end, let us explain how in-house cybersecurity training is something you should consider doing.   Read more

A Ransomware Law Has Finally Passed: Help Is on the Way

By Erik Briceno

A Ransomware Law Has Finally Passed: Help Is on the Way

In light of a multitude of recent attacks on U.S. businesses, a new law was recently passed that is meant to aid organizations that are affected by ransomware. How will this law affect you and your company? Much of the burden will still fall on you to adhere to important safety guidelines and require you to keep a managed security service provider on deck in order to prevent dire security consequences from happening in the first place.

Still, this is good news overall, as it means the Senate is beginning to take cybersecurity more seriously. And additional help will be available to your business.   Read more

Seriously, Please Stop Using Internet Explorer

By Erik Briceno

Seriously, Please Stop Using Internet Explorer

On our social media feed, we’ve posted about the dangers of using Internet Explorer — the depreciated web browser from Microsoft’s bygone age — more times than an IT service should probably have to. Unfortunately, there are many businesses of all sizes who still utilize it or rely on its architecture, and it’s something we all really need to start moving past. A recent discovery involving the browser is just one of nearly countless examples.   Read more

By Erik Briceno

Monroe College Is the Latest Ransomware Victim This Year, and Things Are Getting Worse

In one of our previous articles, we talked about three cities in a single week that were held hostage to ransomware — and paid. Another recent, and major, victim is Monroe College in New York City. This time it’s a whopper, as the hackers who attacked the college’s IT system demanded nearly $2 million in Bitcoin. This is a significant increase from previous extortion demands, and experts warn that other institutions are now more vulnerable than ever to similar attacks.   Read more

Cities Held Hostage — A Brave New World

By Erik Briceno

Cities Held Hostage — A Brave New World

In the course of a single week, three cities in Florida were struck with three separate ransomware attacks. At the time of writing this, two of the three gave in to the ransom demands and the third is still considering it. Almost immediately following these incidents in Florida, Georgia’s state court system was also hit. This was the second time this year for Georgia, following an event which completely crippled Atlanta’s IT network. Officials paid off the attackers with a hefty $400,000 ransom payment, and it is currently unknown if Georgia will be paying the ransom again this time.

Each of these attacks and capitulations have occurred within a worrisome and remarkably short period of time. It’s also worth noting that all of these events take place merely weeks after the announcement of a ransomware attack on Baltimore — an attack that cost the city $18.2 million to recover from. Here is a breakdown of each one as they happened.   Read more

Data Breaches, Scare Fatigue and the Case for Vigilance

By Erik Briceno

Data Breaches, Scare Fatigue and the Case for Vigilance

In this year alone, data breaches are occurring at such frequency that it’s now become almost commonplace. When we hear it in the news, we simply shrug our shoulders and say, “Oh great, another one.”

The fact that it happens so often should not soften the severity of it. If anything, it should raise our state of alarm even higher. The problem is, we’ve become so fatigued by alarm. How do you remain vigilant despite this fatigue?   Read more

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Support for Windows 7 Ends on Jan. 15: Do You Know Your Options?
Support for Windows 7 Ends on Jan. 15: Do You Know Your Options?
How to Make a Smooth Transition to Office 365
How to Make a Smooth Transition to Office 365
At V2 Systems, We Use Cisco Umbrella. You Should, Too.
At V2 Systems, We Use Cisco Umbrella. You Should, Too.
In-House Security Training: Knowledge That Everyone Should Know
In-House Security Training: Knowledge That Everyone Should Know
A Ransomware Law Has Finally Passed: Help Is on the Way
A Ransomware Law Has Finally Passed: Help Is on the Way
Seriously, Please Stop Using Internet Explorer
Seriously, Please Stop Using Internet Explorer
Monroe College Is the Latest Ransomware Victim This Year, and Things Are Getting Worse
Until App Store Security Improves, the Burden Is on You
Until App Store Security Improves, the Burden Is on You
Cities Held Hostage — A Brave New World
Cities Held Hostage — A Brave New World
Data Breaches, Scare Fatigue and the Case for Vigilance
Data Breaches, Scare Fatigue and the Case for Vigilance