Why Having IT-Competent Employees is Critical to your Business’ Survival

It’s been a rough few months for businesses across the globe. We’ve been dealing with lockdowns, civil unrest, and overall chaos, so it’s understandable that IT security might not be on the forefront of most people’s minds. With that being said, the amount of cybercrime that has been occurring since the lockdowns began in March has been unprecedented – clearly, cybercriminals are using this chaos to their financial advantage.

How to Prepare for the Approaching Fall Lockdown

You may have heard multiple sources reporting on governors and mayors across the country warning that we may never return to normal until a vaccine for COVID-19 is made. As far as Illinois is concerned, this is especially true, and we know this thanks to a recent quote from Governor Pritzker: "Until we have a vaccine, or an effective treatment, or enough widespread immunity that new cases fail to materialize, the option of returning to normalcy doesn’t exist.

What You Must Know About State-Sponsored Cybercrime

FBI Reports on Cybercriminal Trends

A recent statement released on fbi.gov addresses how Beijing has been connected to several recent cyberattacks on United States businesses. Additionally, they detail how the CCP employs an intelligence collection strategy of employing hackers to gather as much information of foreign intellectual property, banking information, and other forms of personal data.

What Must Happen for Illinois to Enter Phase 5

Monitoring the COVID-19 Positivity Rate

If you've been keeping up with the news from coronavirus.illinois.gov, you're aware that June 26th was when Illinois officially entered phase 4 of the 5-phase plan to reopen the economy. Restaurants, offices, factories, and more are all now allowed to operate at limited capacities, provided they meet the guidelines of the IDPH. What you may not know is that, in the best-case scenario, we won't be moving onto phase 5 until 2021. Here's a quote pulled from their page on what will allow us to officially enter phase 5 and thus, return to normalcy: “[we’ll need a] vaccine, effective and widely available treatment, or the elimination of new cases over a sustained period of time through herd immunity or other factors.

Three Ways to Respond to a Ransomware Attack

If upon arriving in the office tomorrow, you noticed all your computers were locked with ransomware threatening to delete your data unless you paid a fee to the cybercriminal that put you into this situation, what would you do? It’s a scary situation to even think about for most businesses, and the saddest part is that it could have easily been prevented if they had taken the time to get an MSP to secure their IT network.

NSA Expands Hacking Efforts

On Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 the National Security Agency of the United Sates, commonly referred to as the NSA, released plans for a new division whose purpose is to protect intelligence and defense organizations from the threat of foreign cyberattacks.