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  1. Business Security: Malware to Watch Out For

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    The last thing you want to hear is that you have malware on any of your devices. Even worse is finding out you have malware that has infected your business computers.

    Business malware works the same way as other types of malicious software — and its aim is to get into your machines and compromise your data. As far as tech security measures, malware represents a dangerous threat for individuals and business safety.

    Types of Malware to Watch Out For

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    Data breaches must be avoided at all costs. The information held in your company’s computers and devices can leave you open to malware, identity theft, and even the loss of employee or customer records. Malware might seem like a small and easily managed threat, but new malicious software is developed all the time. It’s the most common way that hackers are able to gain access to your systems.

    Staying up-to-date regarding new, trending malware can help you avoid user errors that usually allow these scripts access to your devices.

    Recent malware threats to be aware of:

    – Trojan Word Doc

    This is a newer threat that’s easy to fall for. A word document is corrupted with a Trojan virus that then invades your machine. Because the file is a word document, it’s often downloaded via email. Trojans have become prevalent recently, but they’re relatively easy to guard against if you avoid opening documents that aren’t from a verified sender.

    – Adware

    Most people don’t know that adware is malware. It doesn’t usually steal information or compromise your data; it just gives you a bunch of ads to ignore. It does, however, open the door for hackers to get into your devices, as this article in Wired points out.

    – Ransomware

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    Using new ransomware to hack data has gained momentum over the last few years, often targeting larger organizations. The malware invades your system and locks you out. Often the hackers then have access to your data, at which time they insist you pay them an incredible amount of money to restore your system.

    – Point of Sale Trojan 

    These Trojan viruses infect POS systems, stealing customer financial information. This type of malware can damage your reputation with customers and have a long-lasting impact.

    For most businesses, the best way to guard against malware is to develop a suitable protocol for employees to follow while on the job. Many of these types of breaches occur because best practices aren’t employed. Hackers are getting more sophisticated in their tactics to elicit a response, which makes them harder to guard against.

    Phishing is a common way for computers to get infected. This is where an email is sent with a corrupted link or

    If you’re concerned about your level of security or are interested in an overall document. The malware can only be installed if the recipient clicks on the link or downloads the file.

    Are You Looking for an Experienced Partner in Your Technology?

    IT consultation, contact Integrated Axis today. Our experienced staff can assess your business security strategies or help with any individual technology services you might need.

  2. How Secure is Your Cloud?

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    How Secure is Your Cloud?

    When you own a business, your personal data is often intermixed with your organization’s information. Even if you don’t use your own devices to access your cloud storage, you could still have personal details at risk.

    Protecting your business and cloud storage is always essential. Most businesses handle a wide range of data that, if exposed, could cause everything from plummeting brand perception to compliance issues and even the interruption of your normal operations. When you are the owner or a key stakeholder, you face even more risk. Your own cloud networking could put your personal banking, identity, and account information at risk.

    How Secure Is Your Cloud?

    While cloud storage is affordable, scalable, and provides you with a pristine copy of your important files in the event of an emergency or disruption, those files need to be stored securely. If you are unsure of the measures your organization or a provider is taking to secure your cloud data, you could be at risk. The type of firewall or virus protection used for personal computing is not enough for a business, and it’s not a security solution. Cloud security is essential for any brand with a network.

    Increased Risks for Small Brandscity with security icons connecting

    Cybercriminals have figured out an important fact — the more you need your data, the more you’ll pay to get it back. The ideal target for criminals who launch ransomware and similar attacks is not a huge enterprise. They tend to target small to mid-sized brands that rely on data to operate. This means that small businesses face more risk than ever before, particularly those that store sensitive financial, medical, or legal information. Health care providers and centers have become incredibly appealing targets because they can’t treat patients without records and data.

    Lawyers, retailers, and finance brands face a similar risk. They have a lot of data that they need to access, but that data also needs to be protected. Shortfalls in data security are typical for these types of businesses. Ones that may not have an onsite dedicated IT team to ensure business security. Data and cloud protection must be up-to-date and adequately protect the organization and clients.

    Do You Have Enough Cloud Security? Phone and computer with security icons around them

    While every brand is different, yours should be able to detail the steps your brand is taking to protect your cloud. If you don’t know and don’t have a dedicated business security pro on hand, your business is likely at increased risk. You’ll also likely have an increased risk if you have data security measures in place but aren’t regularly updating them, training employees to spot phishing, or insisting on good password choices.

    How many days could your business run without your network? If you aren’t sure, don’t know what measures you have in place, or know their effectiveness, we can help. Integrated Axis Technology Group provides seamless, integrated solutions and cloud services designed to ensure one of your organization’s most significant assets —your data — is secure. Contact us today for a checkup to see how we can help you protect your Arizona business from those who seek to harm you.