Tag Archive: IT security

  1. Password Management & Cybersecurity

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    Cybersecurity information is readily available and widely circulated today. So have online hacking incidents decreased substantially? Not exactly. Hackers are still targeting personal credentials because they’re a slam dunk way to gain access to private information. According to Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report, stolen credentials account for 29% of all breaches, with 80% of hacking breaches traced back to weak or stolen passwords.

    We’ve talked at length about email security and the risks of password compromise under the Business Tech topics on our blog. Today, we’d like to give you concrete, actionable steps to protect your email privacy.

    Best Practices for Your Email Security

    Email has become so commonplace that individuals are often desensitized to how much delicate information they may contain. Leaving email accounts unprotected on multiple devices is like leaving your front door open. If you think of your email as your home and envision it in the worst possible neighborhood, you’d use a lock. In fact, you’d probably use several locks and an alarm system. That’s precisely how you should approach email security.

    Here are some best practices for you to mandate for your entire team:

    • Make Unique Passwords Mandatory. A common mistake is that people are using the same password across multiple accounts. If you use the same password for your private email as you do for your work email and other accounts, the hackers only have to compromise one account to have access to all of them.
    • Passwords Should Be Complex. Using personal information or simplistic passwords is another common mistake. You need to stay away from using words or information that can be guessed by knowing you or following you on social media. Ideally, passwords should appear to be a random sequence of numbers, letters, and symbols.
    • Turn Off Auto-Fill. Auto-fill seems like a godsend. It eliminates a lot of time filling out information repeatedly. But it also means that all of that information is stored where malicious actors can get it. There are even phishing attacks targeting this exact technology. Remember, the things that save us time are often the biggest holes in security.
    • Use a Business Password Manager. Keeping passwords written down can be dangerous, but if you’re following best practices, you’ll have a lot of hard to guess passwords to keep track of. Using a good password manager app can help you maintain the highest level of security in choosing passwords and making them safe.
    • Never Leave Devices Unprotected. You should need to use your password every time you check your email on every device. The same goes for other accounts.

    Looking for Expert IT in the Southwest to Manage Your Cyber Security?

    If you’re concerned about cybersecurity, contact Integrated Axis today. Our experienced technicians can assess your process, help you find the best software solutions, and develop a reliable protocol to make sure best practices are followed to protect your company’s privacy.

  2. Why Managed IT Services and Support Are a Must-Have for Your Business

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    Managed IT services are an excellent option for any size business. Traditionally, in the past, smaller companies would outsource IT to dedicated companies because they didn’t have the resources or staff to handle the process in-house. As technology has grown over time, the need for a multitude of different IT disciplines has also increased.

    Large and medium-sized companies are finding that nowadays, adding business IT services to their partnerships provides needed support for their own IT Department. It gives the company another arm for their technology needs so their staff can delegate the right jobs to the right people without overburdening employees. Best of all, companies have found that this strategy allows them to always have access to the top, talented experts in all facets of technology.

    Top 5 Reasons to Partner with an Expert for Your Business Technology

    There are many reasons to outsource your IT tasks, from business safety to increased productivity. Here are five ways that working with a managed IT services team such as Integrated Axis Technology Group can benefit your business:

    Increase Your IT Department

    Whether you’re a small company trying to take care of your own business technology or a larger company with a dedicated IT department, working with an IT service means more safety and security first. It also means you’ll be increasing your IT department without the cost of hiring permanent personnel.

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    Hiring IT services is a cost-effective way to make sure that the most qualified people handle your IT needs. Chances are that you have many tasks that must be completed, from cybersecurity to managed IT. Partnering with an IT company means you’ll have access to a team of experts while only paying for their services instead of additional employees. If you develop a lasting partnership with one company, they’ll also get to know your protocols and act as part of the team without the cost of full-time IT staff.

    Access to Specialized Experts 

    Perhaps you have the resources to invest in IT personnel. This benefit allows you to outsource specialized experts for particular projects, or to inform your staff. Keep in mind, however, that technology and security are always changing. You don’t want a jack of all trades to handle your sensitive IT needs; you want the best in the field for your business.

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    Delegating IT tasks to a partner company frees up your own staff’s time to handle the work they were hired to manage. This means your customer service and all areas of the workflow can improve and thrive, which impact your business positively.

    Makes Your Company More Competitive

    Working with a managed IT service and support company allows you to level the playing field between your company and much larger organizations in your industry. Being ahead in technology gives you a leg up in your areas of expertise.

    Are You Looking for Managed IT Services for Your Tucson Business?

    If you’re looking for a partner in tech security or managed IT services for your business in the Phoenix or Tucson area, contact Integrated Axis today. We provide personalized IT services to fit your business and your unique needs. We’re only a phone call away!

  3. Best Practices for Identity Protection Online

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    At Integrated Axis, we specialize in helping companies use best practices with their network security and other issues involving IT health. You might not think of your personal identity when considering your organization’s security. The truth is that your employees are the asset that makes you most vulnerable to breaches.

    According to recent data, employees cause at least 40% of security issues in companies — from simple negligence to more malicious theft. When you consider the uptick in ransomware attacks, teaching your employees best practices to protect their identity online is essential.

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    Identity Protection Online: Tips and Tricks

    Whether you’re interested in learning more about protecting your own identity or you want to offer better support for your employees to follow, these best practices can help:

    • Common Sense.People mistakenly believe that hackers are some nefarious and brilliant computer geniuses who can hack into any system and steal all of your information. In most cases, hackers get in through rudimentary con artistry. They trick real people into allowing them access. While there are hackers who do use very advanced skills to get around programming, in most instances, you’re handing them the keys by clicking into bogus links or using passwords that are easy to guess. Some best practices to avoid these scenarios will keep your data safe from the vast majority of online identity theft.
    • Password Protect All Devices. Your phone, iPad, and laptop all hold a wealth of information. They’re also easy to steal physically. Once a thief has your device, they have access to everything in every app. Using a sophisticated password to protect your devices will keep that information secure, even if your physical device goes missing.
    • Be Aware of Phishing Scams. Phishing scams are one of the most common ways that hackers gain information. As a rule, don’t click on links through email of companies you don’t know or trust. A better rule is to go to the site independently. Your bank will never send you a link to click. Neither will most entities where you need to use financial information.
    • Don’t Ever Offer Information.When someone calls you or contacts you, never give them any information, especially passwords or access to your computer. This is a common scam. If you have questions, look up the company’s contact information and call them yourself. That way you’re certain you’re speaking to a real representative.
    • Careful with Social Media.Social media is a fun way to pass the time, but many people share more personal information than they should. Those fun little quizzes are a treasure trove of information for hackers. You’re answering most of your security questions in those quizzes and giving them hints at possible password combinations.

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    Looking for More Tips to Help Protect Your Network or Identity?

    Integrated Axis knows the best ways to protect your entire IT network from malicious attacks and ID theft. If you’re looking for the best practices to protect your company, employees, or personal information, contact us today. Our experienced staff is happy to help create the perfect best practices for your company and individual needs to prevent data breaches on your important information.

  4. Network Security: Do Remote Workers Compromise Your Data?

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    If your company offers opportunities for remote workers, you’re not alone. The gig economy has created an environment for large and small companies to gain valuable team members, without the commitment and expense of hiring permanent employees. Many companies also find that offering a work-from-home option is a valuable perk for their current staff.

    There’s no doubt that remote work solutions can benefit your company culture and productivity. But what does it do to your IT security?

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    A Secure Network for Remote Workers

    Securing your data must be a top priority. According to recent data, 60 percent of small businesses that experience a data breach will go out of business. Cyber-attacks can compromise your reputation and cost a great deal of time and money to fix.

    So, when you start to think about remote workers in your company, you need to consider how you’re securing their network. If you’re unconcerned about this, it’s an issue. Remote workers can pose a serious risk to your internal data, especially if they’re logging into your database from unsecured locations.

    These issues don’t make using a remote workforce too risky. It just means that your network security protocol needs to be more robust to accommodate the habits of your workforce and guard against possible breaches.

    Tips to Strengthen Your Network for All Employees

    Many companies have a variety of workers. They use freelancers for certain initiatives, have full-time, on-premise employees, and still offer other employees the benefit of working remotely on set days. This paradigm is common. You want a security plan that meets the needs of your company based on the way that your staff works.

    Here are some ideas for companies that use remote workers and freelance talent:

    • Cloud Computing.Cloud computing allows your employees to log in to your database from any location. The benefit here is that the cloud computing service offers a secure environment so that hackers and any malicious attack should be detected and deflected.
    • Assess Your Access Protocols.Not every employee needs (nor should they have) unlimited access to all your data. Take some time to review your access protocols. Assign access to team members based on the data that they need to meet their responsibilities. Another good protocol is to log employee access so that you can easily see which employees have accessed information, made changes to files, etc.
    • Provide Security Applications for Remote Devices.Providing the right security for your employee’s devices can help protect your network overall.
    • Ban Use of Public Networks.Employees should never use public Wi-Fi to access your database. Make it mandatory that your employees only use a secured network.

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    Are You Interested in Using Best Practice Protocols to Secure Your Network for Remote Workers?

    If you’re concerned about the safety of your data or want a consultation to help you set up best practice protocols for your remote workers, contact Integrated Axis today. Our dedicated professionals can assess your process and help you find the best IT security solutions.