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  1. Cybersecurity & Artificial Intelligence: A Glimpse at 2020

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    At Integrated Axis, we spend a great deal of time studying current and trending news in the industry, especially where cybersecurity is concerned. Many of the trends in the upcoming year concern artificial intelligence. While there are definitely other trends and upcoming changes to think about, we’re going to concentrate this short article on AI and how it impacts your cybersecurity.

    Top Predictions for How AI Impacts Cybersecurity in 2020

    You don’t necessarily think of AI and cybersecurity at the same time. They’re two different facets of technology. The trends are rising to use AI in the workforce and you will see AI being used more robustly to streamline workflows and allow for the better use of data. It also won’t be the doom and gloom job killer. Being able to automate these processes means that your employees will be able to make use of the bigger picture data that was often lost to them before. This will allow them to launch more projects with greater efficiency and will likely create more high level jobs rather than cutting lower level jobs.

    So AI is going to be a necessity for most businesses going forward, but that doesn’t negate the fact that it comes with some cybersecurity risks. Here are a few upcoming AI cybersecurity trends you should be informed about to maintain proper data safety:

    • Hackers Will Use More AI to Analyze Behavior. AI isn’t just a tool for your business. It’s also a great tool for bad actors. We’re going to see an uptick in hacking organizations using AI in order to analyze behavior so that they infiltrate systems. What this means for you is that phishing and other attacks will be far more convincing. You won’t be able to rely on badly worded, unprofessional communications to give them away. It also means you’ll need to be more diligent with password protections and other cybersecurity measures.
    • AI Will Also Be Used By IT to Protect Data. AI automates a lot of processes that are difficult to do manually. Hackers are trying to find one opening into your system. Your IT team needs to find every possible breach point and secure it. AI will help to make their job easier to navigate.
    • AI Will Increase False Information. Fake news is a mantra you hear often in politics, but it is pretty rampant online and a lot of that is spurred by bots sending out fake tweets and websites publishing articles full of false information. While this by itself doesn’t necessarily compromise your cybersecurity. Those fake accounts are often run by or infiltrated by hackers who can lead real people to compromise professional data inadvertently.

    Are You Looking for an IT Expert to Help Prepare Your Team for Upcoming Cybersecurity Threats?

    As technology evolves, so do the different ways that your data can be compromised. AI will improve business processes but it also leaves you open to some forms of attack.

    If you’re looking for a dedicated professional to help secure your business today and in the future, contact Integrated Axis today.

  2. 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.