Everyone has been talking about artificial intelligence (AI) right now and the potential uses it has for civilization. Or, is everyone buzzing about machine learning? Are these ideas the same thing? If not, what’s the difference? In this post, we’ll explore just that. Artificial Intelligence (AI) AI has roots going back to the 1950s, when John McCarthy (widely regarded as the father of AI) and other researchers first came up with a definition for the concept. They defined AI as …

It’s the new year! Time to break out the old pad and paper for some new years resolutions. If one of your company goals this year is to improve your security posture (a worthy goal for any organization), here are three smaller resolutions you can keep to help you do just that: If you don’t already, use two factor or multi-factor authentication (TFA or MFA) instead of just a password for restricted access. The benefits of multi/two-factor authentication can’t be …

Top 5 data breaches of 2018

Posted on December 27, 2018 by

It’s that time of year again where we look back on 2018 and review the biggest data breaches that occurred. Without any further ado, let’s get started. USPS: 60 million In November, the United States Postal Service announced it had fixed a security weakness  that allowed anyone who has an account at usps.com to view account details for some 60 million other users, and in some cases to modify account details on their behalf. That type of weakness presented a huge opportunity …

We’re excited to announce that on December 1, we officially acquired the cloud assets, infrastructure and locations of Neverfail, an IT services provider based in Austin, Texas! This acquisition ensures our commitment to growth in the cloud services arena. As a result, we are well positioned to become one of the most respected providers of private, hybrid and multi-cloud solutions in the marketplace! In addition to our current multi-cloud, colocation, data protection, managed services, compliance and security solution portfolio, we’re pleased …

As Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all those great deals come barreling down upon us (or are already here in the case of some retailers), now is a prudent time to remember how to shop online safely. The holiday season is unfortunately a prime time for phishing emails, spoofed sites and other scams, so we thought we’d quickly review some tips to help you stay safe this holiday season. This post is an excerpt from our post last year–6 Ways …

IT infrastructure, what we’ve all come to know and love (or hate, depending on your viewpoint) is the driving force behind all of our machines. What if it were to be so widely available that you didn’t even have to think about it when building a program? In a less dramatic sense, this is the definition behind invisible infrastructure. History Remember back in the day when personal computer commercials used to say “powered by a 6 core processor with a …

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) may be ending soon, but that doesn’t mean you can or should forget about cybersecurity and go back to your daily lives, right? Right. In this post, we’ll be talking about an important cybersecurity problem that has become an issue worldwide: Security (or lack thereof) of IoT devices. We’ve addressed this issue before but we think it’s worth calling out again because it is so important. Everything from your watch to your fridge can be …

The US has been hit by two major hurricanes in less than two months: Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas and Atlantic coast on September 14 as a category 1 storm, and Hurricane Michael in the Florida panhandle on Oct. 9 as a category 4 storm. Both have caused massive flooding, killed nearly 60 people and are estimated to cause billions of dollars in damage when all is said and done. As people recover from the storms and assess their personal …

On September 25, Facebook discovered that 50 million user accounts had been compromised as a result of a vulnerability that resulted in access tokens (what’s used to keep you signed into Facebook on all your devices) being illegally accessed. During Facebook’s investigation, another 40 million users had the potential to be compromised, bringing the total to nearly 100 million users affected. It’s a security breach that’s on par with Equifax–not necessarily in terms of the number of people affected (although …

Every October, the National Security Alliance and Department of Homeland Security team up to promote National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). With all of the recent data breaches and security attacks, (we’re looking at you, Facebook) October seems like a very appropriate month to review your security policies and heed some advice from security experts. The month has been broken down into four weeks of cybersecurity themes for the home, career, office and nation-state. For week 1, we focus on …

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