Bad guys seizing opportunity to attack remote workers

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With the surge in people working from home and often no longer having the protection of the corporate firewall or their peers to warn them of mass phishing emails and the like, we are seeing a surge in social based attacks like phishing and phone based tech support scams. Below are some quick things to keep in mind. Have a well communicated process for anything that involves money. One of the types of attacks that we're seeing is the 'money mule' attack, where the attacker tries to leverage an emergency need from an authority figure (CxO, Finance, Owner, etc.) to someone with access to funds to transfer money quickly. Make certain that you have a way to absolutely authenticate a request to transfer funds before doing so. Some examples would…
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Remote Workforce Support

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We have seen a surge in the number of people opting to and / or being forced to work remotely in an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. If your company needs to or is having trouble implementing secure remote work capabilities, we have extensive experience in this area and we are happy to help. If you have an existing IT Support / Staff that just needs some recommendation or direction, we're happy to assist. If you don't have an IT Support / Staff or your IT Support / Staff doesn't have the resources or expertise to implement secure remote work solutions, we are also happy to help there too.
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March 2020 News & Updates

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  Executive Summary COVID-19 Response - The health and safety of our team, our clients and our business partners is of paramount importance to us at Cyber Tech Cafe.  We are still offering on-site service, however, we have a number of clients who have opted for remote support only for a time to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.  We will continue to monitor and heed the recommendations of the CDC and other subject matter experts on this topic and will post any policy changes to our website and social media pages.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this virus and to those working so diligently to fight it. Microsoft released patches for at least 115 vulnerabilities, including 26 that are rated as critical and…
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December 2019 News and Updates

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Executive Summary The December 2019 updates include a number of important updates from Microsoft and Adobe including a number of zero day vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited by threat actors. Organizations evaluate the updates and patch vulnerable systems as soon as feasible. These updates also mark the next-to-the-last updates available for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. News Holiday Schedule - Cyber Tech Cafe will be closed for Christmas and New Year to enjoy time with friends, family and loved ones. Any support requests received during the holiday will be prioritized and responded to on the next business day.Christmas - Closed Tuesday, 24 December and Wednesday, 25 December.New Year - Closed Wednesday, 1 January 2020.DC770 - Cyber Tech Cafe is a proud supporter and co-sponsor of the DC770 DEF CON group…
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Buyer Beware – Saving money buying refurbished servers can be expensive

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As we get closer and closer to the end of life (demise) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, we're seeing more and more people looking for ways to replace their old gear as inexpensively as possible. As a small business myself, I certainly understand that (and do it myself) but shady dealers seem to be coming out of the wood works with deals that are "too good to be true". I apologize for the stream of consciousness type post but here are a few things to consider when replacing that Server 2008 server. A lot of people were in the same boat that you're in. They had Windows Server 2008 Servers in place and, earlier in the year, they replaced it and sold it off (often times by weight)…
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August 2019 Updates

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Executive Summary The Cyber Tech Cafe Managed Services (MyIT) continue to be an overwhelming success.  It's exciting to see organizations taking a proactive approach when it comes to their IT Infrastructure and it's incredibly rewarding to hear those organizations comment about how "things just seem to work".  A new version of our website / blogging software brings a new format to these posts, all the same content you know and love with a fresh coat of paint to hopefully make consumption more enjoyable and pleasing. As always, we welcome comments, feedback, concerns, etc. News DC770 - Cyber Tech Cafe is a proud supporter and co-sponsor of the DC770 DEF CON group that meets monthly at 7:00pm ET at Jefferson's restaurant in Cartersville on the first Tuesday of each month. More information is available…
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June 2019 Updates

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Executive Summary The Cyber Tech Cafe Managed Services (MyIT) continue to be an overwhelming success.  It's exciting to see organizations taking a proactive approach when it comes to their IT Infrastructure and it's incredibly rewarding to hear those organizations comment about how "things just seem to work".  A new version of our website / blogging software brings a new format to these posts, all the same content you know and love with a fresh coat of paint to hopefully make consumption more enjoyable and pleasing. As always, we welcome comments, feedback, concerns, etc. News Critical Firefox Vulnerability. Give high level details and note that MyIT clients were patched within hours of the announcement. DC770 - Cyber Tech Cafe is a proud supporter and co-sponsor of the DC770 DEF CON group that meets monthly…
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May 2019 Updates

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Executive Summary The Cyber Tech Cafe Managed Services (MyIT) continue to be an overwhelming success.  It's exciting to see organizations taking a proactive approach when it comes to their IT Infrastructure and it's incredibly rewarding to hear those organizations comment about how "things just seem to work".  A new version of our website / blogging software brings a new format to these posts, all the same content you know and love with a fresh coat of paint to hopefully make consumption more enjoyable and pleasing. As always, we welcome comments, feedback, concerns, etc. News DC770 - Cyber Tech Cafe is a proud supporter and co-sponsor of the DC770 DEF CON group that meets monthly at 7:00pm ET at Jefferson's restaurant in Cartersville on the first Tuesday of each month. More information is available…
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Mail Flow Issues at AppRiver

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AppRiver is aware of and currently working to resolve issues with mail flow resulting in, in some cases, significant delays in mail delivery The issue was initially reported on 13 February 2019 and was believed to have been resolved at that time. Unfortuately, that was not the case and delays have persisted for some clients. The AppRiver team is working on a resolution now and believe that they have identified the cause and a fix that is being tested now. Below is a link to the AppRiver status page with an option to subscribe to updates on the issue. http://status.appriver.com/
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6 April 2019 may be a bad day for GPS

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Prior to 1 January 2000, the so-called Y2K had everyone on edge about what would happen when the year rolled from 99 to 00 on devices with only two digits to note the year. There was significant preparation and work (and a lot of snake oil sold, imho), but it ended up being a pretty smooth transition and using four digits (instead of two) is now the norm. Not sure what will happen on 31 December 9999 but, honestly, that's not really going to be my problem. All of that said though, it seems that GPS may have a similar issue on 6 April 2019. According to this article, GPS signals from satellites include a ten binary bit timestamp, allowing for a maximum of 1,024 weeks (roughly 20 years). When…
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