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Involta Blog

What is password spraying?

In recent news, password-spraying attack methods are on the rise due to Iranian hackers that go by the name of Magnallium. Although they are targeting electric utilities, oil and gas firms, and US infrastructure, any company in any industry could be impacted due to various intrusions caused by the attempts.

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Preparing Your Company for Potential Cyberattacks

In the last decade, the threat of cyberterrorism has continued to grow, ebbing and flowing in response to political climate shifts and reported data breaches at global companies, including Sony, Equifax, and Marriott.

Shortly after it was reported that Iranian general Qasem Soleimani had been killed in a U.S. airstrike, these reports cycled again, concerning the threat of cyberwarfare retaliation by the second largest country in the Middle East.

It is important to understand that security threats always exist, even without increased geopolitical tensions.  Sean Williams, Director of Security at Involta, shares ways to keep your business and sensitive information more secure.

  • Train your employees in cybersecurity principles.
  • Install, use, and regularly update antivirus and antispyware software on every computer used in your business.
  • Use a Next-Gen (advanced threat capabilities) firewall for your Internet connection and regularly review firewall rules.
  • Make sure IDS/IPS (Intrusion Detection and Prevention) are enabled on the firewall.
  • Download and install software updates for your operating systems and applications as they become available.
  • Run vulnerability scans and patch and/or update vulnerable devices.
  • Monitor devices using a SIEM (Security Incident and Event Monitoring) tool.
  • Make backup copies of essential business data and information.
  • Control physical access to your computers and network components.
  • Secure your Wi-Fi networks. If you have a Wi-Fi network for your workplace, make sure it is secure and hidden.
  • Require individual user accounts for each employee, regularly change passwords and implement multi-factor authentication
  • Limit employee access to data and information based on business need, and limit the authority to install the software

It is often the basics that are overlooked in favor of more advanced security tools and techniques.  Without the fundamentals, it is extremely difficult to control overall security risk.

 

Download our white paper "9 Common Security Mistakes" to find out what you can do to avoid common mistakes.

For more information on the related Department of Homeland Security bulletin, visit their website.

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The Cloud Looks Different In Pittsburgh. Involta’s Hybrid Cloud Is Reshaping the Pittsburgh IT Market.

Involta has launched its Involta HybridCloudSM services in the Pittsburgh market. These services are being provided with national expertise through Involta’s local Pittsburgh Data Center facility, an Uptime Institute Certified Tier 3 facility located in the Northpointe Industrial Park. Involta’s HybridCloudSM services include secure, reliable, and local private cloud services combined with high-speed connectivity to and management of all hyperscale public cloud services. Involta’s HybridCloudSM services have doubled in size, making it one of the fastest growing cloud services available in the market. The services now offered in Pittsburgh will help businesses move to the cloud faster and enable time to value through a high level of security, control, performance, and compliance of cloud environments. 

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20 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Cloud Migration

For the past several years, you have probably been looking into ways to maximize efficiency through automation and continue to help your organization’s bottom line by reducing capital spending and ongoing costs. You already know the cloud is the answer, but you may not know where to begin or how to gain adoption across all departments of the organization. The first thing you should do is capture your plan (or at least the reason for needing a plan). Let’s get you started down the right path by playing a little game of 20 questions.

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Vlog: One-on-One with Involta's C-Suite Executives

Technology plays a role in every business. Understanding that role and how it aligns with your business's goals and objectives is sometimes difficult. In the following video series, our executive team highlights a few of the ways businesses can use technology to gain a competitive edge and grow in their industries. 

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Budget Season: Strategic Planning Improves ROI

The average small company spends 6.9% of revenue on IT, mid-sized companies spend 4.1%, and larger companies spend 3.2%. These percentages have steadily increased over the last few years and all signs point to that trend continuing. Despite these spending numbers, organizations aren’t strategically planning for IT and how it is affected by future planned growth of the business as well as future products and services delivered. As your organization heads into budget season, you should be thinking about how IT aligns with your overall business objectives and how to position 2020 so that it sets you up for 2021, 2022, 2023, and so on. 

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Become a Champion: 7 Reasons to Invest in PMO

The Project Management Office (PMO) industry is growing at an exceptional rate and is set to exceed $6.6 trillion by year 2020, according to PMI. What is the value of a PMO and is it worth a company’s investment? Changes in the marketplace have led to fast-paced development, competitive pressures intensifying and businesses going global. Companies have begun to recognize the benefits of structure and guidance that a PMO can provide.

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Involta's Edge Capabilities

The “edge” is about providers trying to get data in close proximity to their customers. The amount of data is growing exponentially and we still are struggling with how to consume all that data from a business perspective. Listen to Involta CFO Jim Buie describe how Involta closes the gap for its customers.

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