Security? What Security? Four Million Stolen Data Records Everyday

Nearly 1.4 billion data records were stolen by hackers or lost during 2016, almost double the number of what was comprised the previous year, according to figures published in Gemalto's Breach Level Index Report for 2016.   This number is on the rise and indicates the ever-growing threat posed not only by [...]

A New Variant of Crypto-Ransomware Hits the Globe

Have you heard the news? On Friday, May 12th, a new variant of Crypto-Ransomware (WannaCry) was released worldwide causing major disruptions at hospitals, private and public institutions, and has since garnered major media attention. This attack was detrimental to companies of all sizes all over the world. Cyber security is [...]

Backup vs Disaster Recovery

Backup and disaster recovery are not directly interchangeable terms; but disaster recovery is not possible without backup in the first place. We do backups because we know we have to, in case we lose the primary versions of data and/or the systems that create and manage that data. Disaster recovery is having the [...]

Is Your Business Taking Care of Cyber Security?

ASK President and CEO Mike Maddox joins Michigan Business Network to discuss a major issue facing every business today - Cyber Security. This is not a new issue and the targets are not only large companies. These hackers are looking for open doors to get into, which gets them into businesses of any size. [...]

Part 1: White Hat Hackers – Using Their Powers for Good

  Jonah, a not-so-typical 16-year-old, was making thousands of dollars by ripping off some of the world's biggest tech companies. There were no passwords compromised, there were no hacks into databases, but simply face-to-face interactions, phone calls or by email -  resulting in Jonah receiving televisions, laptops, smartphones, [...]

How Much Should Your Business Spend on IT Security and Management?

Consider how much a typical business spends on the following: Coffee, soda, bottled water - $9 per employee per month Printing - $14 per employee per month Cleaning services - $25 per employee per month Office and employee supplies - $90 per employee per month While these amounts will vary from company to company, its fair [...]

Times Warner Cable Learns a Lesson in Data Security

  In early January, Time Warner Cable Inc announced a possible data breach of up to 320,000 customer email passwords. This likely occurred through malware that was downloaded during phishing attacks, or indirectly through data breaches of other companies storing Time Warner Cable's customer information. The FBI brought [...]