Category: Security

Another ‘-ish’ MSPs need to watch

Another ‘-ish’ MSPs need to watch

When it comes to MSPs, there is one set of letters that causes indigestion: ‘-ishing.’ Phishing is the biggest headache, of course. Successful phishing expeditions have led to many network breaches in businesses large and small. Recently on Smarter MSP,...

/ November 6, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Jerusalem malware inspires antivirus industry

Tech Time Warp: Jerusalem malware inspires antivirus industry

Even malware can produce silver linings — at least in the case of the Jerusalem virus, which inspired computer science students to develop some of the first antivirus software. In November 1987, Omri Mann and Yuval Rakavi were computer science...

/ November 1, 2019
MSPs need to help customers confront their cybersecurity fears

MSPs need to help customers confront their cybersecurity fears

Halloween is supposed to that one day of the year when ghosts, goblins, and other supernatural threats are supposedly allowed to roam the land before the onset of the dark days of winter. Unfortunately, for cybersecurity professionals, every day feels...

/ October 31, 2019
Four areas MSPs need to consider while transitioning to 5G

Four areas MSPs need to consider while transitioning to 5G

For years we’ve anticipated 5G’s arrival, and as we approach 2020, you’ll be hearing about it more and more. Welcome to a world where data is transferred up to 100 times faster than current speeds. Countries like South Korea and...

/ October 30, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: Why is multi-factor authentication important?

Ask an MSP Expert: Why is multi-factor authentication important?

Q: My customers don’t always understand the importance of multi-factor authentication and other cybersecurity practices. How can my MSP convince them that this is important and what else should  we be teaching them? Cybercriminals are constantly adapting their tactics in...

/ October 28, 2019
Helping SMBs find the balance between low and high-tech cybersecurity strategies

Helping SMBs find the balance between low and high-tech cybersecurity strategies

Cybersecurity is among the top priorities for companies concerned with growing threats. Yet, many SMBs are not making cybersecurity a top priority. In fact, 43 percent of cyberattacks are targeted at SMBs, but only 14 percent are prepared for an...

/ October 24, 2019
MSPs and schools can be a good cybersecurity partnership

MSPs and schools can be a good cybersecurity partnership

Achievement tests, rumbling school buses, and Friday night football are a few signs that the educational ecosystem is up and running again for another academic year. Schools are increasingly on the radar of hackers, who view schools as repositories of...

/ October 23, 2019
New tools could help users be more security savvy

New tools could help users be more security savvy

When it comes to security, your end users are often a weak link in your safety regimen. It’s not because they are malicious or careless. It’s because they often don’t know any better, making them vulnerable to social engineering and...

/ October 21, 2019
AI meets vishing

AI meets vishing

Artificial intelligence is making its presence felt in everything from Amazon’s Alexa to factory floor industrial applications. AI-infused software is ramping up its predictive capabilities and strengthening its algorithmic methodology to become more accurate. Of course, AI can be abused....

/ October 17, 2019 / 1 Comment
Ask an MSP Expert: How to take a security-centric approach with your RMM

Ask an MSP Expert: How to take a security-centric approach with your RMM

Q: We recognize that cybersecurity needs to be a priority for our MSP. How can we use the tools we have — or similar tools — to recognize vulnerabilities and anomalies in our customers’ network?  Cybercriminals are very good at...

/ October 14, 2019