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Leveraging "The Cloud" as a Core Business Strategy Webinar
Posted on 9/20/2016 9:21:33 AM by Chris Claudio

Earlier this year, I began frequent educational webinars on a variety of different IT matters, the first was on the topic of 'Cyber Security - How to Avoid Being a Victim of an Attack'and the second was on 'Planning for the Future - Fiscal IT Budgeting.'

I will be leading our third webinar on the topic of 'Leveraging "The Cloud" as a Core Business Strategy.' I will be explaining how any organization can strategically leverage cloud computing across all areas of the business, beyond IT. I will also discuss the incorporation of Cloud strategy into strategic IT planning and how to start integrating that plan today.

This webinar will be on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 at 12PM Eastern time. This will be a 30-minute presentation with time at the end for questions. During this presentation, we will also establish a medium for participants to submit suggestions for future topics. Our goal is to make these webinars strictly information-based on critical topics that are top of mind for most organizations as it relates to IT.

To register for this event, please click here or reach out to Suzanne Murphy for more details.

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A New Type of Spear Phishing Attack
Posted on 9/13/2016 1:35:10 PM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

At the beginning of this year, Proofpoint researchers identified a new form of social media-based phishing attack, called angler phishing. Proofpoint is a cybersecurity company that protects the way people work and keeps businesses safe from email threats.

What is angler phishing?

The angler phishing attack was created from the 'anglerfish', which lures and entices smaller prey. In this type of attack, a fake customer-support account promises to help customers but instead steals the customer's credentials.

How does this happen?

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Common Types Cyber Security Attacks
Posted on 9/7/2016 9:47:42 AM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian 

Lately, I've noticed an alarming increase in the frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks, most notably spear phishing. This increased effort and sophistication of this type of attack is a disturbing trend. However, there are always plenty of red flags that a well- trained, informed and vigilant staff can spot.

Let's take a closer look at these and other types of common attacks:
  1. Phishing -- Phishing is a method hackers use to gain unauthorized access to company resources. The most common method is email, but it can occur by phone or in person. Recently, more sophisticated social engineering scam email messages don't have bad English, low quality graphics, or obviously suspicious links. Sometimes they look practically identical to legitimate messages.
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IT Security Skill Shortage on the Rise
Posted on 9/27/2016 2:16:04 PM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

During my two-decade long career in information security, I witnessed it go from virtually non-existent niche to a relatively mature field. Unfortunately, the main driving factor behind this evolution was an ever-increasing number of cybersecurity attacks. These attacks have become more complex and sophisticated and as a result IT departments are being challenged to keep their companies secure. Often this means having access to talent knowledgeable enough handle these attacks.

And here comes the challenge - that talent is hard to find and keep. According to a 2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study for Cyber Security and Education is expecting there will be a shortfall of 1.5 million professionals worldwide by 2020 if the issue isn't addressed.

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In this issue:
September 2016
Leveraging "The Cloud" as a Core Business Strategy Webinar
A New Type of Spear Phishing Attack
Common Types Cyber Security Attacks
IT Security Skill Shortage on the Rise
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2016 LeadingAge Annual Meeting
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On the Moves:

Lisa Frank - Executive Assistant
Lisa Frank joins Winxnet as an Executive Assistant in the Portland office. Lisa has over five years of Executive Assistant and Office Administration experience. She attended college in Iowa City and San Francisco, and has a degree in Massage Therapy and Health Education. Her experience in organizational management and executive support will continue to help Winxnet provide outstanding service to its growing client base.

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