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Social Engineering - When Nice Can Be Naughty
Posted on 11/3/2017 12:43:54 PM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Gifford School in Weston, Massachusetts on the topic of 'Social Engineering.' The Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools (maaps) put together this presentation for the MassTAC Technology group to discuss technology trends and issues within the private school environment. Last year, I focused my presentation on Cyber Risk Security and the best "bang for your buck" security controls.

Human error is by far the number one cause of cybersecurity incidents. It has been publicized that over 80% of reported incidents started with a user making a wrong move. This is where social engineering, the art of influencing others to take actions desired by the artist, plays a prominent role. The bad guys basically know what human weaknesses exploit. They often play on our greed, pity and empathy, fear, to make us take the bait and click that link.

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Remote Database Administration: Why You Should Consider Outsourcing
Posted on 11/10/2017 9:40:50 AM by Craig Bossie

Outsourcing IT services is by no means a new idea, however outsourcing Database Server Administration is becoming more prominent throughout industries. In the last decade or so, technology has broadened and remote management is becoming much more prevalent. Outsourcing database administration services helps organizations work smarter by leveraging technology to address inefficiencies, improve customer experiences and gain a competitive advantage.

Winxnet's data management services team has extensive experience in database administration, maintenance and optimization across a wide range of industries, including those impacted by government regulations. Whether you have an existing database system, or need to implement one for your critical business systems, Winxnet can deliver solutions that meet the performance, scalability and reliability your organizations needs.

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In this issue:
November 2017
Social Engineering - When Nice Can Be Naughty
Remote Database Administration: Why You Should Consider Outsourcing
Winxnet University - Security Awareness Training

Winxnet University - Security Awareness Training
Posted on 11/15/2017 1:53:31 PM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

Earlier this fall, we started Winxnet University, an educational lunch and learn series designed to educate our customers on a variety of different IT matters. As part of this series, I conducted a Security Awareness Training and focused on social engineering and how to minimize the risk of becoming a victim.

In the wake of recently publicized cyber security attacks, such as the Equifax breach, the Defray ransomware, the BlueBorne malware, the BadRabbit attacks, many of our customers ask, "am I safe?". And although it is very human and emotionally predictable, that is NOT the right question to ask. It isn't, simply because the answer is inevitably 'no'. Unfortunately, no one is ever safe - there is no way to be 100% secure from all cyber security threats. The right question is "am I safe enough?". But then what is enough?

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