Pacemaker Vulnerability

Brittany Pescetto Blog, Cybersecurity

Tuesday the FDA released a recall notice issued to those who currently have a pacemaker manufactured by the Abbott (formerly St. Jude Medical). A firmware update is now available as an emergency corrective action, to quickly reduce the risk of patient exploitation. If you’re affected by this recall, the firmware update requires in in-office visit your health care provider for …

Customer Relationship Management – Automate Your Sales and Marketing

Brittany Pescetto Blog, Tip of The Week

Manage your current and future customers with a comprehensive customer relationship management solution. As a business owner, you have a lot of responsibility. You need to consider many variables just to keep your organization productive and profitable. Your employees are behind the scenes working to make your brand the best it can be. Just as important as you and your …

Insider Threat – the Levandowski Effect

Brittany Pescetto Blog

In a recent study by IBM, reserchers found that over half of†data breaches are a result of internal actors leaking sensitive data, and currently ex-engineer Anthony Levandowski is under fire for doing just that. Levandowski, a former technology lead for Alphabet, Google’s parent company, and creators of the self-driving car Waymo, is currently in the technological legal battle of his …

Wanna Cry?

Brittany Pescetto Blog

Ransomware is a malicious software that locks your data until you pay a “ransom” to retrieve it. Last week, to the terror of many business owners, WannaCry ransomware spread rapidly to over 150 countries, leaking tons of data and rendering many banks, hospitals and universities, and governments helpless against encryption.† WannaCry’s asking price? $300 in Bitcoin, a price that doubles …

The Modern Office

Brittany Pescetto Blog

There are countless ways the modern office transcends the office of yesteryear, but the most obvious is probably the layout. Where not long ago cubicles were all the rage, now the open office setup is most popular, as business owners and executives look to cost effective strategies to stretch their budgets and stay flexible. The open office doesnít offer much …

Understanding Ransomware

Brittany Pescetto Blog

Like many online attacks, ransomware is very descriptively summed up by its name–simply put, itís malware that allows hackers to demand a ransom. This malware classification follows a simple, but devious, method of attack: the program will encrypt files on the host system and demand that the user pay to regain access to their files, typically asking to be paid …

IT Threat Glossary

Brittany Pescetto Blog

The Internet can be a dangerous place, especially now that hackers are taking advantage of advanced tools and threats. New types of malware, ransomware, and viruses are being created every day, for the express purpose of seeing your organization fail. If your business isnít using comprehensive security solutions, you remain vulnerable to threats that can potentially compromise and damage your …

Understanding the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Brittany Pescetto Blog

For accountants that deal with publicly owned companies, ensuring your IT infrastructure is SOX-complaint is a must. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was adopted as law to ensure that investors have reliable data in which to make their financial decisions. The law was, in large part, a result of the accounting scandals that took place around the turn of the century including …

Understanding Network Security

Brittany Pescetto Blog

This can be said for network security. On the surface it might appear to be simply keeping your data safe, but thereís far more to it than that. When you set in motion a plan to secure your companyís network, you should first take into account the protection you need from high-level and low-level threats alike. It likely consists of …

Slow Computer? Increase your memory to boost computer Speeds

Brittany Pescetto Blog, Tip of The Week

Sometimes when your workstation feels bogged down, a relatively cheap and simply hardware update can make a huge difference in performance. Adding more RAM (Random Access Memory, often just referred to as memory) can be a game changer for your bogged down PC. There are several factors that contribute to the speed of a PC. Let’s very briefly break these …