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TOP 4 HOA Cyber Liabilities and 7 Steps to Reduce your HOAs Cyber Attack Risk

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The battle against cyber assault is ongoing. The technological capabilities of cybercriminals are growing at an accelerated pace. The scenario of almost unlimited threat capabilities, coupled with exploitable vulnerabilities, makes cyber insurance essential for community associations.”

Top 4 HOA Cyber Liabilities

  • A community association that stores “personally identifiable information” (PII; e.g., owner addresses, social security numbers, credit card or banking information).
  • Disruption of normal operations during a cyber attack.
  • Downtime and recovery resulting from a cyber attack, malware, or ransomware.
  • Board members using their personal contact systems to send email & maintain email lists.

Top 4 HOA Cyber Liabilities

  • Develop a response plan.
  • Obtain security software that is end-point and has constant malware definition updates.
  • Limit access to sensitive information.
  • Protect personal identifiable information.
  • Learn about social media privacy risks.
  • Use strong complex passwords.
  • Have at least 3 different sources of data recovery points

If you believe because you are a small management firm or community association you’ll fly under the radar, you are sadly mistaken. Cybercriminals particularly enjoy going after small entities because the small management firms & community associations are ripe for the picking. The cybercriminal’s risk of being caught is very small. 

Cyber Crime Is Not Going Away

When choosing a way to manage this ongoing problem, you should look to outsource your IT services to  a Managed Services provider or IT Solutions provider who has the resources and technology in place to protect your community association and your homeowners.

If you feel that your HOA could use a little more attention when it comes to Cyber Security, we're here to help.  Let's schedule some time to discuss.  Evolution Networks

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6 Tips to stay safe from Scammers during the Holidays

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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is urging people to be careful when shopping online in the run up to Christmas as cyber criminals step up campaigns to steal money, credit card information and more during the busiest time of year for retailers.

Last year's Christmas shopping period, from November 2019 to January 2020, saw cyber criminals make off with a total of $13.5 million as a result of online shopping fraud – averaging out at $775 per incident across 17,405 cases reported by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.

And with even more people expected to be doing their Christmas shopping online this year because of ongoing coronavirus restrictions, the NCSC, alongside the Home Office, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has launched a 'Cyber Aware' campaign.

The campaign lists six things to help protect shoppers against phishing emails, malware and other malicious cyber activity – and provides information on how to set up these additional protections: 

  1. Use a strong and separate password for your email
  2. Create strong passwords using three random words
  3. Save your passwords in your browser
  4. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)
  5. Update your devices and apps
  6. Back up your data

By following this advice, people can not only better protect themselves from falling victim to cyberattacks, additional security on their devices can also provide better protection against cyber criminals attempting to exploit the phones and laptops people use while working from home to gain access to a corporate network.

Organisations can also play a role in helping their employees stay safe online by providing services including two-factor authentication and cloud-based backups.

"Technology will play an essential role over the festive period, with more people shopping online than ever before. Scammers stole millions from internet shoppers last Christmas – but by following our advice, you can protect yourself from the majority of their crimes," said Lindy Cameron, chief executive of the NCSC.

The Cyber Aware campaign is being supported by organisations including Microsoft, Vodafone, BT, ASOS, Barclays and Citizens Advice.

"If you are shopping online this year, spend the time you would have spent wrapping up warm to head out to the shops on checking your online security. If it feels suspicious or unusual it may well be," said Sian John, chief security adviser at Microsoft UK.

Credit & Source: By Danny Palmer | December 4, 2020 -- 10:46 GMT (02:46 PST) | Topic: Security ZDNET

Keep your Business and Networks safe from #cyberattackers.  Get in touch with us at Evolution Networks today for a no cost, network vulnerability assessment. 

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Baseline Cybersecurity

Baseline Cybersecurity

More than any time before, cybersecurity has to be a major consideration for businesses. It is, in fact, one of the biggest problems the modern business has to face day-in and day-out. Shortage in cybersecurity talent and antiquated strategies are making it difficult for businesses to find the knowledgeable resources that will help them work to secure their network and data from threats to the business.  

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Armored Car Cybersecurity

Armored Car Cybersecurity

It’s fair to say that most business owners aren’t cybersecurity experts. That’s why there is such a large investment in cybersecurity solutions. That outlay is justified, sure, but is it effective? Today, we’ll talk a little bit about network and cybersecurity, and how all the capital investment in the world may not actually keep your network secure. 

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You Have to Be Smarter About Your Data

You Have to Be Smarter About Your Data

You’ve heard it over and over for the past several years: data loss is a disaster. A data breach can ruin your business. Ransomware is a business’ biggest enemy. Your reputation can never recover after a data breach. These statements may be redundant, but if you don’t heed the message behind them, you will likely regret it. 

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DHS Cybersecurity Shortage a Major Problem

DHS Cybersecurity Shortage a Major Problem

Cybersecurity is a big point of emphasis for the modern IT administrator. For the private business, it’s important for enough to be done in order to secure the business’ assets, and the integrity of the network itself. Unfortunately, when looking at public computing resources, there isn’t enough talent available to properly secure the systems that government entities rely on. 

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Cybersecurity Insurance Gaining Steam

Cybersecurity Insurance Gaining Steam

Controlling your organization’s data relies on keeping your network and computing infrastructure free from threats. Early detection allows your business to actively confront risks before they develop into major issues. However, threats are becoming more difficult to detect in early stages, and one hidden threat could doom your entire business. 

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Network Security is Crucial for Every Organization

Network Security is Crucial for Every Organization

Avoiding risk is important for every business, unless your business is as a daredevil, then mitigating risk will have to do. Nowadays, with technology being an omnipresent element in most businesses, technology-based risks have grown in concert. As a result, the modern business owner and IT administrators need to understand the new risks and how to proactively work toward avoiding (or mitigating) them.

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Fishing for Answers to Keep Phishing Attacks from Sinking Your Business

Fishing for Answers to Keep Phishing Attacks from Sinking Your Business

Phishing attacks have been in the social consciousness now for a while, and for good reason: it is the predominant way that hackers gain access to secured networks and data. Unfortunately, awareness to an issue doesn’t always result in positive outcomes. In this case, hackers get more aggressive, and by blanketing everyone under a seemingly limitless phishing net, 57 billion phishing emails go out every year. If a fraction of those emails accomplish their intended goal, the hackers on the other end of them really make out.

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WARNING: A New Zero-Day Threat is On the Loose

WARNING: A New Zero-Day Threat is On the Loose

Zero-day threats are some of the most dangerous ones out there. What we mean by “zero day” threats are those that have been discovered by hackers before an official patch has been released by the developers, giving them exactly zero days before they are actively exploited in the wild. One of the more dangerous zero-day threats out there at the moment is one that takes advantage of Internet Explorer.

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There are New Ways to Secure Your Data

There are New Ways to Secure Your Data

Security is an aspect of running a business that absolutely cannot be ignored, regardless of whether or not you see it as a considerable issue in the near future. The fact remains that your organization will always be at risk unless you take actions to keep it safe today. By taking advantage of some of the latest and greatest security tools on the market, you’ll be able to protect not only from the basic threats, but more advanced ones as well.

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybercrime is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. From the largest enterprise to the individual, it can affect anyone, anywhere. To help ensure the cybersecurity of American citizens and their businesses, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other agencies work together every October to raise awareness about the threats people face online through a series of educational events and activities.

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Tip of the Week: 12 Security Rules Every PC User Should Follow

Tip of the Week: 12 Security Rules Every PC User Should Follow

While you are probably spending a fair amount of time thinking about your business’ security, can you confidently say the same about those that you’ve employed? Unfortunately, your workers may not put much thought into network security. This could very possibly lead to some severe issues potentially harming your business operations.

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How Rogue Software Makes PC Problems Worse

How Rogue Software Makes PC Problems Worse

It’s difficult to know what you can and can’t trust in the realm of cybersecurity. However, you’re likely to trust your own security solution. Yet, even this could be a devastating oversight, as some malware masquerades as your security software.

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