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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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For Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Keep Looming Threats in Mind

For Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Keep Looming Threats in Mind

Any business in operation today needs to keep modern realities concerning cybersecurity at top-of-mind if they are going to successfully maintain the business going forward. One major issue to be cognizant of is the increasing prevalence of phishing attacks.

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Do and Don'ts of Managing Your Passwords

Do and Don'ts of Managing Your Passwords

Password security is a tricky part of running a business. After all, it’s not just dealing with your own password, but those of the many employees all throughout your organization. In times like this, it’s helpful to provide them with a list of how to make the best passwords possible. Here are a couple of examples for what to do, as well as what you shouldn’t do, when building a proper password.

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Tip of the Week: Password Protecting a Word Document

Tip of the Week: Password Protecting a Word Document

The funny thing about some documents is how the data written on them can strongly influence how important they are. If, for instance, there were two pieces of paper on a table, there is objectively no difference between the two, and so they are objectively equivalent in value.

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Want to Keep Your “Personal” Browsing a Secret? Scam Says: Pay Up!

Want to Keep Your “Personal” Browsing a Secret? Scam Says: Pay Up!

A new email scam is making its rounds and it has a lot of people concerned with just how much a hacker can peer into one’s private life. How would you react if a stranger emailed you saying they had inappropriate webcam footage of you?

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A QR Code Could Be your New Wi-Fi Password

A QR Code Could Be your New Wi-Fi Password

There is no understating the importance of strong, reliable passwords to your organization’s network security, especially to protect its wireless connection. However, this can create some friction with your staff when they try to connect to Wi-Fi using their mobile device. To make accessing the Internet easier, scannable QR codes can be used to connect to the Internet.

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What is your Identity Worth to You?

Your identity has quite a lot of value, especially in the wrong hands. Security firm ZoneAlarm put together some numbers in 2011 concerning identity fraud, and it even shocked us. Let's talk about a few of these statistics and what it means.

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