Recent Cyber-Land News 

An ongoing series of informational entries

New Malware Hitting Businesses Hard

September 22, 2022

Surprise! There is a new malware spreading. It appears to have been released around April 2022, though now is when we see an uptick in the spread. What makes this little bugger a “fun” one is it capable of attacking Linux and Windows devices. This malware can infect anything from a router to a server system. What name has this critter been dubbed with? Chaos.

Chaos first appeared in mid-April of 2022, but in September 2022, we saw it spread with leaps and bounds. Chaos creators have been using it for the usual no-good crimes of DDoS attacks and crypto mining. While media, financial firms, and hosting companies have been the primary victims of Chaos, it has crossed many other industries.

Current recommendations to protect against Chaos are patching known CVEs, regularly monitoring all systems, changing passwords regularly, and removing old root access on machines. Weekly reboots of routers and all computer systems will also assist in clearing out malware.

Business Security

August 19, 2022

Educating employees in security awareness is an important part of ensuring your small business runs smoothly.

Many network complications can be prevented by regularly reviewing and enforcing security protocols.

Connecting personal devices to the company Wi-Fi allows uncontrolled and unmanaged devices direct access to the network. Creating Guest access for personal/public use limits access to the private network.

Require employees to use unique passwords and change passwords every three months. Any information captured from data leaks is often available on the dark web. By changing passwords frequently and keeping them complex, you significantly reduce your business's data risk.

Example password Coldwater can be [email protected] Get creative; it can save your business!

Sharing profiles and passwords take away individual accountability for business security. Making shared folders for file access eliminates any need for shared profiles. Every employee should have an individual secure profile.

Sensitive information, like banking passwords, should never be saved to your browser or desktop or posted on the monitor. Stay abreast of your individual business banking security requirements.

Emails are the most common way that security intrusions occur. Emails with attachments should be opened with caution if you were not expecting them. Take steps to train and educate “click-happy employees.”

Restarting computers at least once a week to allow updates and patches will assist with keeping your security up to date. It is a simple but often overlooked step. Restarting at the end of the day can prevent downtime while the updates are applied.

Essential Office Practices

August 3,2022

Where did the file go?

Accidentally deleting important files is one of the most common issues that occur in the workplace. Luckily, it is also one of the easiest to correct.

The best practice is to have all files backed up automatically to a cloud backup. There are many different types, from daily, to hourly versioning. The more frequent, the more secure.

Having this simple security measure put in place reduces productivity loss, provides easy file sharing between workstations, and greatly increases security against more sinister attacks, like ransomware.

Considering the low cost of a cloud backup, it is a no-brainer for businesses both big a small.

Sluggish System

A slow computer can be trying on anyone’s patience. A machine impaired by errors, outdated software, and low RAM can weigh down any system.

Reducing useless programs running in the background can free up much-needed RAM.

Your hard drive provides loads of space to store data. Yet, even a large hard drive will slow down your computer if too much clutter builds up.

Clearing out files that are no longer needed can make a difference.

Lastly, too many start-up programs are often to blame for sluggish computers and extra slow start-ups. Startup programs are programs that load once you power on the computer. While it can be a useful feature, having too many running at once greatly impacts the computer's performance.

Too Hot To Handle

Ever had a system in the office randomly shut down? Did a ghost do it? Unlikely, but a dust bunny or down fan might be to blame. Computers can handle quite a bit of heat. However, just like any system, a clogged-up system can cause critical failure. With a little dusting and the replacement of burnt-out fans, you can greatly extend the life of workstations and servers. Don’t let a five-minute fix turn into several hundred-dollar replacements.