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Adobe Flash Reaches End of Life

Adobe Flash has reached its end of life on December 31, 2020. At the end of January 2021, powersolution will ensure that Microsoft patch KB4577586 is installed on eligible clients’ computers. powersolution will also be creating and remotely running a script that detects and removes Flash from managed systems. Adobe’s technology for fancy interactive graphics

New Extortion Phishing Scam Circulating

powersolution, through its membership with the New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), has received information related to a new phishing/email threat. powersolution, along with the NJCCIC, recommends users who receive this and similar extortion threats ignore the email as they have not proven to be a credible threat. Never click on any links

Fake Ransomware COVID-19 Surveys in file-sharing platforms

Users are advised to exercise caution with links and attachments received from unknown contacts or file-sharing platforms (such as Box and DropBox) Researchers from anti-malware software vendor, Malwarebytes Labs have identified a new phishing attack that uses fake COVID-19 surveys in Microsoft Word documents to deliver ransomware. To evade detection, the attackers have uploaded the

Phishing Campaign Delivers Ransomware to Teachers’ Devices

Researchers from Proofpoint, a well-known email security vendor that provides anti-spam, anti-malware, and phishing protection services, observed a spear-phishing campaign, codenamed “employer21,” targeting teachers. The campaign delivers emails teachers purported to be from parents or guardians attempting to deliver a student’s assignment after issues submitting the assignment the “usual way.” Typically a ZIP attachment accompanies

NJCCIC Warns of Unemployment Scams and Fraud

The New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Cell (NJCCIC) warns of a new threat that can potentially affect millions of people. As a result of the COVID-19 ongoing pandemic, threat actors are trying to cash in by targeting individuals looking for financial relief. These malicious actors are using fraudulent emails, websites, and robocalls to target the

10 Tips for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October 2020)

This month, October 2020, is Cybersecurity Awareness month, co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA). Its theme, “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” is designed to empower individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting cyberspace. A key message of this theme is “If You Connect IT, Protect

6 Tips to Secure Your Home WiFi

To accommodate working from home and, now with schools starting, remote learning, both parents and students will use various devices that require an internet connection. These devices will likely use a home wireless (Wi-Fi) network; however, the Wi-Fi router may not be set up securely. If a Wi-Fi network is left unsecured, a threat actor

Email Best Practices

Email is a commonly used method of communication in both academic institutions and the corporate world. It is important to be vigilant about what is clicked on, downloaded, and transmitted, especially with the increase in social engineering tactics and spoofed domains. Threat actors may send phishing emails that appear to be from a trusted classmate,

Increase in Emotet Infected Emails

The New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) has issued an alert after increased reports of a new round of emails containing Emotet infected attachments. Emails containing the Emtot infected attachments slowed during the summer, the threat actors behind the Emotet trojan continue to increase their activity, with a large uptick occurring starting in

Microsoft is delaying ending support for older versions of Windows 10 due to Coronavirus

Microsoft has announced an extension regarding their support for the older versions of their Windows 10 software. Initially, Microsoft had planned to stop technical support for Windows 10 this past week. However—due to the Coronavirus pandemic—the company has now extended the support up until October 13, giving IT administrators an extra six months. With IT

BYOD and Federal Wage Laws

As most everyone knows, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is an approach wherein organizations allow their employees to use their own smartphones and other devices in lieu of company-provided equipment. It provides convenience to employees interested in not having to carry around duplicate mobile devices. This policy can make employees happy, but it also presents

Human Resources Issues You Never Considered with BYOD

There is a great deal of discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of the policy of allowing employees to use their own mobile devices, primarily smartphones, instead of employer-issued devices that are to be used solely for work purposes. This policy, known as “bring your own device” (BYOD) can make employees happy, but it also

How Businesses Can Securely Work From Home (VPN Guidance)

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, many businesses are assessing how they can prioritize their employee safety and still maintain regular business operations. One solution many businesses are turning to is recommending employees to work from home to avoid potential illnesses. To help ease the burden on businesses, Microsoft, Google, LogMeIn, Cisco Webex,

Why choose psWorkplace for secure collaboration?

psWorkplace is a proven file sync and share service with over 10 years of experience serving the needs of businesses. psWorkplace provides the security, mobility, and control that businesses need to access, share, and collaborate on files internally and externally. Secure Collaboration, Built for Business Users everywhere are increasingly expected to work and collaborate anywhere,

6 Phases to Guide Your Small Business Through COVID-19 Planning and Response

Businesses have had to adjust very quickly to the global health crisis. It’s imperative to provide context to help successfully navigate these uncharted waters. This guide illustrates the different phases of needs and planning efforts during the COVID-19 crisis. Identifying which phase your business is currently in will help you develop guidelines and ongoing response

Reopening the Workplace After COVID-19: Technology Considerations

Returning to your establishment doesn’t necessarily mean you will be abandoning all of your Work From Home (WFH) set-ups. In fact, for most of you, your workforce will likely consist of remote workers for some time to come. In addition, workstations in your establishment may have been sitting idle while everyone worked remotely. Your technology

Benefits of letting your employees work from home

In the last several years, the concept of Work From Home (WFH) has become increasingly more popular. Though some still remain skeptical, it has been gaining in popularity and become more widely accepted among management circles. That said, the pandemic event in 2020 essentially set the debate entirely aside, at least for the time being,

Increase in Business Productivity Phishing Scams

The New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), in which powersolution is a member of, issued an alert around a new email threat. Cyber criminals are using fake business productivity suite emails to harvest credentials. Emails are mimicking SharePoint Online, One Drive, Drop Box share notifications as well as an awaiting message in Teams

Management Concerns About Work From Home Policy

1. Decrease in productivity A common concern is that when at home, where there may be many domestic or entertainment distractions, workers will be unable to settle in and focus on their work. Kids, pets, laundry, Netflix, etc. may represent a strong magnetic pull from the work at hand. 2. Oversight Many managers fear that

Work From Home Implementation: Policy Considerations for Small Business

In the last several years, the concept of Work From Home (WFH), also known as Telecommuting, has become increasingly more popular. Though some still remain skeptical, it has been gaining in popularity and become more widely accepted among management circles. That said, the pandemic event in 2020 essentially set the debate entirely aside, at least

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