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Charles Johnson

Charles Johnson

Recent Posts

12 Signs You're Outgrowing Your Current Cyber Security Solution

Charles Johnson   ::  1/17/18 3:54 PM

We talk with many company leaders who have implemented the fundamentals of cyber security but still feel unprepared to face today's cyber attacks.

Anti-virus, anti-malware, firewall, data backups, phishing awareness education for employees, and encryption of sensitive data are often deployed and managed in-house or by a managed I.T. services provider. The importance of these I.T. security fundamentals is indisputable—but a majority of breaches happen behind the firewall. 

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Topics: Cyber Security, Cyber Security Assessments, Cyber Security Budgeting, Cyber Security Tips, Cyber Security Policies & Procedures, Managed Security, MSSPs

Backing Up Your Business: Natural Disaster Preparation Checklist

Charles Johnson   ::  11/30/17 11:25 AM

As we close a particularly difficult hurricane season, we're more thankful than ever to have found an innovative backup solution developer and partner, Datto. Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Datto was on location helping install and deploy emergency backups.

These backups help anyone threatened by business downtime recover company data and resume operations almost instantly. Because the threat of downtime doesn't disappear with hurricane season, we've compiled a list to help you prepare your business for a potential natural disaster or power outage.

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Topics: Backup and Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, Cyber Security, Datto, Most Popular

4 Ways to Safeguard Your Credit Card This Holiday Season

Charles Johnson   ::  11/22/17 4:42 PM

While payment card theft is a year-round problem, criminals take particular advantage of the rush of the Holiday Season.

Rushed, enthusiastic shoppers are less likely to take notice of phony URLs or payment card skimmers. Here are a few ways you can stay ahead of the criminals this season and safeguard your card:

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Topics: PII, PCI, PCI-DSS, Security Tips, Phishing, Cyber Security, Cyber Security Tips, Most Popular

The 5 Most Common Network Security Threats Uncovered in Law Firms

Charles Johnson   ::  11/21/17 9:34 AM

EDTS Cyber has the immense privilege and responsibility of working closely with federally regulated industries as a third party auditor and Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP).

The legal industry shares many characteristics with federally audited industries like medical and financial, not the least of which are: 

  • Valuable data: lost legal records cost firms an average $221 per record 1. Data from legal files can be sold on the black market for $1 to thousands, depending on the nature of the information. 
  • Heavily targeted by attackers: 24% of law firms surveyed for the 2017 Ransomware Report reported attacks between Q2 2016 and Q2 2017. 
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Topics: Cyber Security, Cyber Security Policies & Procedures, EDTS Cyber, Security Alerts, Security Monitoring, Security Tips, Legal

5 Questions to Ask Your Accountant About Their Cyber Security

Charles Johnson   ::  11/14/17 10:56 AM

Your social security number, address, and DOB might go for a few bucks on the black market. Sadly, when sold in bundles,  $2 per record is enough to bring in a legitimate cash prize for hackers—giving them ample motivation to hack into your accountant’s network.

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Topics: Cyber Security, Cyber Security Policies & Procedures, Cyber Security Tips, Finance & Accounting, Most Popular

How to Identify a Qualified Cyber Security Company

Charles Johnson   ::  11/14/17 10:17 AM

According to research by Sophos, 32% of people advising others on cyber security matters fail to recognize today's basic threats.

With the growing national attention on cyber security, it's no surprise that opportunists are flocking to capitalize on fresh business opportunity. As a business owner or IT decision-maker looking for cyber security services, how can you identify the qualified providers?

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Topics: Cyber Security, EDTS Cyber

3 Cyber Security Discussions That Have Moved from the Server Room to the Board Room

Charles Johnson   ::  10/25/17 12:01 PM

By 2021, cybercrime will cost the world economy an estimated $6 trillion annually¹. No longer solely the concern of IT departments, the greatest transfer of economic wealth in history must be addressed — as a top priority — by stakeholders of businesses and nonprofits of all sizes. 

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Topics: Cyber Security, EDTS Cyber, Cyber Security Policies & Procedures, Most Popular

What's the Difference Between a Security Incident and an Event? [Infographic]

Charles Johnson   ::  9/6/17 8:52 AM

The terms "security incident" and "security event" are used by cyber security professionals to describe potential data breaches, but what is the real difference between the two — and which one poses the most threat to your company?

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Topics: Cyber Security, EDTS Cyber, Security Monitoring, Most Popular

EDTS Cyber Approved by State of Georgia to Work with GCIC Systems & the CJIS Network

Charles Johnson   ::  8/22/17 1:37 PM

Augusta, GA - The State of Georgia has approved EDTS Cyber as a vendor qualified to access and support GCIC systems and the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) network.

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Topics: CJIS, Cyber Security, 2017

15 Examples of Phishing Emails from 2016-2017

Charles Johnson   ::  7/21/17 3:34 PM

When most people think of cyber-attacks and data breaches, they think of a hooded hacker hammering away at the keyboard in a dark corner somewhere using complex commands to get past firewalls and steal passwords.

The reality is that imposter emails, or phishing emails, are the most common entry point for hackers. And unfortunately, the perpetrators of this simple scam don’t have to know a lick of code to pull it off.

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Topics: Social Engineering, Cyber Security, Phishing, Security Alerts, Most Popular