Posts Tagged ‘content filtering’

Security Mistakes Businesses Make

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by jiml | No Comments

Many of our blog postings have something to do with data security in one form or another. The reason is because today’s world is different than the world was five years ago. If you have not changed the way you are securing your critical data and systems over that time, your measures are likely no longer sufficient. Threats like ransomware present significant risks to businesses today. Did you know your business could get fined by the FTC if your business becomes the victim of ransomware? Here are some of the top mistakes we see being made in regards to security:

  • Using the same passwords for different uses
    We are still seeing the repercussions from the LinkedIn hack a few years ago. If you were notified about the hack and just changed your LinkedIn password, you may not have done enough. The hackers had a list of emails and passwords from the hack and then tried those same credentials at different sites. “Let’s see if those credentials work on Facebook…..or Chase bank perhaps.” If you are using the same password for multiple applications you are at risk if one of those sites is compromised.
  •  Not keeping employees up-to-date on security threats
    As we mentioned in the introduction, the world is changing and new security threats are out there such as ransomware, scareware and social engineering scams. Are your employees or coworkers up to speed on the threats they might face? Do they know how to react if they encounter one? Awareness training is a key component to a comprehensive security plan.
  • Not using web browsing controls
    Web browsing controls, sometimes called content filtering, used to be considered an optional item for businesses. In today’s environment, we consider it a necessity. A good content filter will block known bad sites to prevent users from accidentally (or purposefully) going to site that can infect their business computer. There are many forms of malware that attack through web browsers. You should have the mindset that when you are using a web browser, you are in the danger zone. Web browsing involves connecting to other computers that your organization does not control and must trust.
  • Failing to review security policy and protective measures regularly
    This is how businesses fall behind the curve with security. Systems are put in place and the security of those systems are never regularly reviewed to see if they are keeping up with the evolving security threats they might face. Who is responsible for this in your organization?

These are just a few of the mistakes we see businesses making. The result is that your business is put at risk. Are you making any of these mistakes? Contact us at Colden Company and see how we can help remediate these issues for you and protect your critical data and systems. Call us at 888-600-4560, email us, or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.







Security on the Web

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by jiml | No Comments

Where does a majority of spam originate? My guess is most readers would put China or Russia at the top of your list. Here is a ranking compiled by Proofpoint, one of the largest security firms in the US that provides spam filtering for many of the Fortune 500 companies as well as Colden Company customers.

Spam Countries List

Who had Argentina on their list ahead of China and Russia? I, for one, did not. Proofpoint goes on to break down the spam senders by percentage and as you can see from the graph below, The European Union is – by a wide margin – the leading spammer.

Spam2

The full article from Proofpoint can be read at http://www.proofpoint.com/threatinsight/pdf/threat-report/Proofpoint-Threat-Report-May2014.pdf.

The point of the above statistics is not to diminish the threat from countries like China and Russia. On the contrary, it is to point out that the threats can come from anywhere and there are far more threats out there than you may realize.

There have been many recent high profile cases of exposure, such as eBay and Target being compromised, and of course the dreaded Crytpolocker virus which comes via spam email. This virus is still a serious threat and we recommend taking a proactive approach to educating users to the threats that exist.

Another recent threat exposed by Proofpoint was something called an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attack that utilized a vulnerability in Internet Explorer (even up to the most current version, version 11). Phishing emails, designed to get the receiver to click on links to malicious sites to infect computers were sent out in bulk. This threat purportedly came from China.

While educating users is a necessary step in combating these attacks, what else can be done? Often anti-virus software is not enough to stop advanced viruses like Cryptolocker. Remember that anti-virus runs on your computer and searches for threats that are already there! Colden Company is offering two new services that can help protect your business from security threats like the ones listed above. The first is Web Protection which will be the subject of this post. The second is our Security Service offering which is a comprehensive security program for your business. More to come on that topic in subsequent posts.

Web Protection is essentially content filtering which allows your business to set guidelines for what is acceptable web content for your users to visit with some added security benefits. Our Web Protection package allows for the blocking of groups of sites like gambling sites or social media, while allowing for exceptions if you want to be able to update the company LinkedIn page, for example. Web Protection also allows for schedule setting so that you can, for example, block social media sites during working hours but allow them during lunch hour, giving you the flexibility to protect against productivity drain while allowing some leniency for employee satisfaction.

From a security standpoint, Web Protection does something else to safeguard your business. It has a continuously updated list of known bad sites that harbor malware and viruses and prevents your users from accidentally or purposefully accessing those bad sites. Often times, users contract malware innocently while attempting to perform very valid work. In those accidental cases or in the case of the phishing email in the example mentioned above, Web Protection steps in and prevent your user from going to the malicious site and contracting the virus or malware. Web Protection saves your business from those mistakes!

Ask us more about this service and we believe you will be shocked at how inexpensive it is to deploy and provide your business with an additional layer of much needed security protection. We can be reached at (888) 600-4560, at info@coldencompany.com, or see us on Facebook or Twitter (@coldenco) as well.







Back to School and Back to Work

Posted on: August 31st, 2012 by jiml | No Comments

As summer vacations come to an end, focus returns to work and school. For some parents, it is sending a child off to college, while for others with younger children, it may be starting their youngster in school for the first time. Others still may be starting high school with their new laptop.  As a parent, the Internet is a scary place to leave your child unattended.  It is imperative to protect your kids from online predators as well as keeping them off of web sites that are not suitable for kids.  There are many software options that can help do that.  Unfortunately, kids are often the technical gurus in the house and can easily thwart whatever attempts the parents put in place.  Colden Company can recommend some very nice solutions that can be installed, hidden from view, and provide nice email reports to the parent about exactly what web sites your child has been to, who they are chatting with, and more.  This is nice information to have as a parent.

In the workplace, the Internet is also a scary place to leave employees. There have been countless studies on how much productivity is lost to sites like Faceook and Pinterest.  Web content filtering is a recommended solution for today’s work environment.  We have written postings in the past about the importance of developing your company policies before enacting technology.  Let your employees know what is acceptable and what is not, otherwise your business will be on shaky ground during a human resources dispute.

Web content filtering products range in price and complexity. For some businesses, a basic solution will do the job and for others, a more advanced solution may be required.  In determining which solution is appropriate, consider the estimated cost to your business of unnecessary web surfing versus the cost of implementing and maintaining a solution. What problem are you trying to solve?  Do you have one or two rogue employees you want to watch over or are you interested in a company-wide solution?  Is it important to have quality reporting on who is attempting to violate your content policy? It is important to put some thought into exactly what you are looking to accomplish before researching products.

Colden Company has experience in web content filtering solutions for home and business. Contact us at (888) 600-4560, email us at info@coldencompany.com or see us on Facebook or Twitter (@coldenco) – if your company policy allows it, of course!