Cyber Security: Risks and Planning for Executives Webinar

Cyber Security: Risks and Planning for Executives Webinar
May Lunch and Learn Webinar

If you think cyber thieves are only targeting the enterprise accounts in the Baltimore-Washington Region, think again.  The recent wave of ransomware and other compromises impact organizations of all sizes.  Last week the FBI reported that the little-known CEO Fraud scam has cost businesses more than $2.3 billion in losses over the past three years alone. 

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Widely under-reported are the attacks on small and medium-sized firms to their financial departments, intellectual property and sensitive client data. Cyber thieves are using increasingly sophisticated malware and social engineering techniques to target your business.
What is the economic impact for a business?  What can be done to mitigate this risk?

Join Ease Technologies and the McFarlin Insurance Agency for a special one-hour webinar on Cyber Security: Risks and Planning for Executives.

  • Common cyber threats 
  • Managing an attack or breach 
  • Economic impacts of a cyber-attack 
  • Ways to mitigate your risk 
  • Insurance risk protection
Who should attend?
CEO, CFO, HR, and Risk Managers

May 4, 2016 - 12 pm - 1:00 pm

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Windows 10 - Are You Ready to Upgrade?

Enjoy a repeat of our March Lunch and Learn Webinar: Windows 10 - Are You Ready to Upgrade?  In the program we discuss: Why Upgrade?, Free Upgrade Details, Top Features, Upgrade Readiness, Windows 10 Demo and a Q&A of attendees.  The program is hosted with members of our help desk and account support team.

A technical note: the last 10 minutes during the Q&A the video is lost, but our program continues. 

If you are looking for a better technical service provider give Ease Technologies a call today.  Ease provides quick and patient support to your technical issues.  Our customers appreciate our innovative ideas and educational programs like this webinar.  Call us today to learn more at (301) 854-0010
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Six Tips for Preventing Ransomware

There are many types of cyber threats and compromises today.  Ransomware is a specific type of malware that infects a computer, encrypts the hard drives and demands the user pays a ransom to remove the restrictions.

This malware has been around for over two years and has infected millions of computers around the world.

Organizations of all sizes have been impacted from this threat. Just this last week, a rash of hospitals were hit with a variety of ransomware compromises across the country.  Kentucky Methodist Hospital even had to shut down its computers and recover its systems from backups. 

Generally, I don’t recommend paying the ransom, as there is no guarantee you will get the keys to unencrypt and recover the computer.  The best method of recovery is going back to an older image of the hard drive.

Here are a few ideas on ways to help keep your business better protected from this threat.

Back up
Keeping protected from any major issues starts with a good disaster recovery plan.  If ever infected, ransomware malware more often than not will force a recovery from days before you even recognized the attack.  Having a backup plan that extends beyond five days is critical.

Keep Updated
Malware technically finds its way into your computers by exploiting security holes in your operating system and applications.  Using the latest versions and running updates is a way software developers help plug those holes.  Use and keep your antivirus software updated with the latest patches too.

Watch What You Click
The number one way computers are compromised is through social engineering and email phishing attacks.  Cyber criminals prey on you with countless techniques to trick you into clicking on attachments in emails.  Pay attention to your emails and don’t click on untrustworthy and unsolicited messages.  Even with all the latest updates and patches, many ransomware exploits can get installed through malware attachments.

Train Your Employees
Try to educate everyone in your organization as to what can happen and ways they can prevent malware compromises through phishing attacks. This includes anyone that is using your computers and connected to your servers.

Limit your Admin Control
Do not overuse your admin access and stay logged into your computer. While in admin mode, avoid mail and web browsing.

Use OpenDNS
OpenDNS is a service that provides a way of pointing your computer away from known unsafe Internet sites and can help mitigate attacks to your business.  It is another layer along with software updates and virus protection to mitigate possible threats.  OpenDNS has a free home version and can be found here.

Ease Technologies provides services to help all our accounts become equipped with the right security prevention tools, proactively manage threats and offers on-going educational programs to help keep our customers safe every day.  Contact us now to learn how we can help you keep yourself better protected from these threats to your business at (301) 854 -0010 or contact us here.

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Demystifying the Cloud Webinar Feb 2016 Recording

Last week Ease Technologies held our popular Demystifying the Cloud Webinar.  During the event we covered cloud topics that included: Office 365, file sharing, VoIP phone systems, remote user needs, secure file sharing tips and the ideal virtual office.  

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Ease Technologies Recognized for Excellence in Managed IT Services

Columbia, MD, February 16, 2016 – Ease Technologies, the leading IT Services Provider in the Mid-Atlantic region, today announced it has earned recognition on The Channel Company’s 2016 CRN Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list as one of the MSP Pioneer 250. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services. Their top-notch offerings help companies navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of IT, improve operational efficiencies, and maximize their return on IT investments. 

crnIn today’s fast-paced business environments, MSPs play an important role in helping companies leverage new technologies without straining their budgets or losing focus on their core business. CRN’s MSP 500 list shines a light on the most forward-thinking and innovative of these key organizations.

The list is divided into three categories: the MSP Pioneer 250, recognizing companies with business models weighted toward managed services and largely focused on the SMB market; the MSP Elite 150, recognizing large, data center-focused MSPs with a strong mix of on-premise and off-premise services; and the MSP Hosting Service Provider 100, recognizing MSPs focused primarily on off-premise, cloud-based services.

“MSPs meet a critical need in the IT market, providing customized, turnkey services that allow for predictable operational expenses, effective control of expenditures, precise allocation of limited resources and convenient access to on-demand and pay-as-you-go technology,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “We congratulate the service providers of the MSP 500, who continually reinvent themselves to successfully meet their customers’ changing needs, helping businesses get the most out of their IT investments and sharpen their competitive edge.” 
“All of us at Ease are excited about being placed again on the list for the third year in a row and give credit to the hard work and dedication of our employees and loyal clients”, said Chuck Bubeck, President & CEO.  “We have successfully adapted and crafted our solutions for the changing technical support market over the last two decades and are proud to see our efforts rewarded once again”.

About Ease Technologies
Ease Technologies is a technology consulting and services firm for clients and markets who desire flexibility, creative talent and high reliability in a partner.  Since 1993, Ease has provided expertise and service offerings that include Managed IT Services, Cloud Workspace, software development, education consulting and IT staffing serving the Maryland, DC, Virginia region.

About the Channel Company 
The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. 

Melanie Turpin
The Channel Company
(508) 416-1195 
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