IT Security has been in the news a lot lately and it’s a topic that I don’t think is ever going to go away. Long gone are the days when nobody gave technology a second thought. We live in a world where refrigerators can be programmed to send spam and big companies like Sony can find masses of sensitive data ripped off and sold to the highest bidder. The control systems of cars – like Chrysler’s Jeep Cherokee can be hacked into and taken over and even electronic skateboards have been subject to hacking. Big or small, hackers can, and […]

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In our last blog we raised the alarm about the massive threat cybercriminals pose to our way of life. Whether they are terrorists aiming to take out the power grid or gritty punks looking for access to our banking or medical records, there is no easy way to protect ourselves against the growing sophistication of these felons.   There are nearly 2,500 companies focused on IT security already listed in the 180FIND directory and in our review of these companies we found that most take a reactive approach to cyber security. I contend that this has got to change. And […]

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In his new book, Light’s Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath Ted Koppel paints a grim picture of the damage one person with a laptop could do to the economic infrastructure of the United States of America. While I haven’t read the book yet, it apparently explains, among other things, how a well-designed cyber-attack on just one of the nation’s three electric power grids could cripple the country and create untold misery. While some people might be tempted to look at Koppel’s investigation as sensationalist and overly dramatic, I, for one, am fully on board with the […]

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While Halloween is celebrated in some areas of the world at the end of October, the scariest thing a lot of people experienced last month was a reminder from the folks behind National Cyber Security Awareness month to be extra vigilant when it comes to our online security. According to research presented at a congressional hearing in the United States recently, 71 percent of cyber-attacks occur at businesses with fewer than 100 employees in the United States.   The Better Business Bureau (BBB) partnered with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), one of the groups behind Cyber Security Awareness Month, […]

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We looked at hundreds of thousands of web pages In the process of setting up the 180FIND Directory and we were amazed at how few actually seemed to present their business in a powerful way. That website piece is tough for most companies and it doesn’t help that online marketing is continually evolving. What’s more, while most of us are adept at our areas of core competency, if we were ace marketers, we’d be selling that service, instead of the product or service we’re focusing on at the moment.   But a strong website is important and here’s why:   […]

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