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The Benefits of Antivirus and Email Filtering

December 16th, 2022 by admin

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Antivirus and email filtering are important tools in keeping your computer safe from malicious activity. By regularly performing security scans and monitoring incoming emails, these programs can help protect you from online threats such as viruses,...

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Why Business Password Management Remains a Struggle

October 11th, 2022 by admin

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Do you think your password is secure? Everyone has their favorite password, which they tend to use everywhere. However, smart people know they shouldn't use something that can be guessed easily, such as 'password' or '12345'; however, once you start...

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Stay Protected Against Any Unwanted Threats or Hackers - ATS Cyber Security Services to Keep Your Business Safe

August 3rd, 2022 by admin

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Hackers are a growing concern for most businesses. In order to protect against them, it is important to understand what they do and how they do it. While the term hacker may be new, hacking has been around for centuries. Because cyber security is...

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How to Improve Your Remote Workforce's Security and Efficiency

December 31st, 2020 by admin

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Many companies have made the switch to remote working this year due to the pandemic, doing their best to adapt to changing work culture. However, the struggle doesn't end with just establishing your remote operations. Now that you've reacted, it's...

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5 Things Businesses Need for a Successful Long Term Remote Workforce

June 30th, 2020 by admin

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As the mandates for isolation and closure are slowly lifting, many business are finding themselves presented with a new challenge. What do they do with their newly founded remote workforces? While some choose to transition them back into the office...

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ATS Communications Provides Cybersecurity for a Remote Workforce

June 9th, 2020 by admin

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With businesses moving to a remote workforce, they face different challenges that they didn't deal with before. One of those challenges is how to keep your network secure while operating under a remote model. Here are some recommendations to ensure...

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Be on the Lookout for Rising Number of COVID-19 Phishing Attacks

April 21st, 2020 by admin

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Hackers will often look to exploit any weakness they can find, whether it is through technological means or through human curiosity and concern. With the rapid rise of COVID-19 across the globe, hackers are ramping up their phishing attack efforts....

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Tips to Stay Productive, Cyber-Safe, and Get the Fastest Service

March 30th, 2020 by admin

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ATS has collected tips and actual client experiences & lessons about how to stay productive, cyber-safe, and get the fastest service from us right now. What's Happening Right Now The support load continues to be heavy. Some clients did not shelter...

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Email Filtering to Protect Your Business from Phishing Attempts

March 4th, 2020 by admin

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Your business's IT security is critical to its well-being and success. Your company likely stores copious amounts of sensitive data about your finances and your customers' information. Keeping this information protected is critical, and that's...

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ATS Protects Your Network From Security Threats

January 16th, 2020 by admin

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Protecting your data networks is one of the most important things your company can do. At ATS, our experience and expertise enable us to bring the most innovative cybersecurity solutions to the table. There are numerous types of cyberattacks,...

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IP Surveillance to Protect Your Business and Employees

January 9th, 2020 by admin

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Network security is a hot topic nowadays, and rightfully so. Protecting your data networks from hackers is one of the most important things your business needs to do. But, has your company taken the necessary steps to protect its physical location,...

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The Cybersecurity Workforce Gap and How It's Affecting Businesses

November 21st, 2019 by admin

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As cyber-attacks continue to intensify, businesses are having a hard time finding skilled cybersecurity workers to protect their operations. The cybersecurity industry has taken a significant hit with the labor shortage causing many companies to fall...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Support, Services, Security, Solutions

The Importance of Understanding Your Cyber Security Risk Tolerance and Exposure

July 14th, 2019 by admin

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It is common for companies to underestimate their security risks and think that specific attacks could never happen to their business until it happens. While it is always essential to stay prepared no matter the likelihood of an attack,...

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How SMBs Are Dealing with Cybersecurity Threats in 2019

June 18th, 2019 by admin

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Independent market researcher Vanson Bourne surveyed 850 respondents in small- and medium-sized businesses across the globe about cybersecurity. The findings illustrate the perception of their current state of security, versus the reality of the cyber...

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Types of Phishing Attacks: Whaling, Deceptive, Pharming

May 25th, 2019 by admin

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Phishing attacks occur when communication that appears to be reputable is fraudulent. These sorts of scams are made to extract personal and sensitive information from victims such as social security numbers, addresses, bank information, and more. People...

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The Importance of Cyber Security

May 9th, 2019 by admin

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Throughout 2018 data breaches were a typical story from corporations of every size. The stories either tell of a breach that happened during the year or they're about ones that occurred years ago. Those common press releases about how their client's...

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ATS Knows Security

January 29th, 2019 by admin

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Your business needs a dependable and robust cybersecurity solution, plain and simple. As technology continues to advance and new threats are coming to the forefront, it is essential to have the proper security and management behind you to ensure...

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Identifying the Top 4 Network Security Risks

November 15th, 2018 by admin

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Security for your business is crucial. Everyone knows that, but settling for any old security system won't give you the protection you need against modern-day cybercriminals stealing sensitive data and monitoring operations. ATS offers great network...

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Keeping Your Data Safe

August 10th, 2018 by admin

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As technology gets more advanced, so do the bad guys. That’s why at ATS we make your network security our priority and help you avoid disruptions to your operations! From ransomware to the dark web and all the email scams in-between, criminals...

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Managing Automatic Updates: Balancing Security With Convenience

July 10th, 2018 by admin

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Running automatic updates for applications and operating systems helps protect your company's digital devices, but those updates can harm productivity if not well managed. Unpatched software is the single biggest security risk in the workplace, so it's...

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Key Strategies to Boost IT Security in the Workplace

June 20th, 2018 by admin

Businesses have more to worry about than ever when it comes to dealing with new forms of cyber-attacks. The shift to a BYOD workplace adds even more challenges to protecting your digital assets. While hardware and software solutions continue to improve...

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Which Industries Are Most Likely to be Targeted with Cyber Security Threats?

May 21st, 2018 by admin

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To understand why some industries are targeted in cyber attacks more often than others, it's important to understand what drives hackers and what makes a target appealing. Of the two, hackers are easier to understand: According to a Verizon data security...

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7 Ways to Keep Work Secure on Employee Personal Devices

May 14th, 2018 by admin

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Technology improvements have made it easy for employees to get work done on their personal devices from anywhere. However, that freedom comes with additional security risks and requires extra diligence to keep data secure. Safeguarding information is...

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5 Email Disasters: How a Service Like ATS Can Prevent Catastrophe

May 3rd, 2018 by admin

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Often, businesses don't prepare for email disasters until after one has hit. But while email may comprise just a small part of a company's day-to-day operation, an email disaster can have a staggering impact on your business. The 2016 Democratic National...

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Training Employees in Data Security Practices: Tips and Topics

April 3rd, 2018 by admin

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While there's plenty of technology available to keep your business's data protected, the human element is still the most important piece to consider in safeguarding your company's data. Properly training employees to understand and implement data security...

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10 Cyberattacks Your Business Should Defend Against

March 29th, 2018 by admin

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Cyberattacks are a major security concern for any business that uses the Internet. Even if your company doesn't have a website, hackers can go after your email address and business service accounts. Though they represent one of the more severe risks of...

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Cybersecurity and C-Level Execs: Protecting Data While On the Go

March 26th, 2018 by admin

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While all employees need to be mindful of security, the nature of C-level executives makes them more attractive targets for hackers. That means it's necessary for them to take greater precautions. According to TechRepublic, C-level executives are more...

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The Mirai Botnet Returns — and Why You Should be Concerned

March 13th, 2018 by admin

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The Mirai botnet refers to a massive-scale network of Linux-running Internet of Things devices turned into remote-controlled bots through a malware infection. Hackers can use the network to run a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, by having the infected...

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Spectre and Meltdown: Valuable Lessons for Your IT Security Team

February 12th, 2018 by admin

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At the end of 2017, the world learned about Spectre and Meltdown: two far-reaching security threats that exploit how CPUs work to expose protected information on nearly every recent PC, server and smartphone. Hackers can use these exploits to do things...

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Do You Have a Crisis Management Plan for a Cyberattack?

February 8th, 2018 by admin

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A cyberattack crisis management plan is your business's best defense for minimizing cyberattack damage after technology-based preventative measures have failed. Unfortunately for most businesses, cyberattacks are not a matter of if, but a matter of when....

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Does Fintech Pose a Threat to Cybersecurity at Financial Services Companies?

January 29th, 2018 by admin

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Financial services companies should embrace a healthy dose of caution when implementing new fintech in their business. Fintech, or any technological innovation in the financial sector, is not inherently more or less secure than any other new technology,...

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Four Security Threats Your Company Could Face in 2018

January 16th, 2018 by admin

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Hot off the tail of the massive 2017 Equifax breach that exposed personal information of 143 million customers, businesses are on high alert concerning IT security in 2018. While the IT security industry has been successful in mitigating and cracking...

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HTTPS: Securely Sending Personal And Private Information

December 28th, 2017 by admin

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Avoid costly data security breaches by training your staff to check for secure connections when handling private information on the Internet. Secure Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, or HTTPS, is a technology legal, healthcare, and financial businesses use...

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New Phishing Technique Hijacks Legitimate Conversations

October 24th, 2017 by admin

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A new spear phishing technique, being used in a hacking campaign called FreeMilk, takes advantage of a Microsoft Office vulnerability in order to hijack existing email conversations to spread malware to high-profile targets. This new technique phishing...

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Alternative Employee Device Security: Fingerprints, Facial Recognition, and Iris Scans, Oh My!

October 17th, 2017 by admin

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So far, 2017 has been an eventful year for increasing access to password-alternative smartphone and laptop unlocking techniques. Notably, Samsung added Face unlocking to the Galaxy S8 line and Apple introduced Face ID on the iPhone X. Of particular note,...

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Equifax Breach: What does it teach us about IT security?

October 3rd, 2017 by admin

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The 2017 Equifax hack is teaching a painful lesson about the necessity of businesses keeping up with software patches for IT security and to avoid catastrophic damage. The hack, which resulted in potentially exposing the financial information necessary...

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Flash Drives: A Productivity and Security Guide

September 26th, 2017 by admin

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With proper planning, your business can take advantage of USB flash drive technology to increase productivity, while eliminating most of the medium's inherent risk. The USB flash drives likely lying around your business offer excellent opportunities to...

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Adobe Flash: The Rumors of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated...Until 2020

August 29th, 2017 by admin

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Adobe Flash, the web content standard the Internet loves to hate, will soon meet its ultimate demise: Adobe will finish phasing out the platform in 2020. Flash, first introduced in the early 2000s, has been on a gradual decline for almost as long as it...

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The Internal SMB IT Security Threat: Overconfidence In Cyber Security Preparedness

August 15th, 2017 by admin

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According to a 2017 published study by Advisen and Experian, one of the biggest threats facing small businesses comes from within, such as overconfidence in the organization's ability to protect itself and recover from cyber security attacks. While businesses...

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Addressing the Unique Ransomware IT Security Issues in Healthcare

August 8th, 2017 by admin

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Ransomware, a type of malware that holds a computer hostage and tries to force the victim to pay money to recover access, is a nightmare for any business, but the healthcare industry faces the more severe side of a ransomware attack. The healthcare industry...

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Looking at USB/NFC Keys for Extra Account Security

August 1st, 2017 by admin

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Hijacked accounts are an IT security nightmare, so it makes sense for your company to look at new technology for better ways to keep your digital assets safe. While security professionals are working out new ways to look at what account credentials are,...

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Is Your Office Router Secure?

July 25th, 2017 by admin

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In June 2017, WikiLeaks released secret documents that exposed the tools the CIA uses to infiltrate public and private networks through routers. These documents have shined a light on how easy it is for someone to hack a router. This begs the question,...

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Flaws in 2-Factor Authentication Methods Could Leave You Vulnerable

July 11th, 2017 by admin

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If your business is using 2-factor authentication or 2FA, methods to secure your important accounts, you may need to investigate better ways to implement the practice. Security experts widely recommend using 2FA, a system which utilizes a second security...

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Recent Ransomware Attacks

May 19th, 2017 by admin

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As you may have already heard, there was a major ransomware attack across the globe recently. On May 12th, WannaCry/WCry 2.0 infected thousands of computers, taking the user's data hostage and demanding bitcoins to release it. We can't know how many...

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The Battle for Cyber Security

March 27th, 2017 by admin

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We’ve been noticing an alarming trend regarding cyber security. Actually, more so a lack of security. One of the best practices on the frontline of security is your password. Unfortunately, this is an area that a lot of people will gloss over, often relying...

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Cyber Security with ATS

January 27th, 2017 by admin

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There's been a lot of talk lately about data protection, hackers, best practices for emails and storage - we can understand if you're a bit worried about your business. Much of our work these days runs through networks and servers. Is your business...

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Posted in: Data, Security, Solutions

Surveillance

September 13th, 2016 by admin

Make sure your staff and business is protected from crime with our video surveillance systems. Our surveillance systems are beneficial to any size business. With detail that surpasses analog cameras, you are able to capture events in your office or at...

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Network Security

April 12th, 2016 by admin

Protecting vital business information is a priority of any business. ATS can help ensure that your network, users, and data are protected from continually evolving threats.  A firewall is often installed in a specially designated computer separate from...

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Network Security

January 29th, 2016 by admin

At ATS, protecting your business’s valuable information is a top priority. With the help of our industry-leading partners, we deliver high performance network security solutions that help you protect your network, users and data from continually evolving...

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Video Surveillance Benefits

December 11th, 2015 by admin

Video Surveillance does so much more than just protect your business and inventory, it also protects your employees and enforces safe work conditions. ATS's video surveillance solutions benefit businesses of every size by providing HD cameras, mobile...

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Video Surveillance

July 15th, 2015 by admin

While video surveillance does help to protect your business from crime, that is not all it does. It also... Protects your staff in case of customer disputes Enforces safe work conditions allows you to see whether procedures and protocols are being...

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