IT Security

IT securityProtecting your organization against IT security risks is becoming increasingly important in today’s business climate.  Instances of malware and cyber intrusion continue to grow more sophisticated and widespread, and these attacks are indiscriminate, affecting businesses of all sizes and types.

Industry studies have found more than half of all businesses experienced a data breach. They have also found that 1 in 3 cybercrime attacks are now targeted at small businesses.

Safety Net has partnerships with leading security vendors, including Symantec and Barracuda. You can rely on us to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your data and IT systems. Our Senior Network Engineer Jeff Mertz is a Certified Ethical Hacker who understands how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in systems by using the same tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate manner.

We are continually adding enhancements to improve the security stature of our Your Net™ managed IT services clients. For more information on security, contact us.

IT Security Tips/Blog

  • The 1 “Don’t” and 3 “Do’s” When Sending Sensitive Info – September 07, 2017 – Mortgage lenders, medical assistants, engineers, legal secretaries, benefits administrators and HR generalists. What do these professions have in common? They all regularly handle sensitive information. Whether it’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII) like a client’s Social Security number, intellectual property like drawings of a proprietary product, or your company’s bank account details, failing to secure the transfer ... Read more . . .
  • Two-Factor Authentication: What is it? Why should you care? – August 24, 2017 – What is it? Have you ever received a code on your phone that you had to enter on Google or Amazon to finish logging in? That’s a form of multi-factor authentication. Entering only a username and password is considered single-factor authentication. Multi-factor authentication requires another level of protection, more than just a password, to access an ... Read more . . .
  • Yes, there’s another one! What you should know about NotPetya – June 27, 2017 – You may have already heard in the news about another widespread ransomware attack taking down large companies, hospitals, and transportation systems around Europe and the U.S. Labeled “NotPetya” by security authority Kaspersky Lab, it uses the same Windows vulnerability that the Wannacry ransomware did just a few weeks ago. The Safety Net team, including Senior Security Engineer Jeff ... Read more . . .
  • Digital holiday scams – be wary! – December 15, 2015 – by Jeff Mertz, Senior Network Engineer This holiday season many of us will shop online. It’s important to stay extra vigilant during this busy time and follow basic security principles to prevent exploitation by criminals with digital holiday scams. While you’re out there trying to get the perfect gift for that special someone, the bad guys are ... Read more . . .
  • 3 Ways to Identify Phishing Attacks – December 04, 2015 – Safety Net has been seeing a heightened volume of phishing attacks over the last several weeks. This is in line with the general trends that are being seen across the globe. Phishing is an email attack attempting to trick you into either opening an attachment that contains a virus, clicking a web link that contains ... Read more . . .
  • Security Alert – Dell Certificate Vulnerability – November 25, 2015 – This week, Dell announced that recent shipments of its PCs had a certificate that was improperly configured. The result is a vulnerability that could pose a security risk as web traffic has the potential to be intercepted on a local network in certain settings. The Firefox web browser does not appear to be affected by the ... Read more . . .
  • Release of New Microsoft Security Updates – October 17, 2014 – Cyber security awareness has been at a heightened level this year, not only in the media, but at Safety Net as well. This week, Microsoft made an announcement about new vulnerabilities discovered in their operating systems and associated software. These are not as critical as other security flaws that we’ve provided updates on in the past, and ... Read more . . .
  • Cisco ASA Firewall Security Flaw: What You Should Know – October 10, 2014 – Cisco has released a security advisory regarding numerous, serious vulnerabilities discovered in its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) firewall software. Our Cisco Certified Security Professional Jeff Mertz has analyzed this advisory in detail on Cisco ASA firewall security. Based on the configurations and documentation in our records, we have determined the following:Our managed service (Your Net) clients are ... Read more . . .
  • Shellshock: What You Should Know about this Security Flaw – September 26, 2014 – A new security flaw known as “Shellshock” or the “Bash Bug” has been identified. It affects UNIX-based operating systems, which include Linux and Mac OS X (desktops, laptops and servers). It has the potential to let attackers take control of your computer, as well as gain access to data and services in the cloud. It is important to note ... Read more . . .
  • Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Security Flaw: What You Should Know – April 29, 2014 – Microsoft warned customers over the weekend that a vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser (Versions 6-11) could allow hackers to gain access to their computers. According to available information, this security flaw is being exploited on Adobe Flash-driven websites.As of this morning, Microsoft has not announced when fixes will be available for download. We recommend using another web ... Read more . . .