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June 28, 2017 David Gemma

Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery & CyberSecurity

Prior, Proper, Planning

By Ken Rode, Director of IT Services, UNAPEN Inc., and a member of  ASCII since 2014

Earlier this month I reviewed WannaCry Ransomware. Now we have a new variant wreaking havoc in Europe and the US dubbed Petya. The interesting/annoying/scary thing about this one is that it includes the ability to leverage one vulnerable machine against your entire network. This means it is no longer sufficient to only protect your “important” machines. One vulnerable system no matter how inconsequential it is to you, could cause major issues within your network…..just as Merck, Maersk and others learned yesterday.

Our Partners at Datto have released an update that you can view here Massive Ransomware Attack Spreading across the Globe

The protections you need are the same as they were with WannaCry (see below); the new lesson is that you need these protections on every system that has access to your network.

Let's Cover the Basics (again for anyone that missed the previous article)

1.)    Keep your systems up to date – These attacks are exploiting a hole that was patched in March.  With all the tools and services available to ensure your systems are patched, it is negligent to not have applied this update by now.  Through ITComplete™, UNAPEN can even resolve the issue for operating systems that Microsoft no longer supports.

2.)    The attack has known signatures - so using a reputable, fully featured malware protection package should help block infections.  The key is to ensure these protections are on, operating properly and reporting to the correct people if an issue is discovered.  Trend Micro Worry Free Business Security is incorporated into UNAPEN ITComplete™ and has the protections needed.

3.)    Finally, the goal of ransomware is to collect ransom - even if an attack got through the first two protections (as WannaCry would not) you only need to pay ransom if you can’t recover on your own.  Active Business Continuity Systems like ITComplete DataSafe™ allow clients to spin up a clean copy of a protected system in minutes to recover from a hardware, software, or even malware issue.

Enjoy!

 

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May 15, 2017 David Gemma

Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery & CyberSecurity

Prior, Proper, Planning

By Ken Rode, Director of IT Services, UNAPEN Inc., and a member of  ASCII since 2014

This month, the SANS OUCH! newsletter focuses on the recent WannaCry ransomware and how you can protect yourself from similar attacks.

Personally, it amazes me that attacks like this are even still an issue for any reputable company as the protections to prevent them are reasonably affordable and are essentially a baseline of security that any firm should have.

Let's Cover the Basics

1.)    Keep your systems up to date – These attacks are exploiting a hole that was patched in March.  With all the tools and services available to ensure your systems are patched, it is negligent to not have applied this update by now.  Through ITComplete™, UNAPEN can even resolve the issue for operating systems that Microsoft no longer supports.

2.)    The attack has known signatures - so using a reputable, fully featured malware protection package should help block infections.  The key is to ensure these protections are on, operating properly and reporting to the correct people if an issue is discovered.  Trend Micro Worry Free Business Security is incorporated into UNAPEN ITComplete™ and has the protections needed.

3.)    Finally, the goal of ransomware is to collect ransom - even if an attack got through the first two protections (as WannaCry would not) you only need to pay ransom if you can’t recover on your own.  Active Business Continuity Systems like ITComplete DataSafe™ allow clients to spin up a clean copy of a protected system in minutes to recover from a hardware, software, or even malware issue.

Enjoy!

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Get flexible IT services at an affordable fixed monthly cost with UNAPEN ITComplete.

Create comprehensive Data Backup & Disaster Recovery solutions with UNAPEN ITComplete DataSafe.

Harden your firm against Cyber Security Attacks with UNAPEN ITComplete NetScan.

June 22, 2016 David Gemma

Outsourced IT, Data Backup, Disaster Recovery & CyberSecurity

Protect Your Business 

Cyber Attacks Take Another Nasty, but Preventable, Turn

By Ken Rode, Director of IT Services, UNAPEN Inc., and a member of ASCII 

Recently there have been several high profile attacks against weak passwords and remote access utilities.

Like lions picking off the weakest gazelles in a herd, hackers are compromising weak systems in order to obtain passwords and then using those passwords in an attempt to access more secure systems.

People using TeamViewer, GoToMyPC and other remote access tools have been reporting unknown users taking over their systems.

All investigations have pointed to these victims using the same weak password on multiple systems and not enabling 2-factor authentication where it is available. See Two Factor Hack – Why Your Clients Might Not Be As Safe As You Think They Are!

People using good password policies and extra security where they can have been spared this nightmare.

I was even notified from a couple of hobby-related sites I belong to that the administrators of those sites are forcing password changes due to this issue.  See ‘Short Passwords Lead to Millions of Compromised Accounts’ in the UNAPEN May 2016 Newsletter.

 

So How Can You Protect Yourself?

Top 3 ways to reduce Hacker Threat:

  1. Use strong passwords… sentences, multiple character types, spaces, etc. – see How to Create a Strong Password and Remember It
  2. Use different passwords for each online service you use…particularly those that protect sensitive data. There are password managers you can use that help create, store and use multiple complex passwords – see The Best Password Managers for 2016 for a review. Personally, I like LastPass and Dashlane.
  3. Turn on additional security whenever it is available, …typically a one-time password sent via either email or text message…if available, text message is a better choice than email.

 

Proactively Protect Your Firm from Hackers!

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Have a Plan in Case Something Does Go Wrong!

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May 18, 2016 David Gemma

By Ken Rode, Director of IT Services, UNAPEN Inc., and a member of ASCII since 2014

Protect Both Your Own and Your Clients’ Personal and Professional Data

 

Two factor authentication (2fa) is available with many Internet sites and services (though you may need to manually choose to use it) and it can greatly increase the security of your clients’ accounts.

Rather than simply relying on a static username and password, 2fa introduces a second authentication entry such as a onetime password sent via text to a cell phone, an ever-changing code entered from a physical token or token app on a smartphone, or a one-time password sent to an email address.

Of these three options, there is one that is less secure and may even equate to a completely false sense of security.

Read the full article published in BusinessSolutions magazine here

Find out how you can protect your firm on an ongoing basis with:

 

UNAPEN, ITCOMPLETE, OUTSOURCED IT, MANAGED IT SERVICES, MSP

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April 2, 2015 David Gemma

Article by Ken Rode, Director of IT Services at UNAPEN, Inc.

Network Vulnerability Scanning vs. Penetration Testing

Recent high-profile incursions into all types and sizes of corporate networks demonstrate why Penetration Testing can be a valuable tool for protecting private data. Finding the holes and weaknesses in your network protections before the bad guys do can save astronomical amounts of money as well as your firm’s reputation. However, many RIA firms still have trouble justifying the tens of thousands of dollars a comprehensive Penetration Test will cost. This is where Vulnerability Scanning comes into play.

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February 25, 2015 David Gemma

Article by Ken Rode, Director of IT Services at UNAPEN, Inc.

Technology is Changing the Game

One of the biggest factors is the belief that if there is a problem that can’t be solved remotely, your IT provider can be there to fix it quickly.  However, with the advent of Managed IT Services, including remote access in recent years, this has become much less critical and providers using the proper tools can actually respond faster remotely than they could if required to be on site. (more…)

January 27, 2015 David Gemma

Article by Ken Rode, Director of IT Services at UNAPEN, Inc.

 

The New Windows 10

Clearly bowing to the almost complete condemnation of Windows 8/8.1 in the enterprise, Microsoft announced on September 30, 2014 the planned release of Windows 10.  This version returns to a more Windows 7 like desktop interface while also retaining the benefits offered in Windows 8/8.1. In April 2015, Microsoft is expected to provide an official release date; the current expectation is sometime late in 2015. (more…)

October 24, 2014 David Gemma

NOTICE BY KEN RODE, Director of IT Services at UNAPEN, Inc.

Yet another major case of “malvertising” has been reported.  This is nothing new (a famous case occurred on the NY times web site over 5 years ago).  This sort of hacker attack works by going after the companies who serve up advertisements to sites such as newspapers, fantasy sport sites, yahoo, msn, match.com, etc.  If your browser plugins are not up to date, simply opening a page that is showing one of these infected ads can automatically infect your computer. (more…)

August 27, 2013 David Gemma No comments exist

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Presented by:
David Gemma, Chief Marketing Officer, UNAPEN, Inc. and Ken Rode, Director of IT Services, UNAPEN, Inc.

As network environments, regulatory mandates and external threats all increase in scope and complexity, the need for layered IT solutions has never been more urgent. Without comprehensive, integrated and proactive approaches to security, efficiency and compliance, managers are leaving their systems virtually unguarded and increasingly subject to plunder.

Our proactive approach to providing Business Continuity solutions means that we don’t wait for something to go wrong, we work closely with you to plan out a multi-layered strategy that continuously protects your firm, your clients and your budget. (more…)

August 1, 2013 Ken Rode No comments exist

Windows 8

Windows 8 was originally released to manufacturing on August 1, 2012 to general disappointment and condemnation.  The primary problem with this new release is its major shift to a tablet-style interface.  In this brief review, I am not going to touch on Windows 8 RT as that is not the OS that people will be using in a business environment and, honestly, it holds no interest for me.  For a low-powered, tablet-only interface, I am very happy with Android.  We will quickly review the original Windows 8 Pro release and then look at the preview release of Windows 8.1 Pro. (more…)

May 1, 2006 David Gemma No comments exist

Information Technology for the Financial Services Industry

Wallingford, CT: May 1, 2006—UNAPEN, Inc., a developer of technological solutions for the Financial Services Industry, today announced the launch of its new Information Technology (IT) offering, UNAPEN ITComplete. This new service provides new and existing customers with all of the benefits of an onsite support staff, without the associated costs. Investment Advisors have often been forced to let their IT operations upstage their concerns about their clients’ investments. With ITComplete, much-needed resources that used to be concentrated on technical operations can now be restored to focusing on their core duties and overall firm success.

UNAPEN ITComplete covers the full range of technical services necessary for smooth business operations. Combining comprehensive systems management with sophisticated on-site and remote support, UNAPEN delivers complete care for your business IT infrastructures.

Comprehensive System Monitoring
Sophisticated Antivirus and Spyware Protection
System Administration Services
Remote Maintenance
Prescheduled Site Visits
Status Reports
Help Desk

 ITComplete is among the only comprehensive systems management services sophisticated enough to handle the IT infrastructure required by firms in the Financial Services industry. Along with UNAPEN’s other products and services targeted specifically for the Financial Services vertical, ITComplete delivers through the combined knowledge and experience of our employees, who have an average of nine years in the Investment and Technology industries.

  About UNAPEN

UNAPEN, Inc. is a nationally recognized consulting and software development firm that delivers functional excellence to Asset Managers in the Financial Services Industry. Our team of Investment and Technology professionals has developed applications and solutions that enable our clients to unlock the true potential of their business. Since 1991, we have built our reputation of providing exceptional quality products, services and solutions that make our clients more competitive and successful.

Contact:
Ken Rode
UNAPEN, Inc.
ken.rode@unapen.com
(203) 269-2111