Loyal I.T. Solutions Five Recommended Authenticator Applications or Hardware

Posted by Deb Cashion on 20 April 2023
Loyal I.T. Solutions Five Recommended Authenticator Applications or Hardware
  Authentication and password security is part of the Essential Eight of Cyber Security and it is strongly advised for your network security. Using an authentication application is also evidence of compliance for insurance policies and investigations. In the past Loyal I.T. Solutions has strongly urged all their clients to implement two factor (2FA) or multi-factor (MFA) authentication. Our recommendation is to have two forms of authentication – one, a one-time passcode (OTP) via...
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MailGuard Email Security

Posted by Deb Cashion on 4 April 2023
MailGuard Email Security
  We have recently seen a marked increase in the attempted hacking of email accounts which might include methods such as phishing, spear phishing, spoofing and other forms of Malware (see our Cyber Security Terminology blog for more information on these terms). Installing a mail protection system that uses policy-based rules to detect threats and enforce compliance, accountability and brand protection is recommended by security experts. Loyal I.T. Solutions uses and recommends Mai...
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Microsoft Azure Active Directory Security Defaults

Posted by Deb Cashion on 27 March 2023
Microsoft Azure Active Directory Security Defaults
  Background In May 2022, Microsoft announced that it will be automatically enforcing more secure default settings, known as "security defaults" on all existing Microsoft 365 (Azure AD) tenants. Although clients who came on board with the Microsoft portal after October 2019 are already protected, Microsoft is running a campaign to move all users to multi factor authentication (MFA) when logging into the portal. They are currently sending notifications via ...
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Cyber Security Terminology

Posted by Deb Cashion on 15 March 2023
Cyber Security Terminology

Cyber security is a concern for all technology users, and hackers and scammers are finding new ways to scam and hack consumers and businesses. Sometimes the terminology can be hard to understand, so this blog is designed to give you the plain English definition of current hacking and scamming terms.
  Baiting - A type of social engineering attack where a scammer uses a false promise to lure a victim into a trap which may steal personal and financial information or inflict the system wi...
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Important news for small business regarding Cyber Security

Posted by Deb Cashion on 7 March 2023
Important news for small business regarding Cyber Security
  2022 was a bad year for hacks and scams, especially those targeting businesses. The third Annual Cyber Threat Report by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) to June 2022 reported these scary statistics: An increase in financial losses due to business email compromise of over $98 million Over 76,0000 cybercrime reports (one every 7 minutes) A rise in the average cost per cybercrime report to over $39,000 for small business, $88,000 for medium business, a...
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Multi Factor Authentication – the first step in security

Posted by Deb Cashion on 20 February 2023
Multi Factor Authentication – the first step in security
Recent attacks on major companies resulting in massive loss of personal information has enforced stricter regulations for company security. Insurance companies are requesting information from their policy holders on the insured company's cyber security before policies are granted and there is talk of updating The Privacy Act to hold more accountability for organisations in relation to personal security of their clients and staff (see here for The Attorney General's Priv...
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