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June 15, 2016

Your Network Could Already Be Full of Intruders

Right now, you and your team are actively working to prevent a data breach in your network. The truth, though, is that the damage may have already been done. It’s possible that hackers already broke in, and are waiting for an opportune time to strike.

Want proof? Just look at what happened at JPMorgan, when hackers broke into the bank’s computer system and stayed silent for several months before they were discovered. During that time, the hackers amassed the account details of about 83 million small businesses and households.

The attack began when hackers obtained the account login credentials for a JPMorgan employee, and used the information to worm their way into the network. According to the New York Times, most large banks are now using a tactic called two-factor authentication to protect their accounts, which employs two identification methods at login. However, JPMorgan’s network security team failed to upgrade a critical network server with two-factor authentication which left it open to an attack.

What’s more, two-factor authentication—long thought to be one of the most secure account protection strategies—is now under fire. Hackers recently discovered a sneaky way to use text messages to trick unsuspecting users into helping them bypass two-factor checkpoints.

So while you may think that your network is hack-proof, trust us: It’s not. Today’s hackers are using highly sophisticated strategies to break into business networks and are adept at evading security protocols and embedding harmful malware. It’s no wonder that more than 46 percent of respondents in a recent survey claimed that they were significantly affected by malware in the past.

What can you do to stay safe? You need to discover who is already inside of your network, get rid of them and batten down the hatches to prevent future attacks. Otherwise, your ongoing cybersecurity efforts will be futile.

A new breed of hacktrepeneurs has awoken and they have little to fear and everything to gain by infecting as many companies as possible and extorting money from them. Apex Technology Services stands ready to protect your company regardless of whether it’s located in New York CityWhite Plains, New York; Connecticut; Australia; Europe; or anywhere else. Our full suite of cybersecurity and IT support services is at your disposal, enabling you to spend less time worrying about and more time growing your business.

In addition, our new Cybersecurity Compliance Certification for law firms will help keep your legal practice from becoming the next Panama Papers victim. This baseline cybersecurity audit for the legal industry should be considered seriously by all law firms.

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