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Ben Schmerler

Ben Schmerler is a Senior IT Risk Advisor at DP Solutions, an award-winning managed service provider (MSP) headquartered in Columbia, MD. Ben works with his clients to develop consistent strategies not only for technical security, but also policy/compliance management, system design, integration planning, and other business level technology concerns.
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Updates - sometimes annoying, but critical

If you’ve used a Windows computer for any length of time, you notice the little pop-ups telling you something needs to be updated. 

Almost any application these days connects to the web to get new updates and patches, often times related to security flaws. Sometimes this can be frustrating. They require reboots, they can arbitrarily change settings and functionality, and something that behaves one way may behave differently after the update.

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Two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA for short), sometimes called multi-factor authentication (MFA), is a system in which you must verify your identity in two separate ways to access an account – this may be a login password, an online account or an account to access an application. 

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Physical Access Matters

Having physical access to technology, even if the devices themselves have been properly maintained and secured, increases risk dramatically, so physical security to your space still matters.

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Keeping your Internet of Things (IOT) Devices Safe

Technology has made our lives better. Technology has made adjusting the thermostat and turning the hot-water heater back to normal temperature as you board the plane to come back home from vacation very convenient and efficient.

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Why do I need so many passwords???

Passwords and management of those passwords are a big pain – no two ways around it. One website requires a symbol, another requires 14 characters and your bank requires 10 characters, four PIN numbers and the answer to a secret question. It becomes easy to just use the same three or four passwords for everything – after all, that’s more secure than one password for everything, right?

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PCI compliance

"Is my PCI compliance good enough to serve as a network cybersecurity audit?"

We often get asked if an organization has passed their PCI compliance requirements for accepting credit cards; is there really a need for more security and compliance? It's very possible you do.  Keep in mind that PCI is focused on protecting credit card data specifically, and most organizations touch sensitive data that goes beyond credit cards.  Was that considered when you did your PCI review?   

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Is it time for cyber-security planning?

The time to start planning for a security threat is BEFORE a cyber-attack occurs…not during! Cyber-security planning should be done continuously, especially as your organization changes.  

By proactively planning and adjusting, you can reduce the risk of significant consequences from technology incidents.

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Should I encrypt the data on my computer?

Imagine being at the airport and going to Starbucks to grab a cup of coffee before you catch your plane. You sit your laptop down to get a straw, and the next thing you know…your laptop is gone!  

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All About Password Refreshes

For any account that you care about protecting, we recommend you change your passwords about once every three months. It’s also important that you don’t reuse passwords or use the same passwords for two different sensitive accounts. 

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Do you allow guests to access your WiFi network?

Do you have guest access on your company WiFi network separate from your main network? Or do you simply give out the same password and access point information that your employees use? If you give out your password, you’re allowing a guest to play in the same sandbox where your staff accesses sensitive data.  What if your guest, knowingly or unknowingly, has been infected with some kind of worm?   

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