As the holidays draw close, and the stores get more and more crowded, shopping online may seem like the best solution. And for some, shopping online always seems like the solution! So to help protect yourself all while avoiding the congestion, UniVista has put together some helpful tips to protect yourself in any shopping season.  

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Spear Phishing 

One of the most effective types of attacks is called spear fishing. “Spear phishing is email targeted at a specific individual or department within an organization that appears to be from a trusted source. It’s actually cybercriminals attempting to steal confidential information,” – KnowBe4. 

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Here at UniVista, we’ve spent many years cultivating best practices and procedures that surpass our needs. This means, they are more than likely capable of suiting your business needs as well. Because of this, we want you to have access to these same processes we have internally. Cultivating your relationship with us gives you access to our library of policies, procedures and more. This way you can build off our tried and tested internal processes to better yours! 

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As the year draws to an end and the holidays are upon us we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a customer with UniVista. Our mission is to provide a quality service and our personal best to you each and every day. We do this by following specific processes, maintain technical structures, and build close-business relationships with our customers.  

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Did you know that October is National Cybersecurity Month? This seems appropriate since Cybersecurity exploits and hacks have kept the news buzzing through the summer. That’s why we’re going to take this time to remind you of the best cybersecurity practices you can implement to keep yourself safe.  

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With kids back to school there are a lot of things to worry about. Getting them to class in time, making sure they have something to eat, and their homework is in their backpack. Unlike in our youth, kids have technology at their fingertips and are quick to explore the cyber world on their phones, but are they staying safe?

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Last week we addressed the importance of implementing a Disaster Recovery plan under your own Business Continuity program. And as we mentioned previously, this is a necessity under most, if not all, compliance requirements. The next question is, do you know what it means to maintain compliance?

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What is unique about a city or local governmental organization? Services must be tailored to a local government’s unique needs. Governments are subject to a strict budgeting process that generally can’t be altered throughout the fiscal year. Any additional items not on these budgets, in which costs exceed a specific price point, are subject to a bidding process; sometimes this can take place even before being finalized in the budget. Furthermore, all items are subject to an open records request. We realize that this month we’re talking about a very specific set of customers. That does not mean non-city customers should set your alarm for August 1st and tune out for July. We consistently write our articles so that they contain helpful information that anyone can utilize in order to help make your organization a better and more efficient workplace.

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By now you should have trained your employees on what an attack might look like. Now what? Training an employee is half the battle. Not only do they need to know what NOT to do, they need to know what TO DO when a challenge presents itself.  Next, employees need to be aware of internal changes that could directly impact them or their environment, and what to do in case your company does fall victim to an attack. One might call this a Security Plan… 

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