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Louisiana Declares Cybersecurity State of Emergency

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Louisiana Declares Cybersecurity State of Emergency

A series of ransomware attacks on school district systems leads the governor to declare the state's first cybersecurity state of emergency.

Louisiana is no stranger to declarations of emergency, but it never had one for a cybersecurity emergency — until this week. A series of attacks on school districts around the state led Governor John Bel Edwards to issue the declaration that brings new resources and statewide coordination to what had been a collection of local cybersecurity events.

For more information, check out the article here.

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Equifax Settlement Phishing Attacks

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Equifax Settlement Phishing Attacks

ALERT: Internet bad guys are now trying to trick you into filing an Equifax claim and get a $125 payment because your personal data was in the Equifax data breach. They are sending phishing attacks that look like they come from Equifax and when you click on the links, you wind up on a fake website that looks like it's Equifax, but will try to steal your personal information. Don't fall for it.

if you want to file a claim, go the the legit FTC website and click on the blue "File a Claim" button. The website will check your eligibility for that claim, not everyone's information was compromised. Here is the link to the FTC site: https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/refunds/equifax-data-breach-settlement

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6 Essentials for Building a Telehealth Infrastructure

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6 Essentials for Building a Telehealth Infrastructure

Security and HIPAA compliance can be difficult with the rise of healthcare apps and providers utilizing their own devices. In order to prepare themselves for this projected growth, telehealth systems need to be scalable to accommodate an increasing amount of data and technologic components. The purpose of this paper is to help define what characteristics make a telehealth infrastructure program successful in reaping the rewards of this revolution in healthcare.

Check out the Advantech paper here.

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SkyPort IT partners with HIPAA Secure Now!

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SkyPort IT partners with HIPAA Secure Now!

SkyPort IT has recently partnered with HIPAA Secure Now! (HSN), a comprehensive and affordable HIPAA Security service. HSN consists of policies and procedures that address: administrative, physical, and technical safeguards. The service also provides Risk Assessment, HIPAA Security Training and Compliance Testing, and 12 Months of use for the HIPAA Secure Compliance Portal.

As an example of their prowess, HSN managed to avoid a situation where a client could’ve been subjected to a fine for a breach—simply because HSN helped the client with everything to comply with regulations. An investigator from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) stated in a response letter to the client breach that since they were using HSN along with an IT service, they had done all they could to comply with regulations. Therefore, the investigators found no reason to subject the client to a fine for a breach.

If you’re interested in this service, our information booklet can be found here.

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Upcoming Event: HDI Western & Central NY

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Upcoming Event: HDI Western & Central NY

Our CEO, Daniel Marcellus, will be a guest speaker on the subject of Ransomware, Cybersecurity, and IT Security at the August event for HDI Western & Central NY. This event will be held Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Paychex University Park Lecture Hall in West Henrietta.

Please click here if you’re interested in registering for the event. For those attending, our Promo Code is SKYPORTIT. We hope to see you there!

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Zoom Security Flaw Exposes Webcam Hijack Risk

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Zoom Security Flaw Exposes Webcam Hijack Risk

If you're one of the millions of Zoom video-conferencing users and have the app installed on a Mac, then you're being advised to check your settings to ensure you have the video camera disabled by default—the tickbox is "turn off my video when joining a meeting," and can be found in the video section of the settings.

This is because of a security flaw that has been disclosed today by researcher Jonathan Leitschuh under the zero-day approach. Users are also advised to ensure their apps are updated as patches are released by the company.

For more information, check out the Forbes article here.

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SkyPort IT sponsors Mercy Flight Central's 27th Annual Golf Tournament

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SkyPort IT sponsors Mercy Flight Central's 27th Annual Golf Tournament

One of SkyPort IT’s partners, Mercy Flight Central (MFC), recently hosted a fundraising event this past June at Cobblestone Creek Country Club. MFC provides service 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to more than 3 million people living in our area. The organization began operations as an advanced life support air ambulance service and has since expanded to become New York’s premier critical care air medical service.

We were happy to be a sponsor to this fun event. We would like to thank Mercy Flight Central for their continuing commitment in providing critical care to those in need, and for all they do for our community!

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Smart Home Vulnerability: Front Doors

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Smart Home Vulnerability: Front Doors

Smart home technology has come under increasing scrutiny in the past year. Although convenient to some, security experts have long warned that adding an internet connection to a device increases the attack surface, making the devices less secure than their traditional counterparts.

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2019 NYSAASC Spring Conference

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2019 NYSAASC Spring Conference

Having your “ducks in a row” took on a new meaning this year when SkyPort IT attended the 2019 NYSAASC Spring Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. While there, we educated attendees on the increasing importance of HIPAA compliance within an IT infrastructure. When dealing with PHI, companies can never be too careful in making certain that they have policies and procedures in order to prevent a breach.

SkyPort IT would like to thank everyone for such an amazing time this year, and we hope to see you next year!

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Twitter URL's can Promote Spam and Distribute Malware

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Twitter URL's can Promote Spam and Distribute Malware

Twitter URLs could be abused for various activities including distributing malware, spread fake news, and redirecting users to a phishing page. This redirection trick is even more powerful on mobile devices, as the redirect is completely hidden and the tweet opens in the Twitter client.

To read more on how this could be done, check out Cyware’s article here.

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Traveler Photos and License Plates Stolen in Data Breach

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Traveler Photos and License Plates Stolen in Data Breach

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has confirmed a data breach has exposed the photos of travelers and vehicles traveling in and out of the United States.

The photos were transferred to a subcontractor’s network and later stolen through a “malicious cyberattack,” a CBP spokesperson told TechCrunch in an email.

For more information, check out the article here.

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Hackers Access 19 Years Worth of Student Data

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Hackers Access 19 Years Worth of Student Data

Australia’s top-ranked university said on Tuesday hackers breached its cyber defenses late last year to obtain sensitive data, including students’ bank account numbers and passport details going back 19 years.

For more information, check out the article here.

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Healthcare Breaches Affected Nearly 1 Million US Patients

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Healthcare Breaches Affected Nearly 1 Million US Patients

Over the month of March, nearly one million people in the United States had their medical files exposed in data breaches, according to HIPAA Journal. And after a ransomware attack forced a medical center in Michigan to close, it is evident that healthcare organization’s become an attractive attack target among hackers.

To find out more, check out the article here.

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Phishing Attack Uses Legal Threats From Law Firm

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Phishing Attack Uses Legal Threats From Law Firm

"Some of the most convincing email phishing and malware attacks come disguised as nastygrams from a law firm. Such scams typically notify the recipient that he/she is being sued, and instruct them to review the attached file and respond within a few days — or else."

A recent phishing campaign peppered more than 100,000 business email addresses with fake legal threats harboring malware.

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Java Update: SE 8

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Java Update: SE 8

Oracle has announced that as of January 2019, Java SE 8 public updates will no longer be available for “Business, Commercial or Production use” without a license. This is being done in an effort to push Oracle customers towards subscription-based support.

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Target of WhatsApp Hack Fears More Victims Are Out There

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Target of WhatsApp Hack Fears More Victims Are Out There

The only known target of the Israeli spyware software that reportedly exploited WhatsApp in recent weeks says that others were likely targeted. 

Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, warned about the attacks on Monday, which could have placed spyware on phones by exploiting a serious issue within the messaging app. The human rights lawyer affected by the attacks believed that the attack on his phone was unsuccessful, but feared other targets were compromised.

For the full article, click here.

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Microsoft Solitaire inducted into The National Museum of Play's Hall of Fame

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Microsoft Solitaire inducted into The National Museum of Play's Hall of Fame

The World Video Game Hall of Fame has inducted Microsoft’s Solitaire into it’s institution. The Hall of Fame resides here in Rochester, NY, at The Strong’s National Museum of Play.

According to the article, “Solitaire may be a video game for the ages, but its inclusion in Windows had a higher purpose. The developers of the operating system felt that the familiar game was the perfect way to introduce users to relatively new computing concepts, like using a mouse and drag-and-drop. By playing Solitaire, users honed more than their card skills: a win-win for all.”

To read more, check out the article here.

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