The article Funny Memes or Phishing, Identity Theft and Exploitation? was published online by TK Business Magazine, Topeka, on April 30, 2020.
We have all noticed a surge in funny Facebook memes and games while sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are so clever and ridiculously tempting to click-and-share or click-and-play along. But here is the rub. There is an increased likelihood that clicking, playing, and entering information really just opens the door wide open for cyber predators to get your information. Read the full article.
Cybercrime is everywhere. We know it and you know it, but deep down, many of us still think we’re either too small or unimportant to be a target. Think again. You were never safe from cyber criminals, but when the new year rolled into March and COVID-19 became the only news, your small business moved to the front of the cyber criminal’s hack-line.
Steve Riat, Director of Sales at Nex-Tech, leads B2B revenue streams and market initiatives. He has been a featured speaker by Intel, Microsoft and SonicWALL for his unique ability to integrate business and technology. Steve has been involved with peer and mentoring programs for over 15 years and currently leads two national Technology Peer Groups. An entertaining and motivating speaker, Steve speaks and facilitates seminars on technology, business growth and culture.
Olga Detrixhe: Steve, tell us a little bit more about your role at Nex-Tech. What do you do day-to-day?
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For most of us, these words still seem to sound like a Tom Clancy novel, but the cybercrime landscape is rapidly making them a reality, with more examples from our direct environment added to the storybook every week.
I recently attended an IT conference, and I am sad to say this was the first of its kind for me. With the reality that Nex-Tech has been in the “Technology” business, I realized I was not where I needed to be with understanding the vital needed of advanced IT support and cybersecurity in today’s business. To be fair, I have had the luxury of leaning on our talented staff and our Chief Operating Officer, Mike Pollock, to understand how this is important to our company as well as our customers. Once immersed in the world of IT, I learned that they speak a different language than I had learned in the traditional telecommunications world. I found myself taking a lot of notes and then following that up with a lot of questions to my team.
I’ve come to a sobering conclusion. As an IT Professional focused on protecting the networks of my own employer, as well as our clients, I’ve seen endless demonstrations of how networks can be infiltrated and damaged. The truth is, there is no way to ensure your network is completely safe. No person, no software, no service, can guarantee that.
FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) are projected everywhere when it comes to cybersecurity. From my Facebook feed running ads of companies that say they can provide cybersecurity, to emails that I am afraid to click on that advertise the final solution to cybersecurity and more, the reality is there is no one click, one buy or single solution to meet your cybersecurity needs.