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New Malware Detection At Record High

Posted by on in Security

hipaaIn headlines that shouldn’t surprise anybody, HIPAA Journal reports that malware detections in 2017 were at a record high, but healthcare is the most target industry:

Throughout 2017, the volume of new malware samples detected by McAfee Labs has been steadily rising each quarter, reaching a record high in Q3 when 57.6 million new malware samples were detected. On average, in Q3 a new malware sample was detected every quarter of a second.

In the United States, the healthcare industry continues to be the most targeted vertical, which along with the public sector accounted for more than 40% of total security incidents in Q3. In Q3, account hijacking was the main attack vector, followed by leaks, malware, DDoS, and other targeted attacks.

There were similar findings from the recent HIMSS Analytics/Mimecast survey which showed email related phishing attacks were the greatest cause of concern among healthcare IT professionals, with email the leading attack vector.

If you’re a CompleteCare client, you are about as well-protected as you can get from Malware and other security threats. Contact us today to learn more about our CompleteCare program and how it can protect your company from the latest threats to your business and your bottom line. 

Meltdown and Spectre Alert

Posted by on in Alerts

It seems we are sending these emails much too often these days, but yet another set of vulnerabilities have been found affecting basically every computer out there from Windows to Apple to Linux, as these particular vulnerabilities target the CPU or “brain” of your computer. These vulnerabilities have been reported in the mainstream media as “Meltdown” and “Spectre”

Microsoft released patches for Meltdown yesterday. We are in the process of rolling these out to our internal systems as we speak. If all goes well with our systems we will be rolling out the patches to all of our CompleteCare or other managed patching clients in the next couple of days.

As for Spectre, this one is a hardware vulnerability which is a lot harder to fix than a software patch, we await further information from Intel and other CPU manufacturers on how they will be addressing this issue and we will let you know more as further information becomes available.

Here are a couple of articles if you would like to know more:
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3245606/security/intel-x86-cpu-kernel-bug-faq-how-it-affects-pc-mac.html
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/security-flaws-put-virtually-all-phones-computers-at-risk/ar-BBHQ0UL?li=BBnbcA1

More technical details about the vulnerability can be found at https://spectreattack.com .

This is yet another reminder to be extremely vigilant about what links you click on, in social media and in banner ads on websites especially.

Even if you get an email with a link or attachment from someone that you know, if you were not expecting it, contact that person and make sure it was sent by them. Many of these attacks utilize software that will attempt to impersonate an email user and send an email to everyone in their contact list.

As always thanks for choosing Weston and Happy New Year!

Eric Spinney
Service Manager
Weston Technology Solutions

Tagged in: Hardware Security

Happy New Year From Weston!

Posted by on in IT Blog

As we bid adieu to 2017 and jump into 2018, we'd like to look back on the year at Weston. Specifically, we want to look back at what we have done at Weston, but also what you have done as readers of this newsletter and link back to the most read content of the past year. New Year's technology resolutions of the past still apply as good practice. The 2016 and 2015's year end wrap-ups are still both worth a read as well.

We accomplished a lot this year, thanks to you, our wonderful customers. But our biggest accomplishment, in our mind, is the large impact we've made in the communities we serve. We've paid out nearly $30,000 (at last count) to lots of great non-profit organizations and continue to provide our time and expertise whenever we can. This is much more than we were able to contribute last year. Our core purpose is to better the lives of others. We try to do that in many ways, but donating our time and money to these organizations is something we're quite proud of. 

In 2017, we also debuted new customer feedback options (and bribed you with doughnuts), setup online payment options, hired a new guy (and have an even newer guy who just started whose profile you'll be getting soon), garnered some more certifications, debuted WestonSecureMobile and even survived an eclipse.

We hope this newsletter has been a valuable resource to you and please email us if there is any particular type of content you'd like to see. We ran the numbers and some reports to see what people are reading in this newsletter and on our blog. These 28 individual articles from the last year were the most popular based on newsletter clicks and post views, so you can revisit them again or read them for the first time if you missed them when we mentioned them before:

Thanks for supporting us and our goals this last year, and we look forward to working with you in 2018!

Tagged in: Best Practices

Happy Holidays From All Of Us At Weston

Posted by on in Off Topic/Fun

All us at Weston Technology Solutions want to wish you a wonderful and safe holiday season. Our offices will be closed on Friday, December 22 and Monday, December 25, in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We'll also be closed Monday, January 1, in observance of the New Year holiday so we can enjoy this time with our families. Emergency coverage is available for our CompleteCare clients for network-down emergencies by calling your local Weston office and following the prompts for emergency support.

We want to thank all of you for this last year and helping us to contribute time and money to the charities we support, and we look forward to working with you this upcoming year. Our core purpose is to better the lives of others, and you help us get there.

If you don't have a nice fire to warm up to in this cold weather, cozy up and run these online "Yule Logs" at full screen on your computer or smart TV to get the next best thing:

4K Quality Yule Log:

Kitty Needs To Keep Warm, Too:

The Darth Vader Yule Log:

2017 Gift Guide for Geeks

Posted by on in Off Topic/Fun

GiftIt’s that time of year again! As we have in 2014, 2015 and 2016, we’re here to make shopping for that special geek on your list easier. All of the past gift guides are still tremendously helpful, and many of those gifts are still available and would be great ideas.

So this time around we’re going to be doing things a bit differently: We’re still going to linking to a bunch of random unique gift ideas (some good, some just funny), but we’re also going to be sharing some great sites that are chock full of great gift ideas. Read on for more!