Meltdown and Spectre

By now, you’ve probably read the news about the “Meltdown” and “Spectre” vulnerabilities in Intel, AMD, and other CPU vendors. There’s a lot of speculation and confusion surrounding this issue right now, mostly because the chip manufacturers themselves haven’t really given us much to go on, and vendors all across the sector are scrambling to [...]

2018-01-05T16:29:54+00:00Friday, January 5, 2018 4:27 pm|

2FA or not 2FA? There really is no question.

You might have heard the term thrown around...but what does it really mean? "Two-factor authentication" (or "2FA") is just a general term that means that you have to do more than just enter a password to access a system. When we say "system", we're really referring to any web service, corporate network, email service - [...]

2017-09-25T17:28:29+00:00Monday, September 25, 2017 5:28 pm|

Shut it down, or leave it on?

Shut it down, or leave it on? It's a question we get a lot - should you shut down your work PC at the end of the workday, or leave it turned on? Managed corporate IT environments have scheduled maintenance tasks such as antivirus scans and updates, disk maintenance, and software patches and security updates [...]

2017-09-21T20:13:44+00:00Thursday, September 21, 2017 8:01 pm|

NIST and Cybersecurity – What you need to know!

A 2015 report by Price Waterhouse Cooper ranked Florida #1 in the nation for aerospace and aviation industry attractiveness*. To longtime residents, of course, this comes as no surprise. Brevard County is home to numerous high-profile aerospace, aviation, and defense contractors. Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Harris, DRS - the list goes on and on. This is not only [...]

2017-09-20T13:18:07+00:00Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:28 am|

CCleaner compromised – What you should know

Multiple news outlets reported this morning that the widely-used CCleaner performance optimization utility was compromised by hackers earlier this month. Specifically, a Trojan had been piggybacked onto the latest release (5.33.6162). NetWatch uses this utility widely on our managed desktops. Here's are a few things to know: (1) Most of our clients' systems were never [...]

2017-09-18T15:06:17+00:00Monday, September 18, 2017 3:06 pm|

Preparing for Hurricane Irma and beyond…

It's difficult enough to manage your household and family in the event of an impending storm. Dealing with the needs of your clients, vendors, and employees adds a layer of complexity and uncertainty. The technology and information central to your business are in direct peril in a natural disaster. Luckily, with some planning and foresight, [...]

2017-09-06T10:55:59+00:00Wednesday, September 6, 2017 10:55 am|

NotPetya Ransomware Attack

As you’ve probably read in the news by now, there is another global ransomware attack that surfaced around 8am EST yesterday. This attack is a variant of the Petya attack that occurred last year. This particular attack, like WannaCry last month, uses the SMB vulnerability in Windows, an exploit code-named “EternalBlue” which was developed by [...]

2017-07-12T22:23:47+00:00Wednesday, June 28, 2017 1:25 pm|


Good morning, Beginning Friday morning, multiple news outlets reported outbreaks of a new ransomware attack known as “WannaCry” that is spreading globally, exploiting a vulnerability in Windows. The British Nation Health Service was the first known major victim, its operations brought to a standstill. Several other companies followed, such as Fedex, the automaker Renault, and [...]

2017-07-11T13:30:57+00:00Monday, May 15, 2017 1:29 pm|