I admit it- I am spoiled by Amazon. While I purchase locally when I can (Instacart, Grubhub, Doordash, Shipt, and such when I cannot go out in person) I also appreciate being able to procure a hard-to-find item and have it delivered in sometimes only a few hours.
Other industries that compete with Amazon have worked hard in recent years to catch up with the fleet-footed fleet of smiling vans. All companies on the fulfillment- side of the tech supply chain are suffering since the advent of COVID-19, and so are the hope and dreams of all would-be technology buyers. Since the shutdowns of 2020, our clients have seen radical changes to how quickly machines arrive at their offices: what may have taken at most a week to fulfill now can take multiple months to deliver. Ouch.
Large scale organizations with immense buying power are even having trouble obtaining the technology items they need- the bottleneck at manufacturers has yet to move. What is the strategy for small and midsized businesses to procure laptops, docking stations, monitors, and, well, anything with a chip so they can keep working? We have a few thoughts.
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The US Government is urging organizations to mandate MFA (Multi-factor Authentication) to protect against threat activity by Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have put out a special joint advisory warning government agencies, information technology companies and other policy analysis groups to prepare for against attacks from APT29, a threat group that they describe as working for the SVR. This notice comes on the heels of the Biden administration’s formal attribution of the SolarWinds attack and targeted attacks on COVID-19 research facilities to SVR.
MNS Group advises organizations to implement MFA as an integral part of a unified cybersecurity program. The increase in complexity and sophistication of cyber-attacks on businesses and organizations of all sizes warrants the analysis and expansion of cybersecurity policy to mandate MFA as a bare minimum. If you are curious about ways to implement MFA into your programing, join us on May 27 or June 22 in our Security Basics Webinar series, MFA: The Biggest Bang for your Security Buck. Sign up today.
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Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a security feature offered by many websites, applications and devices that dramatically improves account security by requiring multiple pieces of evidence (your credentials) when logging into an account. There are three main categories of credentials: something you know, like a password or pin number, something you have, like a security token, verification text, call or email, or something you are, like your fingerprint, your voice or your face. Using our wall metaphor again, MFA is like having a second and third very high, slick wall. All good, right? Safe and secure! Or maybe not…
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The global pandemic is open-season for bad actors utilizing technology to prey on individuals. Several mechanisms are being employed where attackers profit from the crisis: phone calls (including robocalls), emails, text messages, fake and phishing websites, malicious ads on reputable sites, and fake apps. These scams/attacks vary greatly in content and sophistication and some may even be specific to a region or town. As always, be wary of any solicitation for personal and/or financial information related to COVID-19.
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