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Hosting an event at Deschutes Brewery in the downtown area of Bend is nearly assured of being at least a partial success! When combined with valuable information, good company (clients and friends that we enjoy and appreciate greatly!) and adding in the opportunity to support a fantastic non-profit, the Guardian Group, and you have the makings of an awesome gathering!

If you missed it I can’t make up for the dozen award winning beers we had on tap, moroccan beef skewers, or asiago stuffed mushrooms. But I can provide you with a summary of the valuable information regarding cybersecurity that we collected courtesy of Tyler Hardison, Chief Compliance Officer at Redhawk Network Security here in Bend.

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Tyler’s main advice was to utilize critical thinking skills with vigilance remaining the best tool for protection. One of his most simple suggestions, to not treat standard email as a reliable means of identification or a safe avenue to deliver sensitive information, seemed to resonate with our guests.

Here’s a summary of additional information we gleaned from his presentation:

Cybersecurity Annual Stats:
• 53,308 security incidents
• 2,216 data breaches
• 76% of breaches were financially motivated
• Ransomware is the #1 variety of malicious software (39%)
• 87% of breaches took minutes, 68% went undiscovered for months

Know your Role:
• You are the keeper of secrets
• You have the tools (many free) available
• Protection need not be complicated
• Identify the data you keep, and know how to protect it

Available Technology for Windows:
• Anti-malware, and antivirus installed and working
• Malwarebytes – Free
• Windows Defender – Free
• BitDefender Antivirus Plus – paid
• Consider Cloud Based Email Services . . Google G Suite (Gmail) of Office 365
• Install Browser Protections – Chrome or Firefox
• Avoid use of Internet Explorer (Edge)
• uBlock Origin (Ad Blocker)
• Web of Trust

Available Technology for Mac:
• Anti-malware, and antivirus installed and working
• Malwarebytes – Free
• BitDefender Total Security – paid
• Consider Cloud Based Email Services – Google G Suite (Gmail) of Office 365
• Install Browser Protections – Safari, Chrome, Firefox
• uBlock Origin (Ad Blocker)
• Web of Trust
Tips for WIRELESS Access:

• Enable Operating System Firewall
• Avoid Public Wifi (Particularly Unencrypted)
• Use a Mobile Hotspot
• Utilize VPN Service

Maintain software updates:

• Printers
• Firewalls
• Antivirus Software
• Operating System
• Replace aging/discontinued hardware/software

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