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Emerging Technology Threats

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The global cost of a data breach last year was USD $4.45 million. This is an increase of 15% over three years. As we step into 2024, it’s crucial to be aware of emerging technology threats. Ones that could potentially disrupt and harm your business.

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace. It’s bringing new opportunities and challenges for businesses and individuals alike. Not all technology is benign. Some innovations can pose serious threats to our digital security, privacy, and safety.

In this article, TechOnIT will highlight some emerging technology threats to be aware of in 2024 and beyond.

Data Poisoning Attacks

Data poisoning involves corrupting datasets used to train AI models. By injecting malicious data, attackers can skew algorithms’ outcomes. This could lead to incorrect decisions in critical sectors like healthcare or finance. Some actions are vital in countering this insidious threat. These include protecting training data integrity and implementing robust validation mechanisms.

Businesses should use AI-generated data cautiously. It should be heavily augmented by human intelligence and data from other sources.

Call us now to find out how TechOnIT can help you mitigate these attacks.

5G Network Vulnerabilities

The widespread adoption of 5G technology introduces new attack surfaces. With an increased number of connected devices, the attack vector broadens. IoT devices, reliant on 5G networks, might become targets for cyberattacks. Securing these devices and implementing strong network protocols is imperative. Especially to prevent large-scale attacks.

Ensure your business has a robust mobile device management strategy. Mobile is taking over much of the workload Organizations should properly track and manage how these devices access business data.

Click “Contact” to find out how TechOnIT can help managed your mobile devices to mitigate this threat.

Quantum Computing Vulnerabilities

Quantum computing, the herald of unprecedented computational power, also poses a threat. Its immense processing capabilities could crack currently secure encryption methods. Hackers might exploit this power to access sensitive data. This emphasizes the need for quantum-resistant encryption techniques to safeguard digital information.

These can also quickly brute force your passwords, if you still have password with less then 12 characters you are in serious danger of someone breaking in your accounts. We always suggest using password managers with MFA and NIST now recommends that passwords are at least 112bits strong. To find out if your passwords meet these requirements and to get help better protecting you company, contact TechOnIT today!

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Manipulation

AI, while transformative, can be manipulated. Cybercriminals might exploit AI algorithms to spread misinformation. They are already creating convincing deepfakes and automating phishing attacks. Vigilance is essential as AI-driven threats become more sophisticated. It demands robust detection mechanisms to discern genuine from malicious AI-generated content.

Social engineering is a major factor in breaches today, talk to us today to find out about informing your employees of the latest ways criminals breach your company information. You can’t count on software to protect your business when users are being socially engineered to give access to these criminals. Call us today to help you teach your employees what to look for when they receive calls and emails!

Ransomware Evolves

Ransomware attacks have evolved beyond simple data encryption. Threat actors now use double extortion tactics. They steal sensitive data before encrypting files. If victims refuse to pay, hackers leak or sell this data, causing reputational damage.

Some defenses against this evolved ransomware threat include:

Robust backup solutions
Regular cybersecurity training
Proactive threat hunting

Contact TechOnIT today to find out how we can help your business mitigate ransomware attacks and how we plan for disaster recovery when the worst does happen.

Supply Chain Attacks Persist

Supply chain attacks remain a persistent threat. Cybercriminals infiltrate third-party vendors or software providers to compromise larger targets. Strengthening supply chain cybersecurity is critical in preventing cascading cyber incidents. Businesses can do this through rigorous vendor assessments, multi-factor authentication, and continuous monitoring.

Biometric Data Vulnerability

Biometric authentication methods, such as fingerprints or facial recognition, are becoming commonplace. But users can’t change biometric data once compromised, like they can passwords. Protect biometric data through secure encryption. Ensure that service providers follow strict privacy regulations. These are paramount to preventing identity theft and fraud.

Advanced Phishing Attacks

Phishing attacks are one of the oldest and most common forms of cyberattacks. These attacks are becoming more sophisticated and targeted thanks to AI. For example, hackers customize spear phishing attacks to a specific individual or organization. They do this based on online personal or professional information.

Another example is vishing attacks. These use voice calls or voice assistants to impersonate legitimate entities. They convincingly persuade victims to take certain actions.

Ongoing employee phishing training is vital. As well as automated solutions to detect and defend against phishing threats.

Tips for Defending Against These Threats

As technology evolves, so do the threats that we face. Thus, it’s important to be vigilant and proactive. Here are some tips that can help:

Educate yourself and others about the latest technology threats.
Use strong passwords and multi-factor authentication for all online accounts.
Update your software and devices regularly to fix any security vulnerabilities.
Avoid clicking on suspicious links or attachments in emails or messages.
Verify the identity and legitimacy of any callers or senders. Do this before providing any information or taking any actions.
Back up your data regularly to prevent data loss in case of a cyberattack.
Invest in a reliable cyber insurance policy. One that covers your specific needs and risks.
Report any suspicious or malicious activity to the relevant authorities.

Need Help Ensuring Your Cybersecurity is Ready for 2024?

Last year’s solutions might not be enough to protect against this year’s threats.  Don’t leave your security at risk. We can help you with a thorough cybersecurity assessment, so you know where you stand.

Contact TechOnIT today to schedule a chat.

Android vs. iPhone

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Deciding which mobile phone is better depends on different things.

While both are user friendly and easy to use, iPhones are just beautiful and Android phones – well they vary in looks. That beauty costs you too, iPhones prices range from around $700 – $1000 and more, where you can pick up an Android for as little as $100.

Open vs. closed systems (Android = Open, iPhone = Closed)
The iPhone is proprietary, so if you only want what you can get from Apple – you’re good to go. But, if you’re an iPhone user who wants to buy an e-book from the Amazon Kindle app or watch a Google Play movie using Play movies, you’re out of luck. Also if you’re favorite music is all in iTunes, again…iPhone only.

Android is both open source and more open to alternative apps but still can’t share with Apple because Apple hasn’t ported any of its apps to Android and probably never will.

Android wins here – all devices use standard USB ports, where as with iPhones they have various plug changes, the newest being the Lightning port (which are also more pricey than USB plugs and cables).

iPhone shots ARE great and Androids vary wildly some being ‘almost’ as good as iPhone.

Security Camera Solutions for Residential and Business

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Security Camera Solutions for Residential and Business

– Keep an eye on your home or business whenever and wherever you are!

– Know when someone is coming or going using motion activated alerts

– Discourage Crime

– Camera options available with audio recording and two way talk

– Keeps up to 12 days of continuously recorded Full HD 1080p video

TechOnIT Security Camera Systems

Residential & Commercial

Call us at: (831) 607-9785

TOI likes IOT

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TOI: TechOnIT provides a wide range of IT support, computer repair and network services. Our remote support service can assist you with your computers anywhere in the world.

IOT: The Internet of Things is the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data.

Is your business ready for a Technology upgrade?

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Is your business ready for a Technology upgrade? You may have boxes of used/outdated equipment or feel the frustration of slow performance and system crashes from your current computers. It’s time to consider upgrading your systems, time to invest in technology and your long-term vision for your company. TechOnIT can help…

Custom Hardware Installs:
– Custom-built servers and workstations
– Ethernet and cable TV setups
– Indoor/outdoor long-range W
– Stereo speakers and PA systems
Business-friendly Solutions:
– POS Sales terminal setups
– Scheduling and inventory software
– System restores and data recovery
– Professional website design
Computer Tech Support:
– Fast response time
– Safe, reliable remote access
– Support for all types of computers
– Microsoft-certified Tech support

Professional Dental IT

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TechOnIT is an experienced IT provider for dental offices. We can help your business- whether you’re just getting started, need help with current devices, or are looking to upgrade. We have experience working with dental equipment like X-ray machines, and we can configure Eaglesoft or any other preferred dentistry software for work with your office. We can also network windows PCs and macs in order to share files and access records, and we’ll build custom computers for server and workstation use, if that is needed. We are located in Aptos and Sacramento, California and we can provide service for dental clinics anywhere in the Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Sacramento areas.

Contact Us Today!