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You’ll catch more phish with honey than vinegar

Businesses know that they have to combat the human error that results in cyberattacks to their network and potential loss of critical data. They value their employees but need to create an atmosphere of awareness. Savvy business owners and managers turn to training and education. But it can be challenging to train employees in best practices without a security background.

Studies prove you’ll get a higher retention rate and better participation when you train employees with “carrots, not sticks”. The Wall Street Journal examined this idea in the recent article ‘A Better Way to Teach Cybersecurity to Workers’: “The problem, security experts say, is that the usual security training is a big turnoff for employees. Most of the time, all it does is try to instill fear of clicking on suspicious links or using weak passwords. But research shows that approach doesn’t work.”

Keep your cyber awareness training from becoming a chore. Make it positive and incentivize employees for participation. Our Managed Security Awareness Training does just that! With its built in reporting features the program is ideal for tracking your employee’s progress and rewarding them for successfully spotting a phishing trap!

What is the most common result of clicking on a link in a phishing email? Ransomware. The cyber epidemic that results in 57% critical data and/or hardware loss and up to 75% downtime for small to medium sized businesses (Datto State of the Channel Report). That’s too much to risk! Social engineering techniques exploit a very basic concept: it’s possible to trick people into doing the dirty work for thieves. Ransomware is the payload of choice for malicious email campaigns and in 2016 U.S. companies experienced the greatest number of ransomware attacks, over 500 million due to the Locky ransomware.

So how do you reduce the 30% phishing email open rate? Education, Engagement and Encouragement.

A training and awareness program that encourages good cyber hygiene can make a big difference between recognizing a phishing email or becoming a victim. When employees fully understand the issue – and the risks – they’re in a position to serve as the barrier of protection, essentially the “human firewall”. The Managed Security Awareness program combines a 3 step approach:

• Training – Employee email security training on a computer based training module

• Evaluation – Periodic testing through the use of simulated phishing that puts their training to the test

• Insight – In depth quarterly reporting reveals campaign statistics, vulnerabilities and employee activity

If organizations aren’t monitoring internal emails, they risk potential downtime, data & financial loss. Combat attacks by utilizing education with cutting-edge training methods to reduce human error. And with the detailed reporting features you can track the employees who successfully detect the phishing emails and reward them with recognition and prizes. Something as simple as an Amazon gift cards goes a long way to fostering good cyber awareness. A positive-reinforcement campaign like Ancero’s Managed Security Awareness will result in greater security, peace of mind and enthused team members!

Where do you start? Take an in depth look at our Managed Security Awareness Program and then give our data protection specialists a call at 856-210-5800 or email at info@ancero.com.

Moving? A few things to consider……

Moving? A few things to consider……

Technology is at the core of your business. It is essential that your IT move is done right the first time minimizing the disruption to the ongoing operation of your business. Your IT staff or VoIP service provider needs to be an integral part of your relocation team to ensure there is little to no downtime for your business.

Moving to a new office is the perfect time to upgrade your communications systems or refresh old technology. While your new location is being built out or renovated it is the ideal time to install a new technology infrastructure. All the necessary cabling, electrical and wireless foundations can be laid to ensure your technology investment functions at it’s best.

Don’t forget what you’re leaving behind. Planning for a move also requires consideration about the condition you leave your former office, or rightly called ‘office decommissioning’. Without a thoughtful process this could be an unintended major expense. Shawn O’Neil of Argosy Management Group, a leader in office relocation, warns not to overlook your old office space. “Neglecting to properly decommission the old office space leaves you exposed to unnecessary costs. The majority of commercial leases contain very specific requirements as to how the old space needs to be turned back over to the landlord. If not, it’s your deposit that hangs in the balance. The removal of unwanted furniture can be an expensive undertaking.”

So how do you dispose of old office furniture, equipment and technology when you move? Thankfully, finding a good way to dispose of old furniture, phones and computers doesn’t have to be such a headache. In fact, there are some pretty good ways to make disposal easy and sometimes work to the advantage of others.

The first step prior to a commercial move is making a comprehensive inventory of what you’ve got and what you don’t want to take with you. Secondly, assess the condition of the furniture and equipment. Is the furniture is able to be broken down and assembled again without issue? Is the equipment in good working order? If yes, then it could be re-sold. Be sure to notate in your inventory list the condition of the items. The more accurate your inventory, the easier the disposal process will be.

Here are a few suggestions for furniture disposal:
• Offer the option to your employees to buy the furniture
• Re-sell to a used furniture store
• Contact the vendor you purchased from, they might buy it back
• Donate to a charity (Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, Salvation Army, your local church may need furniture for their offices, etc)
• 1-800-Junk is an option but you will have to pay a fee for removal
If you take advantage of moving as an optimal time for a technology upgrade, utilizing modern technologies will give you a competitive edge and empower business growth. So what can you do with the electronic waste left behind?

Every computer dumped into a landfill represents a missed opportunity to provide technology and tools to individuals and organizations across the digital divide. Ancero partners with The Trenton Digital Initiative – a nonprofit program working to help economically challenged Trenton families gain affordable access to the internet. TDI reconditions, repurposes, and then distributes donated computers to these families for free, as well as providing low-cost, high-speed Comcast Internet service. Ancero serves as an equipment drop off location at 1001 Briggs Road, Suite 220, Mount Laurel, NJ between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Very old or broken hardware should go to end-of-life recycling, meaning responsible destruction that’s safe for the environment. A computer recycler is a business or organization that salvages useful computer parts before breaking down what’s left, safely removing hazardous materials in the process. Always remember to wipe any sensitive information from any hardware before you turn it over for recycling.

For listings of recycle drop off locations in your area visit these resources:
Earth911
NJ State eWaste recycle centers
PA State Electronics Collection programs

Of course, if you donate furniture or technology you’re eligible for a tax write-off so you can still end up with some financial gain in the end along with the knowledge that you are helpings others!

Don’t pay to move an aging phone system or outdated technology when Ancero has helped hundreds of clients to cost effectively modernize their business phone systems and IT infrastructure with options that don’t require an initial capital outlay for the hardware! Moving is complicated and stressful. Entrusting Ancero, a full service IT company, with your IT infrastructure and communication needs gives you one less thing to worry about. Getting you back to business faster, with minimal downtime.