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General Cyber Security Announcement

General Cyber Security Reminder 

With recent news reports of the WannaCry ransomware worm, MidCo wanted to take this opportunity to send a general reminder to take some time to review your various systems and their associated software and firmware versions; be sure that your systems are operating at the most current release and to check to see if any additional patches may be required.  

Systems which should be reviewed:

  • Client and server operating system patches, and software and hardware such as: 
    • Voice (VoIP) 
    • Access Control
    • Security Camera firmware and application software
    • Wireless Access Points
    • Network Switch firmware
    • Firewalls

Don't believe MidCo? Then take a moment to read the press release from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: 

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https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/05/12/dhs-statement-ongoing-ransomware-attacks 


Cyber Hygiene: Everyone's ResponsibilityHomeland Security Banner

Per the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

A commitment to cyber hygiene and best practices is critical to protecting organizations and users from cyber threats, including malware.

In advice specific to the recent WannaCry ransomware threat, users should:

  • Be careful when clicking directly on links in emails, even if the sender appears to be known; attempt to verify web addresses independently (e.g., contact your organization's help desk or search the Internet for the main website of the organization or topic mentioned in the email).
  • Exercise caution when opening email attachments. Be particularly wary of compressed or ZIP file attachments.
  • Follow best practices for Server Message Block (SMB) and update to the latest version immediately. (See US-CERT's SMBv1 Current Activity for more information.)

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Ransomware_Executive_One-Pager_and_Technical_Document-FINAL.pdf
 


U.S. Department of Homeland Security: General Best Practices

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For general best practices on patching and phishing, users should:

  • Ensure that your applications and the operating system have been patched with the latest updates. Vulnerable applications and operating systems are the targets of most attacks. (See Understanding Patches.)
  • Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages from individuals asking about employees or other internal information. If unknown individual claims to be from a legitimate organization, try to verify his or her identity directly with the company.
  • Avoid providing personal information or information about your organization, including its structure or networks, unless you are certain of a person's authority to have the information.
  • Avoid revealing personal or financial information in an email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent by email.
  • Be cautious about sending sensitive information over the Internet before checking a website's security. (See Protecting Your Privacy.)
  • Pay attention to the URL of a website. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com vs. .net).
  • If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly. Do not use the contact information provided on a website connected to the request; instead, check previous statements for contact information. Information about known phishing attacks is also available online from anti-phishing groups such as the APWG.

Schedule Your Software Upgrade Today!*    Upgrade Mouse

For those clients currently covered under a MidCo software maintenance contract, MidCo invites you to schedule your system software upgrade today

Please email service@midcosystems.com to schedule your upgrade.

For those clients not currently covered, please email sales@midcosystems.com to request a quote! 

Purchasing Software Support keeps your system in compliance with the manufacturer, eligible to receive upgrades and security patches, technical support, and new feature notifications.  

Please visit www.midcosystems.com for more information.  

*Please note, your computer hardware must meet minimum operating specifications to receive the upgrade.  Should minimum computer specification not me met, charges may apply. 

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