Memo From I.T. Department
Q4, 2012 

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In This Issue
Before You Click On That Web Link...
Cyber Crime...Cyber War
Holiday Greetings!

Spotting Bad Websites 


    Online thieves love to develop bogus websites that imitate those of trusted companies.  Their goal is to trick consumers into using the fake websites and enter personal information, such as bank account information or credit card numbers.  While shopping online this holiday season, follow these tips to steer clear of phony sites.


1.   Be suspicious of deeply discounted prices.  The old saying still holds true: if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.  Buy online from retailers with strong reputations.

2.   Don't assume that if a site appears high up in a web search, it is genuine.  Fraudsters can use advertising space or sponsored links to appear high up and therefore seem most relevant.

3.   Check for the correct URL in the web browser.  A tactic often used by fraudsters is to change the address slightly to include the brand or product name.

4.   Watch out for poor English such as typos and grammar mistakes, or phrases that don't sound quite right.  These could mean the site was put together by someone abroad looking to make a quick profit.

5.   Use websites that have a secure way of paying.  Make sure the web address starts with https; the "s" stands for "secure."

6.   Read the terms and conditions carefully before buying.  The small print often offers clues as to whether a product is genuine or not.

7.   Never send your PIN to anyone over the Internet.  

8.   If you have found a product online and you're not sure if the vendor is legitimate, check the website for a full postal address and a working telephone number.


National Security Institute, Inc. - September, 2012


Who's Protecting You In The World Wide Web?


Here are a couple of excerpts from recent articles on the growing threat to you, your business, and even our country from cyber criminals, organizations, and terrorists.  There are links to read the full articles.  Let us know if you want to discuss your protection strategy in more detail. 


Why Smaller Companies Are Cyber Crimes Sweet Spot

These are challenging times for small- to-midsized businesses (SMB), even without the added complications of cyber crime. In an economy struggling to gain momentum, many SMBs are operating on razor thin margins, with as few employees as possible, waiting for an upturn in consumer demand or at least a downturn in economic uncertainty. In this context, the news that SMBs are increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals can feel like adding insult to injury. 

read more of this SC Magazine article


Threat of 'Spectacular' Cyberattack Looms: Official

The U.S. is facing unprecedented cyber threats. And businesses and government are at risk, said Eric Rosenbach, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy in an interview with CNBC.

"I read my intel brief every morning at 5:30 a.m. and it's never a very good news story at all," Rosenbach said.

The black market for cyberweapons, which can be used to attack critical infrastructure, banks, or personal networks, is growing rapidly, Rosenbach said.

"CEOs need to understand the mounting threat, consider the risk and plan accordingly," Rosenbach said. "You are naive if you are not factoring some aspects of cyberrisk into your business plan."

read more of this CNBC article



Planning for a Happy New Year!


We have a bunch of great, loyal clients that trust us to be "your I.T. team". Thank you for that relationship and we look forward to another mutually beneficial year in 2013. 



We send our best wishes to you and your families for a great holiday season!

If you have any suggestions for news or information that we can present in an upcoming newsletter 'memo', please let us know! 


Thank you.

 Your IT Team
Network Source One, Inc.
 (248) 536-1001