MEET STERLING

by: Hannah Gardner – Support Specialist, SII    |    07/29/21

The namesake of the company, Sterling works as a senior network technician here at Sterling Ideas. He spends his days solving high-priority networking issues, managing ongoing projects, and visiting clients…

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MFA MISCONCEPTIONS

by: Charles Gardner – President, SII    |    07/22/21

In the last couple weeks, we’ve talked about what MFA is and why it’s important. This week, we’re going to talk about some misconceptions surrounding MFA. We’ll talk about why these exist and discuss the truth…

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WHY USE MFA?

by: Sterling Gardner – Sr. Network Technician, SII    |    07/15/21

Last week, Charles talked about what MFA is. In a nutshell, MFA (multifactor authentication) is a security tool that adds an extra layer of protection to sign-in processes. If you haven’t read Charles’ blog from…

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WHAT IS MFA?

by: Charles Gardner – President, SII    |    07/08/21

Have you ever been logging into an account and had to type in a code that was texted to your phone? If so, you’ve dealt with MultiFactor Authentication, maybe without even noticing. Often referred to as MFA…

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STERLING IDEAS 22nd ANNIVERSARY

by: Hannah Gardner – Support Specialist, SII    |    06/30/21

Today, June 30th, 2021, Sterling Ideas Inc celebrates its 22nd company anniversary! To celebrate, the whole Sterling Ideas team spent a day exploring Tampa, competing in escape rooms, boating down the river…

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IRONSCALES

by: Charles Gardner – President, SII    |    06/10/21

In last week’s blog, Sterling talked about phishing and the importance of being vigilant to protect yourself from attacks. This week, we’re going to talk about Ironscales, the anti-phishing security platform…

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WHAT IS PHISHING?

by: Sterling Gardner – SR. Network Technician, SII    |    06/03/21

We’ve all heard of phishing, whether in an article about ransomware attacks, a lecture about HIPAA precautions, or a news headline about your favorite celebrity. We all know phishing can do a lot of damage…

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HURRICANE PREPARATION

by: Ryan Gibbs – Network Technician, SII    |    05/21/21

With hurricane season around the corner, many of the devastating hurricanes of the past come to mind. I can still vividly remember as an 11 year-old watching the footage of Hurricane Katrina and…

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KEEPER PASSWORD SECURITY, PART 3

by: Sterling Gardner – SR. Network Technician, SII    |    05/20/21

I’ve been referencing a very important article about password habits that Keeper Security published in February 2021. It mentions that nearly one-third of employees surveyed admitted to using credentials from a former coworker…

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KEEPER PASSWORD SECURITY, PART 2

Sterling Gardner, Sr. Network Technician

by: Sterling Gardner – SR. Network Technician, SII    |    05/20/21

Generic accounts and the sharing of accounts are rampant, especially in small businesses, as they can be used to save money on licensing and make accessing information easy. Forgot the password? You don’t need to call anyone to request…

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KEEPER PASSWORD SECURITY

KEEPER PASSWORD SECURITY

by: Sterling Gardner – SR. Network Technician, SII    |    04/15/21

I recently came across this article on a study that Keeper Security did in February 2021 in which 1,000 full-time employees were questioned about their password habits. The results? A much-needed wake-up call to business owners everywhere. While the average employee’s computer…

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OCR SETTLEMENTS

by: Charles Gardner – President, SII    |    04/15/21

Let’s take a look at two different OCR settlements for HIPAA violations to see what we can learn. (While this draws from HIPAA specific settlements, the concept is universally relevant.) In December 2018, OCR published a settlement with a Colorado hospital over failure to terminate…

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