by Jon W. Sparks
The recent spate of cyberattacks wasn’t all bad news. There is, after all, nothing like fear to goad people into taking action to prevent viruses that mess with your data and your bitcoin flow.
The malware attacks hit more than 200,000 users and businesses in more than 150 countries and staggered operations in factories, hospitals and global firms, including FedEx.
With all the vulnerability at home and office, there are steps you can take to cut the bandits off at the password.
“Strong IT security comes from the right combination of tech tools, best practices and informed users,” says Drayton Mayers, owner of TeamLogic IT Memphis. The company is part of a nationwide network of managed service providers for businesses.
Mayers says here’s how to minimize the threat:
--Install the MS17-010 fix issued by Microsoft in March or the emergency Windows patch Microsoft has issued for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8, three Microsoft operating systems the company no longer supports.
--Make sure all your computers and servers have up-to-date anti-malware and firewall firmware protection in place.
He says that human firewalls using best practices provides good security:
--Don’t open attachments or links sent to you via email until you call the sender and make sure it is legitimate.
-- If you cannot verify the link, open a separate window, manually type the web address and navigate to where the link is directing you.
--Don’t copy and paste links from emails or from ads on websites or social media.
For long-term protection, Mayers advises:
--Use anti-virus and anti-malware software with the most current updates.
--Routinely run anti-virus scans of all systems.
--Ensure Windows, MacOS operating systems are current with all patches.
--Follow data back-up best practices to ensure you can recover your data.
--Develop a recovery and business continuity plan.
TeamLogic IT is one of 25 companies nationally -- and the only one in Memphis -- with CompTIA’s Security+ Trustmark, a third-party audited industry credential.
Hedge Fund Bosses
A team of four students from the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at the University of Memphis was recently awarded the first-place prize in the Southeastern Hedge Fund Competition.
Vivek Sharma, instructor in the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate, served as the faculty coordinator for the team of Aubrey Ballard, Eithel McGowen LaTorre, Joseph Pascarella, and Charles Rodgers. The team received a $10,000 scholarship prize for its first-place finish at the competition held at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Teams of students from 39 universities and colleges participated in the inaugural event. The objective was for students to learn investment strategies suitable for use by hedge funds. Hedge fund managers chosen by the Southeastern Hedge Fund Association judged anonymously submitted investment strategy proposals. The top six finalists were then invited to Atlanta to present their investment strategies to a panel of SEHFA judges.
Richard C. Shadyac, Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, received the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, a prestigious award for individuals who have embraced the ideals of patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity, in a ceremony last Saturday on Ellis Island in New York.
Presented by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor recognizes “individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America.”
Under his leadership since 2009, ALSAC has become the largest healthcare charity in America, generating more than 75 percent of funds needed to operate and sustain St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In 2016, Shadyac was named one of the CEOs of the Year by Inside Memphis Business magazine.
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