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Cathie Briggette

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More on 201 CMR 17 - Get that WISP

Posted by Cathie Briggette Thu, May 11, 2017


In February 2010, Massachusetts raised the bar in security for businesses keeping it's residents’ information, by creating the most comprehensive data protection and privacy law in the United States – 201 C.M.R. 17;  also, known as the Standards for the Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth. This regulation issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs requires all businesses that license or own personal information of a Massachusetts resident to comply with the minimum-security standards set forth in the regulation.

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Topics: 201CMR17.00, cybersecurity

5 reasons SMBs go with IT Managed Services

Posted by Cathie Briggette Fri, Feb 03, 2017

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Topics: Managed Services

PAID Marketing Intern wanted for Summer of 2017

Posted by Cathie Briggette Thu, Jan 26, 2017


NSK Inc. is looking for a marketing intern to work over the Summer on a part-time basis (10-15 hrs per week) in our Marketing Department.  


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Topics: Careers

Top 10 KnowBe4 IT Security Trends for 2017

Posted by Cathie Briggette Tue, Jan 03, 2017

These trends are practical things that will help you keep your network safer with improved defense-in-depth.
  1. A move from being defensive to a more proactive approach to IT security, for instance application firewalls that actually work and are easy to deploy.

  2. Machine learning that *works* spreads out to legacy endpoint security tools, and is able to do real-time payload analysis to prevent ransomware attacks.
  3. You will finally get affordable and smart enough network traffic analysis tools that will show if your network has been penetrated, combined with:
  4. Platforms that will show you understandable threat intelligence with analytics and reporting that will dramatically shorten the "dwell time" of hackers in your network.
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Topics: Data Security, Cloud Security, cybersecurity, ransomware attacks, social engineering

Top 3 Tips to protect your business from ransomware

Posted by Cathie Briggette Thu, Dec 15, 2016

Tip #1:  Educate users on best security practices

Education is still the best way to help your business avoid infection by ransomware or any other form of malware.  Make your employees aware of pupular social engineering methods and tactics so they don't fall victim to phising emails or spoofed messages.  It is particularly helpful to share examples of these kinds of emails and the types of attachments that are often associated with social engineering attempts so that end users know to avoid them.  A managed services provider is well equipped to help you deliver this sort of training,

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Topics: cybersecurity, ransomeware

What is Ransomware?

Posted by Cathie Briggette Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts files, locks the computer, and retains control until the user pays a certain amount of money. Ransomware can appear in two forms — either by locking your screen with a full-screen image or
webpage to prevent you from accessing your PC, or by encrypting your files so they can’t be opened. 1

While each ransomware variant has its own twist, there are a few key components that most ransomware types follow:

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Topics: Data Security, cybersecurity, ransomeware

The 8 layers of cyber security needed to protect your business

Posted by Cathie Briggette Tue, Oct 25, 2016

An Interview with Ahmed Fadili at NSK Inc

As a company that is dedicated to supporting our client's technology needs, obviously cyber security is a big part of this support.  In an interview with Ahmed Fadili, Vice President of IT Managed Services, Ahmed discusses what NSK does for our clients to keep them safe, cyber security wise.

Question:  Do clients come to us regarding their security, or are we the ones that are bringing it to the forefront of their business? 

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Managed Services, Tech Fixes, IT Services, cybersecurity

Cyber Security Best Practices – October is Cyber Security Month

Posted by Cathie Briggette Mon, Oct 03, 2016

Windows 10 and MORE Security

Well October is Cyber Security Month, and we are going to try and write as many stories as we can to help celebrate this extremely important topic for Technology.


To start off the month our first story is about a program that one of our Help Desk Engineers created.  For some background into the story  NSK Inc helped a client get through a planned security audit to find better ways to keep their networks, employees and clients secure.  As part of the follow up they asked NSK to create a patch that would lock down the user accounts and restrict them from running certain applications that were not deemed acceptable for work, or that could pose a security threat.  NSK’s Help Desk Engineer Nick Seratt took to the challenge and created this specific patch for our client.  Below is an interview with Nick on how he created this small patch for our client to help them with cyber security.

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Topics: Data Security, cybersecurity

Cyber Security and the Breach at Yahoo

Posted by Cathie Briggette Fri, Sep 23, 2016

September 22,  Molly wrote an article regarding the the Biggest threats facing businesses through Cyber Security, and then on the same day Yahoo confirmed that over 500 million accounts  were hacked!  As a technology group we want to warn ANYONE who has a Yahoo account that the BAD Guys are going to have a field day with this.  You are going to be inundated with Phishing schemes that are going to be full of masked links that are going to infect your computer.  

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Top 5 Reasons SMBs Outsource IT

Posted by Cathie Briggette Mon, Sep 19, 2016

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Topics: Managed Services