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Your Business Could Be at Risk Due to Social Engineering and Human Error

The average organization is targeted over 700 times per year by a social engineering attack. And, 98% of all cyberattacks include some form of social engineering.…

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Would Your Organization Survive A Cyber Attack?

From Target in 2013 to MGM Hotels in 2021, large-scale cyber attacks on major corporate companies always make the headlines. Unfortunately, many attacks on small to…

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Email Cybersecurity Should be Your Company’s Top Priority

Although it brings a myriad of benefits, email systems can be quite risky if they don’t have a reliable cybersecurity plan. This might seem like common…

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Are You Eligible For Cyber Insurance?

Cyber insurance is a growing segment in the insurance market, but adoption is still low.  According to a survey by the Insurance Information Institute, less than…

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4 Cybersecurity Challenges Faced By CEOs Today

A 2021 Insider Data Breach Survey found that 94% of organizations have experienced some variation of an insider data breach. Having the proper cybersecurity protocols in…

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What Are Cybersecurity Best Practices?

Cyber security is an essential component of IT infrastructure. Companies must implement strong cybersecurity measures due to rising cyber attacks and data breaches. Fortunately, numerous best…

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How Phishing Simulations Can Improve The Security Of Your Organization

According to an IBM study. This is why it's integral for businesses to take steps to secure their data from bad actors. In fact, data breaches…

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66% Of Organizations Were Hit by Ransomware in the Last Year. Are You Next?

No matter what type of business you operate, you live with the constant threat of cyber attacks. Without adequate IT services, your organization may be even…

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What To Do When An Employee Leaves: Essential Discussions with IT

When it comes to onboarding new employees and implementing privacy policies, HR departments must have security at the forefront of their minds. As much as a…

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Lessons Learned- How to Prevent the Next Big Cyberattack

In less than one year, we witnessed two of the most significant cyberattacks in history. The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack caused a jet fuel shortage for…

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Manufacturing Sector Faces Growing Cyber Threats New Research Shows

Cyber incidents have been making headlines across several industries. However, there's a widespread misconception that the manufacturing industry isn't a potential target. Or rather, it doesn't…

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‘Smishing’ (SMS Phishing): A Rising Threat for Business Owners

According to Proofpoint, SMS-related scams rose by over 328% in 2020. The following year, reports of smishing scams increased by 700% within the first six months.…

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Cheap is Expensive: Cutting Corners in Cyber Security Will Backfire

Businesses are continually looking for ways to increase profits and minimize expenditures. Therefore, it's a no-brainer that we see a lot of cutting corners in cybersecurity.…

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A Guide to ‘Zero Trust’ Approach to Managing Cyber Risk

Zero trust is one of the most popular buzzwords in today's cybersecurity industry. What is it? How does it work? What are its benefits? Why is…

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7 Ways to Protect Your Business’ Data From Cyber Risk

"Data is the new oil" is one catchphrase that accurately captures how crucial information is to modern-day businesses. You rely on data to understand your market…

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Employee Training: Cultivate a Culture of Cybersecurity Awareness

Typically, executives may imagine deploying sophisticated intrusion detection, and prevention technologies as the ultimate recourse to malware and supply chain attacks. Employee cyber awareness training is…

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4 Reasons to Never Cut Corners With Cybersecurity

Information Technology is no longer a luxury; it's do-or-die for the 21st-century business. We live in the information age where organizations rely on IT to enhance…

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Vulnerability Scan: Identify and Prioritize Unknown Cyber Threats

A rule of thumb in cybersecurity is that everybody is a potential target. You're not safe, regardless of your organization's size or industry. And that's why…

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Why Are Small IT Companies Not Well-Equipped?

If there's one thing we've learned about IT in our almost a decade of serving Chicagoland businesses—IT is the most crucial investment for any modern-day organization.…

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What Our Dura-Tech Enterprises’ Acquisition Means for Your Business

We announced our decision to acquire Dura-Tech Enterprises on February 1st this year. However, the acquisition process didn’t start this year; it came after several months…

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How Often Should Your Company Upgrade IT Equipment?

With the increased adoption of the internet and the continual integration of technology into business processes, Information Technology is no longer a luxury. From product designing…

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Choosing the Right IT Company: Does Size Matter?

One question every business leader grapples with, especially when looking for managed IT services providers, is “What size IT company should we use?". Most cybersecurity companies…

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FBI Warns of Hackers Mailing Ransomware-Infected USBs

The FBI recently released a warning to all US organizations to be cautious with unsolicited mails with USBs. The agency says that cyber actors use this…

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MFA Is Now Mandatory for Cyber Liability Insurance

Several cyber liability insurance providers now require businesses to adopt multi-factor authentication to qualify for coverage. Here's why and how to meet the MFA mandates. VIDEO:…

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Is Your Organization Making These Three Critical Mistakes?

Recent research by Verizon shows that over 86% of data breaches are financially motivated. A similar study by CSO Online estimates the average cost of each…

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Invest in Cybersecurity or Pay More for Insurance Premiums

As cyberattacks continue increasing in volume and severity, cyber liability insurance providers are getting keener on organizations' security postures. The stronger your intrusion detection and prevention…

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Get the Most Out of Your 2022 Cybersecurity Budget

It's almost impossible to scan through any news website today without finding an article on a recent data breach. And in each publication, you'll read about…

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Why Cybersecurity Matters More Than Ever For SMBs in 2022

We live in the information age where technology is a do-or-die for businesses. Technology can help organizations improve business agility, enhance staff coordination and collaboration, automate…

LeadingIT Acquires Dura-Tech Enterprises Further Expanding Chicagoland Presence

Top 250 MSSP announces its second MSP acquisition in Chicagoland Chicago, IL  (February 1st, 2022):  LeadingIT, a Chicagoland cybersecurity and IT support company, announced today the…

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Only 46% Of SMBs Have Password Management in Place

Your passwords are the primary line of defense in safeguarding your sensitive data from unauthorized access. They act as barriers between the bad guys and the…

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1 in 4 Ex-Employees Still Has Access to Company Data

According to a recent study by Beyond Identity, approximately 25% of employees can still access their past workplaces accounts and emails. What's even more worrying from…

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Budgeting for Ransomware Protection: A Business Essential in 2022

According to Cybersecurity Ventures, businesses record a new ransomware attack every 11 seconds. With Symantec estimating that the U.S. accounts for up to 18.2% of global…

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What’s Hybrid IT? How It Works and Its Benefits

According to IBM, a data breach cost small companies (with an average of 500 employees or fewer) $2.74 million in 2019 and  $2.35 million in 2020. For…

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Defend Against Breaches With MFA and Password Management

In the contemporary data-driven world, cybercrime is a more significant concern for organizations than ever before. Information is the new oil, and everybody is crazy about…

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Think You’re Too Small To Catch the Attention of Hackers?

If you think your small or medium-sized Chicagoland business is too small to be a potential cyberattack target, you need to think twice. According to a…

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Why Should You Conduct Regular Cybersecurity Audits?

A rule of thumb in cybersecurity is that nobody is entirely safe. In other words, even the most sophisticated data security technologies are susceptible to breaches.…

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Resolve To Secure Your Data In The New Year

Data is the new oil—you've probably heard this a million times. Information is every organization's most priceless asset. How well you collect, store, analyze, and use…

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Why the “S” in HTTPS Matters When Shopping Online

With technology integrated into almost all your day-to-day activities, keeping your online data is significant now more than ever before. HTTPS is a more secure hypertext…

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5 Reasons To Choose a Cybersecurity Provider Over an IT Guy

Almost every business leader at one point faces the dilemma of whether to list the services of a cybersecurity provider or have an IT Guy. Both…

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Securing Your Backups From Ransomware

Ransomware is inarguably the most prominent type of malware. Initially, ransomware attacks were unsophisticated hacks on personal devices where cyber attackers demanded a few bucks as…

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Most Cyber Attacks Now Target Employee Negligence

The general opinion is that you need complex technologies and data security systems to prevent most cybersecurity threats like malware and supply chain attacks. While we…

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Protecting Your Fire Department Against Cyberattacks

Technological advancements have enhanced operational efficiency across almost all industries. Fire agencies are no exception—from better data recording and report generation to camera-assisted situation monitoring, improved…

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Why Use Hybrid IT? Benefits of Co-managed IT Support

One of the oldest dilemmas in the IT world is whether in-house IT is better than outsourced IT support or vice versa. Traditionally, many business owners…

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LeadingIT Achieves Top 2% Worldwide Diamond Partner Status with Datto

Chicago, IL (October 27th, 2021) – LeadingIT, a Chicagoland cybersecurity and IT support company, today announced it has achieved exclusive Blue Diamond partner status with Datto.…

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What Is Cyber Risk, and Why Should You Care?

Technology has significantly revolutionized how we interact with one another and do business. It enables organizations to streamline operations through automation, create more targeted campaigns through…

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Good IT Isn’t Good Enough

Several business owners and managers seem to believe that their IT is good or good enough. Unfortunately, not once have we noticed alarmingly glaring glitches when…

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Why It’s Important to Educate Your Staff on Cybersecurity

Employee cyber awareness training is one of the most crucial cybersecurity techniques. A 2019 Verizon study estimates that up to 32% of data breaches involved phishing.…

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5 Simple Steps You Take To Minimize Your Online Risk

In Kubler Ross' five stages of grief, the last step is acceptance and hope. Let's apply the same concept here—there's no way we can win the…

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Don’t Click and Tell (Tips on Avoiding Phishing Scams)

Links are essentially mechanisms to relay data or commands to your gadget. In most instances, we receive links from trustworthy sources. But, that's not always the…

LeadingIT Named as a Top 250 Cybersecurity MSSP Worldwide

CHICAGO, Ill., September 17, 2021: LeadingIT, a Chicagoland cybersecurity and IT support company, has been named to the Top 250 MSSPs list for 2021 (http://www.msspalert.com/top250). The…

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Invest In Cybersecurity Or Risk Closing Down

The internet has enabled businesses to reach broader markets and enhance efficiency through computer-assisted automation. However, with these gains also comes the need to invest in…

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White House Memo Urges Business Leaders To Increase Cybersecurity

As cybersecurity experts are still trying to unravel the recent Colonial Pipeline and JBS meatpacking company hacks, the White House urges all U.S. organizations to beef…

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How Multi-Factor Authentication Increases Your Defense Against Cyber Crime

If you’ve found yourself prompted for a second form of authentication when you log into a website or an app, you’ve experienced the wonders of multi-factor…

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Why You Need To Rethink Your Cybersecurity Strategy Beyond COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic caught everybody unawares. Several businesses were forced to scale down operations or shut down altogether. Those that managed to maintain some semblance of…

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Insights On How Chicagoland Businesses Can Prepare For A Cyberattack

Bad cyber actors are increasingly becoming organized criminals with well-structured techniques. This, and globalization, has made the fight against cybercrime more challenging than ever before. We…

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What’s Your Cybersecurity Insurance Credit Score?

Insurance underwriters, as well as banking and financial institutions, extensively use credit ratings to estimate and manage risks. The higher your credit score, the lower your…

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5 Simple Ways To Protect Yourself Against Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware has advanced over the years from simple hacks on personal devices to sophisticated, well-coordinated supply chain attacks that target thousands of organizations simultaneously. Nothing best…

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7 Cybersecurity Measures You Can Implement to Protect Your Organization

Businesses in all industries have become targets for cybercriminals looking to access confidential corporate and client data. Contrary to popular opinion, large corporations aren’t the only…

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July Fourth Kaseya Ransomware Attack & How To Keep Safe

On the onset of July Fourth, bad cyber actors infiltrated Kaseya, a Florida-based IT firm's systems, and successfully launched a scathing ransomware attack. They managed to…

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Is Your Trusted IT Services Company Really Doing Its Job?

For several companies, IT support is one of the most costly ventures. Therefore, it only fits that you should get the maximum value from this investment.…

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Don’t Use Public Wifi, Here’s Why

Who doesn't love restaurants or hotel rooms with free Wifi? We all understand how intense the lure of surfing the internet and checking your social media…

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Six Tips to Reduce Cyber Risks With a Remote Workforce

Even with the vaccine rollout, it’s unlikely that things will return to the way they were before the pandemic, especially in the business environment. At the…

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Not All Backups Are Created Equal 

There are more than 31 different flavors of backup solutions, and probably every service provider will tell you that theirs is the best. So, how do…

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8 Most Common Cybersecurity Issues Organizations in Chicagoland Face

8 Most Common Cybersecurity Issues Organizations in Chicagoland Face Cybercrime is on the rise. According to Statista, about 1,001 data breaches were reported in 2020, and…

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Any Email Could Be A Phishing Scam

More than 20 years after the first recorded attempt, phishing attacks are still one of the most significant and common cyber-attacks performed by cybercriminals. Even with…

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Why You Should Be Worried About Nation-State 2.0

Every cyber-security-conscious business leader must recognize the heightened threat levels from nation-state warfare attacks and proactively plan to avert them. Here's why. Cyber-warfare has been a…

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What Does The NIST SP 800-53 Update Mean For Your Chicagoland Organization?

NIST recently updated its Special Publication 800-53, introducing a whole new dimension to what security awareness comprises. What do these new Security and Privacy Controls for…

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Enterprises’ Spending on Cybersecurity To Increase by 20% in 2021

The cybercrime industry is a rapidly growing industry that never sleeps. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, cybercrime is expected to inflict damages totaling a whopping 6 trillion…

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How Human Behavior Sets Off Social Engineering

Social engineering refers to any form of manipulation that deceives someone into giving up personal information. Social engineering is also a wide range of malicious activities…

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Vamping Up Your Cybersecurity In the Face Illinois’s Cybercrime Problem

When you hear about hackers, cyberattacks and cybercrime, it’s easy to fall into the dangerous mindset of thinking it couldn’t possibly happen to your organization. However,…

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Does Your Virtual Workplace Lack the Security Needed to Thwart Cybercriminals?

The past year has been full of unexpected situations -- from a global pandemic that required the majority of Americans to work from home to a…

LeadingIT Acquires CLASS Computing to Expand Chicagoland Presence

Growing cybersecurity IT firm announces first MSP acquisition Chicago, IL  March 1, 2021:  LeadingIT, a Chicagoland cybersecurity and IT support company, announced today the acquisition of…

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LeadingIT Clients Will Enjoy Better IT And Cybersecurity Support Beginning February 2021

CHICAGO, Ill., Feb. 15, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Companies, organizations, and institutions that partner with LeadingIT have a lot to smile about as we head into Valentine's…

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The Big Problem In The Cybersecurity Insurance Industry

The cybercrime industry is rapidly growing. The number of cyberattacks is continually on the rise, and each subsequent attack proves to be more sophisticated and have…

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How SolarWinds Hack Has Reshaped Congress’ Cybersecurity Agenda

Several cybersecurity experts have described the recent SolarWinds hack as one of the worst supply chain attacks on U.S. government agencies and private organizations. Even as…

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Cybersecurity Is Still The #1 Risk For Manufacturers

The manufacturing industry is a crucial sector that plays a foundational role in today’s economic and technological innovations. According to the Department of Homeland Security, manufacturing…

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Why 2020 May Have Changed The MSP Industry Forever

Last year (2020) was a challenging year for most of us. The pandemic affected many areas of our lives. Businesses also struggled to stay afloat, and…

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Cybercrime Costs Will Jump Over The Next 5 Years

If you thought cybercrime was already costly, prepare yourself for this. According to a Cybersecurity Ventures survey, the high cost of cybercrime across the globe is expected…

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Phishing Ranked The Most Prevalent Type Of Cybercrime In The US As Cybersecurity Concerns Rise

There is absolutely no doubt that cybercrime is on the rise. And based on the current trends and predictions occasioned by an increase in internet usage,…

Cybercriminals target SMEs because of their inadequate cybersecurity measures. Take proactive steps to protect your IT infrastructure and avoid costly breaches.

Understanding The Nature Of Cyber Attacks Targeting Your Business

Whenever you visit various IT media platforms, you may come across news about a big firm targeted by cybercriminals. Major news feeds have stories about big…

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LeadingIT Launches New IT Support Strategies To Conform With Cybersecurity Predictions For 2021 And Beyond

CHICAGO, Ill., Jan. 11, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — LeadingIT, a Chicagoland cybersecurity and IT support company, today refreshed their previously launched cybersecurity measures to help its…

An agile cybersecurity protocol protects you from changing cybersecurity threats. Discover how to keep up with cybercriminals that target vulnerable networks.

Tech Tip: Handle Changing Cybersecurity Threats With Agility

If your firm has operations or client data that needs protection, you need reliable cybersecurity to safeguard them. Today's IT security measures focus on the breach's…

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Low Confidence In The US Government As One-Third Of Americans’ Personal Data Accessed Illegally

A study carried out by the independent educational charity Demos indicates that people in the US are surrendering to cybercrime.1 Individuals and companies also lack confidence in their…

With Cybercrime On The Rise, How Can You Protect Your Chicago Organization?

How vulnerable is your organization to a cyberattack? With the number of cyberattacks continually on the rise, it's no longer a matter of if your organization…

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What Is The Actual Cost Of Cyberattacks And Cybercrime?

How vulnerable is your company to a cyberattack? A cyberattack can cost your business millions in downtime and lost productivity. According to the 'Evil Internet Minute' report…

LeadingIT Announces Year-End Plans And Looks Forward To A Strong 2021

CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 14, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — LeadingIT, a cybersecurity and technology support company in the Chicagoland area, outlines the plans for its team and…

5 Common Mistakes That Small Businesses Make When It Comes To Their Cybersecurity

Your small business relies on your networks and computers for its day to day operations. You use them to communicate with clients and vendors, store sensitive…

5 Cybersecurity Predictions For 2021 That You Need To Be Aware Of

How different will the cybersecurity landscape be for your Chicagoland organization in 2021? Here are our top five predictions to help you prepare for the future:…

Cyberattacks Are The Biggest Threat To The Survival Of Small Businesses

A widespread misconception for small businesses is the notion of security through obscurity - that your organization is 'not big enough' to be a target. On…

Microsoft Sheds Light On The Current State Of Cyber Crime In Annual Report

A recent report from Microsoft sheds light on the current state of cybercrime.1 The software giant released of its annual Digital Defense Report, which analyzes cybercrime over the past…

How Safe Are Autonomous Vehicles From Cyberattacks?

With a world that is becoming highly connected, there is a corresponding rise in cybercrime threats. A recent study by the University of Maryland and published in an article in…

LeadingIT Teams Up With Extra Life To Raise Money For Sick Children

CHICAGO, Ill., Nov. 6, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — LeadingIT, a Chicagoland technology and cybersecurity support company, has teamed up with Extra Life to raise money for…

Cybersecurity And Teleworking Consequences From COVID-19 Pandemic

Early this year, a worldwide pandemic, COVID-19, changed how businesses operate. In order to adhere to laid out restrictions, companies across the globe were forced to…

Cyberattacks Are Causing Severe Problems For Organizations During Pandemic

Cyberattacks are causing losses for organizations that were already struggling to deal with the pandemic's effects. We had about a breach every week before the pandemic.…

What Cybersecurity Insurance Is And How Managed IT Helps You Avoid It

Internet-based technology and cloud technology influence how businesses operate today. However, the web also opens up new surfaces for cyber-attacks. No matter if hackers, nation-states, or…

7 Shocking Cybersecurity Statistics To Watch Out For

As we deal with the pandemic, you may miss alarming trends in other areas. One area that should be of concern is cybersecurity. Statistics show the…

LeadingIT Celebrates 10 Years Of Service In Chicagoland

CHICAGO, Ill., Oct. 12, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — LeadingIT, a friendly technology and cybersecurity support firm, started with no clients and zero dollars. For the first…

MSPs Tackle Cybersecurity, Increases Attacks, And Employee Compliance In The Age Of COVID-19

Who could have imagined, just one year ago, that millions of people would be working from home, some for the first time? MSPs, IT support teams,…

How To Ensure Your Remote Workforce Takes Personal Responsibility When It Comes To Cybersecurity

Companies have focused on increasing cybersecurity efforts as students and employees suddenly found themselves connecting from home during a pandemic. As an IT support company, we…

MCC Fall Scholarship – Developing The Next Generation Of IT Professionals

Employment in computing, information systems, and information technology (IT) is growing at a rapid pace. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand will continue…

How Internet Connectivity Will Shape The Future Of Learning And Its Implications On Learners

People are returning to some normalcy after the initial chaos caused by the pandemic. Things are not exactly as they were before COVID-19. Our 'new normal'…

Malwarebytes Survey Exposes Cybersecurity Risks Of Work-From-Home. Are You Protected?

In 2020, the business world experienced unprecedented disruption of operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This ongoing event has sped up the adoption of a “Work-From…

Insights From Microsoft New Data Shows How The Coronavirus Is Accelerating Digital Transformation Of Cybersecurity

The early months of the coronavirus pandemic highlighted the value of cybersecurity in productive remote work. Today's security solutions do more than detect threats. They provide…

Why We Need To #ClickSlowly During COVID-19 | My Top 3 Tips To Protect Your Business From Cyber Attacks

Whenever there’s a global crisis, the risk of cybersecurity breaches skyrockets. Take the terrible wildfires in Australia earlier this year. According to the Australian Competition and…

How Coronavirus Is Forcing Us To Embrace Technology For Good

I believe, in a lot of ways, technology is saving the world. Seriously. Well, right now that’s become a reality. With COVID-19 continuing to force countries…

Top 5 Steps To Securely Work From Home

We know that working from home can be new to some of you, perhaps overwhelming as you adjust to your new environment. One of our goals…

Are We Really Victims To Cybersecurity Attacks?

This story AND all the rest just like it, are ABSOLUTELY unfortunate. Yes, it is organized crime and it is unquestionably devastating. Yes, it can be targeted. And yes,…

How Does Cybersecurity Affect Me (And My Business)?

Now the term cybersecurity is plastered all over the news and articles on the internet but… what IS cybersecurity?! You've seen the data breaches of big…

If You Connect, You Must Protect: Security Tips For Using Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi spots are convenient especially when free. However, there are risks to using these networks. Be sure to use the following security tips when using…

#ClickSlowly: Is It A Phishing Email?

  What is a phishing (or spoof) email? A phishing or spoof email is an email that is falsely disguised as a person or entity you…

Thing #3: Keeping Up-To-Date With Cybersecurity Education And Awareness

Think you are not victim to cybersecurity issues because your business is not as large or JP Morgan Chase or Bank of America? This is a…

Press Release: LeadingIT Ranked Among World’s Most Elite 501 Managed Service Providers

  PRESS RELEASE News Provided by: LeadingIT June 19, 2019 WOODSTOCK, Illinois, June 19, 2019/www.goleadingit.com/--LeadingIT has been named one of the world’s premier managed service providers…

Thing #2: Enable 2FA. (But What Is Two Factor Authentication (2FA) And Why Is It So Important)?

Simply, two-factor authentication is an extra layer of protection for user accounts. To log-in, you’ll need something you know (your password) and something you hold (such…

Thing #1: Prepare For The End Of Windows 7

Our 3 part-series, 3 Things Every Business Needs to Accomplish in the Next 6 Months, launches today. The first article in our series is regarding the…

Protecting Your Business From An Impending Cybersecurity Breach

Trust on the internet is broken. Everyone wants to be private and careful yet- so much of our exact identity and personal information is ON the…

Latest Cybersecurity Attacks End Up With Your Employees Not Getting Paid

Here is a scary, but very real story: A company had an employee receive an email from their HR/Accounting department asking the individual to update their…

Microsoft Office 365 – What You Need To Know

If you haven’t heard, Microsoft decided to join the software subscription craze and launched their Office version, Microsoft Office 365. Office 365 works the same as…

How To Save Thousands During Next Year’s Annual Technology Budget

Technology is expensive. From annual investments in new hardware, to enhanced software that improves your business, and fast friendly IT support; technology can become an expensive…

A Bad Place To Click This Week

Let's walkthrough a very typical Office 365 phishing campaign and then review the ramifications.You receive an email like the above, notice the misspelled email address in…

Cybersecurity Is Now A Must Have Department In Your Organization

MORE than ONE in every FOUR users is susceptible to clicking on a phishing email potentially creating any of the below scenarios (once they are properly…

How To Make Sure You Never Fall Victim To Ransomware

Late last March, the infrastructure of Atlanta was brought to its knees. More than a third of 424 programs used nearly every day by city officials…

If You Don’t Want All Of Your Email Stolen, Deleted, Or All Your Contacts To Know You’ve Been Hacked READ THIS…

[gallery link="file" columns="2" ids="1948,2110,2111,2112,2113,2116"] If you (ever) click an email link like the one above and logged in with your password – you’ve given your entire…

5 Staggering Stats About Your Small Business And Cybersecurity

You've heard it before, the only constant in technology is change.  With small businesses, this is especially true.  Not just because of the constant focus on…

To Beat A Hacker – Think Like A Hacker

To reduce cyber risk, it’s important to invest in a combination of people, process, and technology to stay a step ahead of the bad guys. The…

These Hackers Warned Congress The Internet Was Not Secure. 20 Years Later, Their Message Is The Same.

[caption id="attachment_1823" align="aligncenter" width="500"] L0pht members on the morning before they testified in 1998.[/caption] Twenty years ago this week, a collective of young hackers came to Washington…

Your End-Users Are The First Line Of Defense

Phishing is one of the main cybersecurity risks that organizations of any size face, and it’s a major way in which an organization can become compromised.…

Client Showcase | Catching Up With Blackwing Meats

From molding plastic furniture, to ostrich farms, Roger Gerber has one eclectic resume. Roger and his wife Beth are the owners of Blackwing Meats in Antioch,…

Building A Better Business Through Cyber Resiliency

What is Cyber Resiliency? Simply put, cyber resilience is a measure of how well an organization can operate its business during a data breach or cyberattack.…

Our Tech Glossary

Education is an often overlooked part of IT Support. Many companies do not provide educational tools for their clients. At LeadingIT we strive to keep moving…

IT Now Means ‘Intelligent Technology’ And Your Business Needs To Step Up

In a Fortune article, the CEO of Insight Enterprises, an Arizona based IT company, has a warning for American business leaders. The world, he says, is…

New Email Encryption Threat And What You Can Do About It Now

There’s a price to pay for the increased efficiency and reach enabled by the digital age. We’ve all heard the story before. A massive, multinational corporation…

The Shocking Truth Behind Cybercrime Threats (And What You Can Do About Them Now)

Today’s technological innovations have empowered small businesses to do things that would have been utterly unimaginable even 15 years ago. To remain competitive in a constantly…

21 Questions You Should Ask Your Computer Consultant Before Hiring Them To Support Your Network

From the book “Technology Should Just Work” by Stephen Taylor You’re not happy with your tech service. Whether you have a guy, are outsourcing, or simply…

Is Your IT Provider Keeping Up? Or Constantly Drowning?

You've heard it before, the only constant in technology is change. Cybercrime damages cost more than $3 trillion in 2015, representing the greatest transfer of economic…

Please Take 2.7 Min To Review This – Or You Could Potentially Leak Company Data Or Worse Lose Company Money

We are seeing a massive influx of EMAIL campaigns oriented to steal your credentials, your company data, or worse company MONEY. We have seen attempts at…

Wave Of Payroll Direct Deposit Phishing Attacks

Lexology had an excellent post from Ogletree Deakins by Rebecca J. Bennett and Danielle Vanderzanden, related to a crafty new phishing scam they warned about and…

New Year, New Tech Meltdown

News this week: You may be seeing headlines and emails regarding CPU flaws and vulnerabilities named Meltdown and Spectre. As always, we are aware and working…

Net Neutrality Vote Tomorrow: This Is How It Could Impact The Internet

Tomorrow, Dec ember 13th, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on a measure that would completely gut regulations to internet providers and open the door for…

Another Worldwide Cyberattack Called GoldenEye (Not The Video Game)

Meet the sequel to WannaCry, the wide-ranging ransomware attack that crippled businesses around the globe last month. A wave of ransomware attacks spread like wildfire on…

More Options For Cellular Coverage – And Some Unlimited

For years Verizon and AT&T have ruled (and battled) the mobile market.  T-Mobile has also become an interesting option recently as Sprint falls behind the market…

Is This Critical Feature Missing From Your IT Support Plan?

Since our start in 2010, we have focused heavily on security for our client networks. More and more headlines have drove home the fact that cybersecurity…

How We Kept Our 80 Client Networks And Over 2500 End Users Safe During The Latest Cybersecurity Attack

Many news sources are reporting on this worldwide "ransomware" cyberattack which has wreaked havoc in hospitals, schools and offices across the globe on Monday. Over 200,000…

Don’t Fall For Firefox Banking Trojan Named “HoeflerText”

The malicious scam campaign, "The 'HoeflerText' font wasn't found," is back, which was previously targeting Google Chrome users to trick them into installing Spora ransomware on…

Ten Technology Tips To Keep Your Business Network Guarded

The following ten technology tips are a solid foundation for having great technology at your company, protecting against common threats, and keeping people productive through the…

Not All IT Companies Are Equal – How To Compare Them

The truth is that QUALITY technology support that prevents common issues, provides true security, keeps systems running smoothly comes at a price.  Hiring, training, and retaining…

Credit Card Fraud Is Rampant – How To Keep Your Money Safe

With identity theft on the rise, it's important that you understand credit card protection and know how to guard against becoming one of the nearly 10…

ONE Thing Your IT Company CANNOT Protect You Against That Could Cost You Thousands (Or Worse)!

This particular scam, a cybercriminal often impersonates an executive and sends a “spoofed” email to a carefully selected target that generally has access and authority to…

Most IT Providers Are Behind The Curve

Unfortunately, your business could be drastically exposed to an ever changing security landscape As an IT service provider in Chicagoland, we have no less than 30…

Your Firewall Is Useless Unless…

A firewall is a device that acts like a security cop watching over your computer network to detect unauthorized access and activity – and EVERY business…

Work Computers And Devices Are Only For One Thing…

That is, WORK! Never mix personal web surfing and social media with company devices. If you want to check your Hotmail account or Facebook page, do…

Don’t Use Public WIFI Until You Read This

We’re all guilty of it: connecting to free public WiFi. Whether it’s at the coffee shop, hotel or airport, the temptation to check e-mail and surf…

Remove That Unwanted Freeware

Like it or not, PC manufacturers LOVE to stuff your brand-new PC full of “free” applications (they get paid to do it, so you’ve got a…

If You Installed It, You Must Update It!

There are thousands of hackers who get up every morning with ONE goal in mind: to find a new vulnerability in a commonly installed software (like…

Bookmark The Legitimate Websites You Frequently Visit

Here’s a sneaky trick used by many hackers: they purchase and set up a fraudulent web site that is a close misspelling of a legitimate one.…

How To Foil Ransomware

Not too long ago, the CryptoLocker ransomware virus was all over the news, infecting over 250,000 computers in its first 100 days of release (at least…

Not All Backups Are Created Equal – What Questions To Ask

Backup & Disaster Recovery Checklist The ONLY way to completely protect your data and guarantee that you could restore it all after a major disaster is…

If This Type Of Alert Pops Up, Don’t Click On It!

You’re working at your computer when all of the sudden – BAM! – you get a pop-up notification that your PC is infected with a virus…

Use Strong Passwords!

Thanks to powerful brute-force-attack software readily available online, hackers can try tens of millions of possible password combinations per second. For example, hacking software can guess…

LeadingIT Lands On MSPMentor Top 501 List

Crystal Lake, Illinois / March 26th, 2015 – LeadingIT, a Chicagoland technology and cloud support company, appears at number 16 on Penton Technology’s just released MSPmentor…

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