FBI: 300% Increase in Cyber Crimes Since COVID-19

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) saw a surge in daily cybersecurity complaints since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI's Cyber Division, Tonya Ugoretz, said that the IC3 was receiving between 3,000 and 4,000 cybersecurity complaints each day, a major jump (300%) from pre-COVID19 pandemic when it was 1,000 complaints daily.

 

Around the same time, Google stopped millions of maliciious coronavirus-related emails from reaching their Gmail users.  According to the company, they saw 18 million daily malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19.  This was in addition to more than 240 million COVID-related daily spam messages.

 

The More Virtual You Go, The More Cyber Risks There Are

 

The surge in cyber attacks stem from the increasingly vulnerable IT networks in organizations as they enforce social distancing and move all their users into remote connectivity from home.  Even if an organization has an effective firewall, as most do, the vulnerability lies in the endpoint device usage via email phishing.  A single click can cause a malicious entry into your entire network, leading to network outage, ransomware, and theft of personally identifiable data.  Additionally, according to the Google reports mentioned earlier, hackers pose as public health organizations such as World Health Organization to solicit for donations or distribute malware.

 

The Alarming Costs

 

Here are a few alarming cyber incidents that happened before COVID-19 to that are indicators of a larger trend:

A key observation to note about all these incidents is they happened before COVID-19 pandemic.  As we have seen earlier, there is a surge in cyber attacks after the pandemic due to the vulnerability of remote work without proper security strategy.  A good question is: If organizations across industries faced this type of devastating cyber attack before the pandemic, during greener economic times, how would small to medium sized businesses respond to cyber threats during a pandemic economy with widespread remote employment?

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The Takeaway

 

It is clear that decisions makers from varying industries need to think critically about their security strategy during this era of remote employment.  On September 17th, we are hosting an industry-leading expert on Cybersecurity provide free guidance for key decision makers on strategies they can adopt for their remote IT environments.  Click on the image on the left (or click here) for more information!

Compulink Technologies Ranks No. 84 On the 2020 CRN Fast Growth 150 List

CRN Recognizes the Top IT Channel Providers for Exceptional Growth and Performance

 

Compulink Technologies, Inc. is proud to announce that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company®, has named Compulink Technologies to its 2020 Fast Growth 150 list. Each year, CRN® recognizes the fastest-growing technology integrators, solution providers, and IT consultants across North America for the substantial growth and performance they’ve achieved over the previous two years. The elite group of companies named to this year’s list have generated a combined total revenue of more than $37.8 billion between 2018 and 2019. 

 

When asked about this award, Compulink's CEO Rafael Arboleda said "This award is not just one person's, but an overall team effort.  We are very thankful to each and every department in the Compulink Team for their persistent effort to ensure our services are sufficiently implemented and that clients are not just satisfied, but thrilled to be working with us."

 

Today’s solution providers vie for market share within the highly competitive, fast-paced IT channel, making sustained growth and profitability noteworthy achievements. Ranking within the top 150 requires companies to continuously evolve with the seismic shifts taking place within the marketplace. The 2020 Fast Growth 150 list recognizes these companies’ extraordinary accomplishments and dedication to the IT channel.

 

“Evolution within the IT ecosystem is occurring at breakneck speed. The CRN® 2020 Fast Growth 150 list highlights the achievements of elite industry-leading companies in the IT channel and their ability to innovate in an ever-changing market,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company®. “The extraordinary group of companies on this year’s list serve as an inspiration, setting an exemplary level of excellence for us to follow. We are excited to honor these industry leaders and wish them continued success in the years to come.”

Compulink Technologies Now A Lot 3 (Cloud) Vendor For Cisco’s NYS OGS Contract!

Compulink Technologies has recently been awarded as a lot 3 vendor for Cisco System’s New York State OGS Contract! Lot 3 is Cloud Services and this means that Compulink can sell cloud products and services to New York City and State public institutions while leveraging the OGS Contract.

Compulink Technologies holds a strong, longstanding relationship with both Cisco Systems, and the procurement community in New York. As we reach a new normal under the novel COVID19 pandemic, we need to become flexible with how we approach IT. This includes having a hybrid approach to our IT environments that enable our teams to access their work and data from anywhere. Since the need for cloud services is quickly growing across sectors, we are excited to become an IT Resource to public institutions, and small-medium sized businesses.

Under Lot 3 of Cisco’s OGS Contract, Compulink is able to better assist with the following solution sets:

Cisco Flex

Get cloud, on-premises, and hosted collaboration in a user-based subscription. You can buy meeting, team collaboration, calling, and contact center services for all employees, or simply purchase what you need today and grow at your own pace. With the Flex Plan, one agreement includes software, upgrades, and support.

Cisco Webex Meetings

Don’t let being away from the office slow your business down. Experience engaging, productive meetings from wherever you are.

Cisco Webex Meetings delivers over 6 billion meetings per month, offering industry-leading video and audio conferencing with sharing, chat, and more. 

General features:
• Join and present from any meeting, event, or training session
• Hands-free voice commands with Google Assistant and Google Home Hub
• Seamless joining directly from your calendar or customizable widget
• Schedule meetings or playback recordings directly from your app
• Customizable video layouts
• Share your screen to everyone

If you have not considered cloud solutions for your organization’s IT environment yet, do learn more about it! Contact the Compulink team to learn more about how cloud solutions can benefit your IT environment!

Magic Johnson Offers Financial Support to Minority-Owned Businesses Affected By COVID19

It is no surprise that the current COVID19 Pandemic has affected businesses of all sizes and circumstances. The urgent need for social distancing affects different types of services that require direct interaction between people. All nonessential businesses were ordered to close down due to stay-at-home orders during this pandemic. As a result of this drastic reduction in business operations and revenue, unemployment across the nation has been on a rampant increase.

This also includes, but is not limited to, Minority-Owned Business Enterprises. Smaller businesses have seen their customer base purchase less and monitor their budget closely since these are uncertain economic times. In response to these troubling economic trends, there have been many helpful resources such as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from the federal government’s stimulus package. Another resource for small minority-owned businesses is that former NBA Star Magic Johnson, CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, partnered with MBE Capital Partners to offer $100 Million in loans to minority and women-owned business enterprises.

This initiative to provide support to MBE, WBE, and MWBEs is for businesses that have not received support from PPP funds and are impacted by the COVID19 Pandemic. Congress set aside the PPP funds but they were quickly depleted. Many Minority-Owned Businesses have not been able to receive support from the PPP funds due to the lack of relationship with bigger banks.

This is a helpful resource for the M/WBE Community nationwide. Supplier diversity helps diversify the source of our GDP but also provides opportunities to minority and immigrant communities from varying economic backgrounds. During these difficult times, it is important that our fellow M/WBEs take advantage of these business resources.

Compulink Technologies, Inc. is an MBE Certified in New York City, New York State, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Even during these times, we have access to reserve IT stock for government agencies to remain operational during the pandemic. We remain supportive of our colleagues in the business community and from public institutions.

Compulink Status Update March 30

The Compulink Team has spent two week working remote thus far.  While this is an adjustment period for all sectors, we wanted to provide you a status update for our operations.  Compulink Technologies operations are still running and we are able to take orders.

Last week we accepted multiple emergency procurement orders and we are still able to take more orders.  Additionally, we are working remote with access to our emails and calls to the office route directly to individual cell phones after you dial the extension.

We wanted to reiterate our commitment to supporting both public and private institutions in these trying times and helping keep our public infrastructure alive.  If there is anything you or your agency needs assistance with regarding Information Technology, do not hesitate to contact Sales@compu-link.com.  Click below to reach this email directly.

K-12 Education Has Gone Remote!

Due to the CoronaVirus Outbreak and the social distancing practiced by the masses, schools and universities have closed. Public Schools are said to be closed until at least April 30. While students were excited for the time off as a vacation, the education system has adopted a remote access model for students and teachers to access at home.

Students and teachers are using Microsoft Teams to communicate and each different class has their own chatroom. Parents are expected to ensure students are remaining productive in their homes. While schools are closed due to social distancing initiatives, this is an important initiative to help the education system continue.

Official information on Remote Learning Can be found here)

However, there have been some setbacks in remote education. A remote education system being suddenly implemented is under the assumption that every student has access to a computer at home. This is not the case. Many students began remote learning last week without the proper tools. Some households have one computer and two or more students that need to use it simultaneously.

The City is purchasing devices for students who live in public housing and are from low income neighborhoods. New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza estimated that there are a shortage of 300,000 devices across the city that will be provided to the students in coming weeks.

Compulink Recommendations

While the New York City Department of Education is currently purchasing laptops for students; there will be an adjustment period. After laptop devices, students may not have the proper headphones or other supplementary hardware to be engaged with the education.

Remote education was a sudden adoption which will cause initial hurdles in the process. It is highly advisable that when schools are back in session, teachers begin to increasingly incorporate laptops into the educational process. This would help the access to education become remote-friendly. Should students need to be home or have a homework packet during vacation, they are able to use their laptops to resume work.

Compulink Technologies is an MBE Certified Firm that has been bringing top-notch IT Service solutions to businesses and government agencies across the nation since 1986.

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