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Protecting your company from Ransomware

When your company gets hit with Ransomware, your productivity drops to zero until either the Ransomware is paid, or systems are re-imaged and databases are restored. Colonial Pipeline was down for 9 days. What would be the cost to your business if it wer...

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Ransomware is the new normal.

In the 9 months they were in operation the DarksideSide hackers, who demanded ransom to unlock computers belonging to Colonial Pipeline, made $90 million dollars.

The group sold Ransomware as a service. Just as your company purchases licenses of Google Workspace o...

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Do you want to see your political campaign secrets on the evening news?

The recent indictments by the Mueller investigation should make one thing clear to everyone running for public office . You, your staff and everyone associated with your campaign need to take internet security seriously.


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If you have a router / firewall / Wifi manufactured by Belkin, Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear Inc, TP-Link or QNAP, your equipment is vulnerable to the VPNFilter malware.

Why should you care? Once infected, your device can be used as an attack against United States infrastructure, such as the fin...

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CNet is reporting that the US is using IPV6 connections more that 15 percent of the time.

If you are a small ISP and still don't have a transition plan from IPV4 to IPV6, contact us. You do not want to lose out on the growth in business that IPV6 will generate.

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Are Russian hackers controlling your small business router?

The FBI reports that there are over 500,000 Small Office / Home Office (SoHo) routers, including models from Netgear and Linksys, that are infected with the VPNFilter malware. This malware can harvest credentials and destroy your route...

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If you are searching for the shell company setup to hide payments to a porn star, you are at the wrong site.

If you are looking for advice on how to improve the security for your small business, give me a call.

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A Passwordless future in near!

On April 10th major announcements from the FIDO Alliance, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Yubico marked the start of using security keys to replace passwords for signing into websites, applications and computers.

Security keys have been in use as 2nd level...

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In 2016 hacked email accounts caused immeasurable trouble for political campaigns. In 2018 that can play out again for candidates that do not take internet security seriously.

If you are running for political office this year, you should be reaching out to your security team and asking about D...

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Essential Consulting has been helping business with their technical needs since 2001.  We are professionals in the field of software development and network security.

We offer the following services:

  • Network security consulting
    Does the internet security of your business keep you awake at night?  Or do you wonder about what all the hubbub is about?  Does your business take credit cards?  You can get a free security assessment of your business to find out what your risks really are.  Contact us to schedule one.

  • Network design, implementation and management services
    Are you expanding and want a robust secure network?  Do you have equipment that you purchased that is not reliable and you need something that always works?  Do you need help in choosing an anti-virus vendor, or a centralized management system?Contact us.

  • Software development services
    Do you need a small application to automate something that is now done manually?  Do you want help on a large software project?  We can help with a full stack J2EE developer.

  • Project management services
    Are you looking at a project and do not have the management bandwidth to execute it properly?  Do you have a team that is not working and are looking for some help in turning things around?  Do you have a critical project that is hopelessly broken and looking for a way to fix it?   We practice Agile project management, understand technology and also understand business needs.  With a certified Scrum Master on staff, we can pull these skills together to you get the results you need.

  • Management consulting services
    Do you have a new manager that needs some mentoring?  Are you looking for someone to explain what Agile methodologies are? Is your team not working and you need help? With over 10 years of management background we can help.

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