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The Monthly Download—October 2023

Collaboration tools are GREAT.

But are they a security risk?

Who doesn’t love the convenience of workplace collaboration tools and messaging apps like Slack, Teams, and Zoom?

We can chat with colleagues, share files, hold meetings, and even discuss sensitive topics without leaving our comfy home offices. It’s all sunshine and rainbows… until cyber attackers decide to rain on your parade.

You see, whilst these platforms have become a blessing for productivity, they’ve also opened a Pandora’s box of cyber security risks.

Did you know that Slack, despite using encryption, does not feature end-to-end encryption? It’s believed this is so clients can maintain visibility into their company’s communications.

Or if you use WhatsApp for your business, it has been exploited in a variety of social engineering attacks?

And let’s not forget Telegram, which has become a prime target for cyber attackers.

This has given birth to a new attack category – Business Communication Compromise (BCC), a sinister cousin of the more familiar Business Email Compromise (BEC).

82% of data breaches involve the human element, according to Verizon’s 2022 Data Breach Investigation Report. An innocent click on a phishing email, and your communication platforms become a playground for cyber attackers.

Here’s how you can stay safe:

  1. Enforce strict access controls, so only people who are supposed to get into your platform, can do so. Something simple like multi-factor authentication can be a powerful deterrent
  2. Implement data loss prevention measures. Use a system with encryption and make sure lost or stolen devices can be remotely wiped
  3. And train your team how to protect sensitive information

If we can help you stay better protected, get in touch.

What's happening at RCT this month?

We are honored to have been invited to Fort Lauderdale for a week-long cybersecurity conference along with 300 other cybersecurity professionals from around the globe. We are very much looking forward to it!

Business gadget of the month

Sony noise cancelling headphones: Whether you’re working in the office, or in a café, sometimes that ambient noise gets a little too ambient, doesn’t it?

That’s where these Sony WH-1000XM4 noise cancelling headphones can become your new best friend. They block out all the sounds around you, leaving you to focus on your work in peace and quiet, or to your favorite soundtrack without any outside interference

Technology Update

Custom instructions come to ChatGPT

OpenAI is rolling out a new feature called Custom Instructions, for ChatGPT Plus subscribers. Through two prompts, you can tell ChatGPT about your specific requirements and preferred response format. Whether you’re marketing to prospects, or educating clients, this innovative feature caters to your unique needs.

Tech facts

  • The first ever webcam was deployed at Cambridge University, UK in 1991. It was designed to monitor a coffee pot, after scientists were fed up finding it empty
  • The first computer to be marketed as a laptop was the Gavilan SC in May 1983. It was priced at $4,000, weighed 9 pounds, and was powered by a 5 MHz Intel 8088 chip. Oh, it also ran MS-DOS. Things weren’t always better in the past
  • The biggest tech acquisition in history was not, as you might think, Elon Musk’s multibillion dollar takeover of Twitter (now called X) in 2022. Actually, the record sits with Dell’s 2015 acquisition of enterprise storage company EMC for $67 billion in cash and stock

Inspirational quote of the month

“There’s no shortage of
remarkable ideas, what’s missing
is the will to execute them.”

—Seth Godin, Writer and business genius

A New Month, A New Tech Quiz

1) Before becoming widely recognized as the main character of Super Mario
Bros, what was Mario called?

2) What does Yahoo stand for?

3) What is the keyboard shortcut to directly open the Windows Task Manager?

4) What does the term “Vaporware” mean?

5) 1024 Gigabytes is equal to 1 Terabyte; 1024 Terabytes is equal to 1 Petabyte.
How many Gigabytes are in a Petabyte?

The answers are below.

  1. JumpMan. Nintendo’s US office renamed him after their landlord
  2. Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle
  3. Ctrl+Shift+Escape
  4. It’s the term used for a product that’s been announced but never launched
  5. 1,000,000 (but if you ask a developer rather than a hard drive manufacturer, they would say 1,048,576)

New to Microsoft 365

Faster backup for Microsoft SharePoint, OneDrive and Exchange

Microsoft 365 Backup is said to be a powerful data recovery service, and it’s coming soon. It’s designed to speedily restore your OneDrive, SharePoint, and Exchange data if you’ve suffered a breach. It even allows you to restore data within set date ranges.

For any help or advice, get in touch. It’s what we do.

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