Fish Tank and Hacking!

How’s this for creative hacking!

Use a fish tank control system to get onto a casino’s network and run amuck.

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Quick Tip: How to create an email template in Outlook

For some this may be a no brainer, but do you send the same emails to people on a regular basis?  Did you know you can create a template in Outlook so you just click on it and fill in the missing details?
Here’s a simple way to create a template:
  1. Open a new email
  2. Type in the standard information (even highlight the areas regularly changed)
  3. Click on the FILE tab (top left) and choose “save as”
  4. In the dialog box type the file name you want to save the file as
  5. in the “Save as type:” box chose “Outlook Template”
  6. Click Save (NOTE: don’t change the location you save it in!)

To use your template:

  1. Click on the New Items button (next to the New Email button)
  2. In the drop down choose More Items and then Choose Form.
  3. In the “Look In” box (top of the box that pops up) chose “user templates in File System.”
  4. Highlight your template and say open
  5. Voila you have an email template to use!
If you are using Webroot, you are protected against “Petya”

“A host of companies across industries have confirmed attacks today by a brutal wave of ransomware, including global law firm DLA Piper, U.S. pharmaceutical giant Merck, and the Danish shipping company Maersk. Although targets originally appeared in Ukraine—shutting down power plants, banking services and supermarkets—this latest cyberattack has quickly spanned critical economic sectors around the globe.

Webroot customers are protected against this variant”

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Massive Global Ransomware Outbreak!

Most everyone has heard by now, but do you understand?  Dynamic Strategies does its best to educate our clients so they can make decisions concerning their risk.  Please read the attached article and call us if you’re concerned with your own vulnerabilities. If you are not sure, give us a call!  We will help make sure you have the right precautions in place.  Don’t wait until it happens to you!

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HP Laptop Users BE AWARE!

HP Laptop Audio Driver Logs Keystrokes

Swiss cyber security firm, Modzero, discovered a keylogging feature present in the Conexant HD Audio Driver that comes preinstalled on 28 HP laptop models. This driver records all keystrokes made on the system and saves the information to a local file that can be accessible to any party or software that is aware of its location. If that file does not exist, the driver will pass all keystrokes in real-time to a local API. The NJCCIC recommends users and administrators of HP laptops that include the Conexant HD Audio Driver Package version and earlier review the Modzero Security Advisory and use the suggested workaround to mitigate this threat until a permanent fix is released.

HIPAA Breach Penalties Start!

Check out the article below. These types of enforcement actions were bound to start!  If you think you’re safe because you’re a small company, be sure to read this.  I doubt many small start ups can overcome a fine like this.  If you’re interested in finding out your status, please call or email us today!  We provide a free security assessment and are able to review your procedures, ensuring you are doing everything in your power to keep your data safe.

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DSI to Sponsor BioNJ BioPartnering Conference

BioNJ’s BioPartnering Conference, taking place May 23, is an exciting venue for R&D Innovation companies to show their potential investors and partners.  Join BioNJ at this exciting 7th annual event. Dynamic Strategies is excited to once again be a sponsor for this tremendous event.  Please stop by and see our team during the event!

Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks

Debbie Hart, President & CEO, BioNJ

9:10 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks by Rutgers University
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Robert Huffines, Global Chairman of Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan, will kick the day off with an industry update and trends overview
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Philip Ross, M.D., Managing Director, Healthcare Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan, will moderate a panel of industry executives focused on capital raising and what now constitutes an attractive investment
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. R&D Company Presentations & Partnering
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Networking, Company Presenter Q&A, Partnering and Exhibits (vendors & universities)
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Luncheon and University Presentations
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. R&D Company Presentations & Partnering
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Networking, Company Presenter Q&A, Partnering and Exhibits (vendors & universities)
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Michael Griffin, Managing Director and Investment Specialist, J.P. Morgan, will lead a fireside chat with Healthcare Equity Analyst Holly Fleiss
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Alma DeMetropolis, President, New Jersey Market Leadership Team and Senior Investment Specialist, J.P. Morgan, will wrap up the day with a regional note and a recap of the day’s insights on navigating the evolving marketplace dynamics
4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks & Dessert Reception


Register Now. Registration is $325 for BioNJ, LES, and NewYork BIO Members. $375 for Future Members. Once you register, you can start setting up 1-1 meetings with other attendees prior to the event!

We hope to see you on May 23rd,

The DSI Team

5 Types of People You Don’t Want Managing Your IT Solutions

5 Types of People You Don’t Want Managing Your IT Solutions

Working with a team of people with varying personalities and skill sets can be a good thing. Diverse people bring different viewpoints, opinions, and perspectives to the table. This oftentimes leads to more innovative outcomes.

When it comes to your IT solutions, hiring the right person is key. But there are some personality types that can implode even the greatest team dynamic. Here are the top five people you would never want managing your IT solutions:

The Know-It-All

This type of person is an attention seeker. They try and “wow” people with their clever remarks and technical knowledge when, in reality, their input isn’t really needed.

Sure, they may know the IT jargon and have the technical prowess to manage your IT solutions. But they’re not that much fun to be around, and will most likely push your buttons too far one day. No thank you.

The Yes Man or Yes Woman

Ah, the people-pleasers. This person is someone who thinks they can do it all – without considering the actual implications of taking on multiple projects and responsibilities. They make promises they can’t keep, which can lead to disappointment and instability. And in the IT realm, repeated mistakes and unfulfilled expectations are simply intolerable.

The Passive-Aggressive Type

Do you leave post-it notes to deal with conflict and avoid those cringe-worthy confrontations? Do you pretend everything’s okay when you’re actually upset or hurt? You may be the passive-aggressive type. This kind of person will make it hard for you to communicate your problems to. When you need IT support quickly and efficiently, you rely on direct, honest answers rather than a phony response.

The Gossip

This type of person goes without much explanation. They spread rumors about others (oftentimes behind their backs) and bend the truth for their own enjoyment. Whether its for the sake of entertainment, to cover up their own insecurities, or to feel a sense of self-importance – the office gossip is someone you’d never want in charge of your technology.

Just imagine the power they’d have being responsible for protecting your personal information!

The Control Freak

AKA type A personalities. Competitive, self-critical, and (at times) hostile, these people tend to overreact to the smallest things. They’re unbending in their approach to problem-solving, even when they’re in the wrong. They’re not a team player, yet they always have to be in the loop.

An IT manager should be someone with exceptional team skills. They’re constantly managing conflicts, negotiating and communicating with their team, as well as making important decisions for continuous improvement.

At Dynamic Strategies, we’re dedicated to providing quality IT solutions and support – without any of the emotional baggage. Get in touch to find out what makes us great to work with.

Why an MSP Can Be Trusted Like Family

Why an MSP Can Be Trusted Like Family

An MSP (managed services provider) cares for you like their own. Rather than turning up when your systems go haywire, an MSP takes proactive measures to keep your business and IT running smoothly.

While several IT services companies claim to engage in MSP practices, not all businesses are equal. In fact, there are many so-called “MSPs” that actually profit from other avenues such as break/fix work.

For those with a small to mid-size business, outsourcing your IT support can be more beneficial than hiring and training your own staff. If you’re on the hunt for a genuine MSP that can be trusted like your own kin, here are a few signs to look for:

An MSP Looks Out for Your Health

A true managed services provider offers more stable and efficient results compared to traditional IT service providers. Rather than earning revenue from hardware/software or repair services, they profit from doing real-time problem remediation. They also analyze all the moving parts of your business (people, processes, and assets) to prevent future problems.

A good MSP focuses on keeping your systems healthy rather than allowing issues to slip through the cracks and then profiting from fixing those failures. Your success equates to their success.

Predictable Costs All the Way

Not only do managed services companies solve IT-related problems quicker, but they also deliver a more controlled monthly expense. This cost only increases as your business grows, so you’re never faced with unexpected charges or hidden fees.

A well-run MSP will see failure within your business as a failure on their part. For instance, if you experience a power outage, malware infection, or hardware failure – your MSP should take full responsibility.

They will strive to turn negative customer experiences into ways to improve for the future rather than seizing it as an opportunity to make more income.

Proactive and Engaged

A true managed services provider should keep your network proactively managed and maintained. After gaining a thorough understanding of your business objectives and aligning their service model with your goals, they must stay engaged with you as your needs change.

Rather than benefitting from your failures, a good MSP is happy and healthy when your business is the same. They win from preventing issues in the first place and thrive off a mutually beneficial relationship with their clients.

If you’re ready to partner with an MSP that truly looks out for your well-being like family – look no further than the team at Dynamic Strategies.