The Feds were hit with a breach: here’s how it happened

September 29th, 2020

Just this past week, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reported that a federal agency was hit with a malware attack from an unknown source. This proves that even federal agencies can have vulnerabilities. The attack first started with a set of an internal user’s Office 365 credentials.

A recent Microsoft phishing email

September 24th, 2020

On Monday, September 21, a number of our i3 employees received a seemingly harmless email from Microsoft. It looked like this:

Mike Ritsema, after seeing the email, forwarded it to our security training professional, Benny, and asked to confirm if it was part of a security test for the week.

#FamilyFocus podcast with Mike Ritsema

August 24th, 2020

Last week week, the Family Business Alliance featured i3's President and Principal, Mike Ritsema, on their #FamilyFocus podcast. Take a few minutes to listen in on Mike's story today:

0:33 Introduction of i3 Business Solutions

1:53 i3 and working with family

2:40 How COVID-19 has affected i3 Business Solutions

3:48 What types of customers i3 serves

4:11 What types of IT services we provide

5:23 i3's values and community involvement

9:00 Three mandates for business and cybersecurity

13:05 How the i3 team stay connected during COVID-19

15:06 Last thoughts and advice to owning a family business

Family Business Alliance · #Family Focus with i3BusinessSolutions
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[Webinar] Why Remote Work Works in 2020

July 21st, 2020

The remote office: what i3 Business Solutions has learned
When the pandemic first struck us in March, did your business have a disaster recovery plan? Who would have thought that a physical virus would have interrupted business operations? While everyone's office buildings were completely intact, employees were forced to go remote in a matter of days.

Set up a COVID-19 health questionnaire app for your employees

June 24th, 2020

As we enter the reopening phase in Michigan, i3 Business Solutions is offering a simple solution to keep your organization safe and productive through a COVID-19 Health Screening Survey.

This eight (8) question survey meets the CDC, State of Michigan, and OSHA requirements for opening your business or organization.

Look out for these 5 COVID-19 related phishing attempts

March 23rd, 2020

Recently, there has been an increased number of phishing emails related to COVID-19. To protect yourself and your organization, please follow the following guidelines from our i3 security team lead and CTO.

Please look out for:

Attached files, especially .dll files and .bmp files (photos)
Mobile apps offering COVID-19 tracking maps
Website links offering COVID-19 information
Online stores that sell shortage items
Fraudulent emails that appear to be from the CDC, asking you to "urgently" open a file or click on a link

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the current situation to catch people with their guard down.

Phishing scam: Barbara Corcoran loses $400,000 from one email

March 2nd, 2020

A few days ago...

A regular employee with good intentions went about her day and wired close to $400,000 to a real estate renovation project. Little did she know that she had sent it to a email phishing scammer.

The money belonged to Barbara Corcoran,

New York Real Estate genius and Shark Tank host.

Mike Ritsema’s 6 essential books for personal growth

February 24th, 2020

I believe that lifelong learning is a key to fulfillment and joy in life.  We spend our first 18 years of life in some form of structured learning – then how do we continue to grow and learn?

Well, again, I submit that willingness to keep learning and growing is a key to one’s journey and destination in life.

Why you need a strong password policy for your business in 2020

February 6th, 2020

Did you know that 71% of cyberattacks target small businesses? Did you also know it takes hackers just 4 minutes to hack into your network, but it takes 99+ days for typical businesses to even know they’ve been breached? One of the most important layers of defense, then, is a strong password policy for your business.