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True North Networks has been a national provider since 2002, providing IT support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Cybersecurity: How to Stay Ahead of the SEC

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced in January of this year it will continue its ongoing initiative to examine for cybersecurity compliance procedures and controls, including testing the implementation of those procedures and controls at broker-dealers and investment advisers.  This session will cover topics on how to be prepared for the OCIE, case studies, tools to protect against a breach and legal ramifications regarding data security.

When: Wednesday May 17, 2017

Time: 8:30AM – 11:00AM

Where: Grand Concourse Restaurant, 100 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

FREE & Open to ALL

Presented by:

·         Steven Ryder, True North Networks

·         Matt Meade, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Cybersecurity and Data Protection Group

·         Ben Cotton, CEO of CyTech

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Watch Out for Fake Apps!

Watch Out for Fake Apps!
The holidays have come and gone and the cyber scammers are STILL out in full force! Their latest trick is creating fake apps, tricking consumers like you into downloading them to your smartphone or tablet, and ask you to load your personal credit card information in these apps. You can guess what happens next.

How is this happening?

Apple’s App Store is getting crowded with fake impostor apps and Google Play is having the same problem. Starbucks started the first "retail app", and many stores have followed. They appear to be legitimate retail store apps, but when users install them, criminals can steal consumers’ personal information, or install viruses that capture confidential information from smartphones and tablets.
The counterfeiters are posing as well-known popular companies like Dollar Tree, Foot Locker, Dillard’s, Nordstrom,, Polyvore, Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Here are 5 things to think about to protect yourself:

  1. Be very judicious in deciding what app to download. Better safe than sorry.
  2. If you *do* decide to download an app, first thing to check is the reviews, apps with few reviews or bad reviews are a big red flag.
  3. Never click on a link in any email to download a new app. Only go to the website of the retailer to get a link to the legit app on the AppStore or Google Play.
  4. Give as little information as possible if you decide to use an app.
  5. Be very, very reluctant to link your credit card to any app!

Information taken from New York Times:

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True North Networks launches new website!

True North Networks is proud to announce the launch of our new website at The goal of the new website is to make it easier for our existing clients to submit and manage support requests, and provide more information about our services for prospective clients.

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Another Day, Another Breach

April 2015 Advisor Perspectives website, featured an article "Another Day, Another Breach" by True North Networks' CEO Steven Ryder

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A new managed security service offering from True North Networks, LLC

According to security expert Brian Krebs recent book, Spam Nation: “…an average of 82,000 new malicious software variants (are) attacking computers every day….” How can small and medium sized businesses stay on top of such a monumental task?

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The Best Action is to THINK

December 2014 Business Monadnock magazine, featured an article "When it comes to safeguarding your records, the best action is to THINK" by True North Network's CEO Steven Ryder.

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The Entrepreneur's Roller Coaster Ride

2014 Business Monadock magazine featured True North Network's CEO Steven Ryder describing how his career as an entrepreneur has been similar to a roller coaster ride; the ups and downs along the way have made for a thrilling life.

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Recipient of the 2009 New Hampshire Excellence in Business Services Award!

Excellence in Business Services — Steven Ryder, True North Networks, Keene

Steven founded True North Networks in 2002. Since then, his company has provided computer network solutions for businesses in 21 states — with a staff of just 7 people, including himself.

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