Seven Uncomfortable Truths About The State of Cybersecurity

Sophos released their state of cybersecurity study and the findings are clear – companies are not equipped to handle cybersecurity threats. The study, published last week, surveyed over 3,000 IT managers at companies around the world about their cybersecurity experiences, concerns and future plans. From their responses, the study’s authors identified seven key facts about cybersecurity, all of which point to the need for companies to focus more heavily on the issue. Here are the crucial takeaways companies need to understand about digital security moving forward:   Cyberattacks are now the norm, not the exception. Of all organizations surveyed, 68 percent reported being victims of a cyberattack last year, with…

Identify Phishing Emails With These Tips

Phishing scams — emails designed to induce people to reveal personal information — are becoming increasingly common and dangerous. As technology evolves, scammers are capable of creating more targeted and sophisticated attacks. Accounting Web recently reported that hackers are now even utilizing artificial intelligence to make their frauds seem more believable. With increased risks comes the need for greater prevention efforts. Follow these tips to keep you and your company safe:   Consider the source. Who is the sender? Is it someone you recognize and have been in contact with before? If not, you’ll want to proceed with caution. Check the “to” and “from” addresses. If the message is addressed to…

United States Law Firms Targeted by Foreign Nation-State Hackers

It’s not only the government that’s at risk for cyber attacks from foreign nation-states — almost anyone with a large amount of valuable data can be a target. In the United States, foreign hackers often target law firms in particular. According to Priscilla Moriuchi, director of strategic threat management at Recorded Future, “[Law firms] are such a great target because they have access to a good deal of non-public information.” Breach Attempts to Date A high-profile example of a law firm breach is DLA Piper, an international law firm that was brought down in a matter of minutes in an overnight breach, according to Bigger Law Firm. Due to an…

Video Interview: William Simmons, MDL Director Of Business Development, Explains LightEdge Data Center Benefits

Now more than ever, companies need a solution to their data storage needs. As an organization grows, so does its data storage needs, though not always its budget. According to William Simmons, director of business development at MDL Technology, “We’re seeing somewhere between 25 percent and 35 percent increase in the amount of data a company needs to store, replicate and protect.”   Additionally, Entrepreneur reports that several trends are contributing to the need for additional cloud storage:   Government regulations that require data back-up of certain information. Legal reasons that make it necessary to archive emails that date back as far as five years and older. An increase in…

How To Survive The Windows 7 End Of Life Phase

If you’ve been keeping up, Microsoft announced its plan to end regular service updates to the Windows 7 operating system on January 14, 2020. If you need to catch up, read more about it in our previous blog post. Those who are still running Windows 7 will need to take action in the next year to prepare for the transition over to Windows 10.   What To Expect According to TechRadar, Windows 7 has been in the “extended support phase” since January 15, 2015, which means that no new features were added and warranty claims were deemed invalid from then on. However, there have been changes made to fix security…

Windows 7 Support Ends; Windows 10 Gaining Momentum

It’s official: Microsoft announced it will discontinue updates to Windows 7 in a year. According to GHacks, this means systems running on Windows 7 will not get updated on security and bug fixes in hopes that both organizations and individuals will switch to Windows 10. This is no surprise, as the news broke a while ago and most likely the reason behind Windows 10 finally pushing out Windows 7 as the most popular Windows operating system, reported by The Verge.   Why? Windows 7 is still a widely used and popular operating system, but the time has come for the updates to stop. Microsoft is focusing its time and effort…

How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is sometimes seen as a disaster recovery operation — a situation to be dealt with when it happens. Someone breaks in, and then the company reacts figure out who, what, when, where and how. However, the best way to approach this kind of situation isn’t to sit back and wait for it to happen — it’s to prevent it from occurring in the first place. What if there was a way to know that a breach was about to happen, or if constant monitoring of your system found a hole instead of a hacker finding it? In the near future, this may become a reality thanks to artificial intelligence.…

Cybersecurity A Bigger Worry Than Recession

According to Fortune, a recent study by the Conference Board found that most domestic CEOs are more worried about cybersecurity than about a recession. This isn’t as irresponsible as it may sound. Breaches can affect any company of any size, which means that all levels of management and employees should be on the lookout for suspicious activity. Mega-breaches are now a growing trend, exposing more records per breach and potentially causing businesses to close down. The financial blow to a company is staggering on its own, coming in at $3.84 billion on average, according to Website Hosting Rating. On top of that, 71 percent of customers say they would leave…

How The Government Shutdown Affects Cybersecurity

It’s hard to get away from the news of the government shutdown currently taking place. According to Hashed Out by SSL Store, agencies like Homeland Security, the Transportation Department and the Justice Department are all closed, and about 80,000 workers are currently not working or are working without pay to perform duties like traffic control. Immediate Effects During a government shutdown, there are certain employees who are deemed essential and are exempt from the shutdown, according to Axios. Since Homeland Security is shut down, this means the newly created Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is stripped down to only those employees who have been deemed essential, and all other employees…

Master CRM With These Techniques

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems offer a host of possibilities for sales, marketing, customer service and more, but unless you know how to use your system, you could be left with no return on investment (ROI). In order to drive results and growth from implementing a CRM system, you first have to start with a firm understanding of what you will get out of the system. Unfortunately, most companies think of CRM as an end-all, meaning they expect to put the system in place and sit back and watch the magic happen. This is not the case. A CRM system is meant to help a company make meaningful connections with…