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…

High Expectations For Cybersecurity in Accounting Firms

Accounting firms face mounting pressures this year and next to protect their data with more vigor than before. The increased need for more protection is due to the sheer number of records that are exposed every year and a recognition that something needs to be done to stop it. This kind of problem will not go away on its own. For accounting firms, it is not only your clients that you have to answer to when it comes to a breach but the SEC, too. According to Bloomberg Tax, the Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) will be looking for disclosure updates this year, which means that companies that experienced a…

2018 Cyber security Review

2018 has been a year in which we have had some good news, like increased awareness of cyber risks and a decrease in overall breaches. However, this also comes with bad news as more breaches fall into the mega-breach category and more scams become personalized for each company. Some of the sectors that saw the most — and largest — breaches were healthcare providers and financial institutions. These breaches cost companies hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to recover from. Here’s a look back at the biggest takeaways from 2018. Mega-breaches The number of breaches overall has gone down, which would seem like a win. However, more breaches are…

Why There Should Be More Women In Cybersecurity

The STEM fields have long been dominated by males, from entry-level to CEO. This is beginning to change as more young girls and women are taking an interest in and pursuing careers in this field. But many of them are met with similar prejudice to that faced by many other women entering male-dominated fields. Companies that follow this trend will continue to see the growing talent gaps that exist in today’s IT landscape. According to TechBeacon, an estimated one million security jobs worldwide are unfilled. It is time to open our eyes to the possibilities and talent that is brought by opening the door to women in the cybersecurity field.…

CRM For The Future

Customer relationship management (CRM) systems manage a company’s interaction with current and potential customers. They analyze data on customers’ history with a company to improve business relationships with customers, retain customers and ultimately drive sales growth. CRM is a thriving, turbocharged industry with a promising future, and most companies have already adopted at least a few CRM apps. CRM has exciting new developments that are likely to come about in the next year or so, which means now is the time to jump on the CRM train as the systems become easier to use and yield more results. If you want to implement CRM, consider looking at our blog to…

Prepare Your Business For Cybersecurity Changes In 2019

As the end of the year nears, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2019. We have compiled a list of predictions from experts around the industry on what they see as the biggest changes to expect next year. As technology and security evolve, the threat from cyber criminals heightens as well. Being aware and knowledgeable of the potential threats this upcoming year will help you make the right decisions to stay secure. Overall, keeping up with cyber hygiene is going to be an important factor in 2019. Educating staff on the necessity of cyber hygiene will go hand-in-hand with continuous monitoring. You can read our blog here to learn…

How to Improve Employee Cybersecurity Practices

We can’t say it enough these days: employees are your best defense against cyber attacks. They are the first barrier to someone breaching your system and accessing data. There has been a decrease in the number of breaches each year, but the count of records compromised has risen per attack. According to Healthcare IT News, mega-breaches —  where a single breach exposes more than ten million records — are on the rise. These kinds of breaches were responsible for the majority of records exposed in 2018. To avoid this kind of catastrophe, you need your employees on your side, so make note of these tips from Forbes. Make Sure Everyone…

Law Firm Data Poses a Vulnerability in 2018 and Beyond

There is a plethora of information out there for hackers to target, and no industry is safe, especially law firms. Law firms hold valuable client information including sensitive data which any firm would pay millions to retrieve. Due to new regulations, it is pertinent for law firms to understand their responsibility to protect the data they hold. Facing Reality For those who have been following the news, a number of large firms have been hit by data crises that have cost them massive sums of money, in addition to damaging their reputations. The number of attacks on law firms is only increasing through the years. According to Barkley, roughly 80…

Cyber Security Hygiene Essential For Data Protection

As we talked about in our last blog post, migrating your IT infrastructure to the cloud is a large project that many companies will go or have gone through. With this, there is a misconception that once all of your data is in the cloud, you are done. This is simply not the case. Your data is your most precious resource and should be treated as such, which means you need to be practicing good “security hygiene.” What is Security Hygiene? For those who don’t know, security hygiene is a set of practices that ensure your data and systems are kept safe, according to Forbes. Hackers are constantly coming up…

Increasing Security During Cloud Migration

The cloud provides ease of access for a mobile enterprise, which is slowly becoming the way of the workforce. By storing data in the cloud, anyone who needs access to that information can do so from different devices, even from outside of the office. In the early days of the cloud, this was seen as a faulty way to store your data because of the accessibility to not only your own employees but also to hackers. Since then, there has been a growth in trust for private, public and hybrid clouds as everyone becomes aware of the role they play in fighting off breaches. Cloud Migration Transferring data to the…