5 Basic Cybersecurity Tips Every Employee Should Know

Whether you have a dedicated team of cybersecurity professionals working for your company or not, your employees play a key role in keeping your data safe. Where they check their email, what passwords they use and which links they click can make or break your company’s security. It’s important, then, that employees are educated on basic cybersecurity practices. Here are five main things all employees should do to keep data safe:   Always update software When you get a notification that a software update is available, do it immediately. Developers create software updates to make programs stronger. Updates fix previously unseen vulnerabilities in programs, which prevents hackers from taking advantage…

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…

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…

The Importance of Proactive Managed Services Maintenance

People brush their teeth every day in hopes that when they arrive at their annual dentist appointment, they do not have any problems with their dental health. This same concept can be applied to system management. By scheduling routine check-ups and fixing problems before they become irreversible, companies are performing proactive maintenance. This practice ensures that companies not only eliminate surprises that could result in downtime but also optimize their network use.   Life Expectancy By scheduling routine check-ups for hardware, businesses can guarantee that their machines are reliable and last as long as possible. Often, hardware gets dirty over time from dust and debris in the office. Routine check-ups…

Tips for Managing BYOD in the Workplace

With the increased use of smartphones and portable devices within the past decade, the traditional setup of a workplace has become obsolete. There is no longer a need for landline phones, and desktop computers are inefficient when it comes to retrieving information on the go. Many companies have implemented Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs. While allowing employees to bring their own devices improves productivity in the workplace, companies risk security problems by vastly expanding their networks.   Plan By implementing a plan for a BYOD program, businesses can predict potential troubleshooting problems and errors within the network by creating a policy to follow. According to Security Solutions, only 20.1…

Why Cyber Attacks Should Be Treated Like Natural Disasters

Companies often prepare their employees for emergencies such as natural disasters, weather events or fires with outlined procedures and training in order to minimize damage and ensure safety. When it comes to cybersecurity, businesses often overlook the potential for serious harm to occur from a data breach. This ultimately leaves employees uninformed and unprepared for a cyber disaster to occur.   Recent Reports According to World Economic Forum, each year the Global Risks Report works with experts and decision-makers across the world to identify and analyze the most pressing risks that we face. The report for 2018 shows a strong indication that the threat of cyber attacks will cause just…

Cybersecurity Tips for Accounting Firms

Accounting firms are ethically and legally obligated to keep their clients’ information and data protected. Due to a recent increase in cyber attacks, accounting firms need to be prepared to defend their valuable information against sophisticated breaches. According to Accounting Today, there are many preventative measures that can be taken by accounting firms, but three actions in particular help create a sufficient plan against major cyber attacks. Beyond implementing data protection software, knowing how to use the software properly is necessary to ensure utmost protection.   Educate Employees The first step to any problem is acknowledging the situation. It is important for large accounting firms that employ thousands of employees…

What You Should Know About Hybrid Cloud Computing

Cloud-based data centers have created many opportunities for organizations to store important information with privacy and security. These systems have granted companies the resources necessary to maximize their productivity. As cloud computing has advanced, the hybrid cloud has become a prominent strategy among organizations. According to Tech Target, the hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment that uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms. This form of cloud computing is the future of information management.   How is it Deployed? There are many different ways in which a hybrid cloud system can be implemented. For example, two cloud providers…

Kansas City Managed Services 2018 Cloud Computing Predictions

In case you hadn’t heard, 2018 is predicted to be a big year for cloud computing. In fact, the total global public cloud market will be $178B in 2018, up from $146B in 2017, and will continue to grow at a 22 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to Forbes. With 79 percent of companies now running workloads in the cloud, split almost evenly between public and private cloud, what does the new year hold for cloud computing? Here are some 2018 cloud computing predictions:   The Hybrid Cloud There has been a lot of hype around the hybrid cloud, and that’s only expected to grow in 2018. The…