Cybersecurity and Personal Devices: Is BYOD Worth The Risk?

Using personal devices for work is the norm these days. Chances are, the majority of your employees have their email synced to their phones. On weekends, they use their personal laptops to check a few items off the work to-do list. While waiting in line for coffee, they respond to work emails. In many ways, this is a positive development for businesses. Research shows that employees who use personal devices for work put in more hours overall. They send more emails per day — 20 more than those who don’t use personal devices for work — and check email before even heading into the office for the day. Plus, they’re more…

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…

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…

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…

Small Businesses Are A Big Target For Cyber Criminals

Small businesses may not seem like an ideal target for criminals looking to make big bucks. However, since large corporations understand that they are at risk for an attack, many companies invest in a good cybersecurity plan. Unfortunately, this leaves the smaller businesses wide open for hackers who are looking to go after an easy target, and for small businesses, a cyber attack can be devastating. The Threat Small businesses have a hard time keeping up in a world where technology is ever-changing, including ways that hackers are infiltrating vulnerable networks. They may take advantage of a bug in a company’s system or an employee who is careless on their…

Can Hackers Help Your Company Become More Secure?

When you think of hackers, the image that comes to most people’s minds is a faceless, hooded figure in front of a computer. They’re people who pray on loosely guarded information to make money. They are nameless, and your company may be at risk of their attacks and should be prepared in case you are targeted. A good defense to a hacker, however, could possibly be another hacker.   Hackers For Hire   Hackers are generally regarded as the enemies of companies, but who is better to find the weak spots in your company’s cybersecurity than those whose goal is to break through it? According to Read IT Quik, hackers…

Protect Your Information In The Cloud With Zero Trust Networks

Technology is making it easier than ever to work from wherever you are and get tasks done at a faster pace. With the help of email on your phone and different apps to complete your daily tasks, you can get done what would have previously taken double the time. However, the introduction of these innovations to a business can also be its downfall. According to Security Boulevard, the age of protection from a firewall alone is no longer possible, and this leaves companies to either adapt or risk it all. A new cybersecurity trend is looking to help keep a company’s information protected in this new age despite all the…

Why Healthcare Organizations Need Strong Cybersecurity

Hospitals and medical practices house a goldmine of valuable patient information for hackers. Personal information such as birthdays, credit card information and medical history are entered into a database after visiting the doctor’s office. For this reason, medical practices are one of the largest targets for data breaches and should uphold strong cybersecurity measures.   Education Cybersecurity starts with the people who use the network most frequently: the employees. If employees are uneducated or not properly trained on cybersecurity procedures in the medical practices, mistakes will be made. For instance, the Utah-based company HealthEquity reported that 23,000 accounts were compromised in a data breach earlier this year. According to SC…