Best Cloud Practices of 2021 + Cloud Security Trends to Look for in 2022

As we enter a new year, one evolving trend appears to be here to stay — the hybrid workforce and its effect on cloud computing. In 2022, cloud practices will continue to grow, and at a fast pace — making the cloud and cloud security even more essential to your business. According to Gartner, global cloud revenue is projected to total $475 billion in 2022, which is up from $408 billion in 2021. Keep reading to learn more about the best practices for cloud computing that your company should already have in place, plus cloud security trends to look for in 2022. Cloud Computing 101 First, let us quickly explain…

Top Industries That Need Cybersecurity

As the economy slowly recovers and industries plan for a post-pandemic life, now is the time to factor cybersecurity into your business’ budget. Cybersecurity is essential to keep your products, finances and employees protected.  The increase in people working remotely has led to greater exposure to cyber risks. In fact, according to Deloitte, during the pandemic, there were 35% more cyber attacks, compared to only 20% prior to the pandemic. Plus, 47% of individuals fall for a phishing scam while working from home, like an email or mobile account login that leads to a fake website. Hackers are clearly upping their game when it comes to hacking into personal accounts…

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 and a main reason why you need to amplify your cybersecurity best practices 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…

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…