2021 Continuous Authentication: Why Your Business Needs It

If there’s one rule when it comes to the business world it’s that you can never be too prepared or too cautious. One of the most crucial parts of owning a business is knowing you and your team’s information is fully protected. The last thing you want for your employees or your clients is a data breach or cyber attack. Setting a verification requirement to gain access to cyber material, such as passwords, is a great first step in securing your data. But, remember, there are specific requirements when it comes to passwords which you can find here.    Anytime you are asked to submit a password in order to…

2021 Cybersecurity Protocols For A Hybrid Workforce

With COVID-19 restrictions lifting, companies around the nation are reopening their doors. And that means employees are heading back to the office. Well, at least some are. According to TechRepublic, 63% of employers plan to introduce or expand a combination of remote and on-site working. But how will this impact your cybersecurity infrastructure at your company?     The unfortunate truth revealed by a year of working from home was how unsecure businesses around the country are and how unprepared employees are for cyberattacks. These two factors combined led to over 37 billion records compromised in 2020, according to GovTech, which is the highest data breach activity recorded in a single…

The Biggest Data Breaches and Trends Heading Into 2021

Many cybersecurity experts identify 2020 to be the turning point for data breaches and total cyberattacks. Data breaches skyrocketed last year with 31 billion records compromised in a span of just 12 months, according to Canalys. This means a shocking 171% increase from the previous year. According to ZDNet, since 2005, a total of 55 billion data records have been compromised — well over half of that total occurring just last year. Understanding how data breaches are evolving can help you prepare for what is to come and what it means for your business, regardless of your industry.   The Race to Digitize Increasing Data Breaches In an attempt to…

Tips to Protect your Business from Cyber Threats in 2021

As the first quarter of 2021 comes to a close, the threat of cyberattacks continues to grow. Sizable damage to data can cause businesses to lose a significant amount of money. This is especially true if their cybersecurity is not where it needs to be to prevent these attacks. Keep reading to learn how to maximize your business’s cybersecurity in 2021 by understanding key statistics in the ongoing cybersecurity battle.    Cybersecurity Readiness in 2021 Most businesses are aware of the ongoing threat related to cybercrimes, but the state of readiness for most is low. 2020 was a record-breaking year when it came to cyberattacks. According to The Hill, the…

How To Avoid Falling Victim to Phishing Attacks & Improve Cybersecurity

Every day, innocent victims fall prey to phishing scams. Whether this occurs via email, social media, texts or phone calls, cybercriminals love to reap the benefits of phishing attacks.    Recently, over 10,000 Microsoft email users were part of a phishing scam where hackers posed as FedEx and DHL Express in order to obtain sensitive information from innocent victims. These hackers were able to mask their true identity through email titles, content and sender names. The emails contained worrisome text implying that these companies needed more information or documentation in order to complete a delivery. Some of the emails even sent a message suggesting that documents had been delivered to…

Reddit Users Raise Cybersecurity Concerns During Stock Market Changes

Managed services companies, CTOs and IT professionals alike have already experienced a turbulent year with unexpected cybersecurity breaches. The recent surge in online trading opens up a whole new sector in the cybersecurity world. If your employees are participating in online stock trading, your company’s data may be more susceptible to a data breach.     At the end of January, America watched as social media users banded together to create major fluctuations in the stock market.    The stock market has always been fragile and at risk for instantaneous changes. However, no one could have guessed that a group of Reddit users would’ve exposed its true volatility! This small group…

New Year, New Cyber Threats —- Here’s Your 2021 Cybersecurity Resolutions

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that life and business are unpredictable. Fortunately, the new year is a sign of a fresh start for a majority of companies. And that means new goals, resolutions and successes, which include cybersecurity.    The technology shift in working remotely brought a slew of vulnerabilities and concerns involving data security. There was a 159% increase in remote work which caused a record number of hacks and data breaches. These attacks were more sophisticated and added to pandemic-related anxieties rather than financial fraud or extortion. Not only were these actions concerning, but it made IT directors question how well they were securing company data in…

Protecting Your Vote — How This Election Differed From 2016

Due to multiple cyberattacks four years ago, cybersecurity was definitely a hot topic during this year’s presidential election. With three weeks leading up to the big day, Microsoft, working with law enforcement groups, disabled one of the largest hacking operations, an effort run by Russian-speaking cybercriminals. This action could have set the path to ensuring what is now confirmed, that election day was hack-free. Here is what we know.     Preventing TrickBot From Tricking Your Ballot TrickBot has become the biggest threat in cybersecurity. It has been used for everything from stealing online banking credentials to infecting the software used by towns, cities and hospitals with ransomware. This malware locks…

Paying Ransom? Your Company Could Face $20 Million In Fines

Three seconds. That is how long it takes for ransomware to start encrypting the files on your PC or network. This split second can cause an immediate impact on your business, which can cause days, months or even up to a year of recovery. With ransomware attacks in the United States alone costing businesses over $7.5 billion in 2019 and with 62% of businesses reporting having dealt with an attack as of April 2020, it is no wonder the U.S Department of the Treasury is making it illegal for victims to continue pay ransoms to regain access to their data. Not only are they making it illegal, but your organization…

How Cloud Computing Can Benefit Your Business and Industry

Tired of storing data on your hard drive and worrying that you might lose those important files? With 94% of companies migrating critical applications and infrastructures to the cloud, what is stopping you? Is it adopting new skills or concerns that data too can get lost on the cloud? With the advantages of using both public and private cloud solutions, which give businesses more flexibility, here is why you should move your data resources to the cloud:  First, let us explain exactly what cloud computing does. The cloud is a storage option much like your hard drive, but it’s on the internet. Not only can files be stored on the…