8 Stats About Data Breaches to Know in 2022

The expression “knowledge is power” is usually used to convince a student to study or entice a friend to pay attention to current events. But what if we use it to describe something negative? When someone else gains access to your sensitive data, they have power over you.    That is the very possible outcome of a data breach.   Data breaches can happen to companies of all sizes and industries. From malicious attacks to standard user error, there are several ways your data can fall into the wrong hands. But wouldn’t you rather learn from the misfortune of others over experiencing it yourself?    Luckily, IBM recently came out…

How Managed Services Will Help Your Business in 2022

The pandemic brought a lot of “firsts” to business owners across the world. One of the most impactful was the intense need for fully-virtual communication, process management and secure data sharing.  Enter: Managed Service Providers (MSPs). From IT support to proactive maintenance, the managed services industry grew significantly in 2021 (to almost 51 billion dollars) and shows no signs of slowing down in 2022.  Businesses of all sizes and types are recognizing the value of data that is easily accessible to the right people and completely blocked from the wrong. With 87% of data breaches caused by human error, it’s more crucial than ever to work with experts and establish…

Looking Forward: Business and Tech Predictions for 2022

After the past couple of years, attempting to predict the future of business and tech can be complicated. But looking forward into 2022, there are some probable business and tech trends on the rise that will continue to demand our attention. 2020 was the year of improvisation. 2021 was the year of acceptance. And 2022 will be the year of optimization. Many of the “temporary setbacks” of 2020 are here to stay. Now, it’s time to make those changes work for your business. From hybrid work models to revamped data sharing, here are some business and tech predictions for 2022. Hybrid Work is Going To Be Permanent Fixture of Business…

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…

Top Technology Mistakes Small Businesses Make – And How To Avoid Them

Technology can really make or break a small business. Here are some common technology mistakes that small businesses make — and what to do instead. Mistake #1 – Outdated Hardware and Software You may not be rocking a relic from the ‘80s, but computers and technology become outdated a lot sooner than many people think. Technology is fast-paced and evolving, which is why upgrades and updates are critical. According to Business News Daily, desktops tend to last around 5 to 8 years, while laptops have a shorter lifespan at 3 to 5 years. There are lots of competing demands on budgets, which is why it can be easy to overlook…

Senate Passes K-12 Cybersecurity Act to Protect Schools from Cyberattacks

With the start of the school year getting underway, an impactful bill follows. This past month, the Bipartisan K-12 Cybersecurity Act passed the Senate, and with it, shines a new spotlight on the importance of cybersecurity on our K-12 school districts.  Whether private or public, magnet or charter, these schools hold valuable information that, before this bill, remained relatively unprotected. Throughout this blog, learn what exactly the K-12 Cybersecurity Act is and the important role it plays in not only protecting student information but yours as well. So What Is the K-12 Security Act? Like most pieces of legislation, political jargon and excessive verbiage can make it hard to decipher…

Cybersecurity Trends for 2022

It’s never too early to start preparing your business for 2022. We have reached the halfway point of 2021 and we are already seeing important data security trends that may affect your cybersecurity plan for the next fiscal year.  Cybersecurity is becoming more and more crucial for companies as cyberattacks are now the fastest growing crime across the globe, according to CyberCrime. Hackers can target and uncover enough information to essentially stop your business operations and employees. According to CNBC, more than 43% of cyberattacks are aimed at small businesses. Unfortunately, most of these small businesses do not have cybersecurity in place to protect themselves. In order to protect your…

Closing The Digital Skills Gap

Keeping your data secure and exclusive is, and will always, be a top priority for society. Whether it be bank information, photographs or confidential business intell, you deserve to have your data protected and stored without the impending doom of a security breach.  New innovations and technological advances are always being updated, changed and modified to improve overall user experience. While this constant process of tweaking is crucial to the success of these innovations, it brings forth the issue of struggling to protect one’s data. Because of the recent increase in the pace of updating innovations, businesses and business professionals are finding it exceedingly more difficult to keep track of…

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…