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   Mistake #1 – Outdated Hardware and Software You may not be rocking a relic from the ‘80s, but computers and technology become outdated a lot sooner than many people think.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…

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…

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…