7 Things You Need to Teach Your Employees About Data Security

Your employees are the lifeblood of your company.    From customer service to operations management to marketing, everyone has their specific role in helping your company offer your customers the best goods and services. But everyone needs access to company data to get their job done, which can risk your data security.   Do your employees know what to do when they get an email scam or lose their company phone? Having data security processes clearly defined and easily reviewable will help your team feel confident in their data protection knowledge.    Want to tighten up your data security from the ground up? Here are seven things your team should…

Tips from Ethical Hackers: Easy Habits to Protect You from Cyberattacks

We speak a lot on the topic of malicious hackers. But what about ethical hackers?   Ethical hackers are the white hat vigilantes that dedicate their careers to hacking companies and making the world better because of it.    By allowing ethical hackers to take their best shot at cracking into a business’s data, companies can avoid costly and dangerous attacks in the long run. And while every company is complex and different, ethical hackers run into similar vulnerabilities that are fixable or avoidable when companies have certain cybersecurity habits in place.    Let’s chat through some easy habits proven by ethical hackers to cut down on cybersecurity vulnerabilities.  …

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…

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. But no matter the type of device your employees use, cybersecurity should be applied on all devices.  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…

Increasing Security During Cloud Migration

The cloud provides ease of access for a mobile enterprise, which is slowly becoming the way of the workforce. By storing data in the cloud, anyone who needs access to that information can do so from different devices, even from outside of the office. In the early days of the cloud, this was seen as a faulty way to store your data because of the accessibility to not only your own employees but also to hackers. Since then, there has been a growth in trust for private, public and hybrid clouds as everyone becomes aware of the role they play in fighting off breaches. Cloud Migration Transferring data to the…

Why Business Size Doesn’t Matter When It Comes to Cyber Attacks

Large organizations used to be the main targets hackers due to the massive volumes of sensitive financial and customer data they possessed. As cyber attacks become more advanced, attackers are starting to feed into the valuable data that’s held by smaller businesses. A recent Cyber Security Breaches Survey, conducted by the U.S. Department for Culture Media & Sport, reported that 45 percent of micro/small companies have experienced a breach in their system and 66 percent of medium/large businesses have suffered attacks as well. This information warns small business leaders to be prepared against a breach and to protect their customer’s data. Public awareness of cyber attacks has helped the battle…

In The Crosshairs: Cyber-Attackers Target Healthcare Industry

  In recent years, healthcare has become one of the most targeted industries for cyber-attacks. That said, the risk of these attacks isn’t limited to health data and services. According to The Center for Internet Security, “For healthcare, cyber attacks can have ramifications beyond financial loss and breach of privacy.” Human lives are also threatened by these attacks. Hackers can take over any medical device that is hooked up to a network. This includes devices such as heart defibrillators and electric wheelchairs. The threat of these attacks is only increasing as network connected devices become more rooted in the healthcare system. Even with these dangers, technology is not something that…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Analyzes Ransomware Attacks

In 2016 alone, ransomware affected over 90 million individuals and businesses at an estimated rate of 400 attacks per minute. Yet 70 percent of these go unnoticed, according to  TechRepublic. Cybercriminals use of ransomware show no signs of slowing down. Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. According to Digital Trends, the average rate for a ransom has soared upwards from $294 in 2015 to $679 this year. Studies show that nearly 50 percent of businesses have been hit with some type of ransomware, with 40 percent of those businesses paid the ransom. Studies also…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Reviews Importance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Department of Homeland Security has declared October National Cyber Security Awareness Month. In its thirteenth year, the program seeks to educate the public and private sector about Cyber Security threats and ways to guard against them with a focus on protecting our digital borders. Attacks in 2016 have hit major companies. From 500 million hacked accounts with Yahoo! to 100’s of Eddie Bauer stores being inflicted with malware. The most common cause of breaches are employees misusing access privileges, according to TripWire. Whether employees do this accidentally or maliciously, training employees on security practices is crucial. Additionally, here are a few tips from Open Forum on how to prevent…

Disaster Recovery 101

Studies from the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council show that an overwhelming majority of companies would fail in the event of a data disaster. The reason for this is simply misunderstanding and misinformation. Check out these easy-to-understand pointers on disaster recovery basics to help improve your company’s disaster recovery plan. Disaster Recovery Plan A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a plan set up to manage and retain as many assets as possible in the event, and in the aftermath, of a cyber event that threatens or destroys all or part of a company’s digital resources. According to Computer Weekly, elements that will determine how to create your DRP include people, physical…