Cybersecurity Tools and Managed Services to Leverage Over the Holidays

The holiday season is here! And with it comes (hopefully) a much-needed break from business stress. While you’re drinking hot cocoa, wrapping presents and lounging by the fireplace, the last thing you want to think about is the state of your company. But, of course, it’s hard not to.    We all know that the ultimate dream is to shut down our laptops on Dec. 23 and leave them until the new year, but this can be unrealistic for many companies. In addition to standard business responsibilities, the holiday season is notorious for malicious targeting by hackers. On top of that, we all know how difficult and uncomfortable it can…

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: 4 Core Cybersecurity Actions

  Did you know that October is Cybersecurity Awareness month?   While we promote cybersecurity all year long, every October is an opportunity to engage with the public on the newest and best ways to protect personal and professional data. This month, IT and cybersecurity professionals speak up on the latest trends and opportunities in data protection, as well as the growing threats to personal and professional data security.    What is Cybersecurity Awareness Month?  The President of the United States, with the support of Congress, named October Cybersecurity Awareness Month in 2004. This month’s goal is to raise awareness of potential cyber threats and circulate easy precautions that are…

What We Can Learn from the Twitter Cybersecurity Negligence Allegations

The news that a whistleblower accused Twitter of severe cybersecurity negligence hit the internet by storm in late August of 2022. Though the story is new and unfolding, no one in the industry can deny that this is big news.   While Twitter denies the claims of cybersecurity negligence, this whistleblower’s grievances can be an excellent reminder to us all that cybersecurity cannot get moved to the back burner, even when there are endless alternatives fighting for attention.   So whether these allegations are accurate or not, let’s go through the alleged mistakes that Twitter made and how you can avoid these mistakes within your company practices.   Here is…

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Cybersecurity 101: Tips for Protecting Data in Education Systems

It’s back to school time for students everywhere! Kids are signing up for classes, choosing electives, and entering new school systems with shiny folders and sharpened pencils.    Every student that walks through those doors offers personal data to school systems to track and store, from grades to addresses to mental health information. When they offer up this information, students, faculty and families expect that this information will stay secure and out of the hands of unauthorized users wanting to exploit that info.    So what happens when a school or education system experiences a data breach?   First, that sensitive and confidential information is now vulnerable to exploitation. Second,…

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7 Crucial Steps To A Dependable Disaster Recovery Plan

You can do many things to help your business, but one of the most important is establishing a strong and dependable disaster recovery plan. Unfortunately, 43% of businesses without a business continuity plan will go out of business in the wake of a significant data loss. Are you willing to take those odds?   Hopefully, you never need to use a disaster recovery plan. But ensuring it’s there if you need it can be your strongest resource on the road to recovery.   Here are seven steps you need to consider when building your disaster recovery system.   1. Analyze the threats and weaknesses in your current plan   Do…

5 Crucial Steps to a Dependable Data Protection Strategy

We all have nightmare scenarios that haunt our thoughts at night. It may be finding a nest of rabid raccoons in your closet or accidentally showing up to the office without pants. But, for many business owners, it’s logging into your computer only to realize that all your most important data is lost or held hostage.    Unfortunately, data loss is the most realistic nightmare scenario. In fact, the 2021 Thales Data Threat Report found that almost half (45%) of U.S. companies suffered a data breach in the past year.   Whether it’s from malicious attacks, disastrous user error or external circumstances, your data security status can keep you up…

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…

New Cybersecurity Threats to Know About in 2022

From geopolitics to advancing technology, there are several reasons why 2022 is a crucial time to tighten up your cybersecurity plan.    Cyberattacks in 2022 are so much more than obviously suspicious phishing email scams, and your team needs to be privy to all of the threats that may come across their devices.    Here are some of the most prominent cybersecurity threats to know about in 2022.    Cryptojacking It’s hard to walk into a small-talk situation without briefly touching on the state of cryptocurrency. Thanks to the intriguing and lucrative nature of crypto, it’s at the front of everyone’s mind — especially hackers.    With the growing popularity…

Types of Malware and How they Operate in 2022

As one of the most common cyberattack methods, malware, in all of its forms, has caused lasting damage to millions of victims across the globe. One of the best ways to minimize the risk of a malware attack is to recognize it for what it is before you interact with it.    Here are the different forms of malware you can come across in 2022.    Types of Malware   Fileless Malware Fileless malware is a sneaky form of malware that uses legitimate programs and tools to infect a computer. This form of malware is tough to detect because hackers don’t need to install any code in a victim’s system.…

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…