Why Companies Should Conduct a Monthly Cybersecurity Audit

Cybercrime damage costs are set to hit six trillion dollars by 2021. Last year, made headlines with the largest ransomware attack in history, WannaCry. Needless to say, cybercrime is on the rise and organizations need to be prepared. Organizations that leave their companies vulnerable to cyber attacks risk losing business and crucial data. A monthly cybersecurity audit helps businesses prevent being victims of cybercrime. Here are some steps that should be included in a cybersecurity audit:   Check that all software is up to date. Regardless of the size of your organization, it’s critical that employee devices are operating on the most current software. Outdated software is a common culprit…

The Benefits of Outsourcing Managed IT Services

    In today’s digital landscape, organizations must adapt the technological changes and adopt new technologies in order to improve their operations and customer experience. Even small to midsize organizations will not be able to scale their business without a stable IT infrastructure.  Many organizations don’t have the resources for an adequate in-house IT department. This is when an outsourced managed IT services company becomes crucial. Below are some of the benefits of outsourcing IT through a managed services provider.   Lower Labor Costs The search for adequate IT staff can be challenging, and the hiring and training process can be very expensive. An outsourced managed services provider cuts out…

Free and Open Source Software Month is a Reminder of the Need for Cybersecurity

  February is Free and Open Source Software month (FOSS). If you’ve ever used Mozilla Firefox web browser, Thunderbird email, PHP scripting, or Apache web server, then you’ve used open source programs. Open source software (OSS) is distributed with its source code available for modification by anyone, turning software development into a collaborative process. Open source has become a bit of a buzzword in recent years, with opinions falling strongly in both the pro and con categories. Supporters tout OSS as an innovative concept that essentially crowd-sources software development for rapid evolution, bug identification and repair, readily available community support, and complete customization. Another boon, of course, is that it’s…

Olympic Games Hit with Cyberattack

  Olympic officials and cybersecurity experts are attributing Internet disruptions during last week’s Olympic opening ceremony were the result of a cyberattack. Jihye Lee, a spokesman for the PyeongChang Organizing Committee, confirmed the news Sunday, saying, “The technology issues experienced Friday night were caused by a cyberattack.”   The first signs of trouble arose when the website and internal systems of the winter games were taken offline during the opening ceremony in PyeongChang on Friday, after hackers detonated their probes inside the network, according to Sky News. News outlets had issues reporting on the event because the hackers knocked out the WiFi. Analysis by researchers at the cybersecurity intelligence wing…

Municipal Organizations Need Cybersecurity

  Municipal entities are responsible for storing personal records of citizens. Birth certificates, mortgage documents, medical records and Social Security numbers are just some of the sensitive data they collect and store. Citizens rely on municipal organizations to keep their data private and protected, which cannot be accomplished without a proper cybersecurity program.   According to CIO, the vast majority of public agencies lack a clear cybersecurity plan. This is troubling when you think about the amount of personal data hackers could steal. There are several factors that cause a lack of sufficient cybersecurity programs in municipal organizations. Here are a few:   Lack of training. Employees of municipal organizations…

Cybersecurity Tips for Healthcare Organizations

  When you go to a doctor or medical professional, you expect your information to be kept private. That’s because it’s the responsibility of medical organizations to keep your health records confidential. This expectation can be complicated in today’s digital world, especially when healthcare providers face numerous cybersecurity threats from ransomware and other cyber attacks. A recent study found that 72 percent of all healthcare malware attacks in 2016 were ransomware. Healthcare organizations need to have reliable cybersecurity to protect sensitive information. Read on as we detail some savvy cybersecurity tips for healthcare organizations in 2018.   Update cybersecurity procedures and protocols. Employees need to be trained on procedures to…

Cybersecurity Tips for Accounting Firms in 2018

  It’s hardly a revelation that accountants and accounting firms hold sensitive information about their clients. From social security numbers to addresses, hackers are constantly seeking to obtain sensitive data, a task that can be alarmingly easy if firms don’t have proper cybersecurity measures in place. That’s why accountants need to be motivated now more than ever vigilant about protecting their client data. In fact, a recent study showed that in the last year 500 million financial records have been stolen in data breaches and other hacks.   Small accounting firms may think they can be protected by the veil of obscurity, but hackers  often aim for small firms precisely…

Why Municipal Organizations Need Cloud Computing in 2018

Citizens in today’s digital age expect efficient public services and a government that can stay up-to-date with modern technologies. In response to this expectation, cloud computing has become an important part of local and state government IT solutions around the nation.   In a recent survey, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers found that the number of state governments making the jump to cloud services had increased sharply over the year before. So, what are the benefits of the cloud for municipal organizations? Let’s take a closer look.   Lower Hardware Costs The cloud allows municipal organizations to reduce spending on IT hardware, because storing data on-site can…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Reviews 2018 Cybersecurity Predictions

    As the new year approaches, many predictions have been made regarding the state of cybersecurity in 2018. Some predictions are more obvious than others, such as ongoing digital transformations and ransomware attacks. However, some predictions are a little more extreme, such as a data breach so pervasive that an entire country loses power. Here are a few of the top predictions for the technology sector in 2018.   Machine Learning   While artificial intelligence technology won’t be new for 2018, there will be changes to the current technology. In 2018, machine learning will actually help cybersecurity professionals, not replace them with robots as many fear. According to CSO…

Cybersecurity Protection for Law Firms

Technology is making waves across every business sector, and the legal industry is certainly no exception. While law firms exist in a variety of sizes and specialities, what they all have in common is the need to keep vital data protected. This need stems from their responsibility for maintaining the privacy of their clients’ data. To accomplish this, they must keep up with the best practices for cybersecurity. Legal professionals may not seem like an obvious target for a cyber crime, since they don’t typically store credit card information and bank accounts online. But, they do often have important clients. From large companies to affluent individuals, law firms hold sensitive…