The Importance of Data Back Up: Data Management is the Key to Maintaining a Healthy Business

Lately, the news has been rife with tragic stories – from the hurricanes in Florida to the fires in both northern and southern California.  Even when there are not catastrophic natural disasters, cybercrime such as phishing, DDoS attacks and ransomware can ravage a network and compromise your data.

The fact is, today’s organizations both large and small, have lots of important data to store on their networks – and IDC predicts that even smaller organizations can be dealing in petabytes of data in the next few years, much like their larger enterprise counterparts. If a natural disaster or a cybercrime bars access to all that data or destroys on-premise servers, then mission-critical data can be lost forever.

Multi-Factor Authentication is a Practical Way to Protect Against Cyber Threats

The government is doing it.

Major healthcare centers are doing it.

Private businesses are doing it.

Everyone should be doing it, in fact. That is, implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA).

Why Technology is Key to Your Compliance Reporting

Whether you’re a shrimp importer tracking the temperature of shipped shrimp, a nonprofit using state or federal grant funds or a healthcare professional protecting patients, it’s likely you are required to meet compliancy regulations. This, in turn, necessitates a robust compliance management plan.

It’s not enough to track compliance, you also have to be able to collect, secure and report information to regulatory entities. Tracking compliancy is particularly difficult and would be almost impossible without technology as a key tool in successfully meeting regulations.

4 Reasons to Include IT in Your Compliance Management Process

Regardless of the industry you’re in, most businesses have regulations and requirements they have to abide by, making compliance an essential part of being successful.

The cost of maintaining compliance

The cost of regulatory compliance averages $12,000 a year for most small businesses, says the National Small Business Association. For new businesses, direct and indirect costs to stay compliant in the first year top $80,000.

Five Tips for Developing a Cybersecure Culture in Your Organization

Every year in October, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  promotes National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – a time when organizations are asked to take stock of the state of their network security.  However, as we head into the holiday season, with Cyber Monday and other online sales and promotions abound – cybersecurity for both businesses and consumers is an issue everyone should pay attention to year-round.

The Future is Almost Here – 5G Brings the Next Gen Cellular Networking

 

Today, the buzz in the cellular world is all about the promise of 5G – otherwise known as the fifth generation of cellular networking.  While some carriers have announced 5G products, the truth is, we are still a ways off from actually seeing 5G mass marketed in the way of 4G and LTE.  There is also a misperception that like a product launch, 5G will suddenly appear on the market, drumming up mass excitement.   It won’t appear all at once; customers will start to see 5G emerge in bits and pieces with various carriers.

Embracing Compliance Can Save Money and Reputation

Data is the DNA of any business or organization.  And your data – whether it’s research and development, payroll information, client payment details, or any other mission-critical information – is up for grabs by cybercriminals who want nothing more than to sell stolen data on the dark web.

Artificial Intelligence is Major Player in Detecting, Preventing and Prioritizing Cyber-Threats

It’s a good news-bad news scenario:  Many IT teams, from government to agriculture to healthcare and everything in between, are receiving an abundance of threat notifications from their next-gen firewalls and operating systems. The cause? Suspicious malware lurking in an organization’s network.

Microsoft 365 Users Beware: Fraudulent Emails Are Out to Steal Your Passwords

 

Have you received what looks like a very legitimate email suggesting you need to upgrade your Microsoft 365 account?  Maybe the IRS sent you a notification regarding a “critical alert” via email?  If so, do not engage!  A new wave of phishing attacks is trying to get users to respond to fake emails that could easily infect your computer with a virus that can compromise your passwords.

Your Journey to the Cloud Doesn’t Have to be Stormy

Just because your business is small doesn’t mean you’re immune from computer viruses, malware and other cyber-attacks. Although it sounds logical for hackers to target larger businesses because of their larger amounts of data, research shows small and medium businesses are just as likely to be attacked as larger enterprise businesses, according to the 2018 Symantec Internet Security Report. In fact, small and medium businesses may be even more vulnerable than their larger counterparts because of the tendency of smaller companies to spend less on security.

 

Many smaller businesses have not increased their cybersecurity even though they often have poorly secured servers, unprotected endpoint devices and vulnerable storage and back-up processes. With the increased usage of mobile devices to accommodate today’s mobile workforce, the door to your data is opened wide if a laptop or smart phone is lost or stolen.

 

Hackers aren’t about who they attack – they’re happy to steal from any business. They typically take a shotgun approach, aiming at as many businesses possible to make small amounts of money per breach. This spray-and-pray approach increases cyber risks exponentially for smaller businesses.