If you’re like most organizations, you’re using consumer data to inform decisions, improve strategies, and provide better customer experiences. But with limited resources and always-evolving data protection laws, many businesses struggle to maintain data privacy compliance. Here, we go over how you can build a data privacy compliance program for your business, and how AccountabilIT can help. What Is Data Privacy Compliance? The Impact on Your Business’s Security Data privacy compliance refers to the laws and regulations governing how your business handles valuable data. Because these laws are designed to ensure data is safe from misuse, security breaches, data leaks, and more, they naturally obligate organizations to establish robust security measures. Luckily, you can make it easier to enhance [...]
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2022 was a year for the record books when it comes to cybersecurity, so it’s no surprise if the impending threat of cyber attacks still tops your list of concerns. New threats emerge every day, and bad actors are always finding new ways to gain access to businesses’ systems. To minimize security threats and keep a smooth operation running in 2023, it’s time to prepare for these top cybersecurity threats. Ongoing Human Error Going about their day-to-day tasks, humans are bound to make mistakes, but unfortunately, these mistakes can often lead to costly consequences. 88% of data breaches result from human error, so cybersecurity awareness training should be a top priority in 2023. With the right education, your employees [...]
Encryption: It’s an essential component of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. However, businesses too often take a patchwork approach to encryption deployment and management and as a result, open themselves up to costly cyberattacks. Learn more about the impact poor- and high-quality encryption can have on your business’s success. What Is Data Encryption? Data encryption is a process through which your business’s data becomes unreadable. It works by scrambling data into a code, also known as “cipher text,” that no one can break unless they have the key. Once it reaches its intended recipient, a private “key” decrypts the data and returns it to its original form. There are two types of encryption: symmetric and asymmetric. Symmetric encryption is any [...]
It’s your job to keep your business’s operations running smoothly with robust IT solutions, but how can you keep your systems secure? Achieving absolute security is impossible, so as we approach the new year (and the cyber threats that will come with it) it’s time to focus on not just cybersecurity, but cyber resilience. What Is Cyber Resilience? Though often considered a cybersecurity synonym, cyber resilience is a distinct concept. Cybersecurity is the tools, technologies, and processes involved in preventing and remediating those attacks. Cyber resilience, on the other hand, includes the ability to mitigate the mayhem that attackers cause once they’ve entered your networks. When evaluating your resilience, you might ask questions like: What measures are in place [...]
Your business just experienced a cybersecurity event: How do you handle it? Do you have a clear, coordinated action plan already in place? Or do you need to throw together response steps at the last minute? If you said yes to that last question, your organization might experience significant downtime, monetary loss, and damage to your reputation. To stop that from happening, you need to be prepared with an incident response plan in the face of a security breach. What Is an Incident Response Plan? The 6 Stages. When a cybersecurity incident occurs, businesses of all sizes needs a quick, uniform way to respond. That’s where your incident response plan comes in. As the go-to set of security tools [...]
Remote work has taken workplaces by storm, so much so that Upwork predicts remote workers will make up nearly 30% of the workforce in the near future. However, while this new way of working presents a number of competitive advantages, such as access to wider talent pool, it also comes with new cybersecurity risks. Don’t miss the top tips you need to know to protect your business from today’s remote working cybersecurity threats. Biggest Remote Working Cybersecurity Risks & Concerns BIGGER ATTACK SURFACES With employees working remotely, businesses now need to monitor and secure a higher number of networks and endpoints, which can be extremely difficult for IT teams that are stretched thin or don’t have access to advanced [...]
With the rising number of cyber threats, it can be difficult to ensure the availability of your business-critical systems. Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in particular are causing severe downtime for organizations everywhere. Here’s what you need to know about what this increasingly-common threat could mean for your business. What Is a Distributed Denial of Service Attack? Distributed denial of service attacks occur when compromised systems flood a server with junk internet traffic. The result? Normal traffic is disrupted, and legitimate users are unable to access their systems or devices. Unlike other attack types, DDoS attacks aren’t an attempt to steal information but to take down a website, and motives often range from extortion and hacktivism to pure [...]
As a business leader, you’re always looking for ways to push the technology side of your company forward, and during your search, you’ve probably run into the concept of quantum computing. Despite sounding nebulous and futuristic to the unfamiliar ear, quantum computing holds real potential in a number of different fields, including medical research and artificial intelligence. But it also poses very real problems when it comes to cybersecurity. Here’s what you need to know. What Is Quantum Computing? In simplest terms, quantum computing is an area of computer science that uses principles from the field of quantum mechanics to solve problems that are too complex for standard computers. How are quantum computers able to do this? A classical [...]
Phoenix, AZ, September 30, 2022 — Titan CEO and headline sponsors, Class VI Partners and Wipfli LLP, have announced AccountabilIT Founder and CEO, Chuck Vermillion as a 2022 Phoenix Titan 100.The Titan 100 list recognizes Phoenix’s Top 100 CEOs & C-level executives — the area’s most accomplished business leaders in their respective industries. The annual list is compiled using criteria including demonstrations of exceptional leadership, vision, and passion.“The Titan 100 are shaping the future of the Phoenix business community by building a distinguished reputation that is unrivaled and preeminent in their field. We know that they will have a profound impact that makes an extraordinary difference for their customers and clients across the nation,” says Jaime Zawmon, President of Titan [...]
More accessibility, more scalability, less maintanence: The benefits of trading in your legacy systems for cloud computing solutions are undeniable. However, more than 90% of organizations are moderately or extremely concerned about security in the cloud. We break down some of the top reasons businesses are worried, and how you start experiencing the value of the cloud without the pitfalls. Top Cloud Security Threats & Concerns Misconfiguration Cloud misconfiguration is one of the leading causes of cloud computing security breaches. Cloud customers not only need to configure their own cloud deployments, but they also have to rely on the security controls provided by the cloud provider—all of which can lead to security gaps and oversights. Lack of Visibility Cloud-based [...]
MSSP Alert’s Sixth-Annual List Honors MSSP, MDR and SOCaaS Cybersecurity Companies Worldwide Phoenix, AZ, September 19, 2022 — For the sixth consecutive year, MSSP Alert, a CyberRisk Alliance resource, has named industry-leading cybersecurity and IT service provider, AccountabilIT to its global list of Top 250 MSSPs of 2022, out of approximately 10,000 managed security service providers (MSSPs) worldwide. The Top 250 list identifies the top managed security service providers (MSSPs), managed detection and response (MDR) and Security Operations Center as a Service (SOCaaS) providers across the globe. AccountabilIT has received this honor every year since the list’s inception in 2017. AccountabilIT has been recognized in the top 50% of MSSPs globally for its successful business practices and robust security offerings, [...]
This year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month has been a great success! We’re taking a closer look at why this month matters, plus easy ways your business can immediately start strengthening its security posture. How It Started Back in 2004, as cybersecurity threats became more commonplace, the President of the United States and Congress officially declared October Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Since its founding, this month has been a collaborative effort between government agencies and private industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and empower individuals to stay safe online. Why It Matters According to Norton’s Cybersafety Insights Report, nearly 2 in 3 adults say they are spending more time online than ever before. With the internet playing an increasingly [...]