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Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Review: Here’s How to Boost Your Security Profile


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 [...]

Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Review: Here’s How to Boost Your Security Profile2022-10-21T09:56:46-07:00

How Privileged Access Management Can Minimize Cyber Attacks & Costly Human Errors


You know the importance of good password hygiene, but when it comes to safeguarding your critical assets from ever-evolving cyber attacks, you don’t want to rely solely on the strength of your login credentials. That’s where privileged access management (PAM) comes in. What is privileged access management (PAM)?First, what is privileged access? In the IT world, privileged access refers to accounts that have more capabilities than the average user. This often means they can, for example, install or uninstall software; add, edit, or delete users; edit passwords and make other administrative changes. These accounts are a lucrative target for cyber criminals looking to gain access to highly confidential information, and more and more organizations are relying on PAM to help defend themselves [...]

How Privileged Access Management Can Minimize Cyber Attacks & Costly Human Errors2022-10-21T09:52:19-07:00

Passphrase vs Password: What You Need to Know


When securing your business’s sensitive information, the most minor changes can be some of the most effective. For example, having your employees create passphrases rather than passwords could be the difference between a secure network and a costly data breach. But what is a passphrase, exactly? Passphrases & Passwords: What’s the Difference? Though often grouped under the term “password,” passphrases and passwords have distinct differences in terms of their definition and how well they keep your information secure. A password is a short set of characters, including letters, numbers, and symbols, and they tend to be 8 to 12 characters. On the other hand, a passphrase is a string of text that forms a complete sentence or phrase, often [...]

Passphrase vs Password: What You Need to Know2022-09-01T13:18:03-07:00

What Is Data Architecture? Developing a Framework for Managing Your Data


We live in a data-driven world, which means leveraging data to make strategic business decisions is more critical than ever. But how do you keep loads of data easily accessible, pared-down, and up to date? The key is to develop your own data architecture. What Is Data Architecture? Data architecture is the blueprint for how data moves through your organization, including how it’s captured, used, transformed, stored, and distributed. With a strong focus on data accessibility and security, your architecture acts as a system for keeping an organization's data strategy aligned with its larger business goals. Developing Your Framework: Getting Started There’s no universal system for developing a modern data architecture framework, but these steps will help you get started [...]

What Is Data Architecture? Developing a Framework for Managing Your Data2022-10-21T09:48:20-07:00

What to Consider in Determining & Establishing a Security Framework for Your Organization


With cyber attacks on the rise, a proactive cybersecurity management program is essential to securing your systems and safeguarding your business. But how do you go about developing one? While some businesses choose to create one in-house, many choose to leverage one (or more) of the standard security frameworks. Read on to get our top tips on how you can select the framework that’s best for your business. What Is a Security Framework? Cybersecurity frameworks are sets guidelines, standards, and best practices for organizations to follow in order to manage vulnerabilities, measure performance, and execute other key security functions. While different frameworks support different requirements, such as compliance and audit needs, they all share a common goal: to help [...]

What to Consider in Determining & Establishing a Security Framework for Your Organization2023-01-27T13:10:24-07:00

What is Baiting in Cybersecurity


When it comes to social engineering attacks, you might think phishing attacks are your only threat. But that’s only one of the ways bad actors take advantage of human behavior and put your business at risk. Here’s what you need to know about another common social engineering technique: baiting. Often described as being a real-life “Trojan horse,” baiting attacks work by exploiting human curiosity in order to achieve its goal. Different from phishing, which exploits a human’s trust or creates a sense of fear, baiting involves enticing victims with some sort of false promise. If the bait is taken, bad actors can gain access to a system or steal sensitive information. Baiting Techniques to Know There are two key [...]

What is Baiting in Cybersecurity2023-06-26T02:01:23-07:00

Do You Have a Data Loss Prevention Policy? Here’s Why You Need One Now.


Wondering how you can help keep your IT systems running smoothly, eliminate security risks, and meet ever-changing regulatory requirements at the same time? You need a data loss prevention policy. What Is a Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Policy? A DLP policy is a set of rules, best practices, and technologies, all of which work together to ensure unauthorized users never access your data. While commonly used to protect sensitive information against attackers, a DLP policy is meant to safeguard confidential data against any form of loss, whether it be caused by human error, ransomware or a natural disaster. How Is Data Lost? There are many ways your businesses data could end up at risk, but some of the most [...]

Do You Have a Data Loss Prevention Policy? Here’s Why You Need One Now.2022-08-26T16:25:08-07:00

What Is Data Leakage? Types of Data Leaks + How to Prevent Them


Today, the world produces an astronomical amount of data. Every second, a single individual creates an average of 1.7 MBs, and that data goes on to be analyzed and distributed at lightning fast rates. This means the risk of a data leak is higher than ever for businesses everywhere. Get the key information you need to know to start shoring up your cybersecurity and securing your organization from the potentially disastrous consequences of data exposure. What Is a Data Leak? Not to be confused with a data breach, which involves a bad actor intentionally exploiting vulnerabilities, a data leak occurs when sensitive data is exposed in any form, whether due to an attack or simply misusing technology. MALICIOUS INSIDERS [...]

What Is Data Leakage? Types of Data Leaks + How to Prevent Them2022-08-25T11:49:22-07:00

What Is a Brute Force Password Attack?


What would be the cost to your business if your credentials were stolen, compromising your most sensitive information? Small and medium-sized businesses are especially vulnerable to brute force attacks, but any size business can become a victim. Here’s what you need to know about this common attack method and how you can start defending your data. What is a brute force attack? When bad actors attempt a brute force attack, they use trial-and-error to guess passwords and other sensitive information, trying different possible combinations until one eventually sticks. While brute force attacks seem rudimentary compared to other attack strategies, that doesn’t mean they pose any less of a threat to your business. In fact, 80% of breaches in 2020 [...]

What Is a Brute Force Password Attack?2023-01-27T12:53:50-07:00

SMB Cybersecurity Tips: What You Need and How to Get Started


Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) rely on information technology as much as any large enterprise, but they usually don’t have the luxury of being able to afford a robust cybersecurity program. Here’s what SMBs need to know about their unique vulnerabilities (and how to start fixing them). Why are SMBs at risk? In many cases, bad actors are after one thing: money. So why don’t they solely target large enterprises? Big organizations rake in a lot of revenue, but that also means they can afford highly sophisticated cybersecurity measures. Small and medium-sized business, on the other hand, tend to have weaker security. This makes them frequent targets for bad actors that want an easy payout or are searching for [...]

SMB Cybersecurity Tips: What You Need and How to Get Started2023-01-27T12:50:28-07:00

What Is Zero Trust Architecture? Why You Need an “Always Verify” Policy.


Are you struggling with a pieced-together cybsercurity strategy that’s leaving your business vulnerable? If so, it’s time to implement zero trust architecture. Zero trust is an approach to cybersecurity that removes implicit trust from all digital interactions across your entire IT environment. In other words, organizations that use a zero trust model operate with a “never trust, always verify” mindset. If that’s zero trust, then what is zero trust architecture? Put simply, zero trust architecture refers to when all aspects of your IT, from your information security to your applications and infrastructure, are designed, built, and used with a zero trust approach. This usually means: All communication, whether external or internal, is secured All users are authenticated before gaining [...]

What Is Zero Trust Architecture? Why You Need an “Always Verify” Policy.2023-01-27T12:42:11-07:00

What Is Credential Stuffing?


Stolen usernames and passwords caused the most data breaches in 2021, which means it’s time to start viewing your login credentials as a first line of defense, rather than just a way to access different services. Learn more about how attackers use login credentials to enter your networks—and how you can stop them. What is credential stuffing? Why is it a threat to your business? Credential stuffing is a form of cyber attack that involves a bad actor taking usernames and passwords from one device and using it to gain access into another. For example, a bad actor might take the credentials from user accounts for an online retailer and use it to get into a bank’s website, hoping [...]

What Is Credential Stuffing?2023-01-27T12:45:23-07:00
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