Best Practices for Managing Data Protection

2022-05-31T17:13:52-07:00

From meeting compliance requirements to protecting your business’s bottom line, safeguarding sensitive data is essential to the success of your business, but do you have a solid management model in place to ensure you can do so effectively? Often used to secure personally identifiable information (PII), data protection management is a strategic combination of human and automated data backup and protection processes, and we break down the best practices you should follow to make sure your management is always up to speed with the latest regulations and security threats. Data Protection Principles to Guide Your Approach The United States doesn’t currently have a central federal data protection law. However, different industries across the country often work toward the same [...]

Best Practices for Managing Data Protection2022-05-31T17:13:52-07:00

Remote Working Security Tips to Keep Your Business Safe

2022-05-31T17:09:37-07:00

As many companies have discovered over the past couple of years, remote working presents myriad advantages, from lower overhead costs to happier, more productive employees. However, with these benefits come new cybersecurity risks. As businesses continue to adapt to a new way of working, cybercriminals are there to take advantage of any weaknesses. To minimize damage to your business and maintain the competitive advantages of enabling remote work, you need to ensure your employees have the tools and knowledge necessary to protect their home networks. Tips Employees Working Remotely Need to Know Every unprotected endpoint is an open door for cyberattacks, so make sure to share these tips on how your employees can keep their information (and your business’s [...]

Remote Working Security Tips to Keep Your Business Safe2022-05-31T17:09:37-07:00

The Dark Web: What It Is And How It Affects Your Organization

2022-02-20T14:15:33-07:00

This article will explore the most commonly asked questions about the dark web and offer insights on how to prevent your organization’s data from ending up there. What is the dark web? The dark web and the deep web are terms that are often used interchangeably. The deep web is everything on the internet that is not indexed in search engines. This can include data like health records, confidential web pages, fee-based content, membership-based websites,  et cetera. Basically, anything that is not findable via Google or other search engines. If you have ever logged into Netflix to watch a movie or signed into Amazon to place an order, then you have been exposed to the deep web. The deep web [...]

The Dark Web: What It Is And How It Affects Your Organization2022-02-20T14:15:33-07:00

Stay Safe and Productive in 2021: 3 Phishing Threats to Know for the New Year

2022-02-20T14:15:33-07:00

Cybercriminals are always evolving their methods of getting unauthorized access to your private information and with the rapid, on-a-dime increase of the remote workforce, 2020 has been an exceptional year for cybercrime. According to phishing.org, phishing is a type of cybercrime in which a hacker contacts the target by email, phone, or SMS message (text message) and they pose as a recognized institution, business, or other organization. The purpose of phishing is to persuade people to provide private or sensitive data, like personal information, credit card and banking information, and login information (usernames, passwords, passphrases, etc.).  In this article, we will go over some of the most common phishing phenomena reported in 2020. Security awareness is the most effective way [...]

Stay Safe and Productive in 2021: 3 Phishing Threats to Know for the New Year2022-02-20T14:15:33-07:00

How to Recognize a Phishing Attempt

2022-02-20T14:15:34-07:00

Phishing is a type of social engineering used to steal and collect data like login credentials, credit card, and bank account numbers, and other private information, or to get access to your company’s network. When they have that information, they can use it (or sell it) for identity theft, to access your accounts, or pose as you to people you know to get their information. Attackers pose as trusted entities, fooling victims into opening and clicking on the email, instant messages, and text messages.  Awareness is the best defense against phishing and other types of cybercrime. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), phishing messages often look like they’re from a company you know or trust. These messages often tell [...]

How to Recognize a Phishing Attempt2022-02-20T14:15:34-07:00

When it Comes to Phishing, Email Subjects are “Red Herrings”

2022-02-20T14:15:36-07:00

Unfortunately, email phishing and other types of cybercrime have gone up significantly during the Coronavirus pandemic. The surge in working from home has left many organizations vulnerable to hackers. Suddenly, millions of people now access their company networks over their home WiFi connections. Hackers capitalize on the new opportunities that the pandemic has presented.   Has your organization been phished? We hope not. Just in case, here are some things to watch out for if you want to stay protected.    Heads up, we are indulging in some phishing puns on this post, so you've been warned.    Social Media as “Bait”   Fake social media emails, especially from LinkedIn (or supposedly from LinkedIn), are especially enticing as phishing schemes. [...]

When it Comes to Phishing, Email Subjects are “Red Herrings”2022-02-20T14:15:36-07:00

Data Breaches: What Small and Medium Businesses Need to Know

2022-02-20T14:15:37-07:00

What is a Data Breach? A data breach is simply when information is accessed without authorization. This can be banking information, health, and other personal records, proprietary information, client lists, business plans, HR records, et cetera. If it’s data it can be breached.  Small and Medium Businesses are particularly susceptible to data breaches, making up 58% of all reported cybercrime victims. There is a common misperception among small and medium business owners and their staff that hackers and cybercriminals only go after the giants like Netflix, Equifax, and others. The truth is, any business can be a target. Because of the lax security of many smaller organizations, they are specifically targeted as the perfect low-hanging fruit for a hacker looking [...]

Data Breaches: What Small and Medium Businesses Need to Know2022-02-20T14:15:37-07:00

How to Safely Manage Your Fully Remote Team

2022-02-20T14:15:38-07:00

Working remotely is steadily gaining popularity in America. In a recent study conducted by the US Census, more than 5.2%, 8 million,  Americans currently work from home as of 2017. The trend is moving upward 5% from 2016 and continues to climb. As internet connectivity continues to improve, the demand for a more flexible work environment also increases. Source: https://www.theatlas.com/charts/BynW7E6_m Working from home also helps improve employee retention and overall well being. Some small business owners saw a decrease in employee turnover by over 50% when they’ve implemented a remote work environment.     It seems there are many advantages to ditching the cubicle and adopting a work from home policy. We’ve covered a few things to think about if you’re considering [...]

How to Safely Manage Your Fully Remote Team2022-02-20T14:15:38-07:00

3 Ways to Prevent a Ransomware Attack on your Business

2022-02-20T14:15:39-07:00

Holding a person's or business's data for profit has been wildly successful in the most recent years. The cybersecurity world may seem complicated for many non-IT experts to understand; however, the act is pure and shares a common goal. Ransomware is a form of malware that locks a person or business's out of their hard drive, preventing the owner from accessing the files, and demanding payment for the release of the data.  No business is immune to a malware attack, and an attack can be costly. Did you know that the average cost of a ransomware attack can cost well over $133,000 per attack? When your digital systems come under attack, it can be extremely stressful can put your business [...]

3 Ways to Prevent a Ransomware Attack on your Business2022-02-20T14:15:39-07:00

Surviving the Ultimate Fake Email

2022-02-20T14:16:35-07:00

February 5, 2018 – Think you’ve received an email from a company you know?  Maybe not. Cyber attackers often use a fake email that appears to be legit to trick you into sending them money.  Maybe you received an email from a familiar company, stating that there has been a last-minute change.  They say their bank has a provided them with a new wire transfer number and they're asking you to wire the money to this new number. Unfortunately, if you wire money to a scammer, there’s a good chance you will never see that money again. Sometimes cyber criminals will send an email trying to trick you into providing login credentials to popular websites like Amazon and banking sites [...]

Surviving the Ultimate Fake Email2022-02-20T14:16:35-07:00

5 Non-technical Tips to Improve Your Data Security

2022-02-20T14:16:38-07:00

January 29, 2018 – As an IT support company, we spend a lot of time obsessing about the technology we use to keep our customers’ data safe and secure from cyber criminals.  But if you’re not into all that tech detail, what steps can you take on your own to protect your data? Are there non-technical security measures you can take? Absolutely.  When we implement a data security solution we think about a multi-layered approach that goes beyond the technology. In fact, one of the most critical elements is the people factor.  Careless behavior by employees is a leading cause of data breaches.  And while not malicious or intentional, the security breach is still a very painful reality for small [...]

5 Non-technical Tips to Improve Your Data Security2022-02-20T14:16:38-07:00

7 Questions You Should Ask Your IT Security Provider

2022-02-20T14:16:42-07:00

January 15, 2018 -- Data security continues to be a top concern for small and midsized businesses...as it should be. According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigation report, 61% of breaches hit smaller businesses. And while data security might be a top concern, too many small businesses don’t take action. 90% of small businesses aren’t using any sort of data protection according to UPS Capital. In order to protect your business, there are some critical questions you should be asking your IT Security provider. (Don’t have one? Contact Us.) IT Security Question #1 – How Often Do We Back Up Our Data? Your business changes by the minute. Backing up your data only once per day or just weekly isn't enough. [...]

7 Questions You Should Ask Your IT Security Provider2022-02-20T14:16:42-07:00
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