IT Policies and Why They’re Essential to SMB Success

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  • July 12, 2017
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There’s no shortage of advice available to SMBs about using information technology (IT) to secure their company. We share plenty of it right here, in fact. But deploying the latest technology does little to protect a small business without enforceable, strategy-driven IT policies to clearly guide its use. Why IT

Malware Manual – Part 1: Recognizing Your Risk

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  • July 6, 2017
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Ransomware has been grabbing headlines in recent months, with attacks starting in countries such as the UK or Ukraine and then sweeping across the globe. High-profile industries, such as healthcare, have been targeted as victimized organizations vary from care providers to equipment suppliers. But instead of piquing the interest of

What Risky IT Management Methods Do Cyber Criminals Target?

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  • June 29, 2017
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Part 3 in our Stalk the Stalkers Series A recent security survey revealed a shocking trend among small to mid-size businesses (SMBs): “SMBs aren’t taking security seriously enough at a time when they should be taking it more seriously than ever.” Here are the findings Kontzer’s latest slideshow discloses about

What Bad IT Habits Do Cyber Criminals Target?

  • June 27, 2017
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Part 2 in our Stalk the Stalkers Series Last year marked the greatest spike of cybercrime in recorded history, per a study by IBM’s “X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2017.” In 2016, 566% more data records were compromised compared to the year prior, IBM researchers discovered. In quantitative terms, more than

Why Do Cyber Criminals Want to Steal Personal Data from Your Business?

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  • June 20, 2017
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Part 1 in our Stalk the Stalkers Series In a recent interview, Dr. Chris Bronk, associate director of the Center for Information Security Research and Education at the University of Houston, told Wall Street Journal technology columnist Christopher Mims that, despite the billions of dollars spent on cybersecurity (analyst firm

WannaCry Ransomware: Be Aware

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  • May 16, 2017
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Everyone’s talking about WannaCry, the new ransomware attack that has affected more than 200,000 users and businesses in 150+ countries. This malicious software is particularly aggressive and can spread rapidly throughout an organization crippling the business. Strong IT security is a combination of technology, process, and education all of which

Why Education is Your Best Cybersecurity Defense

  • May 11, 2017
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In a recent cybersecurity study, the Pew Research Center developed a brief survey designed to test user familiarity with secure cyber practices and related issues, such as strong passwords, phishing and two-factor authentication. Researchers conducted the poll online, submitting 13 questions to a random sample of adult internet users living

How to Maintain Network Security When IT People Bail

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  • March 30, 2017
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Staff transitions are part and parcel of running a small business. Though perhaps not as often as in larger companies, people come and go in all departments, temporarily disrupting the normal flow of things until replacements can be found. When an IT person leaves, however, the stakes are arguably much

Growing Cybersecurity Talent Gap Makes Businesses More Vulnerable, Less Secure

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  • February 22, 2017
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There’s a direct correlation between the ongoing shortage of qualified cybersecurity talent and the frequency and severity of data breaches, according to research from the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and others. A survey of worldwide security professionals “connects the dots” between the well-publicized skills shortage and enterprises’ inability to

Preventative Care against Data Breaches for Healthcare SMBs

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  • February 14, 2017
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Overall, the number of known data breaches increased 40% in 2016 compared to 2015, according to an Identity Resource Center report. The healthcare sector alone suffered hundreds last year, making it the industry most at risk in our nation, per both the Ponemon Institute and Trend Micro. Some security consultants
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