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

5 Ways to Start 2017 Cyber Safe & Secure

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  • February 2, 2017
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As large-scale hacking events – such as recent breaches of Yahoo!, voter, health and banking data – continue to dominate headlines, leaders of small- to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) would be wise to remember your firm could be targeted, too. Especially after the holiday season, when you or your employees may

The Best Cybersecurity Solution: “Be Better at Being Human”

  • January 5, 2017
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“If you want to master the digital economy, be a better human,” Paul Roehrig, global managing director of the Center for the Future of Work, told ITBusinessEdge columnist Don Tennant during a recent interview. Roehrig’s organization just released a study examining how businesses and jobs must evolve in response to

5 CFO-Worthy Cybersecurity Strategies

  • December 20, 2016
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Regular readers of our blog know we often open posts by exhorting leaders of small to mid-size businesses (SMBs) to think and act like “big-time CIOs.” We understand that functioning as the chief executive and chief IT officer is typical for SMB leaders. But those aren’t the only hats they

Think Your SMB’s Too Small to Be Hacked? We Call That Denial.

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  • November 3, 2016
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Are you among the small to mid-size businesses (SMBs) deferring a cybersecurity implementation or update? Is it because you believe that data breaches only happen to others? Or that you’re too small to be the target of cybercrime? That’s what the bad guys are hoping you’ll think. According to National

PCI Primer Part Two: Security is Compliance Job #1 for SMBs

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  • October 20, 2016
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Earlier this year, the PCI Security Standards Council – a global forum responsible for the development, management, education, and awareness of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) and other standards that increase payment data security – issued a news release about a grave situation confronting small to mid-size businesses (SMBs):
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