All you have to do is read the news on a daily basis and chances are you will hear about yet another company that has fallen victim to a data breach. The average cost of a data breach in 2017 is $3.62 million globally and $7.35 million in the U.S, which is at an all time high, according to a study conducted the Ponemon Institute. These are big numbers and scary statistics and although there is no such thing as a totally secure system, there are several things you can do to reduce the chances of your business being one of the next victims.
Business today depends on being mobile and with the increased use of smartphones and tablets it’s getting easier to make a business accessible from anywhere. However, with this technology comes the issue of whether to let your employees provide their own devices, if your company should have control of those choices, or something in between. There are advantages and disadvantage to each choice and so much of it depends on what your business objectives are, the size of your company’s budget, and many other variables. So here is the break down of these three options. (more…)
The mere sound of the word ‘hacker’ can send most people into a panic state and in the world we’re living in today who could blame them. However, there are hackers that are beneficial to us all. Those hackers are known as White Hat or Ethical hackers. White Hat hackers are computer security experts who specialize in penetration and other types of testing to make sure an organization’s information systems are secure.
Security and privacy are two of the top concerns for businesses and this is becoming more and more important for organizations that have remote or traveling employees. Many employees choose to work from home, on the road, or in hotels and coffee shops. However, these options open businesses up for the possibilities of security breaches and cyber-hacking. One way to help mitigate these challenges is through the use of VPN or Virtual Private Network services.
Lately there have been a lot of concerns about privacy when it comes to the texts and phone calls we send. Not all messenger and phone apps are created equal. Many make it very easy for the contents of text messages and phone calls to be intercepted and hijacked by hackers known as a Man-in-the-middle attack. In addition to that, many are easy for other agencies to breach your right to privacy without any notice or reason.
With the ever expanding risk of businesses experiencing a security data breach, the importance of having a security incident response plan becomes an obvious point yet many businesses still don’t have one. Here we are going to outline the key aspects of creating a solid security incident response plan that every business must do today.
This year started off with a bang in regards to cyber attacks. No one was immune and the probability is that these types of attacks on businesses are going to become more frequent in coming years. This is just one of the cons of advancing technology however there’s no need to panic. Although cyber attacks will most likely become more sophisticated and frequent, the steps you can take to mitigate these attacks are fairly simple and effective. You just have to make sure to implement them now.
In the business world, keeping data safe and available at all times is of the utmost importance. However, there can be controversy over whether it’s better to manage your data on-site or offsite. Although there are pros and cons to both options and it can depend on the industry your business is in, there are distinct benefits to onsite data management.
Anytime there’s a major overhaul of an operating system fear and panic ensue and Microsoft’s OS upgrade to Windows 10 was no different. Many feared another inception of Microsoft’s much hated Windows 8. However, now just over 2 years later many are realizing that Windows 10 is actually quite good on many levels. If you’re one of those that are still holding out on upgrading to the latest version of Windows because you’re still not sure if it’s right for you, here are some of the features that are part of Windows 10 that just might help you make the jump. (more…)