How to Succeed at Company-Wide Security Awareness Training

A recent survey by Security Magazine indicated that eighty percent of companies experienced at least one cybersecurity incident over the previous year. Firewalls and antivirus alone will not protect essential information from attack. Organizations must mitigate the human error factor with targeted, relevant security awareness training for every employee, including executives. Security awareness training teaches employees how to recognize and reduce cyber security risks. All too often, employees at all levels fail to realize how their own behavior opens the door to attack. Likewise, they may not understand and follow best practices to protect both the organization and customer data….

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MSPs Empower Remote Work with Flexible Solutions

By summertime, nearly half of the U.S. workforce reported working from home full-time. Even after the pandemic, many employees will continue to work remotely at least part-time. Managed services providers (MSPs) help make that possible. By providing increased security, cloud services and collaboration tools, MSPs empower remote work. Long before 2020, work-at-home numbers began a steady climb. Remote work benefits businesses by reducing overhead costs and allowing hiring managers to seek talent without regard to location. On the other hand, workers benefit from increased flexibility, often reporting greater productivity when they work from home. At the same time, remote work…

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Ten ways to keep your data private

The Internet has blurred the lines between real world and the virtual one. Technology is barreling into our hands through smartphones at an unbelievable pace. This is good for productivity and progress, but it makes it easy for thieves to do their job. The anonymity and location independence that comes with the Internet muddles the moral character of even the most ethical person. There’s no assuming your phone and the information it stores is safe from the malicious intentions of the human mind. Remember, the first line of defense in protecting your data is you. Learn about new threats, stay…

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4 Ways Managed Services Improve Cyber Security

Business life in 2020 has experienced a perfect storm of cyber security threats. Remote work expands the attack surface. Meanwhile, cyber criminals grow increasingly sophisticated, while a shortage of cyber security professionals leaves many businesses without adequate protection. Fortunately, managed services improve cyber security in several critical areas. Expertise at Your Fingertips In late 2019, (ISC)2, a major nonprofit organization of cyber security professionals, conducted a study of the cyber security workforce. The study showed that the skills gap continues to widen. In fact, to adequately meet the data security needs of American organizations, the cyber security workforce would need…

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How do firewalls prevent computer viruses?

You’ve likely heard the word ‘firewall’ used to describe a measure of prevention against cyber criminals. But that doesn’t mean you know how a firewall actually works, does it? Don’t worry—the truth is that most people don’t how a firewall works; they just expect it to do its job. But it’s actually a lot simpler than you might think. Once you learn a little more about firewalls, you might feel more confident about installing one on your home computer, if you haven’t already. If you’re already using a firewall to prevent cyber attacks, perhaps learning more about how it works…

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How to Make Your IT Effective in the New Normal

With mounting economic pressure on every business, it’s time to allocate your technology resources wisely by deploying the right tools. Without the right systems in place, you risk inconsistent customer communication, data security breaches and significant overspending. To make your IT effective in the new normal consider these realities: In response to COVID-19, cyber-criminals stepped up their game, increasing hacking and phishing attacks dramatically. With few workers at the office, they started attacking them at home. This behavior drove corporations and email platforms to tighten up message receipt restrictiveness. Consequently, your email might not be getting through. In addition, your…

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How to Strengthen Convenience Store Security

High traffic and employee turnover make the more than 150,000 convenience stores (C-stores) in the U.S. attractive targets for cyber-criminals. The nature of the C-store environment makes it difficult to deliver compliance and standardization. So, what can business leaders do to strengthen convenience store security? Why Convenience Store Data Breaches? Some brands in the retail space experience almost no turnover in staff. By comparison, C-stores employ more transient workers. Deploying standards across all the stores proves difficult without having a regional or district manager visit every store on a regular basis. Hence, as studies show, C-stores and gas station chains…

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10 Inexpensive Ways to Improve Small Business Security

You’ve worked hard to create and grow a business that you depend on. The last thing you want is for someone to take it from you. You don’t have a lot of extra cash right now, so you can’t afford to spend much to improve small business security. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot to make a difference. Like you, criminals (cyber-criminals in particular) also run a business. They balance revenues from what they have stolen against expenses—what it costs to run a campaign, find people to buy the stolen items or data, operate servers and pay rent….

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The New Normal COVID-19 Office Security

With continued WFH policies and multiplied COVID-19 scams and threats, the importance of good cyber security stands out. Indeed, with a workforce that is highly dependent on digital services for the foreseeable future, the new normal COVID-19 office security is necessarily stronger, more vigilant, and more dispersed. Yet, a lot of questions remain unanswered. For example, will behavioral surveillance be part of the new normal? As organizations plan to implement contact tracing, privacy advocates voice their concerns. Given the uncertainty, we expect to see these non-intrusive measures with clearly defined benefits coming to the new normal. Thermal Cameras for Passive…

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Unemployment scams and COVID-19: How to identify scams and help protect against them

Unemployment scams and COVID-19: How to identify scams and help protect against them If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, you might seek unemployment benefits to ease financial pressure. The risk? You could become the victim of an unemployment scam. Newly idled Americans have filed millions of unemployment claims during the COVID-19 outbreak. Calls to state employment insurance services have at times overwhelmed phone lines and websites. That’s created opportunity for fraudsters. How? In some cases, scammers are pretending to represent government entities. Their goals include stealing claimant’s benefits,…

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