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Seven cybersecurity tips for 2020

Seven cybersecurity tips for 2020 Used with the permission of by Kevin Delaney Security experts share their predictions, warnings, and best practices for the coming year. 2020 promises a wave of technology change that will further transform the enterprise — and our very lives — in profound ways. But that inclusive, sustainable, and productive future demands a far-reaching commitment to cybersecurity. In 2019, there was no shortage of damaging, heavily publicized security breaches. And given the ever-increasing sophistication of cybercriminals — and the mounting complexity facing the defenders — the threat landscape in 2020 promises all-new challenges. So how

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Scam Calls

Getting bombarded by scam calls? You’re not alone.

Getting bombarded by scam calls? used with permission from by Jim Kreidler The Social Security Administration (SSA) scam is the number one scam reported to the FTC right now. As soon as a caller threatens you, or demands you pay them with a gift card or by wiring money, it’s a scam. Even if the caller ID tells you otherwise. If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration, hang up the phone and remember: Your Social Security number is not about to be suspended. The real Social Security Administration will never call

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How to Spot Data Breach Warning Signs to Protect Your Business

Data breach. The phrase suggests compromised customer data, with resulting legal battles and hefty remediation costs. Most attacks take weeks, or even months, to detect. However, businesses that detect and address data breach warning signs earlier can save millions of dollars while protecting sensitive data and business reputation. Alarmingly, according to a recent Ponemon study, hackers spend an average of 197 days inside the targeted system before being discovered. That represents more than six months to pull sensitive information, introduce malware or encrypt files. Adding to the problem, the mixture of public and private clouds, along with an increasingly mobile

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eMazzanti Technologies Seeks Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Award

Hoboken, New Jersey — (Cision) January 1, 2020 – eMazzanti Technologies, a NYC area managed services provider (MSP), retail IT consultant, and cloud services company, is proud to announce that the company is competing for a prestigious Fast Company 2020 World Changing Ideas Award. The coveted award honors products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that are pursuing innovation for the good of society and the planet. The contest, now in its fourth year, has honored everything from large companies’ sustainability initiatives to clever consumer products to groundbreaking government policies. World Changing Ideas Based on Experience and Backed by Science eMazzanti’s

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5 Ways A Managed Services Provider Promotes Revenue Growth in 2020

To gain and maintain a competitive edge, small to mid-size businesses (SMBs) require the same technologies as larger corporations. With enterprise needs and small business budgets, more and more SMBs are turning to a managed services provider (MSP) to move them ahead of the curve. While some businesses view IT consultants simply as a means to keep computers up and running, others see the possibilities for powerful, strategic partnerships. Choosing the right MSP not only helps your organization work smarter; it can also help you grow your business and improve your bottom line. Consider these five ways a quality managed

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New York SHIELD Act

Update Retail Privacy Practices with New York SHIELD Act

According to a 2019 retail privacy study by Deloitte, the majority of customers worry about the security of their personal data. Yet, only 22 percent of retailers build privacy into their strategic planning. With the New York SHIELD Act taking effect in 2020, retailers have the opportunity to revamp privacy practices to establish trust and strengthen customer relationships. Back in 2016, the adoption of the GDPR in Europe sparked an increased concern about privacy in the United States. Since 2016, at least half of the individual states have passed privacy laws modeled more or less on GDPR, including SHIELD. Many

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How can Green Computing Energize Your Business in 2020?

From recycling to water conservation and solar panels, the Green Movement touches many aspects of our lives. For small to medium businesses (SMB), going green often begins in the computer room. Not only is it environmentally responsible, but green computing makes good business sense. What does Green computing means? In basic terms, green computing involves reducing the environmental impact of technology. That means using less energy, reducing waste, and promoting sustainability. Green computing reduces the carbon footprint of a business and provides a reputation boost. From a budget perspective, eco-friendly computing can reduce energy and operational costs more than 30%.

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Safe Online Shopping

9 Tips for Safe Online Shopping to Keep the Season Merry

This year, according to Adobe Analytics, shoppers spent a record $4 billion shopping online on Thanksgiving Day. And by the time the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, holiday shoppers will have spent more than $143 billion online. Not surprisingly, cyber criminals love this time of year. But with a little education and some basic safety tips, you can enjoy safe online shopping this season. 1. Beware of “Too Good to Be True” Deals You know never to trust a street seller offering Prada handbags or Rolex watches for $50. The same logic holds true for online sellers. The security

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Cloud Software

Top Ways Companies are Using Cloud Software Today

used with permission from HP Tech Takes by Michelle Wilson Data storage and information management are essential to success for companies both big and small. In many cases, business data is stored in-house in an IT infrastructure. However, as businesses mature and evolve in the Internet Age, more and more companies are moving to leverage cloud software to keep up with 21st century needs. Cloud computing isn’t a new concept but it’s a technology that is revolutionizing the way companies do business. Keep reading for our cloud software explainer and why companies may want to consider adopting this unique technology.

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How to Deploy Two-Factor Authentication

used with permission from HP Tech@Work Put those passwords in their place Cybercrime is constantly on the rise. It seems like every quarter there is a new breach of a major website, with hackers stealing the online credentials of hundreds of thousands to millions of unwitting users, including small businesses. A Poneman Institute study showed that the average cost of a data breach increased from $7.91 million in 2018 to $8.19 million in 2019 which is the highest cost globally. Passwords offer one level of protection. But for a deeper level of protection, you also need two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication

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Last year, Marriott, Facebook, Capitol One and the Russian government all made headline news with devastating data breaches. However, between 43 and 60 percent of all cyber-attacks in 2019 actually targeted small to medium businesses (SMBs). And the cost of small business data breaches goes far beyond the immediate damages. Small businesses make an attractive target for cyber criminals for two reasons. First, SMBs often lack sufficient security, leaving them vulnerable to attack. Second, criminals see small businesses as a back door to the more lucrative large enterprises. Think of the Target attack several years ago, in which hackers gained

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Focusing on the Future of Authentication

Weak and stolen passwords result in data breaches that cost businesses millions of dollars each year. Biometrics and multi-factor authentication (MFA) offer a stronger solution. And yet, hackers can still spoof fingerprints and voices. Take a look at the future of authentication and determine what options make the most sense for your organization. Most experts agree that MFA provides a more secure environment for valuable data assets. With MFA, organizations require at least two verification methods to establish identity, instead of relying on passwords alone. For instance, authentication could include a password in conjunction with a fingerprint or verification text.