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Busting Four Popular Cybersecurity Myths

As the business world becomes increasingly digitized, you’ll have to tackle several dangers that come with doing business online. Cybercriminals nowadays have several methods to target organizations, from credential hacks to sophisticated ransomware attacks. This is why it’s critical to think about measures to protect ...
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Don’t Fall for These Cyber Insurance Myths

As the world increasingly moves online, so do the risks to our businesses. Cyber insurance is one way to help your business recover following a cyberattack. It covers financial losses caused by events such as data breaches, cyber theft, ransomware and more. Cyber insurance can ...
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Defense Strategies to Combat Insider Threats

Insider threats are among the most dangerous cyberthreats out there. Yet, organizations of all sizes seem to be either reluctant or negligent when it comes to fighting them. Even though some companies have an insider risk management program, they have a limited cybersecurity budget for ...
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CMMC Compliance Requirements

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework  is now required of organizations who collaborate with the Department of Defense (DoD). Inputs from the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) and Department of Defense (DoD) stakeholders are included in this recently constructed framework, along with maturity processes and cybersecurity ...
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Will Virtual Events Replace Face-To-Face Gatherings? No. Here’s Why

Will Virtual Events Replace Face-To-Face Gatherings? No. Here’s Why. Today's world is filled with a lot of uncertainty. However, scheduling experts can be confident that virtual events will never take the place of actual ones, no matter how crucial they have been during the COVID-19 ...
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Why Your Business Needs to Prepare for Cyber Incidents

As the world becomes more digital, so do the risks of conducting business online. Cyber incidents can happen to any business, regardless of size or industry, and can have serious consequences. The following are some examples of common types of incidents to look out for: ...
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Balancing a Proactive and Reactive Approach to Cyber Incidents

A cyber incident is a type of security event that can harm a business like yours. Ranging from data breaches and system failures to malware attacks and phishing scams, these incidents can hinder productivity, revenue growth and customer satisfaction. In most cases, a cyber incident ...
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Cyber Incident Prevention Best Practices for Small Businesses

As a small business owner, you may think you are “too small” to be the target of cybercrime because you aren’t a large, multimillion-dollar company. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Although the media mainly focuses on attacks on big businesses, small businesses ...
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Cyber Incident Response 101 for Small Businesses

Imagine it's the end of a long workday and you're ready to head home for the evening. However, just as you're about to leave, you find out your email credentials have been hacked and critical data has been stolen from your business. As a small ...
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What a Top-Notch IT Services Provider Will Offer Your Business

There are several reasons why small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) like yours can sometimes struggle to meet all your technology needs in one location. One reason is that small businesses often lack the resources of large corporations, so making the most of what you have ...
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How to Find the Right Managed IT Service Provider for Your Business

When looking for an IT service provider to outsource your tech support, it’s crucial to remember not all IT service providers are the same. You need to find one that understands your specific needs and can offer you the best possible service. There are a ...
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Why Smart Businesses Outsource Their IT Needs

In today's business world, technology plays a significant role in almost every industry. It has disrupted the way we live, work, interact and collaborate. There are endless ways that technology can benefit businesses like yours. Technology can help you automate processes, connect with new customers ...
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Need More Reliable IT Services for Your Business?

One of the biggest challenges that small and medium-sized businesses face is how to use their limited resources most effectively. Every decision, from what products or services to offer to how to market and sell them, has to be made to protect their bottom line. ...
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Things to Avoid While Practicing Organizational Agility

Even though it’s no secret that small to medium-sized businesses often have vastly fewer resources in comparison to larger enterprises, prioritizing agility is just as critical for their survival. This is because, in today's world, where a variety of unpleasant surprises can arise at any ...
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Making the Case for SMB Agility

The last two years have been a bumpy ride for organizations of all sizes globally. During this time, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) were hit the worst. Since most SMBs have limited cash and resources, setbacks were much more severe for them than for big ...
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WHO NEEDS A CMMC CERTIFICATION? 

Cyber Security Maturity Model Certification a.k.a. CMMC certification is a comprehensive framework that protects crucial information from complex cyberattacks.  CMMC Certification is a program that has been rolled out by the Department of Defense (DoD) for standardizing the implementation of cybersecurity across the Defense Industrial ...
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Agility for SMBs

What is Organizational Agility? It's hard to predict the future. Just think of all that has happened in the world in the last two years. From the COVID-19 pandemic to supply chain issues to inflation and war, no one could have predicted these events early ...
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10 Considerations Before Buying an Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) Security Solution

An Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) system continuously monitors end-user devices to detect and respond to cyber threats. When investing in this security solution, keep these 10 things in mind: Agent vs Agentless: EDR can be with an agent (software on each endpoint) or agentless. ...
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Phishing Attack Prevention: How to Identify & Avoid Phishing Scams

Crybercrime is on the rise as technology advances. And phishing is one of the most common scams today. But it's also so popular because it's easy to scam thousands with it. Whether you're a business or an individual, it's easy to identify and prevent falling ...
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5 Elements of Effective Tech Acceleration

Are you up to date with the current technology landscape? Do you have an idea of what it will look like in the next five to 10 years? Knowing this information is crucial as it can significantly impact your business. The technology landscape is constantly ...
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3 Common Tech Acceleration Mistakes

As a business executive, you often face the task of keeping up with current technology trends to boost productivity, lower expenses, strengthen your brand value, enable new collaboration and maximize profitability. If you want to use new technology products and solutions to your advantage, follow ...
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Top Tech Acceleration Technologies for 2022

Organizations have had to make several overnight adjustments to stay afloat over the last few years. If you’re like most businesses, you may have needed solutions to support remote work and collaboration. But are those tools pointing you in the right direction towards your long-term ...
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Why You Must Comply With Your Cyber Liability Insurance

If you think that your cyber insurance claim will be cleared with no questions asked, think again. While reviewing your claim, your cyber insurance provider will assess whether you took “due care” to protect your business from being compromised by a cyberattack. While having a ...
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7 Questions to Ask When Evaluating MSPs

Having an up-to-date technology infrastructure is critical for organizations to perform well in this ever-changing business world. An outdated technology infrastructure can harm your business by: Giving cybercriminals a free passPutting your company in hot water with regulatorsReducing overall productivityCausing employee dissatisfactionUpsetting your customer Once ...
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Top 4 Tech Trend Predictions for 2022

Over the last few decades, technology has been a driving force in business transformation and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. The fact that direct digital transformation investments are projected to total $7 trillion between 2020 and 2023 demonstrates this.1 If you want your ...
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Top 10 Tech and IT Buzzwords for 2022

Every few years, new technology is built that completely changes our understanding of the world. We must keep up if we don't want to experience FOMO. And if you don't keep up with technology, you risk losing out to your competitors. We have curated a ...
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How to Prioritize Your Technology Gaps

Today's technology-based businesses must deal with multiple issues, including cyberthreats, head-to-head competition and regulatory compliance. Hence, keeping your technology infrastructure up to date is critical, and a technology audit is the best place to start. A technology audit can assist you in better understanding and ...
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Why You Should Prioritize Your Technology Gaps

Technology is an unavoidable component of most businesses these days, helping them achieve their goals and vision. However, if you are not cautious, technological flaws could allow cybercriminals to access your network and cause harm to your company. Technology auditing is the solution to this ...
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4 Reasons Phishing Is Getting More Frequent

Phishing is a social engineering attack used to obtain sensitive information, such as login credentials and payment details, from users. It happens when an attacker, posing as a trusted source, dupes a victim into clicking on a malicious link or downloading a spam file sent ...
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6 Signs You Need a Tech Refresh

When used strategically, technology can help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) develop a more productive, efficient and innovative workforce. That’s why businesses that prioritize technology are three times more likely to exceed corporate goals.* In a business world that’s evolving at a breakneck pace, your ...
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3 Benefits of Conducting a Technology Audit

When was the last time you conducted a comprehensive technology audit? If it's been a while or hasn't happened at all, you're probably vulnerable to a cyberattack. Cybercrime shows no signs of slowing down and is expected to cost the world $10.5 trillion per year ...
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4 Reasons to Refresh Your Technology Infrastructure in 2022

After the ups and downs of the last year and a half, the business world is making its way into 2022 with renewed optimism. Business executives are contemplating strategies to start the year with a strong quarter by adapting to the new normal. Do you ...
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Is Your Supply Chain Resilient?

The major upheavals of the last couple of decades, such as the global recession and the COVID-19 pandemic, have demonstrated that firms will suffer severe setbacks if their supply chains are not resilient. An entire supply chain becomes vulnerable if one component is exposed to ...
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How to Become a Resilient Organization

The last year and a half have taught us that the world can experience a tremendous change in a short time. Whether it’s rapid technological advancements, cyberattacks, stalling economies or even a global pandemic, only resilient organizations can weather these storms.   That’s why the ...
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What You Should Know if Your Business Is Targeted by Ransomware

It may not be news to you that ransomware is on the rise, but the numbers may leave you shocked. In 2020 alone, there were close to 300 million ransomware attacks worldwide.1 The cost of ransom payments demanded by hackers are also increasing in tandem ...
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The Role of Compliance in Cybersecurity

The overall technology landscape is evolving at a breakneck pace. While these changes are meant to improve the quality of life, the unfortunate flip side is an increase in cyberthreats. This is why global cybersecurity spending increased from nearly $40 billion in 2019 to $54 ...
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5 Security Risk Analysis Myths in the Healthcare Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic threw multiple challenges at the healthcare industry. The sector saw a steep increase in demand that led to the collapse of health infrastructures in different parts of the world. What’s more, the industry experienced an unprecedented cybercrime surge. According to a report, ...
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Managed Compliance as a Service May Be the Answer to Healthcare Compliance Challenges

The healthcare industry has been going through a difficult phase. While the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmed health infrastructures across the globe, cyberattacks targeting the industry are skyrocketing. In 2020, healthcare was the worst affected industry by cybercrimes.1 Experts suggest that this trend will continue into 2021 ...
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How Data Compliance and Cybersecurity Differ

When you run a business, compliance and security are two essential factors. Both are equally important for the seamless operation of your business. While compliance helps your business stay within the limits of industry or government regulations, security protects the integrity of your business and ...
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8 Elements of a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) for Compliance

A compliance program aims at protecting an organization from risk. The purpose of corporate compliance programs is to ensure that a business complies with laws or regulations relevant to it. You could consider a Compliance Program to be a form of internal insurance policy to ...
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4 Reasons Cybersecurity Attack Surfaces Are Expanding

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted individuals and businesses all over the world in one way or another. Almost overnight, it disrupted the way people went about their daily routines and how companies operated. Amidst all the chaos, changes to the cyber landscape increased at an unprecedented ...
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Why Attacks on Critical Infrastructure Are Dangerous

Critical Infrastructure (CI) comprises physical and cyber assets vital for the smooth functioning of societies and nations across the globe. The sectors that make up critical infrastructure differ from one country to another. For example, the USA considers 16 sectors to be vital as opposed ...
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Top 9 IoT-Related Security Threats Businesses Face

The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly changing the technology landscape as we know it. Businesses worldwide are leveraging IoT for benefits such as seamless collaboration, access to comprehensive data and the ability to make stronger business decisions based on insights derived from substantial data. ...
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Top 5 Threats IoT Devices Pose to Data Protection & Privacy

Gartner Inc. predicted that by 2023, CIOs would be responsible for over three times the endpoints they were responsible for in 2018 due to the rapid evolution of IoT trends and technologies. With billions of physical devices worldwide connected to the internet today, this prediction ...
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Operational and Data Integrity Risks of IoT for SMBs

The continued rise in the number of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices has brought about a host of security challenges for many businesses. As manufacturers compete in a race to bring their IoT devices to market, most fail to include even the most basic ...
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Regulations For Securing the Internet of Things

We are living in the era of Digital Transformation and witnessing first-hand the proliferation of assistive technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT). It is estimated that the global count of IoT devices will reach around 80 billion by 2025 — a figure that ...
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10 Truisms of Cyber Security-Part II

Before we reveal the final 5 truisms of cyber security, let’s take a quick recap of the first 5. Preparation Is The Key To SuccessAlways Be Able To Deliver The Necessary OutcomeThe Secret Of Crisis Management Is Not Good Versus Bad But Preventing The Bad ...
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10 Truisms of Cyber Security- Part I

Before we go straight into the truisms, know that cyber-readiness is not a role for any one person on your team, every member of the team has a role to play in it. Now let’s get your small business cyber ready.  1. Preparation Is The ...
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A ‘Compliance First’ Mindset Limits Liabilities for SMBs

By adopting a Compliance First strategy, when choosing solutions and vendors, you will identify those that do not comply with your requirements, eliminate them from your selection process, and then select from the rest. It also means evaluating your current solutions and vendors and replacing ...
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Achieving CMMC: The Interim DFARS Rule and What It Means for You

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) was formally made part of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) in January 2020. The decision sent over 300,000 members of the defense industrial base (DIB), mostly small and midsize businesses (SMBs), into a state of frenzy. Most ...
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Getting Ready for New CMMC Requirements Now

Right off the bat, we’re here to tell you that anyone promising you a sure-shot solution to all your CMMC woes is trying to pull a fast one on you. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a comprehensive move by the U.S. Department of ...
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Making Security Awareness Second Nature

Your business’ security program must start with your employees and strong security policies rather than entirely depending on your IT team or the latest security solutions. You can significantly reduce the likelihood of a data breach by combining a well-drafted cybersecurity policy with comprehensive security ...
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Your Biggest Cybersecurity Risk: Your Employees

Cybercriminals work round the clock to detect and exploit vulnerabilities in your business’ network for nefarious gains. The only way to counter these hackers is by deploying a robust cybersecurity posture that’s built using comprehensive security solutions. However, while you’re caught up doing this, there ...
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What is the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)?

Author TruMethods Standards Manager, Brian Dappolone If you have not heard of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) yet, it is not the end of the world. The latest certification requirements were finalized by the Department of Defense (DoD) on January 31st and at the moment ...
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Recommended Best Practices for a Secure Supply Chain

Your business’ cybersecurity posture must prioritize detection, evaluation and mitigation of risks posed by your supply chain. It is vital that your security is upgraded on a regular basis to better prepare for any worst-case scenarios. Having said that, it should come as no surprise ...
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Defense Strategies to Combat Insider Threats

Insider threats are among the most dangerous cyberthreats out there. Yet, organizations of all sizes seem to be either reluctant or negligent when it comes to fighting them. Over 50 percent of organizations don’t have an Insider Risk Response Plan and 40 percent don’t assess ...
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Securing Your Remote Workers

Over the last few years, we have seen several tech companies, such as Buffer, Todoist and Help Scout, to name a few, switch to a fully remote or partial work setup. Most of these companies spent months preparing for the switch by training their employees, ...
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Have You Seen These Parental Control Options?

Are your kids safe online? The Internet is a DANGEROUS place - so if you have children or teens, you’ve probably thought about their safety online more than once. Not taking action can lead to all kinds of TROUBLE down the road, so here’s what ...
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Cyber Security Resolutions for SMBs

Small and mid-sized businesses still struggle to implement network security solutions. SMBs continue to identify budget constraints as the main barrier when it comes to IT security. This limitation in resources highlights another glaring statistic; 52% SMBs surveyed did not have a dedicated IT security ...
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The Road to Hell is Paved with Bad Passwords

What’s the worst that could happen? The day started like any other, nothing out of the ordinary. Peacefully about to chomp down on lunch. An imposing man in an expensive looking suit was sent to summon me. Usually this happens if there’s been an accident ...
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