In business, as in life, there's the saying you don't know what you don't know. Regarding technology in your business, I'm sure you've already covered things like IT support. Most businesses now adopt an outsourced "managed service" for all things to do with IT & Technology. Depending on the size of your business, there may even be an internal team that works closely with a managed service provider. This is very common and one of our core services. However, depending on your service … [Read more...]
What’s Changing in the Cybersecurity Insurance Market?
Cybersecurity insurance is still a pretty new concept for many SMBs. It was initially introduced in the 1990s to provide coverage for large enterprises. It covered things like data processing errors and online media. Since that time, the policies for this type of liability coverage have changed. Today’s cyber insurance policies cover the typical costs of a data breach. Including remediating a malware infection or compromised account. Cybersecurity insurance policies will cover the costs … [Read more...]
What Cybersecurity Attack Trends Should You Watch Out for in 2023?
The new year has just begun and it’s a time of renewal as we plan for the possibilities to come in 2023. It’s also a time when you need to plan for resiliency in the face of ever-present cyberattacks. Sixty-eight percent of surveyed business leaders feel that cybersecurity risks are getting worse. They have a good reason. Attacks continue to get more sophisticated. They are also often perpetrated by large criminal organizations. These criminal groups treat these attacks like a business. In … [Read more...]
Don’t Set Yourself Up to Fail: Tips for Safer Home Security Setups
The global home security market has been growing by leaps and bounds. By 2026, experts expect the market to expand at a rate of 20.1%. This is on top of an expected increase of 21.6% from 2021 to 2022. From Ring doorbell cams to entire home security systems, consumers want these solutions. Watching your front door from afar has never been so easy. With cloud-based video streams, homeowners can view any part of their home. Sharing doorbell camera shots on neighborhood social media groups is … [Read more...]
Keep your software budget under control with this advice.
Software licenses can be a major expense for businesses, particularly for those that rely on multiple software programs to run their operations. While these licenses are often necessary for productivity and efficiency, they can also take up a significant portion of a company's budget. As a business owner, it's important to budget effectively for software licenses in order to make the most of your investment. Here are some tips for budgeting for software licenses effectively: Determine your … [Read more...]
Align Your Team to Company Targets with Microsoft Viva Goals
You often hear the words “digital transformation” and “collaboration.” But what do they actually mean? What do they mean for the day-to-day of running your business? Collaboration can’t happen without shared goals. When departments are siloed and unconnected, priorities can conflict. People are doing their best but may not be moving in the same direction. Digital transformation is simply the use of technology to better reach business goals. This encompasses moving from analog ways of doing … [Read more...]
7 VoIP Setup Tips for a More Productive Office
The global pandemic put a big emphasis on the need to run a business from anywhere. Enabling employees to work remotely requires cloud solutions. This includes collaborative platforms like Google Workspace and Microsoft 365. VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone systems have also become critical. VoIP allows companies to stay in contact with customers and potential customers. Employees can work from anywhere and still answer the business phone line. Callers get a similar experience no … [Read more...]
Top cyber security breaches of 2022
Number 1 Twitter Twitter is facing accusations of a cover-up in regards to a massive data breach that has affected millions of users in the US and EU. Cybersecurity expert Chad Loder alerted the public to the breach on November 23, 2022, stating that it occurred no earlier than 2021 and had not been previously reported. This comes after Twitter admitted to a separate data breach in July 2022 that affected millions of accounts." Number 2 Bidencash An alarming data breach has exposed over 1.2 … [Read more...]
5 Ways to Balance User Productivity with Solid Authentication Protocols
One constant struggle in offices is the balance between productivity and security. If you give users too much freedom in your network, risk increases. But add too many security gates, and productivity can dwindle. It’s a fine balance between the two, but one you can achieve. Organizations need to recognize the importance of both. And not sacrifice one for another. A recent report from Microsoft notes a dangerous lack of authentication security. Just 22% of Azure Active Directory users had … [Read more...]
What’s your power down sequence?
As we’ve already highlighted, many businesses are now planning for possible power outages and blackouts. The one question we’ve been hearing from many of our clients is what needs to be turned off and when? From an IT and facilities perspective, it’s worth writing up a checklist for your office on what exactly needs to be turned off manually and in what sequence. If you are still relying on physical servers, there’s a good chance you’ll have to get your current IT partner to … [Read more...]
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