Keeping your data safe: Access Control

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Cyberattacks are a commonplace today. Malware such as viruses, worms, and more recently ransomware not only corrupt your data or hold it hostage, but also inflict irreversible damage on your brand and business. As a norm, most businesses these days do invest in anti-virus/cybersecurity systems. But, is that really enough? The answer is–NO. Because they often overlook one important aspect–access. …

Smaller firms less likely to keep up to date on the basics that protect them

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On the never-ending problem of cybersecurity, small firms often do not have any/much in-house IT support. As a consequence, they may be less likely to be able to make sure their software is consistently updated to reflect any patches released by the product’s maker. This simple oversight, deliberate or not, is a major source of data breaches and ransomware attacks. …

Cyberattacks and the vulnerability of the small business

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You cannot go a day without reading about some big-name company or even government agency being hacked and critical data being compromised. What you don’t see in the media is that most of the attacks happen to small firms and that this is where a lot of the cybercrime is occurring. What any business, but especially a small business, needs …

Limited investment capital and planning for trouble

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Small businesses often fail to take the time to make business continuity plans. One aspect of a business continuity plan involves developing plans to handle the loss of physical infrastructure and hardware. Unfortunately, smaller and younger firms often fail to address these issues because they lack the necessary capital to invest in additional or supplemental equipment. Redundant servers, battery back …

Data Protection Laws and PIIs

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Last week we discussed the overall concept of “Data Protection Laws,” which govern the handling and securing of specific data. While these laws are wide-ranging, most of these laws reference Personally Identifiable Information (PII) This “refers to information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, either alone or when combined with other personal or identifying information …

Are you subject to Data Protection laws?

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This blog introduces a new topic that many may be unaware of Data Protection laws. These are laws that define fully, or in part, what type of data is covered by government regulations, proscribe general standards for the securing of covered data, and may also require notification of victims and governmental authorities in the event of a breach. Small businesses, …

Ransomware Part II

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In our last blog, we explained what ransomware is, and why it can be an especially troublesome virus. Today, let’s look at what you can do to avoid falling victim. Prevention is the best cure. Follow standard “data hygiene” principles that you probably hear about all of the time. Update your OS, software, and apps whenever a new release or …

Ransomware part I

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The daily reports of cybercrime are important reminders about the need to protect your business from malicious behavior that could threaten the success of your business. There are so many different things that can attack your computer, steal your data, and wreck your day. One of the most troublesome has been the development of ransomware. (FYI. Ransomware isn’t actually all …