Studies have shown that small businesses are the most vulnerable to cybercrime attacks. Despite this, many owners of small-to-mid-sized businesses have declined to invest in new security options, such as network monitoring solutions.
With 1.7 billion current email exploits bouncing across the Internet, it's not surprising that email security remains at the forefront of cyber security and privacy concerns. Email exploits are constantly being directed to an organization's employees, and it only takes one recent exploit -- and a careless employee -- to compromise the organization's infrastructure. Email is the most used medium of communication today, and its ability to transfer external files into a protected network makes it incredibly dangerous. To combat this, many organizations are switching to an email security service rather than attempting to maintain security in-house.
Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers has offered up his experienced advice to CIOs - and all other individuals concerned with IT security. John Chambers spoke extensively regarding how businesses will need to adjust to a changing IT and security landscape. Here are a few pieces of advice he recently offered up:
Why do large data breaches seem to hit multiple, unrelated targets all at once? The truth is that they usually aren't unrelated at all. Many organizations share some form of system, whether it be a software-as-a-service third-party point-of-sale solution or a cloud-based data warehousing and resource provisioning platform. In 2014, when costly data breaches affected both Staples and Michael's, it was discovered that they both shared some of the same control networks.
Businesses need to protect their customer's security if they are to maintain their customer base. The online season brings a multitude of holiday shoppers (and encourages your employees to shop online as well). As the holidays approach, you may want to consider these ways to protect your customer's identities and your own security and network.
Small-to-midsized business owners are increasingly outsourcing their IT needs to managed service
providers, rather than attempting to meet their technical requirements on their own. MSPs offer cost-effective, comprehensive, and flexible services that can grow and change with a company.
When investing in collaboration, it's important to first consider the technology that will be used to bring the collaborative teams together. Here are three of the major considerations.
Cyber criminals are constantly changing their techniques to catch business owners, IT professionals, and individual users off-guard. Malvertising is the latest in big cyber threats, and those who want to keep their personal and business computers secure should educate themselves on how it works and how it can be avoided.
Star Wars: Episode VII comes out on December 18th, 2015, and diehard fans are finding all sorts of creative ways to channel their excitement. So why not with some tech, too? When the first Star Wars movie was released in 1977, the clever concepts and creations were nothing more than science fiction. Today, many of them are out on the consumer market -- or being developed for specialty applications.
Local backups aren't obsolete - far from it. If you have a hybrid cloud solution, there are still some major advantages to keeping some or all of your data backed up on site. Local backups are often better secured, more accessible, and faster to deploy in the event of an emergency. Additionally, in a hybrid solution, there may also be resources that need to be limited to the internal network.