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Behind the Screen: Types of Hackers and Their Motivations

By |December 17th, 2019|

Behind every hack is a person or group who made it happen. They might be looking for money, trade secrets, a political stance or revenge, and they can target these things with a variety of methods. But the one resource they are all after? Data. They may target customer information, financial data, industry secrets and more to reach their goals, and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) especially feel the effects of cybercrime. In 2018, 67% [...]

What Are Rogue Applications and How Can You Identify Them?

By |November 21st, 2019|

Cybersecurity is typically a top concern for most companies, especially those dealing with sensitive data. From banks to health networks to service providers, keeping your customers' information safe is essential to earning their trust. There are many different types of potential threats, but one of the most deceptive types is the rogue application. Whether it infects your computer or phone, a rogue app has the potential to do damage and breach your security. While they [...]

When to Buy Security Monitoring When Starting a Business

By |November 14th, 2019|

When starting a new business, there are countless details to consider. From company structure and branding to hardware and staffing needs, you have plenty to plan and prepare. However, it is essential to remember that your company's operations will rely on a network. Developing this network will be a challenge in itself, but one of the critical aspects to consider is how to protect that network from security threats. Firewalls, antivirus software and password policies [...]

The History of Data Security

By |November 9th, 2019|

Data security might be one of the most essential components of your business. Managing data security within a company is crucial to the continued success of any operation. With costs in the millions for a data breach, just one incident could be devastating for a small- or medium-sized business. But what is data security, and how has cybersecurity evolved over the years? Data security threats have continually been growing more robust since the inception of [...]

5 Ways to Know You Can Trust Your Cybersecurity Monitoring Company

By |October 14th, 2019|

Cybersecurity is a critical consideration for almost every business. For many, working with a monitoring company can help mitigate risks and maintain data integrity. These functionalities will help your business show customers and investors they can rely on you to keep their information secure. Customer trust is essential — 60% of small businesses that experience data breaches shut down within six months of the event. While the security monitoring program you select is important, who you partner [...]

The Truth About Mobile vs. Computer Data Risks

By |September 16th, 2019|

So much of our everyday lives are connected to the online world. We're using apps to chat with friends and find love. We're completing diplomas and degrees through online programs. We're banking online and making digital transactions for almost everything — less than half of Americans under the age of 50 worry about keeping cash in their wallets. As computers and mobile devices increasingly become people's primary tool for everyday tasks, cybersecurity has only become more [...]

What Is a Security Patch?

By |August 19th, 2019|

If you've spent any time with a computer or mobile device in the last 10 years, you've almost certainly seen the device indicate the need to apply a security patch. Whether you're using an Android or Apple smartphone, a desktop PC, a notebook, a tablet or even a gaming console like the PlayStation, the software will periodically ask you to approve an update — or it'll just update itself. It might seem like these updates [...]

Risks of Cybersecurity Within Aviation

By |July 22nd, 2019|

It should be common knowledge that passwords need to be complex, unique and difficult to guess. People know how to keep their data secure — right? Even in a world where data breaches are commonplace, users frequently ignore best practices for cybersecurity. One analysis found that the password most commonly revealed in data breaches is "123456." Too many people make poor choices about cybersecurity and put themselves and others at risk. These problems aren't unique to the [...]

Why Is Higher Education the Target for Cyber Attacks?

By |June 24th, 2019|

Higher education cyberattacks threaten the security of schools' intellectual property and students' personal information. Because universities must have an open network for their students and staff to access, hackers have multiple doors to enter the system. With so much sensitive data at risk, universities must take proactive measures to prevent attacks through threat detection software and other system upgrades. These enhancements must also adhere to many regulations. Finding a balance in preparing your system is [...]

Is Human Error Your Weak Link in Data Security?

By |May 24th, 2019|

When your business is running like a well-oiled machine, it's hard to believe that your employees or coworkers might be jeopardizing data security. Many business leaders are focused on outside attacks from ransomware and malware, but they forget the element of human error that makes it possible for hackers or other malicious actors to get into private systems in the first place. Think of it this way: If a burglar wants to get into your [...]

What Is the Cost of a Data Breach?

By |May 16th, 2019|

Data breaches, security incidents in which an unauthorized entity gains access to sensitive and secure data, happen frequently in our increasingly digital world. In 2018 alone, the United States experienced 1,244 data breaches, which resulted in the exposure of 446.5 million records. These incidents can have severe financial impacts, both direct and indirect, on the companies that fall victim to them. According to a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute called the 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study, the [...]

5 Tips for Developing the Perfect Password

By |May 13th, 2019|

One of the most talked-about topics in cybersecurity is how to create strong passwords and manage them in a way that keeps your accounts secure. Why is password protection so important? A significant portion of security incidents and breaches occur because of bad passwords. According to Verizon's 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, 81 percent of all hacking-related data breaches involved weak or stolen passwords. And a compromised account doesn't just affect the account the password is used [...]

Breach Discovery: How Long Does Detection Take?

By |May 10th, 2019|

How quickly you can detect a security breach will help determine the extent of the incident's impact on your company and your customers. How efficiently you notify the impacted individuals is crucial as well. Time to detection can affect the amount of data you lose and your compliance with relevant regulations. Increasingly, the media is reporting information about the time it takes companies to respond to a breach, meaning the effectiveness of your response can influence [...]

5 Impacts a Data Breach Has on Your Business

By |May 7th, 2019|

In our connected world, business data breaches are becoming increasingly common and, consequently, increasingly costly. Companies have about a 28% chance of experiencing a data breach that exposes at least 10,000 customer records and results in fines, fees, security costs and lost business revenue. When customer data is compromised in a security breach, it costs the company even more than just financially — a data breach can damage your business's reputation and ruin customer trust in [...]

What Is the Difference Between a Security Incident and a Security Breach?

By |May 3rd, 2019|

Your organization has most likely already encountered security incidents and will continue to face them moving forward. You may even have dealt with a data breach. While these two terms might seem similar on the surface, it's critical that you make distinctions between them. How you classify these events will dictate how you respond to them, which has implications for your company's security, compliance and reputation. Let's take a look at the difference between security [...]

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