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Best Practices for Cybersecurity Compliance Audits

April 26th, 2018|Comments Off on Best Practices for Cybersecurity Compliance Audits

Like most information technology executives these days, when you hear the words compliance and audit — as the CEO, CFO or general counsel is walking your way — are you thinking, "What is it this time? Am I on the hook for another analysis and report for the queue?" On any given day, you've got at least one request for a deep dive into a system or the information stored within. Yet with the security breaches we now see [...]

What is a Virtual Security Operations Center?

April 25th, 2018|Comments Off on What is a Virtual Security Operations Center?

In today's world, every business has a target on its back. Whether you're a small-, mid- or large-sized company, you can guarantee that hackers are targeting you. Due to the rapid rise of data breaches, which cost an average of $3.6 million at the global level, many businesses anticipate one, which is why they're bolstering their offensive protections. How? With a virtual security operations center, also known as a V-SOC. What is a V-SOC? A [...]

8 Common Security Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

April 20th, 2018|Comments Off on 8 Common Security Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

In today’s digital landscape, ignoring your company’s security or looking at it as an afterthought isn’t an option. It should be one of — if not the — primary focus of your operations. You see, business threats come in many shapes and sizes, including employee theft, vandalism, break-ins and the all-encompassing data breach. To protect your business, employees, customers and all the data you handle, you need to establish security protocols and procedures across all [...]

Guide to Detecting and Preventing Ransomware

April 2nd, 2018|Comments Off on Guide to Detecting and Preventing Ransomware

Ask anyone who doesn’t have a background in cybersecurity or information technology, and they’ll probably tell you that ransomware attacks — a sophisticated form of malware — are relatively new. While there’s been a pervasive spike in these type of attacks in recent years, that’s not actually true. Some of the first ransomware attacks date all the way back to 1989. The more sophisticated forms of this cyberthreat, however, are more of a recent emergence, namely [...]

Your Ultimate Guide to Zero-Day Attacks

March 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Your Ultimate Guide to Zero-Day Attacks

In today's world of business and commerce, hardly a single company or brand exists without an online presence. Likewise, the public is engaged in online activity for numerous purposes, from shopping and social activity to education and even work. As such, the safety and security of computer networks and software programs affect a sizable percentage of the global population. Anytime a company's online security is breached, millions of dollars and untold volumes of private info [...]

Back to Basics: What Is Network Monitoring?

July 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Back to Basics: What Is Network Monitoring?

Back to Basics: What Is Network Monitoring? At BlackStratus, we pride ourselves on our system’s comprehensive capabilities, including CYBERShark, our network activity monitoring software. But what is network security monitoring, and what does it mean for your business’ security? What Is Network Monitoring? Network monitoring is a term commonly used throughout IT fields. The term refers to a type of system that monitors computer networks for problems like slow or failing components. These include monitors, [...]

Cloud Security vs. Traditional Security

June 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Cloud Security vs. Traditional Security

With more and more businesses moving to the cloud and an increasing number of “hybrid” environments, it is becoming increasingly difficult for businesses across all different industries to keep up with both types of security. However, your practices for your traditional security, are likely to transfer to the practices you implement for your cloud security. Many of the responsibilities for security your data in the cloud are similar to securing the data on premises or [...]

7 Types of Cyber Attacks Small to Medium-Sized Businesses Face

June 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on 7 Types of Cyber Attacks Small to Medium-Sized Businesses Face

As technology continues to evolve more rapidly than ever, the demand for companies to continuously update their policies and practices is more vital than ever. No longer are hackers continuing to throw sophisticated attacks that can cripple a business (Ransomware) at the largest companies. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are no longer safe and in many cases after a cyber-attack are rarely prepared for both the attack and the cost of recovering from such an [...]

SOX Compliance Requirements

November 7th, 2016|Comments Off on SOX Compliance Requirements

It has been more than 10 years since the initial passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002 and, even today, many organizations still struggle to fulfill their auditing and compliance requirements. If not done smartly, meeting your obligations as a publicly traded company can be expensive, time-consuming and ultimately counterproductive for your business goals. It doesn't have to be that way. The more you know ahead of planning for an audit, the more seamless [...]

How Cloud Data Security Puts MSPs With the Bigwigs

August 15th, 2016|Comments Off on How Cloud Data Security Puts MSPs With the Bigwigs

As big-name cloud providers increase their data security offerings, how can MSPs remain competitive? Learn how cloud data security services can keep you ahead.

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