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How Much Control Over Data Do Your Customers Have?

By |April 23rd, 2019|

Today, most consumers use online services like social media, streaming platforms and connected devices without thinking too much about how it's funded. Many of these services are free to the user, at least in the traditional sense. Nothing is truly free, though, and most of the services that don't require users to hand over any currency do require some form of payment. How do users pay for these services? With their data. What is customer [...]

What to Know About the Future of Cloud Computing and Data Security

By |March 22nd, 2019|

Cloud computing and storage has been a hot topic in recent years, with cloud systems like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud becoming increasingly popular within enterprises. But what makes the cloud so popular among businesses? By definition, cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote, internet-hosted servers to manage, process and store data. While it may not sound significant, cloud computing poses an enormous range of benefits to businesses. [...]

Defending Against the Biggest Cybersecurity Threats in the Healthcare Industry

By |November 19th, 2018|

Healthcare cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly serious topic throughout companies and the public alike. But, what if a data breach meant exposing patients private information and putting that data into the hands of malicious cybercriminals? That situation is precisely what the Independence Blue Cross (IBC) faced earlier this year. On September 17th, IBC announced that over 17,000 of their customers were affected by a data breach that leaked customers' names, dates of birth, provider information, diagnoses codes [...]

How Much Should Your Company Invest in Cybersecurity?

By |November 4th, 2018|

The question is simple – what's the "right" amount of money a small to mid-sized business (SMB) should invest in its cybersecurity infrastructure and policies? The answer? Well, that's not so straightforward. When it comes to protecting both internal, enterprise data as well as those of customers, businesses competing in today's digital-first world no longer have the luxury of crossing their IT fingers. Over 61 percent of SMBs experienced some form of a cyber attack in 2017. [...]

Importance of Cybersecurity Awareness Training for Your Employees

By |November 1st, 2018|

When hackers breached retail giant Target's databases, they stole the credit and debit card information of more than 40 million customers. It remains one of the largest cybersecurity hacks in history. Fast forward to today, and 2018 has seen trending news of cybersecurity incidents strike Macy's, Whole Foods, Delta, Under Armour, Uber, Panera Bread and many, many more. This doesn't even mention the cybersecurity tsunamis that have come to be synonymous with data-protection failures, network-security lapses or [...]

What Is a Security Operations Center, and Why Is It Important?

By |October 27th, 2018|

In this age of rapidly advancing technology, businesses big and small must protect sensitive information about their clients, employees, partners, internal operations and more. But with the rising sophistication of cybercriminals and hacking software, this protection has become an increasingly challenging task. The chances of experiencing a security breach have risen substantially in the last few years. A recent study of businesses in the U.S. found one in four organizations will have their data attacked within a year's [...]

Best Practices for Cybersecurity Compliance Audits

By |April 26th, 2018|

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 [...]

What is a Virtual Security Operations Center?

By |April 25th, 2018|

A virtual security operations center (V-SOC) is a must-have in today's age of cyberattacks. Large companies are not the only ones at risk, as cybersecurity threats for small businesses can threaten the health of the entire company. With 58% of cyber attacks targeting small businesses in 2018, companies must be vigilant and create a small business cybersecurity plan. One primary way to combat cyberattacks is to use a V-SOC. Table of Contents What Is a V-SOC? What [...]

8 Common Security Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

By |April 20th, 2018|

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

By |April 2nd, 2018|

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

By |March 14th, 2018|

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?

By |July 20th, 2017|

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

By |June 22nd, 2017|

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

By |June 22nd, 2017|

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

By |November 7th, 2016|

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 [...]

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