Data Breaches are a Question of When, Not If

You hear on the news all of the time about big cyber attacks on large corporations, and even government agencies. The trouble with this news coverage is that is suggests a distorted view of where cyber attacks are taking place. These attacks are not solely hitting large organisations. Small firms represent a significant portion of…

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Penetration Testing vs. Vulnerability Testing Your Business Network

Hearing “all of your confidential information is extremely vulnerable, we know this because…” is bad news, but whatever follows the ellipses determines just how bad. Consider two scenarios. “All of your confidential information is extremely vulnerable… we know this because a hacker took all of your customers’ credit card info and locked all of your…

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BYOD: Why is This Concept So Attractive to Employees?

BYOD: Why is This Concept So Attractive to Employees?   Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, to work was an idea a few years ago that is becoming a reality very fast. To use your personal smartphone, tablet or laptop for work seems increasingly natural. Employees are embracing this concept without any serious reservations. As…

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VoIP: A New Dimension in Communication for SMBs

VoIP: A New Dimension in Communication for SMBs   Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP is about a decade old technology that is gaining popularity among individual subscribers and businesses. In conventional systems, phone calls are made using telephones or handsets that are connected by phone cables. These calls are routed using the Public Switched…

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SMBs: It is Hackers v. You – Don’t Let Them Score

SMBs: It is Hackers v. You – Don’t Let Them Score   Selling stolen IDs and other personal data is a lucrative trade for hackers. They are always looking for sources where vital information is stored. As a small to midsize business you store your client’s personal information, collected from different sources, on your computers…

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Business Disaster: What Threatens Small Businesses the Most?

Business Disaster: What Threatens Small Businesses the Most?  There are many threats to the integrity of a small business, and not all of them are as dramatic as a cyberattack or a hurricane. Every small business needs to do a risk assessment to determine all the threats that exist that could bring harm. External threats…

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Data Protection and Bring Your Own Device to Work

Data Protection and Bring Your Own Device to Work   BYOD refers to a firm’s policy of allowing employees to use their own personal phones, tablets and laptops for all their work applications.This is a pretty common policy, and it has many benefits, but it brings along risks. How are you addressing these risks?  …

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Everyday Human Error Can Affect Data Protection

Everyday Human Error Can Affect Data Protection   Are you under the impression that data loss is all about putting up firewalls to protect against evil cyber attacks? Some of the biggest sources of data loss include sloppiness, human error, and just plain forgetfulness.   What are some of the unglamorous things that we do…

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Disaster Recovery Plans: Do You Have One?

Disaster Recovery Plans: Do You Have One?   Disaster recovery and business continuity plans are issues that almost all small businesses fail to think about. More frequently, they decide they haven’t the resources to address such “unthinkables.”    If your business was down for 1-2 days or more, what costs would you incur? Lost revenues…

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Why Small Businesses Shouldn’t Avoid Making Disaster Recovery Plans.

 Why Small Businesses Shouldn’t Avoid Making Disaster Recovery Plans.   Entrepreneurs and small businesses, especially ones that are fairly new, often don’t think about making plans to recover in case of a disaster. However, it is the smallest business that most likely has the fewest resources to fall back on in case of disaster.  …

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