May Elliott

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      Identity Management: How it Works & its Benefits

      Posted by May Elliott on Feb 11, 2020 1:17:27 PM

      We’ve all made the mistake—denying that we are targets of cyberattacks and identity theft. It’s so easy to think that it will never happen to you, but when it does, it’s too late. In fact, 81% of cyberattacks happen to small and medium-sized businesses. Just last year, the Federal Trade Commission reported an estimate of 9 million identity theft cases. With how many platforms, devices and accounts that organizations run on, along with how many ways hackers can strike, it’s critical that foot traffic is crystal clear in company networks. This is where Identity Management comes in. Below, we define Identity Management, how it works and its top benefits.

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      Topics: SECaaS, Cloud Security, Cybersecurity, Identity Management, Security as a Service

      A Beginner's Guide to Security as a Service

      Posted by May Elliott on Feb 4, 2020 8:11:01 AM

      You’re probably familiar with cybersecurity, but it’s easy to get lost in the jargon. Failure to keep up with cybersecurity and cyberattack trends ultimately means failure to determine what is truly best for your business. Security as a Service (SECaaS) is one of those terms that has gained popularity in the last few years or so and it’s on the rise in 2020.

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      Topics: SECaaS, Cybersecurity, Security

      The Risk of Using Unsecured Wi-Fi: 6 Ways to Protect Your Business From Honeypot Attacks

      Posted by May Elliott on Jan 30, 2020 10:00:00 AM

      We’ve all done it – you’re in a coffee shop getting some work done and you connect to the unsecured network. Where’s the harm, right? Well did you know that cybercriminals have been taking advantage of those who absentmindedly connect to unsecured networks to facilitate a cyberattack? Fake Wi-Fi networks, also known as “hotspot honeypots,” are created by cybercriminals to attract victims and exploit their personal information. In a way, you could think of them like mouse traps or cyber bait. The "honey" is the sticky part that attracts the victims, while the "pots" are what the collected information goes into.

      While concept of hijacking an unsecured network has been around for years, with continuous advancements in technology, fake networks can easily infect several employee and company devices, ultimately endangering your organization. Here are a few ways you can protect your business from a honeypot attack.

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      Topics: Disaster Recovery, SECaaS, Cybersecurity, Cyberattacks, Honeypots, Fake Networks

      Information Security vs Cybersecurity vs Network Security: Are They the Same?

      Posted by May Elliott on Jan 23, 2020 11:00:00 AM

      The terms information security, cybersecurity and network security are nothing new. You might at least have a slight idea about what they mean, but don’t necessarily have a full grasp on the differences between them. One thing is for sure, though: they all secure business data. But does this mean that they are the same? Not quite. While all these security umbrellas protect information, each one serves a specific purpose. Not only are they instilled in security protocols and cultures, but they are all a part of overarching security practices and cloud computing. Above all, they are all crucial to the safety of your organization.

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      Topics: SECaaS, Cloud Security, Cybersecurity, Security, Information Security, Network Security

      8 Security Mistakes to Avoid Making in 2020

      Posted by May Elliott on Jan 22, 2020 10:00:00 AM

      A new decade means a new whirlwind of security advancements and cyberattacks. In order to adapt to these new challenges, businesses need to leave behind outdated and common mistakes in 2020. Here are eight security mistakes to avoid making this year.

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      Topics: SECaaS, Cybersecurity, Email Security, Cloud Solutions, Security

      3 Reasons to Rethink Frequent Password Updates & What to Do Instead

      Posted by May Elliott on Jan 21, 2020 8:30:15 AM

      For years, password changes were not only encouraged but required throughout businesses. In fact, organizations have believed they aren’t secure without this protocol. However, evolution in security practices and cybercrimes have challenged the status quo of password security. It’s now more common for companies to question the integrity of frequent password updates. Why? Long story short, it’s actually not as secure as we thought. Here are three reasons to rethink them and what to do instead.

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      Topics: Cloud Security, Password Best Practices, Data Protection, Cloud Solutions, Security

      4 Trending Cyberattacks & How to Protect Against Them in 2020

      Posted by May Elliott on Jan 10, 2020 10:00:00 AM

      A new decade is here and, with it, new ways your business can be hit with a cyberattack. As hackers continue to evolve their methods for breaching business’ defenses, companies are demanding more cybersecurity innovation from vendors. With advancements on smartphones, tablets, voice assistants and social media among many others, businesses operate more efficiently; however, these advancements have also increased exposure to new forms of cyberattacks. Threats like ransomware, email phishing and malvertising are not new concepts, but they are progressively expanding their reach and taking advantage of gaps in security related to newly adopted technology and devices. Not only does this propel cloud security to the forefront of a business’s IT strategy, but it underscores the importance of staying up to date with cyberattack trends. Here are 4 trending cyberattacks and how to protect against them in 2020.

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      Topics: Compliance, SECaaS, Cybersecurity, Cyber Threats, Social Media, Cloud Solutions, Cyberattacks, Ransomware, Cybersecurity Trends

      2020 Ransomware Preparedness: 5 Steps to Secure Your Business

      Posted by May Elliott on Dec 19, 2019 11:00:00 AM

      Ransomware, malicious software that prohibits access to your computer system until a ransom is paid, is a common cyberthreat that affects thousands of companies each year. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, ransomware is expected to hit a new company every 14 seconds throughout 2020. This means that in 2020 we can potentially expect to see up to 6,000 attacks per day. Ransomware can infect your network in a variety of ways, including via malicious email attachments, infected USB ports, malvertising or downloading images. With its adaptability and rapid growth, organizations need to solidify their protection plans now for the new year. Here are five steps to secure your business and prepare for a ransomware attack in 2020.

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      Topics: SECaaS, Cloud Security, Cybersecurity, Cyberattacks

      5 Ways to Protect Your Business From a Cyberattack in 2020

      Posted by May Elliott on Dec 18, 2019 10:56:16 AM

      Although a new year is upon us, the threat of cyberattacks against businesses continue to increase and show no sign of slowing down in 2020. Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that a new ransomware attack will take place every 14 seconds, and it’s not just ransomware to watch out for. Cyberattacks present themselves through various platforms like email, social media, online advertisements, even Microsoft Word.

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      Topics: SECaaS, Cloud Security, Cloud Solutions, Cyberattacks, Security, Cybersecurity Culture

      4 Ways to Establish a Cybersecurity Culture in Your Business

      Posted by May Elliott on Dec 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM

      Cybersecurity has been around for years. Companies everywhere have adapted to its solutions like cloud services to protect their businesses. It’s continuously evolving to keep up with today’s digital demands and its advancements have led organizations to believe that cybersecurity is solely technical. However, cybersecurity was created by humans to protect against malicious human behavior. 

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      Topics: Cloud Security, Cybersecurity, Cyberattacks, Security, Cybersecurity Culture