While the world and companies everywhere focus on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and are forming pandemic plans to keep business going and employees safe, cybercriminals are also following the crisis closely, looking to spread infections in different ways. In fact, according to the LA Times, a health agency in the U.S. has already suffered a cyberattack amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Why? In short, cybercriminals love a crisis. Companies are more vulnerable than usual and their focus shifts to other priorities other than cybersecurity practices.
We live our lives on-the-go. Whether we are texting, checking social media, reading emails, sharing photos or streaming music, our world is not only digitized, but it’s mobile, which means businesses and cyberthreats are too. Unfortunately, the more convenience we have, the greater the risk for threats, which puts businesses in danger, particularly mobile workforce businesses, meaning majority of their operations are handled remotely. Here are five cyberthreats that specifically affect mobile workforce and how to best protect your business without sacrificing the convenience.
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.
Every year there is a new list of trending IT solutions that improve efficiencies and processes. IT professionals, in order to keep their organizations lean and agile, will look to this upcoming years' latest technologies and trends. With pressure to cut costs and improve processes, 2019's technologies can help CIOs, CTOs, and CISOs achieve this. Investing in cloud solutions and services will help organizations increase productivity, efficiency, and beat out competition. Here are the top 5 solutions your company should implement in 2019:
The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year for revenue boosts, however, it is also the most wonderful time of the year for hackers, credit card theft and company data breaches.
Making decisions about business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) can be a CIO’s worst nightmare. Planning, implementing and testing a strategy can take months and sleepless nights. Additionally, some CIOs face the added struggle of small budgets, fewer resources, and a mandate for agility to remain competitive. Add them all up, and you get an extremely difficult task.
But taking on the difficult task is far better than waking up one morning to discover a disaster has struck and you were unprepared.
One of the most important considerations for a business these days is disaster recovery. With a proper disaster recovery solution in place, businesses can ensure continuity and restore any data that is either lost or corrupted with minimal interruption of normal business operations. Businesses that fail to have a disaster recovery plan in place may be at risk at of significant data loss.
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Human error isn't a rare occurrence. In 2017 Amazon experienced an outage of its S3 servers due to a typo by an Amazon employee. Also in 2017, a British Airways engineer caused a data center outage resulting in the cancellation of 400+ flights. The Uptime Institute claims that 70% of data center outages are caused by human error. In fact, it has become the leading cause of data breaches for companies worldwide. While human error is the most common culprit of data center downtime, it's also the most preventable.
Physical damage to a building, destruction of machinery, or even an electrical power outage; what is your plan of action if any of these were to happen to your business? If you hesitated for even a second, it might be time to consider creating a business impact analysis. A business impact analysis, or BIA, helps you understand the effect a disaster can have on your business. With this information you will be able to develop a recovery strategy as well as a mitigation strategy to limit the impact of a disaster. Let us show you how to get started on your own BIA so that you can improve your disaster recovery (DR) plan and improve confidence.
The shift to the cloud has brought about several solutions that make doing business easier. Whether it be cost savings, added flexibility or ease of use, companies are offloading workflows to the cloud and maintaining a competitive advantage. Companies are also using the cloud for computing purposes to protect against cyber-attacks, like ransomware. Watch this On-Demand webinar on Ransomware Preparedness and Recovery.