As more electronic devices are utilized for improving the health of patients, we're seeing increasing research showing us the devices can be easily hacked, and the results can be life threatening. Check out what our President, Randall Garner, has to say about the risks involved with hacking.
Every year since 2003, October has been recognized as Cyber Security Awareness Month. According to the FBI, over the past year or so there have been “Data breaches resulting in the compromise of personally identifiable information of thousands of Americans. Intrusions into financial, corporate, and government networks. Complex financial schemes committed by sophisticated cyber criminals against businesses and the public in general.” It is vital that all individuals and businesses do their part to be aware and educated on cyber security.
There are many tips and actions you can take to keep your business secure. Here are some important areas relating to cyber security that we found many businesses lack.
Backup and Disaster Recovery, or BDR, is a combination of solutions that work cohesively to ensure a company's business continuity after a disaster. Natural disasters, user error, hacking attacks, and hardware failure are all threats to your business’s continuity. All it takes is one or the other to completely derail operations.
Some businesses are still using tape backups. With tape backups, you run the risk of having your backups wiped out along with the rest of your technology. If you have your tapes stored somewhere that can be damaged by natural disasters, all of your efforts will be for nothing. Of course, you can plan on taking yesterday’s tape home with you every night and hoping for the best. While this is practiced when it’s the only option, understand that you are traveling with all of your company’s data on a small, lightweight, heat sensitive, magnetic tape, which introduces more risk. On top of that, you would need to commit to it regularly for it to be effective.
All of the above is also true for backup solutions utilizing external hard drives.
In less than 60 seconds, you are about to learn 10 things that could save you days – or even weeks – of downtime, not to mention the undue stress on your company and potentially thousands of dollars lost, due to data disaster.
Simply thinking through in advance what needs to happen when things go south on you, and documenting it, can go a long way toward getting your network back up and running quickly if your system gets hacked, flooded, or compromised by human error or equipment failure.
Be sure to have a secure offsite copy of your passwords, licenses, vendor contact information, system serial numbers, and warranty information.
During this time of year, the threat of fire, flood, severe storms, water damage from office sprinklers, and even theft is very real. One of the most valuable assets for any company is its data. Hardware and software can easily be replaced, but a company’s data cannot! Here are some simple things you should do to make sure your company is ready for any natural disaster.
Everyone knows that data should be backed up on a daily basis, but many companies still use in-house backup systems that will get damaged in a natural disaster and can easily be stolen. We recommend backing up all data to an off-site location and we offer this as a service to our clients.
September is known for being National Disaster Preparedness Month as well as the height of hurricane season for those on or near the coastlines. Is your business prepared in the event of a hurricane or bad storms? Do you have a plan in place for how your business will get back up and running if a disaster were to strike? We have gathered some tips for preparing your business for this season.
As we discussed in a previous blog, Comparing Apples to Apples: IT Services Model Explained, there are primarily three different types of business models that IT providers typically operate. Today, we’ll take a look at the “Time and Materials” model, aka “break-fix”, which is when your business pays an hourly rate for all IT work on a reactive, as needed basis.
As we continue into the last half of the year, most businesses are starting to plan purchases to lighten the current year’s tax burden. One of the things many tax-savvy businesses do is purchase new office and computer equipment that will be needed within the next few months so they can deduct the expense on the current year’s taxes (double-check with your tax advisor to be sure this applies to you!). If you’re planning to upgrade your computer network, here are two things you might want to look into before making any decisions:
Regardless of how tech savvy you are there are a few tips and tricks for maintaining a computer that every user should know. With a simple regime, you can easily maintain your computer(s), both at work and home. Some users fail to deal with computers in the most efficient ways and maintenance is one of those things that has become challenging over the years.
To keep your asset(s) up and running here are a few maintenance tips every computer user should know and follow:
Computer networks absolutely need ongoing maintenance and monitoring to stay secure. The ever-increasing dependency we have on IT systems and the data they hold has given rise to very smart and sophisticated cybercrime organizations that work around the clock to do one thing: compromise your networks for illegal activities.
In most cases, their intent is to access financial information and passwords to rob you or your clients or create fake identities for credit card fraud. In other cases, they may want to use your computer network to send illegal spam, host pirated software, spread viruses, and so on. Some do it just for the “fun” of being able to make computer systems inoperable. Criminals work around the clock in teams, constantly finding and inventing new ways to get around your antivirus software and firewalls. That’s why you have to remain ever vigilant against their attacks.