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Why Data Security Is Just as Important for Small Businesses

While some people might only think data protection applies to large organizations, it’s essential for small businesses, as well. Small businesses are often targeted by security threats to steal sensitive data, making data protection a must-have for any sized organization. Here are some reasons why data security is important for a small business. Reliance on Online Platforms With the increasing reliance on the cloud and online transactions, many organizations are handling more and more data. Hackers will try to target this data for their own gain. The number of security

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How to Find the Right IT Company for Your Business

With technology ever-changing and with the latest updates on hardware and software, many businesses find it important to outsource their IT services. But this is difficult for most businesses because IT firms appear to be the same out there. In 2018, 72% of IT support firms provided disaster recovery services. If outsourcing IT services is an idea that your company has considered, you should then be aware of choosing the right firm that will meet the expectations of your business. To help you make the best decision, here are the

A 'Compliance First' Mindset Limits Liabilities

A ‘Compliance First’ Mindset Limits Liabilities

By adopting a Compliance First strategy, you will identify vendors and solutions that do not comply with your requirements. Then, you can eliminate them from your selection process, and select from the rest. It also means evaluating your current solutions and vendors and replacing those that cannot support your compliance requirements. In simple terms, ­­compliance is anything someone else makes you do. This means laws, regulations, contracts, and even the terms of a cyber insurance policy. Failure to act responsibly can have devastating results. Your business could endure hefty penalties,

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Understanding Network Security Threats

The internet provides everyone with access to constant information. While this creates convenience, it also opens you and your company up to threats, including attacks on data and personal information. When you do not have proper security in place, it leaves your business at risk. Common Network Security Threats Often security measures for a company become relaxed after some time, especially when there has been no sign of network security threats. However, once you have been the subject of an attack, you quickly remember how important security is. When 1,100

How Security and Compliance Differ

How Data Compliance and Cybersecurity Differ

When you run a business, compliance and security are two essential factors. Both are equally important for the seamless operation of your business. While compliance helps your business stay within the limits of industry or government regulations, security protects the integrity of your business and sensitive data. It is worth noting that although security is a prime component of compliance, compliance does not equal security. This is because compliance does not consider the growing threat landscape and associated risks. What it considers, however, is a set of pre-defined policies, procedures,

8 Elements of a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) for Compliance

8 Elements of a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) for Compliance

A compliance program aims at protecting an organization from risk. The purpose of corporate compliance programs is to ensure that a business complies with laws or regulations relevant to it. An essential element of an effective compliance program is a Business Impact Analysis (BIA). You could consider a Compliance Program to be a form of internal insurance policy to create evidence of conformity with regulations and instill a culture of compliance. Remember that establishing a foundation of compliance is a company’s best protection to minimize risk and increase business efficiencies.

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What to Know about Upgrading to Windows 11

Microsoft has launched a new Operating System (OS).  Windows 11 has requirements that include hardware security features.  There is a good chance that over 30% of your employee devices DO NOT meet the minimum hardware standards for this new OS.  Likewise, third party tools and applications may also require updates or upgrades to operate under Windows 11.  Ultimately, moving to Windows 11 could present hardware, software, and project costs to your business. What is AME Service doing about Windows 11?  Due to functionality concerns, AME Service recommends an assessment to

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Microsoft Price Increase

Microsoft announced their first significant increase in price for Microsoft 365 Business and Office 365 Cloud Services in over a decade.  Microsoft notes the continuous innovation and growth of these products are driving the increase.  Innovations in communication, collaboration, security, compliance, automation and artificial intelligence are needed to match new operating models of organizations.   Presently, there are no price changes for Education and Consumer Products. The new pricing structure will go into effect on March 1, 2022. Microsoft services will increase in price as follows: PRODUCT Current PricePer User New

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Requirements Are Changing for Cyber Liability Insurance Policies

Businesses are reaching out weekly for help meeting the requirements to purchase cyber liability insurance. The AME Group recently hosted webinars with guests from the insurance industry who confirmed the reason for this change.  They saw a handful of pre-requisite questionnaires in 2020, but now they get several every month.  The length of the questionnaire has grown and now insurance carriers also want proof of your answers. Why the change in cyber insurance requirements? It’s a simple answer – $$$$$. Cybercrime has grown into a profitable business model. More security

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Strategies for Protecting Remote Workers From Security Threats

Remote working is on the rise. The benefits to both employers and employees are undeniable: it reduces gas consumption, makes for more productive employees, and provides a better work/life balance. But, as with any new technology or innovation in business practice, there are security risks that come into play when you start moving away from the office. Here are some strategies for protecting remote workers from security threats while still reaping all the benefits of remote working. 1. Communicate Security Policies and Procedures to All Employees Your IT department should