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The Dangers of Running Outdated Software

January 23, 2023

Your software is only as good as its last patch. Reaching End of Life (EoL) or End of Service (EoS) means critical patches and updates are no longer available, leaving you vulnerable to various problems.
Some make the mistake of not rushing to upgrade the software because it is still functional. However, outdated software can lead to security risks, data loss, compliance issues and more.
In this...

4 Practical Steps to Take When Hardware and Software Expire

January 16, 2023

When a software or hardware product reaches its End of Life (EoL) or End of Service (EoS), it's no longer supported by the manufacturer. This can be a cause of concern for organizations like yours because unsupported technologies have no routine internal security measures or support from the manufacturer.
The good news is that there are steps you can take to mitigate the risks that come with EoL software/hardware...

3 Technology End-of-Service Myths

January 9, 2023

It's crucial to keep all software and hardware up to date to maintain optimal security. If you don’t, cybercriminals can easily infiltrate your network and the chances for downtime increase significantly. However, many businesses don't realize that expired software/hardware can actually be one of the most prominent security risks hindering their success.
If you are among those who continue to...

Did you know hardware and software expire too?

January 2, 2023

We are all aware of the term “use by date.” It is regularly used when talking about food and medications and refers to the date after which the product is no longer safe to consume. However, did you know that your software and hardware can expire too?
This is because technology is constantly evolving and advancing. What was once cutting-edge can become obsolete in the blink of an eye.
While...

4 Practical Steps for Vendor Cloud Backup

December 26, 2022

When you entrust your business data to a cloud-based platform, you expect it to be safe and sound. However, most cloud platforms like Microsoft 365, Google Workspace and Salesforce acknowledge their backup shortcomings and recommend having an additional backup and recovery solution for your cloud-based data.
This is because cloud-based platforms often have limited data restoration capabilities, which...

4 Core Benefits of Cloud Backup for SaaS Platforms

December 19, 2022

Businesses like yours are increasingly adopting cloud-based solutions to keep up with the rapidly changing technological landscape. According to a recent study by Gartner, cloud adoption will not slow down anytime soon.*
Many of these organizations, however, are unaware of the critical importance of having a backup for their cloud-based data. If data is lost or deleted, it can be tough—or even...

99 Problems but Cloud Backup Isn’t 1

December 12, 2022

Data loss is a genuine threat to all businesses. Not only can it cost a lot of time, money and other resources to fix, but it can also be a huge pain to deal with when you have other pressing business matters to handle. While there are plenty of reasons data can be lost, such as hardware damage, software malfunctions and natural disasters, the most frequent cause is something as simple as human error.
That's...

Myths About Business Cloud Backup Platforms

December 5, 2022

Your data is essential for your business's success. There’s no doubt about it in the modern digitized era. However, not having a backup for your cloud-based service provider can result in the loss of this valuable data.
This is where the confusion begins because you must now decide how to back up your data. There are numerous options available and choosing one can be difficult. Most importantly,...

How an IT Service Provider Can Simplify Budgeting for Small Businesses

November 28, 2022

Do you find budgeting for IT challenging? If so, you aren’t alone.
While the IT budgeting process can be tricky for small businesses, it can be especially difficult for those trying to do it all by themselves. With so many aspects to consider, such as routine/ongoing IT services, projects, refreshes and accidents/incidents, it can be tough to prioritize each and everything and still have funds...

Don’t Overlook These 3 Technology Budget Categories

November 21, 2022

Are you considering all the necessary technology categories when planning your annual budget?
Technology is essential for any modern business such as yours, but it’s easy to focus solely on routine services that keep the lights on. This could lead you to miss crucial budget categories, leaving you scrambling when unanticipated needs arise.
Keep reading to learn about three critical budget categories...

4 Common Technology Budgeting Mistakes

November 14, 2022

Are you planning to include your IT needs in your annual budget this year? If so, congratulations! You're doing something incredible to ensure your small business’ success.
Budgeting for technology can be tricky. On the one hand, you want to be ready for anything, but you also don't want to overspend and waste valuable resources. It's a delicate balance that many fail to achieve.
We've compiled...

Tech Budgeting 101 for Small Businesses

November 7, 2022

With the new year around the corner, now is an excellent time to review your organization’s budget to ensure your business has the resources it needs to continue to grow and prosper in the coming year.
It’s important to understand that in today’s highly digitized environment, technology shouldn’t be an afterthought. You need to have a clear and well-defined IT budget since...

4 Employee Cyberthreat Traits

October 24, 2022

To succeed in today’s modern competitive business landscape, you need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your employees. This will equip you to identify areas where employees may need further training, including cybersecurity awareness.
Are you sure that your employees can resist threats and prevent cyberattacks?
Certain employee traits can indicate a lack of cybersecurity knowledge...

4 Cyberthreats Small Businesses Need to Know

October 17, 2022

Data breaches have become more common in recent years, owing primarily to the rapid emergence of new threats. According to a new study, the average cost of a data breach increased 2.6% from 2021 to 2022.* Hackers can now access sensitive information a lot easier than ever before, thanks to the growth of the internet and the increasing interconnectedness of businesses. They can then sell that information...

Why Passwords are Your Business’s Weakest Point

October 10, 2022

In today's digital world, safeguarding your organization's online assets is critical. Unfortunately, poor password hygiene practices by some employees cause problems for many small businesses, leaving them vulnerable to hackers.
Cybercriminals are constantly trying to find new ways to break into business systems. Sadly, too often, they succeed thanks to weak passwords. In fact, nearly 50% of cyberattacks...

Busting Four Popular Cybersecurity Myths

October 3, 2022

As the business world becomes increasingly digitized, you’ll have to tackle several dangers that come with doing business online. Cybercriminals nowadays have several methods to target organizations, from credential hacks to sophisticated ransomware attacks.
This is why it’s critical to think about measures to protect your organization in every possible way. If you are unfamiliar with...

3 Times Businesses Were Denied Cyber Insurance Payouts

September 26, 2022

Cyber insurance is a type of insurance that protects businesses from financial losses that can result from a cyberattack. While it’s an essential tool for businesses of all sizes, there are some facts you should be aware of before purchasing a policy.
Just because you have cyber insurance, it doesn’t mean you are guaranteed a payout in the event of an incident. This is because you may...

3 Types of Cyber Insurance You Need to Know About

September 19, 2022

As the world becomes more digitized and cybercrime increases, the need for cyber insurance is something businesses should not overlook. If your company handles, transmits or stores sensitive data, you need to know about cyber insurance.
Cyber insurance is intended to protect businesses from the monetary losses arising from a cyber incident that could jeopardize their future. It covers financial losses...

How an IT Service Provider Can Help With Cyber Insurance

September 12, 2022

When looking for cyber insurance for your small business, you may find it hard to navigate technology and insurance jargon. There are even different types of cyber coverage and you might not be sure what you need because you’re not a cybersecurity expert. Plus, once you do have coverage, there’s always the risk of not receiving a payout in the event of an incident if you didn’t meet...

Don’t Fall for These Cyber Insurance Myths

September 5, 2022

As the world increasingly moves online, so do the risks to our businesses. Cyber insurance is one way to help your business recover following a cyberattack. It covers financial losses caused by events such as data breaches, cyber theft, ransomware and more.
Cyber insurance can be beneficial in many ways since it typically covers the cost of:
Recovering dataLegal proceedingsNotifying stakeholders...

Why Your Business Needs to Prepare for Cyber Incidents

August 22, 2022

As the world becomes more digital, so do the risks of conducting business online. Cyber incidents can happen to any business, regardless of size or industry, and can have serious consequences.
The following are some examples of common types of incidents to look out for:
Phishing
Phishing is an online scam in which criminals send emails or instant messages falsely claiming to be from a legitimate...

Balancing a Proactive and Reactive Approach to Cyber Incidents

August 15, 2022

A cyber incident is a type of security event that can harm a business like yours. Ranging from data breaches and system failures to malware attacks and phishing scams, these incidents can hinder productivity, revenue growth and customer satisfaction.
In most cases, a cyber incident will result in data loss or downtime. This can include loss of confidential information, customer data or business records....

Cyber Incident Response 101 for Small Businesses

August 8, 2022

Imagine it's the end of a long workday and you're ready to head home for the evening. However, just as you're about to leave, you find out your email credentials have been hacked and critical data has been stolen from your business. As a small business, you may have to deal with similar scenarios caused by phishing attacks, ransomware, malware or any other security threat.
The question is, do you...

Cyber Incident Prevention Best Practices for Small Businesses

August 1, 2022

As a small business owner, you may think you are “too small” to be the target of cybercrime because you aren’t a large, multimillion-dollar company. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Although the media mainly focuses on attacks on big businesses, small businesses are low-hanging fruit for cybercriminals.
Cybercriminals know that small businesses are less likely...

How to Find the Right Managed IT Service Provider for Your Business

July 25, 2022

When looking for an IT service provider to outsource your tech support, it’s crucial to remember not all IT service providers are the same. You need to find one that understands your specific needs and can offer you the best possible service.
There are a lot of IT service providers out there and it can be tempting to go with the cheapest one. However, you get what you pay for in most cases....

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