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A massive technology ride is gaining speed as we get ready to move into 2019, and it’s going to cause a major disruption for those who ignore it. Microsoft has given us a lot of time to get used to the idea that support for some of our favorite desktop and server operating systems will end in early 2020.
Ready or not, Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, signals the start of the holiday season and many people will be looking for the best deals online. While you are shopping for the perfect gift and trying the get the lowest prices, the scammers are ready to pounce. They're using the same old tactics they've been using for years, but guess what? They still work.
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Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. has been named a top Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) by Channel Futures, an IT industry organization. The criteria for this designation reflects the company’s aggressive investment in cyber security, as well as a commitment to meeting the needs for IT security and IT management on an ongoing basis.
Want to make sure your smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices are as secure as possible? Check out this 90-second video tip from Chris, one of Accent’s vCIOs, with 3 tips to secure your mobile devices.
The best, and arguably the worst, thing about the rapid growth of technology is options. Long gone are the days where chocolate or vanilla were your only choices. In a post-Ben & Jerry’s world of Truffle Kerfuffle and Chubby Hubby, how are you supposed to know what to pick? And maybe the million-plus specialty ice cream flavors out there isn't exactly the same. But it’s easy to feel as overwhelmed by specialty ice cream as when you’re evaluating your server options.
Imagine that you get an invoice from a hospital for $125,000. No doubt you’ll experience sticker shock at the high cost of medical care. But wait a minute. This hospital is in a city that you have never visited, and it’s for a surgery that you never had. How did this happen? You’ve just become another victim of medical fraud. You can now expect to spend a few hundred hours of your life and thousands of dollars of your own money to clean up the mess that a cyber criminal made by stealing and using your medical records.
In a recent blog article, Marty Kaufman recounts the story of meeting with a business owner who was panicked and in crisis mode because of a cyber attack. If we could backtrack to the days, weeks and months before the attack, we would probably find that the business owner did not pay much attention to cyber security at all because he didn’t think that a data breach could happen to him. Well, it could, and it did. We can’t go back in time and undo all the damage that has been done by this cyber attack, but we can help other executives avoid stumbling over some common misconceptions that unknowingly increase cyber risk.
When cyber security is part of your business strategy, it acts like a fitness plan. You’ll never know what illnesses or injuries you avoided by being on the plan, but you notice that your ability to maneuver is much better than your peers. Still, it’s often difficult for executives to contemplate the ROI of cyber security. Maybe that’s because you can’t directly measure the output from the input. You can, however, when you make it a habit to consider security alongside your business goals.
It might be time to drop the word “cyber” when talking about cyber security because managing cyber risk is really about managing business risk. IT certainly plays an important role in how information technology systems and stored data are protected, but executives need to understand that there is more at risk than they realize. For example, executives sometimes make decisions in the name of productivity or cost savings that compromise security. Perhaps these decisions would be made differently if the executives realized what a risky situation their actions created and they asked themselves these five questions.
Just recently, I learned about a local business that experienced a cyber attack. All of the employees were sent home to work from their personal computers because the owner was afraid that using their business systems would make matters worse. This business owner called and asked me to come over to talk with him about the situation. As I sat in his conference room and discussed what was going on, he was actually being attacked while I was there! Bank accounts and financial information were being compromised real time.