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3 Ways to Increase Laptop Security On-The-Go

Posted by Matt Mainhart on March 9, 2017

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Allow me to paint a scary picture for you. You’re on the road for work and answering some emails from a client at the airport. Then you get thirsty, but you see that there’s an overpriced drink stand just a few steps away and you make the sacrifice of spending $4.00 on a bottle of water. As you break out your wallet and pay up, you turn around to see that your laptop is gone! You only stepped away for about 60 seconds and were just a few steps away. However, a thief saw this as a window of opportunity, and took it.

Now you and your boss are freaking out about confidential company information potentially getting into the wrong hands. As the world starts to spin, you find yourself asking “how could this happen?”

Now, we can snap back to reality. In order to prevent this unruly situation from happening to you, check out the three quick tips below for increased laptop security while you’re on-the-go.

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Topics: Information Security, White-Label Resources, Client Quick Tips, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

What Is the Financial Impact of a Ransomware Attack? [CHART]

Posted by Lily Teplow on February 24, 2017

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Imagine for a moment that you receive a phone call from a client to hear that hundreds of their computers have been infected with ransomware, knocking critical systems offline and putting their organization’s entire operations at risk. What a nightmare, right? Unfortunately, this has been a reality for many unprepared small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) as we’ve seen ransomware reach new levels of maturity over the past couple of years.

Ransomware attacks can have a major impact on business continuity, productivity, reputation and much more, and dealing with one is not only time-consuming; it can be extremely costly. SMBs need to be fully aware of the threat posed by ransomware and make strengthening their IT defenses a top priority this year. However, if they’re hesitant or don’t yet have the proper defenses in place, how can you convince them to turn to an MSP like you for help? What other financial impacts could ransomware have on their business and why should they leverage your managed IT services to prevent a business-crippling attack?

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Topics: Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services, MSP Sales Chart

5 Simple Tips for Preventing Ransomware

Posted by Ben Barker on February 23, 2017

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Over the past year, we’ve seen ransomware grow and evolve at a rate we’ve never seen before. In fact, the FBI reported ransomware to be a $1 billion-dollar source of income for cyber criminals in 2016—and this year it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Any company or organization that depends on daily access to critical data—and can’t afford to lose access to it—should be most worried about ransomware. This includes the clients you serve and aim to protect. As an MSP, what exactly should you know about the threat of ransomware, where it’s headed and what steps can be taken to keep your clients protected?

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Topics: Information Security, Webinar Highlights, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

A Look Back at 2016: The Year of Ransomware

Posted by Ben Barker on February 16, 2017

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2016 had a lot of notable headlines. Whether it was the UK voting to Brexit, the popularity of "Pokémon GO," or the summer Olympics in Brazil, last year left no shortage of water cooler material. However, what isn't often talked about is the impact that cybercrime had on the world in 2016. As far as the tech space is concerned, last year was like nothing we have ever seen before. So, while the aforementioned headlines may have dominated the mainstream news cycles, 2016 was, by all measures, the year of ransomware.

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Topics: Information Security, Webinar Highlights, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

The 4 Basics of Email Security

Posted by Joseph Tavano on February 1, 2017

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By its very nature, email is one of the more vulnerable areas of any network infrastructure. The fact that it leaves one network and enters another makes it one of the most obvious vectors for threats and malicious activity. Every day, email is used to transmit viruses, malware, and phishing schemes, thus making email security a priority for all businesses. For MSPs, email security is a vital component to any client security offering and one of the pillars of a secure network.

However, no matter how advanced the technology that is implemented, proper email security can be boiled down to a few basics that every user should know and understand. As an MSP, you can easily prove your value as a trusted advisor and further promote yourself as a vCIO by providing thorough email security training to your clients. The following are just a few security measures that can be used.

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Topics: Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

The Top 5 MSP Blog Posts of January 2017

Posted by Lily Teplow on January 31, 2017

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Can you believe that we're already a whole month into 2017? Hopefully you haven't been too busy braving the cold or shoveling out snow to read up on the latest MSP insights! We covered a lot on the blog this past month, but the hottest topics thus far seem to be IT marketing and cybersecurity. In this month's roundup, we'll cover key strategies for your 2017 marketing plan, how to sell cybersecurity-as-a-service, what top IT challenges SMBs are facing this year and much more. So, without further ado, here are the five posts you found most valuable on the blog this January.  

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

The Ultimate Cybersecurity-As-A-Service Blueprint

Posted by Ben Barker on January 24, 2017

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As you probably already know, there is a high need for security in the SMB market. The statistics leave little room to argue this statement. 60% of attacks target small to medium-sized companies and the average cost of attack in 2014 was $20,752, with that number being even higher today. Still, the most alarming statistics is that 60% of SMBs fail within six months of being hacked. So, for your clients, security is literally a matter of life or death for their businesses.

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Topics: Information Security, Webinar Highlights, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

Information Security: SMBs Need It, MSPs Can Provide It [CHART]

Posted by Lily Teplow on January 20, 2017

Information Security: SMBs Need It, MSPs Can Provide It.pngThe statistics we see today regarding information security are alarming, sometimes even numbing. Year after year, cyberattacks continue to escalate in frequency, severity and impact – causing businesses of all sizes to now require services that harmonize security and IT solutions. As an MSP, how can you provide stability to businesses who need to strengthen their IT security posture?

Cybercrime is a field that moves so quickly, many struggle to keep up with it. Small- and medium-sized businesses are no exception – over half of SMBs have suffered a cyberattack in the past year. If your clients haven’t yet been targeted, they’re probably worried about it. Which means you as their managed service provider should also be concerned. However, when SMBs outsource their information security needs to an MSP, it can redefine how they operate their cybersecurity and privacy programs and help them become better prepared for the growing amount of threats.

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Information Security, MSP Sales Chart

Who Do You Need on Your Incident Response Team?

Posted by Joseph Tavano on January 5, 2017

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As the calendar switches over to the New Year, many business owners are taking account of their processes and preparing for success in the coming year. But how many are preparing to get hacked in 2017? Security experts are predicting that data breaches will continue to increase in frequency in the coming year, so the answer is: not enough.

Unfortunately, this means that the odds of your clients suffering a data breach are higher than ever. The days of SMBs assuming “it could never happen to me” have passed, and it’s time to have a plan in place to handle a nightmare situation like a data breach. One of the first components of that plan is to build an Incident Response Team.

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Topics: Data Protection, Information Security, Data Loss

An MSPs Introduction to Unified Threat Management

Posted by Lily Teplow on January 5, 2017

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Today’s threat landscape and networking environment are in constant evolution – causing new devices, applications and threats to appear almost daily. Organizations are struggling to face new cyber threats and keep up with the changing landscape. Unfortunately, the stand-alone security technologies they sought for support have become incapable of keeping them completely protected. Your clients now require a multi-layered defense strategy that integrates various technologies into one IT security solution. Until a few years ago, that type of solution didn’t exist.

Very few security technologies leap out of nowhere to occupy a major portion of the market within a few years, yet unified threat management (UTM) is one of those few. As an MSP, what exactly should you know about UTM, what does it protect against and what are its benefits?

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Topics: Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

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