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According to KnowBe4 and new data from MediaPRO’s 2020 State of Privacy and Security Awareness Report, WFH users are less prepared than ever to address the risk of cyberthreat.


With the threat of cyber-attacks increasing due to WFH and lax security, organizations who would like to think they are prepared to prevent and respond to an attack-really aren’t. The Deloitte data shows a bleak picture.

If this was a graded exam, most users would fail the test.


75% of respondents struggled with identifying best practices related to correct behaviors in cybersecurity and data privacy.


Employees performed worse this year identifying malware warning signs, knowing how to spot a phishing email, and practicing social media safety.


77% of respondents in management and 74% of employees in subordinate positions showed a general lack of cyber-risk awareness.


To change this culture of cyber apathy, organizations need to create a security culture within the organization, leveraging Security Awareness Training as a central part of the strategy, keeping users constantly up-to-date on the latest attack methods, educating them on how to maintain a constant state of security vigilance, and empowering them to spot attacks before they become a victim.


Based on MediaPRO data, every organization is still at risk and it’s imperative that a change in security mindset and education take place immediately.


If you need assistance with cyber security contact Micropac for a free consultation. 

 


Your human firewall is your last line of defense. Make sure your employees have the training and tools to protect your business.


Source: Media Pro
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Maybe your business is expanding, or your startup has grown to a point where its time to get serious about IT. But where do you start in the search for IT support? It’s difficult to gage these types of decisions off a website or a Yelp review.


So…you grab a few references and make a few calls. But it all seems confusing! Some companies charge a monthly fee, while others charge for blocks of hours. What are the basics you need to get covered? What makes the most financial sense?


To assist you in the process, here are the top five challenges SMB’s typically face when looking for an IT Provider and how to navigate through them.

  1. Know what you want. Determine your preference between Packaged Services or Customized offerings. Will your business need a specialized approach due to custom applications and programs or can you benefit from a lower cost packaged solution because your IT is less complicated? Find a service provider who can respond to the needs and size of your business. 
  2. Is it the Right Fit? All too often, your SMB is not the right size for the IT MSP you are trying to partner with. Does your size of business match their target customer? Some IT service providers prefer to work with only enterprise clients because they generate higher revenues. Try to look for a company that works with SMBs much of the time, so you remain high on their commitment level. 
  3. Make sure your IT service provider is familiar with the specific needs of your business. If they specialize in law firms and you are a CPA, you could run into a few glitches.
  4. Make sure Cybersecurity is a Priority! Not only do they need to help you protect your network they also need to keep your valuable data safe. Make sure their risk management and security procedures are up to date to ensure what actions will be taken if some confidential information is compromised.
  5. Are they reliable? The last thing you need is to go through all the hassle of onboarding an MSP only to have them close shop in a few months. Make sure to get a background check or references to ensure that the company has solid finances and is not planning to wind up its operations in the next few months. Taking this step might seem like overkill but it will help guarantee that you do not have to look for another company a few months after you selected this one.


Finally, before you sign a contract with an IT Provider, try a few smaller services with them first to see how your experience is. Buy some Microsoft licenses, attend their events, or webinars and determine your comfort level first. Picking a company for your IT service is a big decision. Choose well!


If you need an IT consultation to get started, schedule a meeting today with Micropac.


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Let’s face it, couldn’t we all use a good cybersecurity revamping? Inc.com makes a great point about the upcoming presidential election, both candidates support data privacy and strong cybersecurity, so no matter the outcome it would do any business good to evaluate and ramp up their cyber readiness efforts for 2021 and beyond. 


While both presidential candidates lean toward safer online data practices, there are still those questioning how their businesses will be affected by this election. Let’s walk through the differences together. 


In a 2017 statement Trump said, “The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates our increased resolve against cyberspace threats and will help reassure our allies and partners and deter our adversaries.” Through greater independence and purchasing power, the U.S. Cyber Command is able to achieve its military objectives in cyberspace. 


This is due to increased interest in “protecting American citizens and businesses,” while restricting Chinese access to our internet to ensure intellectual property and personal information is not stolen. 


Former vice president Biden is adamantly in favor of “strengthening the resiliency of critical infrastructures” through a less restrictive approach toward China, he does however “expresses great concerns regarding individual privacy and emphasizes the importance of revoking Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which has allowed social media to avoid liability for what their users post on their platforms.” An Act that Trump is interested in repealing altogether. 


Biden supports Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and said to the New York Times in January, ” We should be setting standards not unlike [what] the Europeans are doing relative to privacy.” 


These statements and positions on data security from both possible candidates indicate a global political effect. Global cyber warfare means everyone is a target, and national security is no longer protected only through militaristic actions. Businesses need to be aware of this risk and take precautions to keep their information safe.  


Regardless who becomes president, organizations should be concerned about data storage, access, and protection. Small businesses tend to be particularly vulnerable to cyber threats, so a proactive plan is crucial to avoiding loss. Through countless attack avenues including phishing, malware, ransomware, and social engineering, it is easier now for hackers to infiltrate networks than ever before. 


“Cybersecurity is a nonpartisan decision.” Ask yourself if your company could withstand an attack, be honest about your answer and prepared to tackle the road to cyber resilience, it is possible. Does your organization have all measures in place to detect, block, and document any and all attacks, and backup to keep your data supported and accessible? 


These are the difficult and often avoided questions, but they are paramount in determining your cyber readiness. 


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Source:  Every Business Needs a Cybersecurity Makeover–No Matter the Election Outcome

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