In 1996, Congress called for better protection and confidential handling of protected health information (PHI). Later that year, they passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; we know it as HIPAA. 23 years later, HIPAA continues to protect patients and their information, but the way we’ve had to handle patient data has significantly changed since then.
This is a wakeup call. If you are one of an estimated 40% of businesses that are still using Windows 7 on your computers, time is against you. Microsoft is officially pulling the plug on their support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.
The clock’s been ticking for a while now. Back in 2015, Microsoft ended its mainstream support for this Windows edition to dedicate their resources towards newer versions. Since then Windows 7 has received security patches few and far between, but that’s it. Albeit it has been a trusty, tried-and-true operating system, come January 14, Microsoft will no longer ship out any further updates, security fixes or offer technical support.
There's a large list of problems businesses of all sizes face on a daily basis, near the top of that list are data breaches and loss of sensitive business information. No industry is immune to data breaches - there'll forever be a group of hackers who see value in obtaining personal identifiable information (PII) of customers and employees. The Internet of Things (IoT) is largely to blame. Nowadays, businesses rely on integrated technology to take their work to the next level. However, that next level has a bunch of cybercriminals waiting to infiltrate your network security the moment there's a flaw, exploit or door left wide open.
Thanks to mounting, complex cybersecurity concerns, it's difficult to avoid a data breach but not impossible. In fact, there's a few simple yet highly effective practices any business owner can implement to prevent a data breach or minimize data.
The rate of digital crimes these past few years has grown exponentially. Now more than ever we’re seeing big name companies scrambling to find solutions to data breaches in their network. A single data breach can be very costly and time consuming to repair and resolve, and the frequency of these attacks dials up every single day.
Despite the fact companies pour in billions of dollars into their cyber security, data breaches continue to happen! It’d be easy to blame a group of infamous hackers huddled away in a room chipping away at your network’s security system, but that’s only in a small percentile of cases. In fact, most hackers put forth very little effort to get into your network. It’s not as if these digital threats are sophisticated either; most hackers are still using the same tools and equipment they acquired three years ago. The average hack usually bounces straight off a system’s defense unless there are apparent vulnerabilities in the network’s structure. So, how is it we find ourselves watching high-profile breaches pop up on our news feeds?
Fortunately for you, there’s ways YOU can prevent this from happening to you and your business!
It’s all over the news. Facebook, Equifax and T-Mobile have all been victims of cyberattacks over the past year, yet while these companies are under fire for not safeguarding your information, they aren’t the only ones. Cyberattacks are a lot like an iceberg. On the surface are these high-profile breaches that generate a ton of noise when they’re publicly announced. Underneath however, hackers are going after small businesses…every…single…day.
The way technology has come in the past few years puts businesses eons ahead of where they would have been just 10 years ago. Thanks to network system improvements, internet security and the influx of people entering the industry, your business can accomplish tasks with just a few keystrokes that previously used to take days.
However, there’s a catch that comes with technological advancement, and that’s cyber threats and attacks. Not only does new technology require capital investment, it also requires time and attention too.
Attention all Act! users. If you own any version of the software dating between 2005 (Act! v7) and 2018 (Act! v20), there are sweeping critical changes that’ll come over the course of the new few months affecting your access into the software.
What’s happening? Based on reports, the third-party software component of Act! that distributes licensing services will be discontinued at the end of the year. This will cause common actions in Act! to fail and lock you out of your database. The most affected actions of all will include new installations on Act! on new hardware, modifying/updating existing hardware and modifying your user count.
Small businesses aren’t playing around. Now more than ever, small businesses are utilizing IT systems to help with daily operations and keep them relevant in today’s economy. Technology plays a pivotal role in helping a business reach their max potential. However, even the slightest mishap with the IT systems powering your company can be lifechanging, to say the least.