Small businesses use expensive security cameras and intruder alarms to protect their office assets, but they often overlook protection of their IT networks. That’s because IT managers presume—incorrectly—that anti-virus software is enough.
Symantec notes that hackers are no longer solely reliant on traditional attack tools such as malware. They’re increasingly using operating-system features and cloud services to compromise networks.
Small businesses that do not install additional safeguards such as network monitoring tools to protect their IT environment perimeters will lose revenue and customer trust as a result of inevitable network downtime.
Lay down your iPhones, Fitbits, and Google powered gadgets. It’s time to turn yourself on airplane mode. Today, we are going to live a day without data—or die trying.
I first heard about a “day without data” in this BBC feature. Back in 2014, writer, Rory Cellan-Jones, investigated how feasible it would be to live a day without creating a data trail.
The rules for his technology fast were simple:
- Hand over your phone
- Don’t access the internet
- Don’t interact with any machine, service, or entity that can share your personal data
Distributed denial of service, or DDoS attacks can bring down your website and leave you inaccessible to the rest of the internet for hours or days on end.
Picking up the pieces after a DDoS attack is a long and costly process. The average financial cost of a DDoS attack for a small or midsize business is about $123,000, and that number is on the rise.
Are you paying for software licenses that you aren’t using?
The software licensing landscape is growing and 55 percent of small businesses are not prepared for it. These businesses are losing thousands of dollars a year in unused licenses or are opening themselves up to costly compliance audits. (more…)
Hold it right there, small businesses—it’s the authorities. We’ve got you surrounded. Don’t try nothing fancy. Come out with your hands up; slow and steady. That’s right. Do you not see your face on the wanted poster: you’re guilty of the high crime of missing the GDPR deadline! (more…)