A security assessment template for small businesses: Evaluate your IT security

A security assessment template for small businesses: Evaluate your IT security

“Through 2020, the majority of organizations will continue to misuse average IT security spending figures as a proxy for assessing security posture” –IT research and advisory firm, Gartner (full report available to clients)

In other words, businesses are mistakenly relying on IT security spending as their sole strategy to protect themselves against cyberthreats. This false sense of security means businesses are neglecting continual assessments and system updates.

Data breaches at large firms with deep pockets, such as Delta Air and Sears, are proof that IT security spending alone does not safeguard your business—you must also invest the time and effort needed to assess your organization’s security health.

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Are you smarter than a password manager? 3 products compared

Are you smarter than a password manager? 3 products compared

No, you’re not. Neither are your employees. Human achievement knows no bounds, but please, let’s leave the job of safest password manager to the software.

86 percent of users—including your employees—keep track of passwords in their head, letting their brains juggle around the strings and characters critical to keeping your company safe. And we aren’t as good as we think we are at managing passwords: (more…)

Trust me: How to win customer loyalty with proactive security

Trust me: How to win customer loyalty with proactive security

You thought your customers would have your back forever—then again, wouldn’t you do the same? According to a recent study by Gemalto, 70 percent of customers would stop doing business with a company if it experienced a data breach.

Most often, cyber attacks and data exposure are rapids that can’t be avoided, and these lead to customers jumping ship to competitor brands. But don’t just weather the storm, build trust and keep your customers by establishing a program of proactive security.
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Et tu, Coworker? How to stop security breaches caused by employees

Et tu, Coworker? How to stop security breaches caused by employees

Can you be trusted? According to a study conducted by Verizon, maybe not.

Analyzing 42,068 incidents and 1,935 breaches from 84 countries, Verizon discovered that 77 percent of data breaches involved an insider. Employees, not hackers, are the top cause of data breaches in companies. But if you’re imagining your officemates living a secret life as a cybercriminal kingpin, think again.
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