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Remote Environments Keep Workers Healthy – But Put Your Business at Risk

When the pandemic hit, SMBs faced a slew of questions without easy answers. Top among them was how to keep employees safe, healthy, and productive – all at the same time.

The answer quickly became obvious. Shifting to remote working environments was not only recommended but in some cases mandatory. But as is often the case, one solution led to a new problem. With more employees working in a remote environment, what could leaders do to make sure their data and networks stayed safe from cyberattacks?

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Back Up, Back Up: The Cybersecurity Mantra You Must Follow

One of the best ways to prepare for a disaster is to maintain good backups. Effective backups are an essential part of good recovery plans. Backups are your last line of defense.

As a nonprofit, you must inspect your backups to make sure they are happening and that they’re being tested. Implement a backup strategy that tells you what is being backed up, where is it getting backed up to, and how often the backups are occurring.

Before implementing a backup solution it’s important to first identify and document a list of all the digital assets that you possess. Often, organizations fail to identify all the data that they need to recover from a disaster. For example, employees could be storing data on their desktops, on their laptops, mobile devices, or even phones. Data will also reside on servers in the cloud, on the website, and within email systems. “Organization Data” includes physical documents that you possess, such as H.R. files, contracts, and leases that should be stored in waterproof and fireproof filing cabinets.

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3 Reasons Why You Must Have a Solid Cybersecurity Budget

It’s no secret that hackers are constantly improving their attack methods, which leaves organizations permanently exposed to long-term cybersecurity risk. Keeping this scenario in mind, the implementation of a dynamic cybersecurity strategy is essential for survival. In fact, data from a survey by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) points out that an astonishing 88% of organizations believe they are likely a target for cybercriminals. If you’re still not convinced about carving out a dedicated cybersecurity budget for your organization, here are 3 main reasons: 

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This is how you can team up with the light side of the force

Batman had the Joker, Luke Skywalker had Darth Vader and in the Cybersecurity world, we have hackers. But just like the fictional heroes, in the real world of Cybersecurity, we have Ethical Hackers – experts that penetrate your system to help you build your defenses. Ethical Hackers do much of their work before their nemesis arrive: the unethical hackers. These anti-heroes operate without the target knowing and leaving damaging consequences that can lead to losing donors or having sensitive data stolen.  

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How Do Hackers Choose Their Next Prey?

It’s commonly thought that hackers attack whoever crosses their path. This may be true for “amateur” hackers, but not when it comes to professional “black hat” users. So, let’s take a look at how they choose their prey and how your organization can avoid being the next target of a cyberattack. 

Hackers generally try to take advantage of less technical people and organizations. In particular, organizations without cybersecurity staff, policies or updated software are the dream victims; and believe me, it’s not hard at all to find. According to the Nonprofit Enterprise Network (NTEN), only 20% of organizations have a policy in place to address cyberattacks. This is why nonprofits are the ideal target for any hacker. 

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5 MORE Ways to Keep Hackers at Bay While You Work from Home

Leaving home with a mug of coffee, jumping into the car, and commuting for about 40 minutes used to be the daily routine of most people before the pandemic. Home-based positions were a reality only available for the minority of the workforce. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, it corresponded to approximately 7% of US civilian workers.  

These numbers have drastically changed after the implementation of policies that recommended social distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Studies released by Gallup indicate that 62% of the Americans are working from home and nearly 60% prefer to keep doing so after the pandemic. Seeing this sudden swift in the way we work has raised various questions regarding Cybersecurity – especially after the extraordinary increase of cyberattacks.  

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Top 10 Tactics To Strengthen Your Cybersecurity Posture

If you’re a small or midsize business (SMB) owner, you may think your organization is too little or unattractive for the most dangerous and sophisticated cyber-criminals to notice. 

You are mistaken. 

At one time, yes, most online attackers focused their attention on larger enterprises; but today, over half of malware attack victims are categorized as small businesses, according to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR).i The emergence of easy-to-deploy attacks like ransomware have changed the calculus for cyber-criminals, making it low-cost and high-reward to specifically target SMBs over larger businesses. 

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