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Cybercrime & Your Employees

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Your employees are the # 1 cause of data breaches, just ask us. It’s true. Don’t let negligence ruin your business.

Cybercrimes are on the rise, yet most companies do not enforce or even provide employee Cyber Security training programs regarding how to protect themselves from being victims. In addition to the lack of training, most businesses have not allocated additional funding in their budgets to help with combatting cybercriminal attacks.

“More than 90 percent of security breaches can be traced back to employee errors.”  Art Gross, CEO, Secure Now! 

Of the many ways of being victimized by cybercriminals; the most common breaches are phishing attacks and spam emails, employees accidentally emailing sensitive information to someone outside the company, and unauthorized personnel stealing your data. We see the above mentioned scenarios happening more frequently and offer training programs for businesses and groups.  We educate you on the evolution of crime, the thriving dark web, breaches and what they cost you, identity theft, anti-virus strategies, and all the dangers social engineering.

In addition to training, we provide actionable intelligence to help protect against potential data breaches.  We will help to identify compromised credentials that can be used to exploit your business and employees.  An initial dark web scan helps to obtain lists of stolen or compromised personally identifiable data.  Once detected, we can proactively monitor for breaches linking back to your organization and receive real-time alerts when data is discovered on the dark web.  We offer the latest, most comprehensive, protective services available.

If you would like to join forces to take on the fight of cybercrime, contact Char Ferguson, and chat with her about how she can help your business or group become cyber-awareness experts.

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3 Ways Your IT Network Infrastructure is Just like the Human Body

Your body requires maintenance and regular care to stay in shape and your IT network infrastructure is no different! It requires updated network security technology, close monitoring on a 24/7 basis – every day of the year. Here is how your IT Network Infrastructure is just like the human body, and what you can do to keep it healthy:

1)      Bullet-Proof Vests and Firewalls

Unless you’re in the military or on a SWAT team, chances are you don’t need to get dressed in a bullet-proof vest each morning to feel safe when you’re headed out for the day. You’re not likely a victim of a targeted attack that would require Kevlar in your daily life.  Your network should have a firewall and anti-virus software as their bullet-proof vest, but it’s not nearly enough to protect it. Your network needs more layers of protection because it is a likely victim of a targeted attack.

2)      Healthy People and Networks Take Preventative Measures

To keep a human body healthy, it must be cared for with preventative measures including proper nutrition, rest, and exercise. When people are maintaining their health with preventative measures, they can fight off illnesses and pain better than someone who isn’t living a healthy lifestyle. A business network is similar – you must take preventative measures to help it prevent illness from viruses and malware, but just like people – even a healthy network is not completely impenetrable! If you’ve taken preventative measures with your network by installing up-to-date anti-malware and anti-virus programs, you’re helping your system avoid illness, but there are still steps to take to ensure its protection.

3)      Routine Checkups and Monitoring

Humans should visit the doctor on a regular basis for checkups and monitor their health from their skin to their cognitive functioning, digestion, and ability to move. If there are changes or warning signs that cause people to adjust their behavior, it’s a reason to visit a doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. Your network requires this same level of close monitoring. If the network slows down or isn’t working as efficiently as it once was, it probably needs a checkup or tune up from a professional.  Continuous monitoring is the most effective way to maintain your network’s health.

Holistic Health Practices Start With Complete Network Security Solutions

For human beings, holistic health practices involving monitoring everything from the inside out is the key to a long and healthy life. You need to eat the right foods, get enough rest, manage stress, and exercise your body to remain in good health and operating at your best. Your network requires the same level of holistic care involving constant monitoring of the business from the core to the endpoints. This will protect your organization from intruders while also helping it operate at optimum efficiencies.

Talk to network security and monitoring experts at Just Call the IT Guy for a free consultation about how to keep your own network healthy.

Are You Protected Against Network Security Breaches?

Regardless of what industry your Texas business is in, you have to ensure your customer data is safe and that you adhere to privacy laws. With more businesses relying on their network to handle sales data, customer communications, billing and inventory data, it’s becoming increasingly important that you protect your network from costly attacks.

If a hacker or identity thief gets into your network, not only will you lose the confidence of your customers and good reputation – but the financial costs associated with a data breach have the potential to put you out of business completely.

Here is what you should know about network security breaches and what to do about them:

Identity Theft Is the #1 Crime in the Country

Each year, Identity theft costs U.S businesses and individuals over $56 billion, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. Securing your network against identity thieves should be a top priority for all businesses, considering a single lost or stolen laptop can result in:

  • $90,000 in fines
  • Public relations damage control
  • Credit monitoring services for the victims of the data breach
  • Class action litigation

Customers Will Go Somewhere Else

If your website or business experiences a security breach, 69% of people surveyed by Unisys (reported by Internet Retailer ) say they would stop using the site or making purchases from your company. Gaining trust from potential customers is hard enough – don’t throw it all away with an insecure network.

Financial Burden of Network Security Breaches

The cost of a data breach ranges from $90 to $305 per customer record for network security breaches, according to a Forrester Research Study. Every security breach also carries with it additional expenses, including legal fees, marketing and PR costs, and increased call center costs. If you have to hire contractors to help deal with the recovery after a network security breach, you will have even more expenses.

Making Your Network Secure

You need a network security plan. Just Call the IT Guy, Texas IT Consultants, can help you with your network security needs – give us a call if you’d like to find out how we can protect your network. In the meantime, here are some tips for securing your network:

  • No all network attacks come from outsiders. Employees can accidentally cause security vulnerabilities and unhappy employees may even create problems on purpose.
  • The more secure your network is, the harder it is for people to use. It’s important to create a secure network while still ensuring usability for authorized individuals.
  • It’s better to create a unified strategy for entire network protection rather than trying to piece together security for each area of your company.
  • Remember the more secure a network is, the more difficult it may be for people to use – so it is necessary to strike a balance between usability and security and provide training for employees.