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Is Your Business Vulnerable to Cybercrime?

Cybercrime is a crime of opportunity. Most often, hackers are looking for an easy way into business computer networks, regardless of size. They probe to find the path of least resistance, which often leads them to Small and Mid-sized Businesses (SMBs).

Cybercriminals consider SMBs soft targets because:QualityIP businessman worried about cybercrime

  1. Typically, SMBs have less security infrastructure.
  2. They do not have an employee trained in IT Security.
  3. SMBs don’t enforce IT Security policies and practices.
  4. They do not have the resources to respond to threats quickly.
  5. Employee Security Awareness Training (SAT) is not a priority

These vulnerabilities leave SMBs wide open to cybercrime. As a result, statistics are showing that small businesses are suffering financial losses and even failing due to cyberattacks.

Some sobering statistics:

  • More than half (54%) of all breaches result in financial damages of over $500,000.
  • Almost three-quarters of all breaches (71%) happen to SMBs
  • 60% of SMBs fail after a cyber attack
  • 95% of all security breaches were the result of human error.

A good solution is to outsource your IT Security to a qualified Managed Services Provider (MSP) like QualityIP. Managed IT Security includes firewalls, monitoring and incident response, password management, e Waste disposal, physical security, and more.

QualityIP defends against cybercrimeAn MSP acts as your virtual Security Officer. They apply automated security policies within your network and establish procedures for your employees to follow. It’s their job to help you implement and enforce IT Security best practices throughout your organization. As a result, your business becomes less vulnerable to attack.

While every element of IT Security is equally important, Security Awareness Training is often neglected by small businesses. Because humans cause 95% of incidents, it is critical to include SAT in your cyber security plan. In addition, SAT is also required in some industries to meet compliance requirements.

Most plans include initial training to cover the basics. However, to keep security top of mind for your employees, it’s essential that quick, weekly reminders about how to keep company and personal data safe are part of your program.

Make your company less vulnerable to cybercriminals

How to fight back:

  • Confirm that you have state-of-the-art security infrastructure in place
  • Check that your MSP has the tools and knowledge to act as your virtual Security Officer, and can implement policies and procedures as well as respond to incidents
  • Educate your employees on the most common mistakes people make that put your business at risk with Security Awareness Training

Cybercriminals are looking for the easy target. Take action today. The success of your business may depend on it.

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Protect your computer, mobile devices, and business network with a multi-layered approach to security. Consider these 6 elements when evaluating your IT Security plan.

6 Elements of  IT Security

  1. Hardware – Prevent unauthorized access to your computer infrastructure with a device such as a Firewall. These devices monitor digital traffic between your network and the Internet and prevent unauthorized access.
  2. Software – Install anti-virus/anti-malware protection to prevent, detect, and remove malicious code from your computer or network..
  3. Monitoring – Deploy specialized tools to alert you if an intrusion is detected, your systems are not running optimally, or a backup fails.
  4. Training –Improve the ability of your employees to avoid disaster with Security Awareness Training (SAT). 95% of all breaches occur because of human error. SAT reduces the risk that your staff will fall victim to hackers.
  5. Physical Security – Safeguard your computers, servers and other devices with physical security equipment such as cameras and key fob entry controls.
  6. e Waste – Securely destroy digital devices such as hard drives, solid state drives, thumb drives, circuit boards, and memory cards to guarantee your confidential data does not fall into the wrong hands even after a device reaches its end of life.

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As part of your managed services package, many IT providers include some of these services. It’s vital that you confirm your plan covers each IT Security element because 60% of smaller businesses do not recover from a significant data breach.

Call us to find out which of these elements you have in place. You deserve the peace of mind that comes with a complete IT Security Plan.

 

 

QualityIP CEO Ryan MarkhamKENT, OH, September 27, 2018 – QualityIP, Northeast Ohio’s leading Managed IT Services provider, today announced CIO Greg Girton and five other IT specialists completed training to achieve Security Awareness Certification specifically for law enforcement systems. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) issues this certification to ensure IT professionals with access to the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS) have an in-depth knowledge of the policies and procedures required to protect law enforcement data.

CEO, Ryan Markham noted, “Our work with local municipalities is predicated upon our knowledge of IT Security in general and protecting LEADS in particular. The technicians who work with our municipal clients have undergone the required training for CJIS certification. We welcome the opportunity to expand our knowledge of IT Security. Security breaches are a growing concern, and we understand the need to use every tool we have at our disposal to help our clients keep their data secure.”

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QualityIP QuickBooks ProAdvisor LogosKENT, OH, July 23, 2018 – QualityIP, an award-winning IT Consulting firm, serving small and mid-sized organization throughout Northeast Ohio, announced the addition of certified QuickBooks Support to their services. The company now helps clients with all versions of QuickBooks Point of Sale and Financial software (including Pro, Premier, and Enterprise), TSheets, QuickBooks Point of Sale hardware, QuickBooks setup assistance and training.

The QuickBooks Support Service enhances the full complement of Managed IT Services, Business Phone Systems, IT Security and Cloud Services already offered by the company. CEO Ryan Markham noted, “QuickBooks is integral to the success of many of our clients. Adding certified support is a natural evolution in the services we provide them. We’re always looking for ways to make getting the help they need as easy as possible. Now, they can request QuickBooks Support using the same phone number, email address, and Live Chat they use for their IT. It’s uncomplicated and reassuring to work with someone they already know and trust.”

The new service is open anyone that needs QuickBooks support. QualityIP also can assist with the purchase of QuickBooks software and hardware. Find out more.

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Simple IT Security Steps to Protect Your Business and Yourself

While we can’t stop lax security at major corporations from compromising our personal information, we can do a lot to protect our businesses and ourselves as we go about our normal day.

Simple steps to enhance IT Security:

1.  REGULARLY REVIEW PRIVACY SETTINGS

As an IT provider, we schedule periodic reviews to verify the privacy settings on the devices connected to our client networks. These days every device, application, browser, and social media platform has security settings. Too often, without IT Support, they are set and then forgotten. The developers of these devices and apps routinely update them, which can add new security settings and even reset older ones. Following IT Security best practices, we review the security settings that are in place and make sure our customers are not sharing information that could compromise their devices and accounts.

2.  INSTALL UPDATES

Also, we routinely install application and firmware updates on network devices. Often, these updates include security patches that plug holes in the system. Without this layer of IT Security, it’s much easier for the bad guys to get in.

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3.  USE STRONG PASSWORDS

Strong, unique passwords on every site is a must. As standard practice, never use the same password on two different sites. To help with that, use a password management tool. They’re a great way to store and generate secure passwords. We can recommend a couple for you to consider for managing your personal passwords.

As an IT provider, we have a password management system in place to manage passwords companywide, keep them safe, and routinely update them. We also activate two-factor authentication wherever possible. It’s one more level of IT Security that goes a long way toward protecting you and your business.

4.  DESTROY OLD DATA STORAGE DEVICES

Old hard drive destruction is essential to overall IT Security. As part of our e Waste Recycling Program, we shred all data storage devices such as: hard drives, solid state drives, thumb drives, circuit boards, memory cards, tablets and cell phones which makes data reconstruction impossible. We recycle all other parts of old computer systems in accordance with EPA standards.

It’s critical that privacy settings are managed, updates installed, and strong passwords used for all devices connected to your business network. In addition, old hard drive destruction should be a part of your overall IT security plan. Diligence in these areas go a long way toward keeping your business information and systems as well as your personal data secure.

QualityIP knows IT Security. We’re here to help

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