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Placing a value on your data and accounts

When making decisions about what technology to use, whether it be security, mobility, or anything really, I recommend that you first take a step back and determine the value of what you are trying to manage.

It is very easy to just implement technology (or avoid it) in order to make something functional.  But really you need to go back and remember why you are using technology in the first place.  The investments you make in technology should correlate to what you value in the technology itself. 

In our own lives, we make consumer decisions about things like health care, schools, homes, cars, and so on based on what they represent to us.  Think of your accounts/data the same way you might think of a car.  Maybe your first car was a beater, so you didn’t care that much about it. You didn’t invest in a new stereo, or a paint job, or whatever.  But when you finally got that classic sports car that you enjoy (and spent a lot of money to get) all of a sudden investments in things like collision insurance, nice wheels, and premium gasoline start to make a lot of sense.

So maybe it isn’t necessary to implement Multi Factor Authentication on a website you go to just to read the headlines of the day, but that same Multi Factor Authentication is a no-brainer decision on your personal online banking account.

Contact us if you would like help in planning suitable technology solutions for your organization.

  Ben Schmerler | Senior IT Risk Advisor

DP Solutions
9160 Red Branch Road, Suite W-1  |  Columbia, MD 21045
410.720.3300 x106 (Baltimore)  |  301.858.5609 x106 (Washington)
410.992.3559 (Fax)  |  www.dpsolutions.com

 

 

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Not all backups are created equal

Privacy and security are important to your organization, but they’re even more important to those whom you serve. Nearly 75% of Americans feel it is “extremely” or “very” important that the companies they work with keep their information secured and have easy-to-understand explanations of what, how, and why information is shared. Rule of thumb: If you collect it, protect it

Here are a few tips for protecting information:  

  1. Follow all reasonable measures to protect every piece of information you have about your client or customer.

  2. Have policies enforced that prohibit unauthorized access to those who do not have a need to see it. 

  3. Consider whether you really need that information in the first place, and the liability associated with holding it.  Compliance concerns may make you rethink if you really need to store that sensitive data in the first place.

  4. Be open about how you use information that your clients give you. Clearly communicate any practices and processes, and use this as an opportunity to set your organization apart by demonstrating that you implement proper security and risk management standards.

Contact us to learn more.

  Ben Schmerler | Senior IT Risk Advisor

DP Solutions
9160 Red Branch Road, Suite W-1  |  Columbia, MD 21045
410.720.3300 x106 (Baltimore)  |  301.858.5609 x106 (Washington)
410.992.3559 (Fax)  |  www.dpsolutions.com

 

 

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The clock is ticking on Windows 7

Windows 7 proved over the years to be a reliable and stable operating system, and even as new versions like Windows 8 came to market, Windows 7 stuck around.  Even as Windows 10 finds greater market penetration and higher customer satisfaction than Windows 8, we still see many users continue to use Windows 7.  That’s understandable.

But unfortunately, extended support on Windows 7 ends in January 2020, which means if your organization is using Windows 7, you have less than a year to prepare for an upgrade.

Losing support on Windows 7 is a big deal.  It creates a major potential risk for exploitation, because every day that Windows 7 remains after support ends, more flaws will be discovered that Microsoft simply will no longer attempt to fix.  You put your organization at risk if you leave it in place after support ends.

Fortunately, the upgrade path to Windows 10 is usually not as challenging as previous upgrades, and we have time to plan this out.  

Contact us today so we can figure out how this might impact you and come up with a plan.

  Ben Schmerler | Senior IT Risk Advisor

DP Solutions
9160 Red Branch Road, Suite W-1  |  Columbia, MD 21045
410.720.3300 x106 (Baltimore)  |  301.858.5609 x106 (Washington)
410.992.3559 (Fax)  |  www.dpsolutions.com

 

 

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Privacy – it’s just smart business!

Privacy and security are important to your organization, but they’re even more important to those whom you serve. Nearly 75% of Americans feel it is “extremely” or “very” important that the companies they work with keep their information secured and have easy-to-understand explanations of what, how, and why information is shared. Rule of thumb: If you collect it, protect it

Here are a few tips for protecting information:  

  1. Follow all reasonable measures to protect every piece of information you have about your client or customer.

  2. Have policies enforced that prohibit unauthorized access to those who do not have a need to see it. 

  3. Consider whether you really need that information in the first place, and the liability associated with holding it.  Compliance concerns may make you rethink if you really need to store that sensitive data in the first place.

  4. Be open about how you use information that your clients give you. Clearly communicate any practices and processes, and use this as an opportunity to set your organization apart by demonstrating that you implement proper security and risk management standards.

Contact us to learn more.

  Ben Schmerler | Senior IT Risk Advisor

DP Solutions
9160 Red Branch Road, Suite W-1  |  Columbia, MD 21045
410.720.3300 x106 (Baltimore)  |  301.858.5609 x106 (Washington)
410.992.3559 (Fax)  |  www.dpsolutions.com

 

 

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