"How to Create Your Disaster Recovery Action Plan"
Wednesday, February 23rd at 11:00AM
We'll break down the steps for coming up with a Disaster Recovery Action Plan to either help you get started or find ways to improve your existing plans.
Over the past few years, instances of cyberthreats have increased at an alarming rate, and they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Awareness around cyber security has certainly improved over the past year, with 9 in 10 Americans stating that they are somewhat concerned about hacking that involves their personal information, financial institutions, government agencies or certain utilities. But while awareness has increased, so have the rates of cyber-attacks.
Last year, people had more data breaches from January to October 2021 than in all of 2020. As we continue through 2022, there’s no reason to assume this year will be any different. In order to ensure that your business is protected this year and every year after, you should take the proper precautions regarding cyber security. If your business falls prey to a cyber-attack, you risk tarnishing your brand’s reputation and will have customers questioning whether it’s safe to do business with you.
Below are a couple of the best cyber security practices you can put in place to fully prepare for cyber-attacks and threats.
HIRE A MANAGED SERVICES PROVIDER
Small and mid-size businesses have seen an increase in cyber-attacks since 2018, but larger corporations are no exception for hackers. The NBA, Kia Motors and the Colonial Pipeline are just a few examples of big businesses that fell victim to cyber-attacks last year. No matter if your business is big or small, hiring an MSP is the most affordable and best way to protect your business.
MSPs are designed to identify and resolve any weak points in your IT infrastructure. MSPs are focused on being proactive and will also focus on IT support and advanced security. You’ll get around-the-clock monitoring, data encryption and backup, network and firewall protection, security awareness training and so much more. With MSPs, you get a team of dedicated IT professionals who are available to assist with any tech dilemmas that may arise. It’s the quickest and most cost-efficient way to fully protect your business.
TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES
If your employees have not been trained to be cyber-secure, they need to be trained on this subject immediately. Security should also be built into the devices they use to access company data. This becomes even more important if your employees are working remotely. Multifactor identification and ensuring that your employees create complex and non-repetitive passwords go a long way toward keeping your business protected.
Educate your employees about the most common forms of cyber-attacks. They should be aware of phishing e-mails and texts and should be taught to never open any links if they don’t know who the sender is. Hackers have also started to frequent social media, and they often target small businesses through various platforms. Make sure your employees aren’t clicking on any social media spam links that could put your network at risk. Lastly, make sure they aren’t accidentally downloading any malware that could create disastrous outcomes for your company.
A cyber-attack can have cataclysmic effects on a small business, and every business owner needs to make sure their network is protected. If you don’t know where to start, give us a call and we will find a way
to help you make your company as cyberprotected
How To Create More Opportunities
To put it simply, in life, perspective is everything. Every activity, job and situation usually has multiple angles, depending on how you view it. By changing our perspective in our business and personal lives, we are creating a very positive mindset that will open us up to a plethora of new opportunities.
There’s a rocky cliff that rises up at the back of my property, and atop that small cliff is a boulder. I normally wouldn’t give a second thought to this giant rock that sits in my yard since it’s nonliving. I mean, it’s just a rock, right? But as I observed it more and more, my perspective completely changed.
You see, while the rock itself may be nonliving, it is actually thriving with life. There are beautifully colored skinks that live in the crevices of the boulder, and I even saw a big black rat snake make its home there, too. When I took a second to think about it, I realized that this boulder sustains its own ecosystem.
By simply taking a moment to drop your own preconceived notions and making an effort to observe, you will find life and opportunities in something you may have previously missed. But changing your perspective is easier said than done. In order to change your perspective, you may have to do a little digging. You’ll have to evaluate why you see things the way you do. You may need to reach out to others and consider their perspectives to get an idea of how others think. And lastly, you’ll have to reform your own perspective so you can grow and find new opportunities.
Dig deeper within yourself and truly concentrate on what you’re focusing on so you will see so much more. You’ll quickly discover that the opportunities are endless.
Mike Michalowicz has always believed that he had the formula to success and has proved it on multiple occasions. He is the creator of Profit First, which is used by hundreds of thousands of companies across the globe to drive profit. He is the author of multiple books, including Get Different and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. Mike is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal and served as a business makeover specialist for MSNBC. Mike currently leads two new multimillion-dollar ventures as he puts his latest research to the test. He also is a highly sought-after keynote speaker on innovative entrepreneurial topics.
Cyber-criminals know how reliant we are on technology, so it’s no surprise that in recent years we have seen more attacks with greater consequences. More than ever before, individuals need to recognize what their cyber-risks are and how to respond to the threats that are out there.
In this blog, we’ll go over some of the common signs you are being attacked and what you can do about it.
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Apps are great...as long as you know they are safe
Apps have transformed the way we live. The phrase “there’s an app for that” is perhaps overused but certainly not an overstatement. It’s incredibly helpful. Sometimes people talk about how things were better before we were using smartphones constantly, but it is undeniable how convenient some apps are for our daily lives.
But just because an app might be useful it doesn’t necessarily mean you want to install it on your device. The more apps you install on our phone, the more you have to update and manage. Apps often get permission to access certain parts of your device, like your camera or maybe your personal contacts. Sometimes, these apps have security flaws, and you have to hope the developers address them.
The point is that there are risks with everything you install. Of course, you shouldn’t be afraid to use your devices entirely, but you should be judicious about what you put on them for our own safety.