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Consider your Attentus vCIOs your own personal good witches, leading you to the emerald city of cyber security. 

You already understand the importance of maintaining proper Cyber Liability Insurance for your business. These crucial insurance policies help prevent wicked witches (ahem… hackers) from accessing your precious data. 

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Ruby slippers

With more businesses moving to the cloud, it’s important to know the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing to ensure it’s the best fit for your business. Though cloud computing has been around for the last couple decades, it’s only been fairly recently that adoption has become widespread.

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What Happens in an IT Security Audit

An IT security audit, essential for secure business operations, provides a clear snapshot of company vulnerabilities, strengths, and next-step action items. This information can help guide your decision-making process, and protect your business from cybersecurity risks, data breaches, and property theft. 

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What is Cyber Liability Insurance and why does my business need it?

Angry customers. Loss of sales. Missed opportunities. These are just a few of the negative impacts your business may suffer after a data breach. 

Data breaches can be catastrophic, causing lingering expenses and logistical issues for years to come. And in today’s chaotic and ever-changing digital world, breaches may be difficult to avoid. To stay prepared and protected, your business needs a safety net: Cyber Liability Insurance. 

Latest cyber security news: Most Recent Data Breaches

What is Cyber Liability Insurance?

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In today’s world, security is more important than ever. With the astronomical volume of sensitive information stored online, fortifying your IT system is crucial. One way to reinforce your system’s security is through hardware upgrades. New hardware is typically stronger and faster, and it’s less likely to have workarounds that make your operating system vulnerable to a data breach. 

In addition to upgrading computer hardware, it’s worthwhile to educate yourself and your employees on hacking methods. All it takes is one wrong click to compromise your entire system. Knowing about common hacking techniques can make all the difference. 

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IT infrastructure security breach

In the last two years, cyber-attacks have risen 600%. We know, it’s alarming news. That’s why now more than ever, it is important to have a gameplan in place should an attack hit your business. 

You need an Incident Response Plan (IRP). 

Not only are IRPs useful and potentially life-saving for your business, but most cyber liability insurances actually require you to have an IRP in place before establishing coverage or to remain active. 

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Security Audits

An IT security audit is important for organizations of all sizes and across all industries, as it gives clear insight into vulnerabilities, areas of strength, and what action steps to take next. While it isn’t a cure-all, it does provide a neutral view of your organization’s technical strengths and weaknesses.

Between the rise in cyberattacks, insider intellectual property theft, and even domestic data breaches, companies of all sizes have to get more serious about ongoing information security. 

No organization is immune to the potential for security breaches, even if they aren’t a large organization. 

In fact, it can be argued that the smaller organizations face greater risk as cybercriminals assume those smaller organizations have fewer resources to defend themselves than their larger counterparts.   

Here are the five best reasons why your organization needs an IT security audit.

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Using CIS framework to keep IT networks secure

The cyber security landscape is constantly evolving, and unfortunately, hackers know how to navigate it. Bad actors devise sophisticated methods of wreaking havoc on businesses' IT infrastructure... and they do it routinely. 

To stay protected, you must take a vigilant and proactive approach. 

We're here to help. We'll create a security game plan built around your business's unique needs using cutting-edge strategies to stop hackers in their tracks. Come along with us on the cyber security planning journey! 

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How to fully utilize Microsoft Office 365's security features

Is your business utilizing Microsoft Office 365 to its fullest potential? While you may be dipping into the tried-and-true platform for emails and other standard functions, you may be overlooking security features essential to protecting your company’s and customers’ sensitive data. 

Below are 7 key features of Office 365 that your business should be utilizing. 

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Windows logo: Upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11

Bill Gates meets Arnold Schwarzenegger at a party and asks him if he’s upgraded to Windows 11. The Terminator responds: Ah, still love Vista, baby! 

While Windows 11 is Microsoft’s latest operating system — having been released in October 2021 — we want to begin by expressing that our team still loves Windows 10 (although we do hope you’ve terminated Vista). Here’s what you need to know about Windows 11 and how we can help you eventually make the switch. 

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Currently, there is a global shortage of microchips.

Are any elements in your business’s IT infrastructure due for an upgrade in the near future? Here’s the bad news: as 2022 approaches, there are several potential supply chain issues — some more predictable than others — that could prevent you from receiving your technology shipments in a timely manner.  

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A professional checks the weather forecast, worrying about protecting his technology if the storm causes a power outage.

Frigid air. Blizzards. Sleet and ice.

It’s hard to predict the weather, so it’s important to prepare for the worst. Severe fall and winter storms can wreak havoc on your IT systems, causing damaged systems, lost data and other catastrophes.

The best way to deal with inclement weather? Mitigate risk ahead of time, so your business isn’t forced to spend precious resources restoring crucial information after the fact.

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Do You Have All the Right People in Your Corner?

Your IT is the lifeblood of your business, and you don’t want to entrust it to just anyone. Your IT systems require regular checkups, maintenance, improvements, and a fast response to any issues that arise. In many ways supporting your IT systems is like taking care of your health. 

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