The 7 Most Important Data Files You Should Back Up Nightly

While regular backups are an important part of any disaster recovery plan, not every file on your system is mission critical. It’s always good practice to back up your systems daily, but often that isn’t practical or doable. Whether because of financial or time constraints, full backups often have to be done less frequently. So which files should you backup …

3 Components of an Effective Data Recovery Plan

You’ve probably got a data recovery plan in place; most companies do. However, do you enforce that plan so that it can actually deliver, in the event of a disaster or other service interruption? A plan without enforcement isn’t much of a plan. What your company needs is a strategy to implement and enforce that well-crafted plan. The effort and …

How Hackers Con Employees to Steal Company Data

A company’s database administrator loves social media. He does not put any detailed information about his job on social media sites, but like many people, he includes numerous details about his family, hobbies, and interests outside of work. A hacker takes notice and gathers all the information he can about this individual from those sites. The hacker then calls the …

Been Breached? The Law May Require You to Report It

The costs of a data breach add up quickly. The average total cost of a data breach in 2015 was $3.8 million, according to the Ponemon Institute’s report "2015 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis." This staggering figure includes the direct expenses incurred because of a breach, such as hiring forensic experts and providing free credit-monitoring subscriptions for victims. …

6 Common Data Security Beliefs That Just Aren’t True

When it comes to security, misinformation can be dangerous. You might think that your data is safe based on what you have read on the Internet, heard from colleagues, or simply assumed, but in reality, your data might be at risk. Only when you know the facts can you take the appropriate security measures. To help you sort fact from …

What You Need to Know about the Yahoo Data Breach

On September 22, 2016, Yahoo announced that it discovered evidence of a data breach that occurred back in 2014. Although this data breach occurred a long time ago, news about it is taking center stage for a couple reasons. For one, the data breach is enormous in size — hackers stole information from at least 500 million user accounts, according …

How to Test Your Backups

Regularly backing up your business’s files and computer systems is crucial, but it is just as important to test those backups at least once a year. You do not want to find out that your backup images or files are corrupt and thus useless when you are trying to recover from a natural disaster or cyberattack. But how do you …

Cybercriminals Now Using Legitimate PayPal Emails in Scam

PayPal scams are nothing new. What is new is that cybercriminals have started using legitimate PayPal services to perpetrate those cyberattacks. In July 2016, cybercriminals sent legitimate PayPal emails to PayPal members in an effort to scam them out of $100 USD as well as infect their computers with malware. How the Scam Worked To carry out the scam, cybercriminals …

5 Ways Technology Can Save Money for Your Business in 2017

The year 2017 is approaching fast. That means it is time to plan your business strategies and budget for the upcoming year. Besides developing strategies to improve profits, you can look for ways to reduce costs. Here are five ways you can use technology to save money: 1. Upgrade Your Computers and Other IT Assets It might seem contradictory, but …