We all intend to do it every year, yet only the strong-willed follow through. I’m talking about our New Year’s Resolutions and this year I think the focus should be on the good health of the IT systems of our South Florida based businesses!
An IT Audit is performed by a third party and is an in-depth analysis of a company’s technical environment, including its existing computer applications, hardware infrastructure, IT plan and IT related personnel. The Audit results in a detailed written report and guide that recommend strategic business initiatives pertaining to rightsizing internal and external practices and systems. In a nutshell, the audit will help to uncover areas of concern and will offer solutions to fix these issues.
Just when you think you’ve got a better handle on Cyber Security! Now you can add WI-FI to the list of what makes us vulnerable to cyber-attack. This new attack, dubbed by experts, as “KRACK” is real and you’re going to want to read this! If you’re one of the 6.8 billion people who own a smartphone or one of the 300+ million global WI-FI users then you’re at risk along with the rest of the world!
What is 2FA?
Two Factor Authentication is an additional layer of protection beyond your password. With millions of people online every day, processing millions of transactions, how do you prove your identity to websites? When you’re in front of a bank teller or a bartender, it’s simple! You show them your driver’s license and you attempt to replicate the same smile you made in that photo twenty-five years ago! But how do you suppose you prove who you are to a website today?
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. I guess "scary" doesn’t just apply to Halloween these days. One of the scariest things this season is knowing how insecure our financial information can be. Recently Equifax revealed that more than 143 million consumer accounts were compromised in a breach and then last week Yahoo announced that every single one of its' user accounts were breached back in 2013. This news isn't easy to swallow because it's serious. Serious threats to personal data are at an all-time high. Everyone, including individuals and businesses of all sizes, needs to remain diligent in their protecting themselves from hackers and privacy breaches.
If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say they had an IT "guy".... and these words were coming straight from the mouths of business owners and top level executives.
You have to remember, some companies, though small in size, can still earn millions of dollars annually. And because they’re smaller businesses they think they can't afford the help of an entire department to run their network.