itsecurity

Data Privacy and ZOOM

During this time, as the majority of the Global Workforce works from home, many people are using Zoom.  While the video conferencing application is very popular, there have been privacy concerns.  Some of the concerns are not unique to Zoom but are standard for any web conference/meeting app, such as the host’s ability to record the session, something that can also be done in Teams.  However, other Zoom ‘features’ are a little “big brother-ish”, such as the attention tracking feature and the data collection mechanics. It is designDATA’s recommendation to create a separate account for Zoom when creating your login, instead of using your Facebook or Google credentials.

Here’s a recent report from Consumer Reports and a CNET Article on data privacy concerns with Zoom. If you don’t have a decent password protecting your meeting, don’t be surprised if you get trolls (or uninvited guests) joining in.

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designDATA’s plan of action during COVID-19

As many of you may have heard, the President has extended the social distancing guidelines to April 30th with the possibility of going past that date. designDATA will continue working remotely and suspending onsite engagements according to the Federal guidelines.

During these times while working from home, we understand a focus on productivity and collaboration is of high importance. Our aim is to be of greater resource to you and your organization during these times.  If you are in need of IT solutions at this time please contact us at https://www.designdata.com/contact-us/ .

Access our blog via our website for tips and tricks on cybersecurity, Microsoft Teams, eSign solutions, other relevant subjects to improve IT productivity in this remote working environment.  https://www.designdata.com/resources/blog/

Cybersecurity for small- and medium-sized businesses

Has your organization been hit with a data breach or ransomware recently? This happens more often than you might think to businesses of all sizes. Given the frequency, complexity, and increasing number of threats, a multi-level, agile, and cutting-edge cybersecurity strategy is the only response that will protect businesses from massive losses. Fortunately, managed IT services providers (MSPs) are filling this gap with solutions and expertise that even small businesses can afford.

The numbers

According to the Ponemon Institute’s 2018 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium Size Businesses (SMBs) survey, cyber attacks on SMBs have increased from 61 percent in 2017 to 67 percent in 2018. Only 28 percent of these SMBs evaluated their ability to mitigate threats, vulnerabilities, and attacks as highly effective. 58 percent of SMBs in the study experienced a data breach in the last year.
Most SMBs in Ponemon’s research said attacks against their companies had severe financial consequences. For instance, the report cited that many of them spent an average of $1.43 million because of the damage or breach of IT resources, a 33 percent increase from 2017. Disruption to operations also cost an average of $1.56 million, a 25 percent increase from 2017.

The attacks

So what types of cyberattacks on SMBs were prevalent last 2018? According to the study, the order from most to least common are as follows: phishing/social engineering, web-based attacks, general malware, compromised/stolen devices, denial of services, advanced malware/zero day attacks, SQL injection, malicious insider, cross-site scripting, and uncategorized attacks.

Why managed services?

Partnering with MSPs is the most effective way to prevent attacks and protect your business from these malicious threats. They include a full range of proactive IT support that focuses on advanced security, such as around the clock monitoring, data encryption and backup, real-time threat prevention and elimination, network and firewall protection, security awareness training, and more.
Not only that, but because managed services are designed to identify and fix weak spots in your IT infrastructure, you’ll optimize the digital backbone of your business processes. You’ll have faster network performance, a business continuity and disaster recovery strategy, as well as minimal downtime. One of the best things about managed services is that you get a dedicated team of IT professionals ready to assist you for any technology problems you may encounter. This is much more effective and budget-friendly than having in-house personnel handling all your IT issues.

Being proactive when it comes to cybersecurity is the only way to protect what you’ve worked hard to build. If you’d like to know more about how managed services can benefit your business, just give us a call, we’re sure to help.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.