What Are the IRS Security Six Protocols

Maintaining a comprehensive security strategy to keep your customers’ data safe should be your number one priority as a business owner. However, keeping up with the constantly evolving security landscape can be challenging.

The IRS has implemented what it calls the “Security Six” protocol designed for tax professionals.

What Your Business Needs to Know About CMMC

Starting this year (in 2020) The United States Department of Defense is rolling out the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (or CMMC.) The CMMC is a certification standard aimed at contractors to strengthen their cybersecurity protocols.

Many contractors have historically had weak cybersecurity practices, which is a danger to the entire country when they are working on sensitive projects contracted by the DOD. The CMMC was created to address these security concerns.

Tips to Clean and Optimize Your Networks and Work Computers

To keep your networks and systems running as smoothly as possible, you will need to maintain and optimize them year-round. This maintenance will help your networks and the computers that use them running smoothly at all times. 

However, sometimes we can let these essential maintenance steps fall to the wayside and build up into a problematic situation.

How to Improve Your Organization’s Network Performance

A slow network can kill your business. Important calls could drop in the middle. Cloud applications can take longer to load. Everyone loses valuable productivity when they have to wait around for the network to finish its task.

Though it may be tempting to throw money at the network to fix the problem, more money may not always be the solution.

A View of COVID-19’s First Wave of Cybersecurity

COVID-19 changed the world in ways we never thought possible. While this pandemic hit us with new and seemingly insurmountable challenges, cybercriminals saw new opportunities to take advantage of.

Here are the difficulties we will continue to see, and some thoughts on how to mitigate the damage from these events.

NIST Password Security Standards for 2020

The NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) works with federal agencies to set their security and password standards. They help organizations and businesses meet security and regulation requirements for regulations like HIPAA.

Since 2017, NIST has been continuously revising its password guidelines.

Why Running an Unsupported OS Is a Terrible Idea

CentOS reaches the end of its life cycle in November. The question that organizations that run it and other operating systems that have reached (or are approaching) their end-of-life is this: what will happen if we continue to run this OS?

Here are a few reasons why running an OS at the end of its service life is a dangerous idea.

COVID-19 Phishing Scams, and How to Avoid Them

“Never let a good crisis go to waste” is the mantra that phishers follow when taking advantage of societies in a state of panic. Criminals of all types invent new and horrific ways to exploit the fears and pains of the people suffering from the pandemic.

Two Years of GDPR – Has It Been a Success?

On May 25, 2018, GDPR came into effect. In that time, companies across the EU and the UK received nearly 500 million Euros in fines. The cybersecurity world always welcomes stricter measures on organizations that fail to secure their citizens' and customers' data.