What Is the True Cost of a Data Breach?

A single data breach costs the average company $7.35 million, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute. That figure has jumped by 36% over the last four years, and has reached an all-time high as more data breaches make the headlines.

The estimated $7.35 million cost includes expenditures on in-house investigations and engaging forensic experts, as well as customer loss, either from turnover or lower customer acquisition rates.

14-Point Ransomware Prevention Checklist

Every 40 seconds, a company is attacked by ransomware, according to a recent Kaspersky security bulletin. How do you stop a ransomware infection before it happens? Here are the 14 steps you need to take to stay safe, according to a leading managed IT service provider.

Understanding Cyber Attacks, Part 4: What to Do If Ransomware Attacks

A ransomware attack can unfold with blinding speed. When a user opens an infected email attachment or visits a compromised website, ransomware can begin locking up the files of your Las Vegas business within seconds.

Unless you pay the ransom, those files may be gone forever.

Understanding Cyber Attacks, Part 3: Which Antivirus Is Best?

Effective antivirus is a crucial component of any cybersecurity plan. But how does antivirus work? These applications can be divided into two broad categories: definition-based antivirus, and behavior-based antivirus.

What Is Definition-Based Antivirus?
Definition-based antivirus software identifies malware based on known signatures, or definitions.

Understanding Cyber Attacks, Part 2: Antivirus and Security Patches

Is your antivirus up-to-date? Are all of your security patches installed? (Are you sure?) Here's a color-coded guide to your four possible security situations, from a leading managed IT service provider in Las Vegas. Plus, expert tips on how to fix the biggest cybersecurity problems and defend against malware.

Understanding Cyber Attacks, Part 1: How Are Cyber Attacks Delivered?

"Cyber crime, by definition, is the greatest threat to every profession, every industry, every company in the world," said Ginni Rometty, the Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM1. That was two years ago, and since then the damages from ransomware alone have skyrocketed from $325 million in 2015 to more than $5 billion in 2017. How are these costly attacks getting in?

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5 Most Common Tactics Used in Data Breaches
There's a reason why so many managed IT services recommend instituting a strong password policy.

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