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Ransomware Protection in Boston: 5 Things You Must Do

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 5/6/24 2:42 PM

Ransomware protection for your Boston area business can save you from going out of business. What would you do if your files and essential data suddenly became inaccessible, stolen, and sold on the dark web? Could you operate critical business functions without this data?

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Tags: ransomware, ransomware recovery, ransomware protection, Boston Ransomware





Virtual CIO Services: Hiring a Competent Boston Area VCIO

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 5/3/24 1:40 PM

Hiring an experienced full-time Chief Information Officer can be expensive, especially for small businesses. Fortunately, using virtual CIO services, or hiring a VCIO, can be just as effective. Besides saving businesses money, a virtual CIO can still help companies achieve the benefits of an efficient, high-functioning IT network while also helping establish safeguards to prevent cybersecurity threats.

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Cybersecurity Training for Board of Directors: A Full Guide

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 4/12/24 3:04 PM

This guide will explain not only why cybersecurity training for board of directors is important, but also give you the critical questions that boards should be asking their CEOs and themselves to address their organization's cyber defenses.

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Tags: Cybersecurity training for a board of directors





Simple Cybersecurity: Budget-Friendly Vulnerability Scans for SMBs

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 2/7/24 5:06 PM

Vulnerability scanning is a cybersecurity service designed to identify, assess, and help manage security weaknesses in your computer systems, networks, and software. Think of it as a health check-up for your business's digital environment. This service uses specialized software tools to scan for known vulnerabilities, such as outdated software, missing security patches, or configurations that could easily be exploited by hackers.  We talk to a lot of small businesses in the greater Boston area, and we're seeing more and more insurance companies and banks ask for vulnerability scans.

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Tags: cybersecurity, Cyber Insurance





The CIO Effect: Transforming Small Business with Big Tech Strategies

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 2/2/24 3:11 PM

Large corporations have a Chief Executive Officer, a Chief Operating Officer, a Chief Financial Office, a Chief Information Officer - and maybe some more "Chiefs" on the team.  Each plays a separate and vital role moving the business forward.   While smaller organizations can't afford to have so many full time employees at the top, there's no reason you can't benefit from the vital role the Chief Information Officer (CIO) can play in your organization - maybe just on a fractional or virtual basis.

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Tags: small business, small business technology, small business technology advice., vcio, cio





Outsmarting QR Code Scams: Your Guide to Spotting and Stopping Them

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 1/25/24 4:39 PM

QR codes, short for Quick Response Codes, are the gateway between the physical and digital realms, offering a seamless bridge in our interconnected world.  Just point your camera at a QR Code and you'll be conveniently directed to a website.  Easy, right?   However, their simplicity and widespread adoption have opened the door for innovative cybercriminals to exploit. These tech-savvy fraudsters ingeniously manipulate QR codes, turning them into tools for executing scams, potentially leading to significant security breaches and financial damage. As a small business owner in the digital age, it's imperative to understand the nature of QR code scams and the strategies to effectively recognize and thwart them. This article will arm you with essential tips and insights, empowering you to safeguard your business against the hidden dangers of these seemingly innocuous codes.

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Tags: Managed Services, cybersecurity, cybersecurity training





Ekaru Awarded ScalePad Partner Advisory Council Partner of the Year

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 1/22/24 4:15 PM

The award winners were hand-selected by ScalePad's Sales and Success teams as leaders in the industry.

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Tags: small business, small business technology advice., cybersecurity, award





Managed IT Services in Boston and Surrounding Areas

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 1/19/24 1:55 PM

If you are looking for managed IT services in Boston and nearby cities, this detailed guide will explain the role of managed service providers and unpack the benefits they offer to businesses like yours. It also includes important questions to ask before you hire a Boston-area managed IT service company.

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Tags: managed IT services in Boston, IT services Boston, managed service provider Boston





How Much Will Cyber Crime Cost in 2024?

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 1/12/24 9:14 AM

As small business owners, it's crucial to be aware of the increasing risk of cyber crime, a concern that's rapidly escalating in today's digital world. Experts from Cybersecurity Ventures predict that by 2024, cybercrime could result in global costs of up to $9 trillion each year. This alarming figure highlights the importance of protecting your business. The question is, how will this financial impact affect local small businesses? Cyber incidents at big businesses make the national headlines, but small businesses are getting hit just as hard, it's just these incidents don't make the headlines.  The goal isn't to make everyone scared - that just makes us overwhelmed.  What can you do?  The significance of regular training to develop strong, cyber-secure habits cannot be overstated. Such training is key to defending your business against these evolving digital threats.

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Tags: cybersecurity, cybersecurity training





Shield Your Success: The Essential Guide to Cybersecurity Insurance for Small Businesses

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 1/5/24 4:21 PM

Is your enterprise equipped to tackle the escalating cybersecurity challenges of today?  It's a brand new year, and while many people will make some New Year's Resolutions for health and fitness, don't forget your cyber fitness!  As a local technology service provider, we're seeing the cyber events that impact local businesses, and we strongly encourage you to review your insurance needs.  Big cyber incidents make the national news, but small businesses also need protection.  

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Tags: Cyber Insurance





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