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3 steps you can take to protect your data in the Cloud

3 steps you can take to protect your data in the Cloud Moving to the Cloud offers tremendous benefits for SMBs that range from lower IT costs to any-time access to data and certainly more reliability in terms of uptime. But, data in the Cloud is also vulnerable to security threats just like the data stored on physical servers. This blog discusses 3 things you can do to protect your data in the Cloud

Secure access: The first step would be to secure access to your data in the Cloud. So, how do you go about it? Safeguard your login credentials-your User IDs and passwords-from prying eye. Set strong password policies that are practiced across the board and educate your employees about good password hygiene. Also, do you have employees using their own devices to access their work-related applications and documents? Do you have staff working from home? Then, you also need to formulate strong BYOD (Bring-your-own-device) policies, so these devices don’t end up as the entry point to cybercrimi…
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Is the Cloud really risk-free?

Is the Cloud really risk-free?The Cloud presents plenty of benefits that make it a very attractive choice, especially for SMBs who don’t want to be burdened with higher in-house IT costs, putting your data in the Cloud is not risk-free. Just as storing data on physical servers has its security threats, the Cloud presents certain security concerns as well. These include

Data breach: A data breach is when your data is accessed by someone who is not authorized to do so.Data loss: A data loss is a situation where your data in the Cloud is destroyed due to certain circumstances such as technological failure or neglect during any stage of data processing or storage.Account hijacking: Like traditional servers, data in the Cloud could be stolen through account hijacking as well. In fact, Cloud account hijacking is predominantly deployed in cybercrimes that require entail identity thefts and wrongful impersonationService traffic hijacking: In a service traffic hijacking, your attacker first ga…

Things to consider before switching to the Cloud

Things to consider before switching to the CloudMore and more businesses are switching to the Cloud to store their data and rightly so. The Cloud offers numerous benefits over the traditional, physical on site server. For example,

Anytime, anywhere access to your data: Information in the Cloud can be accessed from anywhere using an internet connection, unlike in the case of traditional servers, where you need a physical connection to the serversSignificant cost savings: You cut hardware costs, because the Cloud follows a ‘pay-as-you-use’ approach to data storageSaaS compatibility and support: The Cloud allows the use of Software-as-a-Service since the software can be hosted in the CloudScalability: The Cloud lets you scale up and down as your business needs change24/7 monitoring, support, and greater access reliability: When your data is in the Cloud, the Cloud service provider is responsible for keeping it safe and ensuring it is securely accessible at all times. They monitor the Clou…

Multi-factor Authentication Demystified

Multi-factor Authentication DemystifiedYou have probably come across the term multi-factor authentication of late. It is an IT buzzword today and is fast becoming one of the best practices of cybersecurity. So, what is multi-factor authentication, exactly? Read this blog to find out.

Multi-factor authentication, as fancy as the term sounds, is just multiple barriers to data access which adds to the security component. In simple terms, imagine, your data in a box and that box fit into another, and then into another--all with locks. It is basically adding layers of security to your data. In fact, we are already experiencing multi-factor authentication on a regular basis. For example, when you want to make a transaction online using your banking portal, chances are, it sends you an OTP (one-time-password) to your mobile number that’s registered with your bank. Some banking portals also ask you for the grid numbers on the back of your debit card, some online transactions using credit cards…

4 Lesser-known benefits of hiring an MSP

4 Lesser-known benefits of hiring an MSPYou are probably aware of the most common benefits of signing up with an MSP such as

On-demand IT support: Having an MSP ensures that you get priority IT support when you need it.Scalable IT infrastructure: With an MSP by your side, you can scale your staff structure up or down without worrying about the IT aspect of it. Need to add 20 people to your workforce? You focus on the hiring, while your MSP will work out the IT logisticsLower IT costs: Overall, having an MSP gives you a lot of cost savings vis-a-vis having an IT team in-house. Even if you have an IT team in-house, you can have them work in tandem with your MSP for the best results. Or, have them focus on research and optimization of your IT environment instead of focusing on mundane tasks like backups or software updates.But, here are a few more benefits that are often overlooked.IT analysisAn MSP has the expertise needed to analyze your IT infrastructure and identify problems that impa…

Dark web monitoring: What you need to know

Dark web monitoring: What you need to knowThe dark web is essentially a marketplace for cyber criminals. If your data has been compromised, the dark web is the place where it is traded. It could be sold by miscreants, to miscreants, who can later hack into your system or extort money from you to prevent a data leak and so on.What can be the implications for your organization if you are on the dark web?If your data is on the dark web, it puts your business and your customers at risk. For example, as a business, you possess a lot of the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of your customers, which, if leaked can even shut down your business by

Attracting lawsuits that require you to shell out large sums of money in the form of fines or settlementsCausing serious damage to your brandResulting in the loss of customers and new businessWhat are dark web monitoring services?One way to mitigate the risks of the dark web is by signing up for dark web monitoring services.

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The dark web: An introduction

The dark web: An introductionHave you come across the term, dark web, recently? As a business, you might have heard that you need to keep your data safe from the dark web. So, what is the dark web anyway? Read on to find out…What is the dark web?The cybercrime landscape is evolving fast. The “Nigerian” email scams are now old. Cybercriminals are smarter and more organized now--almost functioning like professionals. In fact, there’s a sort of a parallel universe where they all operate in a very corporate-like manner. And that parallel universe is called the Dark Web.The surface web, the deep web and the dark webEssentially, the internet can be categorized into 3 parts.

The surface web, which includes your ‘regular’ websites--the kinds that just show up on web searches. For example, you type, Dog Videos and links to a bunch of dog videos on YouTube shows up. YouTube, in this case, is an example of the surface web.The deep web, which shows up in web searches, but requires you to log in to…