How to Overcome Compliance Hurdles

How to Overcome Compliance Hurdles

Running a successful business is hard work, and at the end of the day, the last thing you want to be worrying about is noncompliance. But in many industries, executives have no choice but to devote time and energy to meeting federal, and in some cases, even global regulations.

Fortunately, there are easy ways to overcome common compliance obstacles, and whether you’re dealing with HIPPA, SOX, PCI or anything else, educating yourself about these regulations is the first step. Read on to learn about the top five hurdles you should be on the lookout for as you strive to meet current regulations.

Prepare for Compliance Challenges.

Avoid These Five Common Compliance Pitfalls:

  1. Dismissing the Internet of Things: The Internet of things has the ability to both positively and negatively impact your business in unanticipated ways. With the advent of emerging technology and highly interconnected devices, nearly every industry is struggling to keep up with evolving regulations and protect transmitted data. Getting educated and working with a vCIO will ensure you’re prepared to handle all things IoT.
  2. Missing Update Notifications: Even executives “x out” of routine software update alerts, yet we all know how critical these updates and patches can be to the security of our networks and devices. Software alerts are designed to help protect your network from cyberthreats, including data breaches that can result in lapses in compliance. Don’t let something as simple as a missed update throw you off course. Optimize your software settings and train your workforce.
  3. Ignoring the BYOD Reality: Employees are using their own phones, laptops and tablets to get work done every day—and in many instances, that is actually a good thing for today’s innovative employers. But the rise of a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) culture means that businesses must now take additional measures to secure their networks and protect their data. Managing mobile devices with the help of IT professionals is a sure-fire way to limit your exposure in this part of modern office life.
  4. Underfunding Your IT Infrastructure: Investing in technology and IT services should be a top priority. Regardless of whether you’re a small retail shop or a large hospital, if you handle information that must be kept confidential, you need to take every precaution you can to make sure it stays that way. To meet government standards for consumer and patient privacy, you must keep up with regulations that are routinely tweaked to address evolving cyberthreats. Conforming to the latest requirements is easier when you’ve got the right IT infrastructure in place.
  5. Dismissing EDI Threats: Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) compliance is simplified when you have access to the right technology. By putting tech to work for you, it is possible to minimize stress, reduce the odds of getting costly fines and protect your good reputation without losing sleep. But it is going to require comprehensive cybersecurity services that can take on contemporary cyberthreats. While the electronic transmission of data presents unique challenges, there are secure IT solutions designed to specifically address your industry-specific concerns.
  6. How We Can Help

    Don’t lose precious time worrying about compliance on top of everything else on your to-do list. As your trusted MSP partner, we’ll set you up with everything you need to meet government regulations. Stay focused on growing your brand while we clear compliance roadblocks out of your way. Contact us today, and enjoy peace of mind tomorrow.

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Keep Everything in Check with Compliance as a Service

Keep Everything in Check with Compliance as a Service

“Across all industry segments, at least 60% of respondents reported an increase in the scope of relevant regulatory change in the past three years.” -Gartner

Businesses are required to maintain compliance with regulations that are constantly changing or risk being penalized with costly fines or worse. Not only is your reputation on the line, but you could be putting your customers’ or patients’ sensitive data at risk. These headaches can be forgotten with Compliance as a Service (CaaS), which facilitates the management of private information and keeps everything HIPAA compliant and PCI compliant. If you’re handing personal details about someone’s health or credit cards, you can protect that data and reduce stress with CaaS.

Staying compliant isn’t optional—but that doesn’t mean it has to be stressful. Let us help.

Why Get Compliance as a Service?

1. To Give Your Customers the Respect They Deserve: When people trust your business with their health records, credit card numbers and more, they’re giving you something more valuable than money: Their private information. Once these details get out, they can be very hard to conceal again. Preventing data breaches should be your chief priority. Partnering with the right partner for CaaS helps you earn and maintain the trust of your customers by improving your chances of staying compliant no matter what comes your way.

2. To Identify Vulnerabilities with Regular Audits: The security of your network is directly connected to your ability to stay compliant with federal regulations, which is why CaaS includes regular audits that can spot weaknesses before they become major threats to cybersecurity. Let IT professionals periodically scan your networks and make necessary changes to protect sensitive data and help you maintain compliance with government-issued regulations.

3. To Improve the Security of Electronic Data Storage: Without a proper risk assessment and compliance services from an established IT provider, it’s impossible to know just how safe your data is and what you could be doing in terms of protecting it and staying compliant. After all, storing data electronically is a big responsibility, and doing so with an eye on security is the only way to reduce digital risk and maintain compliance. With CaaS, you’ll enjoy the benefits of improved cybersecurity right away.

4. Keep Current with Automatic Updates: Everyone is guilty of ignoring an alert about a recommended update from time to time, but neglecting to perform a critical update at the wrong time could put you at risk when it comes to staying HIPAA compliant and PCI compliant. Automatic updates are one of the best features of CaaS because periodic scans and reboots keep systems protected from hackers and thwart their latest attempts to compromise cybersecurity and leave you exposed.

As you can see, Compliance as a Service is a simple way for you to streamline processes and stay on top of the latest changes without all the stress.

We know the ins-and-outs of this important niche field and are on standby to help you comply with regulations across the board. Fortify your systems and protect customers’ and patients’ information with CaaS, an essential line of defense. Contact us today to get started.

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In the wake of COVID-19 – an unprecedented situation – businesses have begun to realize the importance of planning for the unpredicted. A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is the best place to start because it ensures you’ll have access to everything you need to continue to conduct business in the event that something happens. But where do you begin, and what do you need to do to get started? We’ve pulled together four necessary steps to disaster recovery. Read on to learn more.

Protecting your business starts with a plan. We’ll help you develop yours – contact us today.

Plan for Any Scenario

Disasters come in many forms – human error, fires, floods, hacking attacks and more. Each one is very different. The impact of a deleted file versus a cybercriminal holding your data for ransom are two totally different outcomes – but you have to be prepared for both. Your disaster recovery plan should cover every possible scenario that could impact your business along with the best way to react and respond to those disasters.

Get the Right People in the Right Place

Who will your employees look to when a disaster happens? Who will jump into action to implement your DRP? Who will communicate with your customers and investors of the situation? These are the people who will ensure your DRP goes off without a hitch and ensure execution of every aspect of the plan. Once you know who these people are, make sure to include them in creating the DRP. This way, they’ll fully understand their role and what’s expected of them during what can be a very hectic time.

Test and Update Your Plan Regularly

Testing your disaster recovery plan doesn’t only give you confidence that it’ll work, but it will also help you find any weaknesses or gaps that could potentially pop up. With this information, you’ll be able to equip your business – and your people – better if a disaster impacts your business. Plus, understanding all possibilities and knowing you have your bases covered for any scenario will give you the ultimate peace of mind.

Keep Your Plan Safe and Available

Your disaster recovery plan isn’t just something your business talks about – it should be formally documented. We highly recommend having a physical copy in case something ever happens to your servers, and you’re unable to access the document. Also, the last thing you would want is having your people search around the business premises for your plan, so make sure you keep a copy in a safe but accessible location.

A thorough disaster recovery plan covers all aspects of your business, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, please know that we’re here to help. We can help you with everything from conception to deployment and monitoring to stepping into action when an unexpected event occurs. Contact us – we’re here for you.

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Four Data Backup Strategies to Use During the COVID-19 Crisis

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In times like these, you have enough to worry about in the real world—so it’s understandable if you have not been giving much thought to whether your organization has the proper data backup protocols in place. Businesses need to continually refine the ways they store and back up data, and now is the perfect time to do it. With daily operations interrupted in a way we’ve never seen before, you need to know how to keep your organization’s data and devices protected while your workforce goes remote. Even if you think your company has a solid plan, reviewing some simple data backup essentials now can help you avoid losing critical information both during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

Don’t face the task of backing up your data alone. Contact us today.

1. Start Backing Up Everything Now

These days, it can feel like you’ve lost out on a lot of things you usually enjoy, from chatting with colleagues at work to seeing friends on the weekends. When you do have free time, the last thing you want to do is sit around thinking about how to back up critical business files. Yet there’s no worse feeling than realizing—too late, of course—that a backup system you thought you had in place had failed and was not storing and updating your valuable data remotely after all. The only thing more terrible than losing data right now would be losing the time it takes to retrieve it. Restoring your good reputation could be even harder. Why risk it? Back up everything to the cloud now if you haven’t already.

2. Review Your Default Automatic Backup Settings

If we were to have a quick chat about your automatic data backup settings, would you be able to talk specifics without much hesitation—or would you be feeling a little embarrassed that you hadn’t conducted a more thorough investigation and set things up properly? Fortunately, adjusting the default settings for off-site and remote data backups is an easy way to guarantee that your automatic data backups are running in the background as often as they need to be.

3. Protect Sensitive Information

In addition to worrying about the health of your employees and their financial well-being, you’re now tasked with an additional set of concerns when it comes to managing a remote workforce: Keeping data secure even in the event of a loss or theft. With so many people working from home, backing up your data the right way has never been more important. It’s not enough to make sure everything is stored off-site or in the cloud. It’s time to make sure you’re working with state-of-the-art encryption programs that will keep your sensitive information safe from prying eyes.

4. Prevent Data Loss in the Future

Being able to operate virtually is vital during times like these, but when your employees are working from home, they might start using additional devices to get things done. The internet might go down while they are in the middle of a big project—and if it has been long enough since everything was saved, some critical work could be lost, resulting in significant downtime for your business. Anticipate future problems by upgrading your data backup strategies now.

Conducting business during COVID-19 presents unique challenges that you and your colleagues might not have anticipated. If you have doubts about the security and reliability of your current data backup system, it’s time to bring in the experts. As a managed services provider, we can help you back up your data and prevent it from being lost—or even worse—from getting into the wrong hands. Contact us today to learn about our essential data backup solutions.

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Protect Yourself with Digital Risk Management

Protect Yourself with Digital Risk Management

We know that you have a lot on your plate. From managing employees to keeping up with the latest trends, worrying about hackers infiltrating your business may be the last thing on your mind. According to IBM, the average cost of a data breach is 3.9 million dollars, so although it may not seem like a top priority, having a plan in place can make a difference in the survival of your business.

Stop worrying and start growing.

 

What Is Digital Risk Management?

Digital risk management is the combination of running your organization while having a constant eye on the current and future risks your business might face. Digital risk management is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Working with us means having someone in your corner to help you decide how much you can spend, what risks are relevant to your business and what compliance regulations you should consider. With the right support from your MSP, you’ll guarantee the best protection for your business.

 

What Are Some Threats You May Face?

Between disgruntled former employees, ransomware threats, cybercriminals and general human error, it can seem like the deck is stacked against you. With the constant evolution of technology, comes the continuous evolution of cyberattacks, but don’t start panicking just yet. By implementing early warning strategies, trained personnel and an attack-ready plan can take the weight off you and your partner’s shoulders.

 

Is the Protection Worth the Cost?

We understand that making a profit is at the top of your priorities. But how will you bring in a profit if your infrastructure has been infiltrated? How will your partners trust you if all their information has been hacked because your employee opened a phishing email? How much money can you afford to pay in a ransomware attack? Finding a digital risk management plan that doesn’t break the bank is not inconceivable. An MSP will work with you to make sure that your plan fits your unique business, what will work best considering your price point and what each alteration to the plan will mean to your company.

 

Never Fear, Here’s How We Can Help.

As the owner of a company, running and protecting your business can seem like a daunting task. Let us share your load. By hiring an MSP to tackle your digital risk management, you can worry less about uniformed employees opening spam emails and more on bringing in a profit. There is no time like the present, so contact us today to get started on creating your worry-free plan.

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You’re Facing a Cyberattack; Now What?

You’re Facing a Cyberattack; Now What?

In today’s digital business world, hackers are after your most precious asset—your data. Companies, especially small businesses, need to stay vigilant to keep their network secure. According to MSNBC, small businesses make up 43 percent of online attack victims, and only 14 percent are prepared to defend themselves from these threats. It’s a big job, but with the help of a business partner—like your technology solutions provider (TSP)—you can ride the waves of a cyberattack and recover faster.

Partnering with a TSP provides someone to guide you during a crisis. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways that you and your TSP can minimize the damage following a cyberattack.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to protect your business.

 

1. Get the Word Out

Ransomware and other cyber threats can spread quickly, so don’t waste any time letting stakeholders know you’ve been attacked. Tell your employees about the attack and share the steps they need to take.

Also, keep in mind that you may need to tell the authorities and customers with compromised data about the attack. Most states and U.S. territories have laws in place that require companies to send data breach notifications to consumers when their personally identifiable information may be compromised. The worst thing you can do is try to sweep your data breach under the rug because this may cause irreparable harm to your company’s reputation.

 

2. Isolate the Infection

As you’re letting the key stakeholders within your company know about the attack, you should move quickly to stop the spread of the breach. To do this, you need to remove all infected computers from the network as soon the compromised machines are identified. However, before you start unplugging computers, please consult your IT specialist.

 

3. Determine What Was Stolen

This step is sometimes overlooked in the commotion of the initial news of the attack, but it’s a critical step. Knowing what was stolen will determine the priority of which things need to get fixed first and what steps need to be taken. The process for handling a hack may be different for compromised emails versus compromised bank account numbers.

 

4. Invest in New Security Solutions

Once the attack has ended and the damage contained, it’s time to start rebuilding. To do this, you’ll need to replace the failed security software and hardware with a new, up-to-date solution. In addition to software, make sure to deploy new protocols and training to strengthen your company’s security.

 

How We Can Help

Hopefully, you’ll never have to experience an attack that requires you to do the steps listed above. One of the easiest ways to prevent the fallout of an attack is by improving your cybersecurity before an incident occurs. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Let us protect your business. Our team of cybersecurity professionals can run vulnerability audits and fortify any weaknesses in your network before hackers can exploit them.

Protect Your Most Valuable Asset

Partner up with us, and we’ll secure your network from the unknown. Let’s Connect.

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