3 Ways Boston Small Business Benefits from a Network Security Plan

There was a time when it took small businesses a great deal of convincing that they needed to take network security seriously. Today, thinking about security is critical for all Boston businesses, regardless of size. The data behind this speaks for itself—Small Business Trends reports that:

  • 43 percent of all cyberattacks target small businesses.
  • 60 percent of companies go out of business six months after a successful attack.
  • 48 percent of data breaches occur as the result of malicious intent; the remainder is due to human error or system failure. 
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5 Key Advantages Networking Security Can Bring to Your Boston Business

When the global average cost of a data breach is $3.86 million dollars, you can be assured that businesses take notice. This number alone should be enough to convince anyone to take networking security seriously. However, cost savings and an untarnished reputation aren’t the only advantages that networking security brings to your business.

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Office 365 Security Concerns

Microsoft recently noted the findings of the "Organizational Security & Compliance Practices in Office 365," a 37-page report conducted by CollabTalk LLC and the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. Key takeaways from this paper are:

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Best Practices for Managing Your AWS Security

When it comes to cloud infrastructure services, Amazon Web Services (AWS) still reigns at the top of the list for cloud infrastructure services with more than 30 percent of the market share. By comparison, the second-most popular cloud service, Microsoft Azure, comes in at approximately 15 percent.

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Data Security 101: Questions to Ask IT Service Providers in Boston

The idea of threats to data security often conjures up thoughts of large companies plastered across the national news because thousands of records were compromised at the hands of a malicious hacker. Unfortunately, this often provides smaller organizations with a false sense of security; they start to believe that the bad guys are only after the large companies with a lot of money at stake.

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5 Trends in IT Security Services to Watch for in 2019

IBM’s SecurityIntelligence reported some frightening statistics regarding data breaches in 2018. Although the time it takes to detect a data breach is down from years to 196 days, the cost of a breach has increased. On average, the cost of a compromised record is up to $148. This is tough news for most organizations to deal with, and experts expect the number of records compromised per breach to increase, as well.

These reasons alone make it more important than ever for organizations to stay informed about the latest trends in IT security. Considering the damage that can be done to the reputation of a business that is the victim of cybercrime, you have more reason than ever to understand what the threat landscape looks like for this year.

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Tips To Protect Yourself From Internal Security Threats


Cybersecurity is one of the main business concerns of the 21st century. Consumers, businesses, and employees are all driven by the internet and can access anything at any time. This 24/7 access can cause problems from external sources, such as hackers.

However, internal security threats open an organization to a breach. Here are a few tips for businesses to protect themselves from internal security threats.

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Database Security—Repelling a Breach with Defense-in-Depth

Lily Hay Newman, in a recent article in Wired, pegs “poorly secured databases that connect directly to the internet” as a main culprit for many of today’s mega data breaches. Why? Robust database security offers a defense-in-depth strategy should an attacker breach your perimeter defenses. But if the security measures are left unused, the sensitive data presents an easy target for hackers to go after.

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6 IT Security Services to Build Your Cybersecurity Foundation

When it comes to cybersecurity, there’s one constant that business leaders can agree on: The threat landscape is ever evolving. As a result, Gartner forecasts that in businesses worldwide will spend more than $124 billion on information security spending in 2019. However, not all organizations have a large budget to spend on protecting their businesses. In the greater Boston area, the business community is focused on putting the right security services into place to help each of their organizations build a solid security foundation. Below are six services we recommend that you consider to build a strong security position.

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What is a network security assessment?

Over the years, businesses’ mission-critical technology has expanded at a rapid pace. A network no longer consists of only servers, client computers, and basic networking equipment. Cloud computing has been introduced to host “X as a Service” solutions and applications that rely on big data, allow mobile and remote endpoints, network shares, and multiple communication applications, just to name a few. Even the solutions meant to secure the network and endpoints have grown complex to the point where a misconfigured security solution could leave an organization vulnerable.

This is why many organizations turn to outside partners to conduct a network security assessment. Having one performed by a trusted partner lets you know not only where your organization's security posture currently stands, but also what you can do to better protect yourself from the current threat landscape.

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