It may be back-to-school season, but it’s far from back-to-business: you’ve been hard at work all summer working on your customers’ networks, managing their updates, and helping improve their cybersecurity posture.
While it’s important to pay attention to the programs, software, and hardware you have in place, the educated provider knows that there’s more to cybersecurity than just technology. Back-to-school season is a great reminder as to the importance of end-user education and training in cybersecurity.
HIPAA and GDPR and PCI…so many acronyms, so little time! You’ve likely run into myriad compliance regulations that can inform your customers’ cybersecurity posture. But you may also realize that compliance is about more than just cybersecurity, and likewise cybersecurity goes beyond compliance.
Cybersecurity news, breach announcements, emerging threats, and new vulnerability warnings come from hundreds of sources every day. For the modern provider and small business, it’s good there are so many sources spreading the word, but it can be tough to filter through the sheer volume of notifications to stay informed on issues that matter to you.
Here are a few insights on how to follow cybersecurity threat alerts, which ones to look for and share with customers, and what to do with those that are relevant.
Defendify recently attended ChannelCon, hosted by CompTIA August 5-7 at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas. The event provided a unique opportunity to join top technology industry professionals, thought leaders, and vendors for three days of learning sessions, collaboration, and networking. ChannelCon attendees had the opportunity to win a jackpot of new ideas and tools to grow their business and keep the technology industry at the top of its game.
So, what’s the difference between privacy and security, and how does each apply to your customers?
The last thing a small business needs is a weakness in their network or systems – especially one nobody knows is there. We’ve discussed the importance of Vulnerability Scanning before, and are excited to announce that Defendify’s vulnerability scanning tool is now included in the core Defendify platform.
Defendify’s article on cyber insurance was recently published on Business.com. Cyber insurance is no substitute for a strong cybersecurity program, but it is an important consideration for you and your customers. Read our thoughts for cybersecurity providers here, and then check out the original article on Business.com.
You know your customers better than anyone and how important cybersecurity is to each and every one of them. All organizations have sensitive data that is valuable to cyberattackers, and that’s why it’s critical everyone – including the millions of small businesses out there – employ steps to improve their posture and reduce their risk.
Speaking of critical, some sectors are often in the limelight when it comes to cybersecurity, and for good reason. Do you have customers in these key categories?
The Defendify team is dedicated to protecting Small Businesses from cyberattacks, but recently spent a little time protecting some of our local open spaces, too. Defendify spent the afternoon upkeeping local nature paths with Portland Trails, a nonprofit dedicated to maintaining 70 miles of trails in Greater Portland to provide effective on-foot transportation and aid in conservation.
The importance of creating a strong company culture is obvious: it helps attract and retain great employees, drives productivity, and creates an environment where team members are dedicated to the business. What isn’t so obvious – something that modern business leaders are now starting to realize – is that this dedication can be harnessed to turn employees into cyber-defenders who will stop at nothing to guard the workplace they have come to love.
Summertime is prime beach season! Between the sun and sand, cybersecurity might not be the first thing on your customer’s mind. But dig a little deeper and you’ll be surprised to find that cybersecurity has a few similarities to a great trip to the beach – check out three beachy tips that can help promote a safe and cybersecure summer.
Portland, ME, June 19, 2019 - Defendify, an all-in-one, SaaS-delivered cybersecurity platform developer, announced today $1.6 million in pre-seed funding. Led by private investors with participation from Maine Technology Institute (MTI) and early stage cybersecurity industry investor 3dot6 Ventures.
Defendify’s article on techniques to keep your data and company safe while you’re out of the office was recently published on Business.com. We’ve shared some insight and tips on coaching your customers through travel best practices here, and don’t forget to check out the full article on Business.com.
Of course you do, and so does every one of your customers. Even though it might not always be immediately obvious, all businesses – even small businesses – have some degree of information that warrants protection due to its confidential nature.
When you think “cybersecurity threat,” what comes to mind? A hoodie-clad hacker in a basement breaking into the network or an army of cyberattackers sending ransomware at other unsuspecting nations? Probably. But the truth is, many incidents can actually start from inside your customers’ organization.
We use mobile phones for so much more than talking and texting – half of all web traffic comes from mobile devices, and there are apps for everything from social media to transportation and beyond. Mobile devices appear near-constantly in the workplace as well – but we don’t always take the time to think about what that means – especially in terms of security.
Defendify’s article on rolling out a Clean Desk Policy and how it relates to protecting sensitive data was recently published on Business.com. Read our tips for cybersecurity providers here, and don’t miss the full article on Business.com.
Defendify loves to volunteer in the community, and jumped at the opportunity to participate in the United Way Day of Action: an annual day of service sponsored by United Way of Greater Portland, Maine, held this year on May 16th. Defendify spent the morning on a different kind of “hacking:” removing invasive plants that have grown rampant in the habitat.
National Small Business Week is a tradition of more than 50 years recognizing the critical contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners. But as you know, the increasing proliferation of cyberattacks can mean big trouble for Small Business.
So as the provider of cybersecurity to the undercurrent of the economy, it falls on you to educate Small Business customers on the why and how of cybersecurity.
Defendify Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos was recently invited to join the Maine State Bar Association’s Real Estate Institute as the Plenary Speaker on May 3rd in Augusta, Maine. Defendify’s presentation, Cybersecurity: Raising the Bar covered cybersecurity threats that real estate law professionals need to know about.
Nowadays, a password – no matter how formidable – just isn’t enough to protect the throne. With all the critical information we store online, Two-Factor Authentication adds an important security step to help your devices confirm that the person trying to log in is, well, you.
Defendify Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos recently attended the Maine Insurance Agents Association (MIAA) Annual Convention to speak on cybersecurity awareness for insurance agents and their businesses. Held in South Portland, Maine April 29-30, the Annual Convention brought insurance agents and other industry professionals together for a business meeting and breakfast, educational seminars, and an annual banquet.
A firewall is industry-standard protection for Small Business. Often the first line of defense against outside threats, a firewall forms a barrier between the full scope of the Internet and your customer’s private internal network.
Firewalls, however, are a specific product built to perform a specific task, and they don’t provide complete cybersecurity. So how can you expand your cybersecurity program beyond a firewall to provide comprehensive protection?
The Defendify team recently headed to Hartford, Connecticut to sponsor Data Connectors cybersecurity conference on April 18th, 2019. Geared towards IT professionals, the conference featured educational sessions, a keynote presentation, cybersecurity exhibits, and more. This year’s Hartford event was jam-packed, with attendees and sponsors coming from all over New England and beyond.
Defendify’s article on how businesses can use their strong cybersecurity program as a competitive business advantage was recently published on Business.com. And it’s even more relevant for cybersecurity providers – read our take on using your own cybersecurity posture to differentiate your business, and be sure to check out the original article on Business.com.
As a cybersecurity provider, you know the importance of setting your customers up with top-notch training, services, and technology products to protect against modern threats and improve cybersecurity posture.
But it can be tough to know what to evaluate – and when. So just how often should you be testing your customers’ network, systems, and people?
The Defendify team loves to volunteer in the community, and our most recent activity was at the Ronald McDonald House. The team stepped out of the office and into the kitchen to prepare a homemade meal for families staying at the local House right in our backyard in Portland, Maine.
While cybersecurity should be part of every employee’s job, some roles naturally carry more responsibility—Management and IT are two that certainly come to mind.
At the same time, so many elements of cybersecurity are truly human-centric, making it so important to consider the key role HR plays in keeping everyone safe and sound. The masters of employee matters have a few tricks up their sleeve – so how can business leaders lean on HR to help build a effective cybersecurity program and culture?
Defendify is proud to announce their support of Computer Science for Maine (CS4ME) as a business member. They join local and national organizations in an effort to ensure that computer science is a subject area offered to all Maine K-12 students.