A key part of staying safe in business is being on-guard for scams, attacks, and financial losses, no matter where they come from. And they do come from just about everywhere, including disguised as seemingly harmless cold calls and emails.
All businesses need to keep the lights on, but unfortunately, some go about their sales in unexpected (and even misleading) ways. We’ve seen a flurry of sales and marketing tactics that we’re skeptical of lately—check out some examples and learn how to help protect your company and educate your customers.
Halloween is right around the corner, and we’ve got ghosts, goblins, and pumpkin patches on the mind. We’ve also reached part 3 of 3 in our National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) theme series, digging into “Protect IT,” the final piece of the theme “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.”
One of the National Cyber Security Alliance’s focal topics is a very familiar one for providers: If You Connect, You Must Protect: updating to the latest security software, web browser and operating systems. Patching doesn’t have to be spooky—read on!
Part 2 of 3 in our NSCAM theme dives into an important part of Secure IT—Shake Up Your Passphrase Protocol: create strong, unique passphrases. We’ve covered building a strong passphrase before, but passphrases also need to be unique to be truly formidable. Why? Read on.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), and this year’s theme is “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” We discussed NCSAM’s overall goals at the beginning of the month, and in the next three weeks, we’ll dive into key parts of the theme as they relate to Small Business and the cybersecurity providers they rely on.
Part 1 of 3 in our NSCAM-focused series spotlights a component of Owning IT: Never Click and Tell: staying safe on social media.
Defendify recently exhibited at TechCrunch Disrupt, the internationally recognized tech startup conference, held in San Francisco October 2-4. Defendify joined hundreds of other cutting-edge startups from around the globe for three days of innovation, education, and inspiration.
Defendify was one of eight companies selected to exhibit in the Maine Pavilion, a section of the event’s Startup Alley that features companies from the state of Maine.
Defendify recently published an article on Business.com speaking to third-party cybersecurity risk assessments, increasingly a part of life for Small Business. Check out our takeaways for cybersecurity providers here, and don’t miss the original article on Business.com.
Defendify is proud to be an innovative startup business, and was recently selected to attend TechCrunch Disrupt, the internationally recognized tech startup conference, held in San Francisco on October 2-4, 2019.
Defendify Co-Founders Rob Simopoulos and Andrew Rinaldi were on the ground at the event for three days, showing demonstrations of the groundbreaking Defendify all-in-one cybersecurity platform, making connections, and learning from other innovators.
This October marks the 16th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), an effort founded by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security to provide Americans with the knowledge and resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. This year’s NCSAM theme is “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.”, focusing on personal accountability and proactive behavior in security best practices.
Rob Simopoulos, Defendify Co-Founder, recently hosted a presentation at the ISACA New England Chapter’s Maine event in Portland, Maine on September 27th. The event brought together cybersecurity and risk management professionals from all over New England for a day of education and networking.
Defendify recently attended the National Systems Contractors Association’s annual Pivot to Profit conference, held September 24-25th in Irving, Texas. Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos hosted both a group presentation and a round-robin Toolkit Talk, covering all things cybersecurity for integrators and Small Business.
Defendify Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos was recently featured as a speaker at the PSNI Global Alliance Member Meeting, held in Philadelphia, PA on September 17-20th.
PSNI Global Alliance is an alliance of elite technology integrators, manufacturers, distributors, and service providers around the world. The annual Member Meeting is the alliance’s official gathering, offering networking opportunities and topical discussions of interest to the members.
Amid our excitement to be featured at the event, we got to thinking more about everyone participating in Disrupt this year and in the future. Startup companies and investors are two groups that many don’t immediately think about when it comes to cybersecurity, despite compelling reasons to. Perhaps we need to remind ourselves it doesn’t hurt to disrupt our thinking about our target markets, stretching the imagination beyond what we’re used to.
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.