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.
Basketball fan or not, March Madness is a springtime staple in friendly competition. With the rise of online brackets, it can be a great way to connect with friends and family for a little fun. So, when a friend sends you a bracket invitation in the middle of the week, you probably want to check it out right away!
The average worker spends six paid hours at work building their bracket, checking scores and rankings, and watching the games.
Defendify’s article on systems integrators’ next steps towards cybersecurity was recently published in Security Business Magazine. Read our short introduction below, then check out the full article here.
Defendify’s article on how to get started in cybersecurity – and who to work with – was recently published on Business.com. We’ve introduced the article here, but don’t forget to check out the full article on Business.com.
March 8th is International Women’s Day: a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and marking a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year’s theme is #BalanceForBetter, aiming for gender balance throughout the workplace, boardroom, government, and more.
Gender balance in cybersecurity isn’t simply a women's issue – it’s also a crucial business issue.
Defendify recently sponsored and attended the National Systems Contractors Association’s (NSCA) Business & Leadership Conference (BLC). Held in Tampa, Florida February 27-March 1, 2019, the BLC provided integration firm leaders with a new level of business insight, camaraderie, and innovation, and helped them improve sales and leadership skills.
Defendify co-founder Rob Simopoulos was recently welcomed as keynote speaker at the TechSec Solutions New Technology Conference, held February 25-26 in Delray Beach, Florida where the theme was Securing a Connected World.
While it may be cold outside, phishing remains the hottest attack vector in business: Over 90% of all successful cyberattacks are said to start with a “phishing” email. And these attacks have become far more advanced throughout the years, with the potential to fool even the most vigilant.
With this cold truth in mind, what should you be on the lookout for?
Defendify hosted a cybersecurity awareness workshop for Small Business with SCORE Portland on February 19th in Portland, Maine. Like other workshops put on by the group, it was free to attend and aimed to provide information relevant and useful to Small Business.
Picture this: You’re the finance manager at a fifty-person manufacturing firm. Your best customer’s account is overdue – unusual, as they typically pay in full. Your customer, however, insists they’ve already paid and presents proof from the bank. So why didn’t you receive the payment?
Business Email Compromise (BEC) has cost businesses over $12.5 billion since 2013, and it’s a trend on the rise with a 136% increase in losses from 2016 to 2018.
Defendify is proud to announce several female team members will join the Day of Shecurity on Friday, February 22nd. Held at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, MA, the Day of Shecurity is a one-day, women-only conference advocating for the inclusion of women and diversification of cybersecurity.
Data Privacy Day is January 28th, and it’s a great opportunity to evaluate how you handle and store your company’s sensitive data. Cloud storage is a very popular method: 63% of small businesses use the cloud to store their company data and files, and that number appears to be on the rise. But as with most technology, it comes with risk. So what can you do to ensure that your – and your customers’ – data is kept private?
Having an effective cybersecurity posture requires vision and support from business leaders and often builds out of the natural relationship that runs between cybersecurity and technology. We discuss the topic in our recent article on Business.com. We’ve included an introduction and summary below, but be sure to read the full article here.