Cyber Security

Your organization is at risk. Cyber Security vulnerabilities affect every company. See how you can help prepare your team and prevent these vulnerabilities from manifesting into full blown crisis. Get resources to help you manage the cyber security risk.

Training for AR, IoT and Blockchain Technologies

Every year, consultants at Deloitte issue a Technology Trends report.  In 2016, the report focused on the growth of several new and relatively new innovations, including blockchain technologies, augmented reality and the Internet of Things. This post examines the highlights from Deloitte’s 2016 report and considers how these trends will impact training and development over the course of the coming year. Continue reading

Small Businesses Face Growing Security Threats

Fact: 43% of phishing attacks target small businesses; this represents a 25% increase since 2011.

News about cyber security breaches nearly always focuses on large-scale organizations, including major national retailers, banks, insurance companies and health care providers. In reality, however, small businesses are targeted by hackers everyday. While the smaller number of clients impacted means that the small business cyber security breaches may never become big news, combined, attacks on small business impact millions of Americans each year and worse yet, attacks on small businesses are currently on the rise. Continue reading

How Secure is Your Company’s Information?

You’ve no doubt seen at least one of several different versions of Microsoft’s recent cybercrime television commercials. In it you’ll hear a variation of these words: “Every day you read headlines about businesses being hacked and intellectual property being stolen. That is cybercrime, and it affects each and every one of us.” Behind those words are lot of startling statistics that should give every business reason enough to pause and consider just how secure their company’s information may be, and whether they should be doing more to protect it. Continue reading

Cyber Security: Top Concerns for U.S. Organizations

Fact: 53% of U.S. organizations plan to hire more cyber security professionals in 2016 but 59% of U.S. organizations report that when hiring new graduates for entry-level cybersecurity positions, it is difficult to identify who has an adequate level of skills and knowledge.

Fact: 82% of U.S. organizations report that they would be more likely to hire a cyber security job candidate who holds a performance-based certification (Source: 2016 Information Systems Audit and Control Association’s Cyber Security Survey).

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Cyber Security: Preventative Training

Fact: You or your business will probably get hacked at some point. Its not a question of if, it is a question of when and what you can/should do about this.

In today’s technology landscape, every business owner is responsible for securing some amount of data and every business owner is vulnerable to security breaches. Preventative cyber security training is essential, whether you’re a large insurance company, non-profit, or small family-owned construction business. To put the situation into perspective, consider the unusual situation of Gene and Lori Cate of Cate Machine & Welding–a small family-owned business located in Belleville, Wisconsin.   Continue reading

Information Security: You Can’t Afford to Ignore it

The statistics on identity theft are, frankly, pretty scary. According the US Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2014 alone 17.6 million Americans were the victims of identity theft, meaning the unauthorized use or attempted use of an existing account, unauthorized use or attempted use of personal information to open a new account, or the misuse of personal information for a fraudulent purpose. Continue reading

Information and Cyber Security Training

The cost of failing to protect clients’ and customers’ personal data is extremely high. Whether it is a retailer that fails to protect customers’ credit card information, a college that fails to protect students’ records or a health care provider that fails to protect patient data, one can’t underestimate the consequences of failing to protect data. In short, organizations that fail to protect confidential information, fail on at least two important accounts: customer/client care and compliance. In today’s high-tech world, however, hacking continues to evolve and as hackers become more sophisticated, our defenses against hacking also need to become more sophisticated. Continue reading

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Are Your Employees Well-Trained?

October is recognized as National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and as if to prove its importance, IT Business Edge reported there were three big data breaches announced right at the start of the month. Continue reading