20 Nov 2020

Cyber Security by the Numbers: Why You Can no Longer Afford to be a Hack Denier

2020-11-24T08:17:56-07:00

Are you a cyber security doubter?

Do you think you and your business are immune from online attacks?

You’re not alone. But you may be avoiding dealing with reality.

Despite all that’s happening in the world, and the dramatic increase in hacks on both personal and business computers and systems, many people are still cyber crime deniers.

Here are some numbers from well respected sources that will convince even the most hardened unbelievers to believe that cyber security is worth paying attention to because it’s a real threat to your operation.

63 percent of companies suspect that their data was compromised in the last 12 months.

According to a survey by Dell, more than three out of five companies think that their data may have been compromised because of a hardware or software problem in the last year.

The issue: It’s hard to believe that there are still cyber security unbelievers out there, especially when you see a statistic like this one. If someone told you that there is a more than 60 percent chance that a meteor could hit you on […]

Cyber Security by the Numbers: Why You Can no Longer Afford to be a Hack Denier2020-11-24T08:17:56-07:00
13 Nov 2020

Nine Cyber Security Planning Tips for 2021 and Beyond

2020-11-13T21:12:34-07:00

2020 has been a year unlike any other. 2021 will likely present as many — or more — challenges.

Many of the issues businesses faced this year were unexpected things like the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting business shutdowns and economic crisis.

Others were more predictable — and potentially avoidable — like a record number of cyber security hacks and data thefts. While the final numbers aren’t in yet for the whole year, industry experts are reporting an approximate six-fold rise in overall cyber thefts. Most of this increase can be traced back to hacking activity related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Why let your business be a sitting duck? Here are nine things you can do to plan now for the security threats you could be facing in 2021 and beyond.

1. Upgrade your network security.

Cyber criminals are becoming more sophisticated all the time. They’re employing advanced methods to attack businesses of all sizes.

If the possible types of threats to your business are changing all the time, shouldn’t your network security evolve as well? If your security plan and […]

Nine Cyber Security Planning Tips for 2021 and Beyond2020-11-13T21:12:34-07:00
13 Nov 2020

Is Your Business Keeping Up? (Are You Sure?)

2020-11-13T12:43:36-07:00

Ask yourself these questions to find out if your tech is keeping up with — or falling behind — the competition.

Keeping your operation up-to-date with the latest technology is challenging. Sure, it can be expensive and it takes time to research, install and implement. However, it’s critical in order for organizations to stay competitive.

  • Customers expect enjoyable, efficient and seamless experiences from the companies they work with. They’ll move on to your more modern competitors if it’s too hard to do business with you.
  • Employees provide better service — and are happier and more engaged — when they have access to easy to use software and systems. They’ll jump ship and work for someone else if it’s too hard to provide good customer service or do their jobs.
  • Add to that the pressure to leverage advancements like artificial intelligence. AI can only be supported by the latest hardware and software.
  • Plus, there’s the constant concern about data security. Old tech is an open invitation to cyber crooks to hack your systems and steal your data.

All […]

Is Your Business Keeping Up? (Are You Sure?)2020-11-13T12:43:36-07:00
12 Nov 2020

Checklist: 6 Steps to Building a Cyber Security Plan

2020-11-12T13:59:43-07:00

Are you afraid of getting hacked?

Do you need to build a cybersecurity protection plan from the ground up?

Perhaps you want to make your current one stronger to increase your level of security against cyber thieves.

Getting hacked is a big concern for most organizations right now. A data breach could seriously harm the reputation of your business and drive customers — and prospective buyers — right to the digital door of your more secure competitors. Cyber crooks are out there waiting to attack 24 / 7, whether you’re at work or not. Leaving your business vulnerable is a risk you don’t want to take.

Protecting the cybersecurity of your business may not be as difficult as you think. Here are the six steps you need to take to ensure your business data is never compromised.

1. Inventory all your data.

Work with the people on your team to identify all your current data sources. Put a particular focus on sensitive material that could harm the reputation of your business if it’s lost or stolen. Don’t try doing this alone. […]

Checklist: 6 Steps to Building a Cyber Security Plan2020-11-12T13:59:43-07:00
6 Nov 2020

Software upgrades. Cyber security protection. A MAJOR 2020 business tax deduction.

2020-11-12T13:58:42-07:00

Who could say NO to that?

  • Would you like to upgrade your company’s software and computer systems?
  • Is it time to improve the online security of your business?
  • Could you use a nice 2020 tax deduction?

All these things are possible if you take advantage of a tax opportunity many business owners aren’t aware of called Section 179.

If you handle things correctly, GeeksHD could help you get the software, computer systems and cyber security protection you need right now and not have to wait.

What is Section 179?

Section 179 of the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code allows business owners to take same year total deductions for certain types of expenses like software and business equipment.

The typical tax deduction for business property is usually parceled out over time based on the useful life of the item. For example, if you purchase software or a computer for your business, and expect to be able to use it for five years, you would deduct the cost of that item from your taxes in increments over a five […]

Software upgrades. Cyber security protection. A MAJOR 2020 business tax deduction.2020-11-12T13:58:42-07:00
20 Oct 2020

9 tips for meeting with Microsoft Teams

2020-10-22T07:17:27-07:00

New features in Microsoft Teams let you meet with anyone inside or outside your organization. For nine tips to host more productive meetings with attendees in or outside your organization, check out this blog post:

9 tips for meeting with Microsoft Teams2020-10-22T07:17:27-07:00
20 Oct 2020

Saving Money with Microsoft Teams

2020-10-20T11:00:29-07:00

Microsoft Teams helps you improve access to information, save time, empower your workers, and drive financial success. To learn more about how Teams can increase your ROI, check out this infographic:

Saving Money with Microsoft Teams2020-10-20T11:00:29-07:00
20 Oct 2020

Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona winery creates a perfect blend of tradition and technology with Microsoft Teams

2020-10-20T09:15:35-07:00

With the recent pandemic changing everything, Ciacci Winery is reimagining the future of its business with a blend of tradition and technology using @Microsoft Teams. Check out their virtual wine tasting and the new frontier for their business with Teams!

Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona winery creates a perfect blend of tradition and technology with Microsoft Teams2020-10-20T09:15:35-07:00
19 Oct 2020

Tips on how to choose the right mouse

2020-10-19T08:00:48-07:00

Have you been feeling some discomfort in your mouse-clicking hand lately? Have you been using that mouse for several years now? If you have, then it’s time to consider a computer mouse upgrade. Your mouse should allow you to work safely with ease and efficiency. If you’re looking to buy a new mouse, keep the following in mind.

Cable or wireless?

When planning to purchase a new mouse, it’s important to consider whether to get a wired or a wireless mouse. A wireless mouse is generally more comfortable to use since your range of movement isn’t limited by a cable, and it’s usually travel friendly. However, a wireless mouse can be less responsive, making it frustrating to use at times. Sometimes, a wireless mouse can also interfere with other wireless devices nearby. Using it requires batteries, which can create problems when they run out of juice. And if you use the same mouse for both work and home, you run the risk […]

Tips on how to choose the right mouse2020-10-19T08:00:48-07:00
18 Oct 2020

3 Out of 5 Organizations That Have Their Data Breached Go Out of Business.

2020-10-20T09:15:51-07:00

Here’s how to successfully recover if it ever happens to you.

According to data from the National Cybersecurity Institute, as reported by the Securities and Exchange Commission, approximately 60 percent of organizations go out of business within six months of a data breach. It can be a devastating end to all the hard work and effort that goes into getting a business off the ground and making it successful.

So what can you do to prevent your business from becoming one of those that ends up shuttered because of cyber theft? In this article, we’ll answer all your questions about what a breach is, what steps you can take to prevent one and what you must do if it happens to you.

What is a breach?

A breach occurs when an unauthorized outsider penetrates or circumvents cybersecurity protective measures to gain access to your business records, software or systems. The breach could be done by real people, such as cyber hackers, or by something virtual like a virus or other form of malware.

Breaches can be the result of accidents […]

3 Out of 5 Organizations That Have Their Data Breached Go Out of Business.2020-10-20T09:15:51-07:00
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