Recently a major Health Insurance Provider sent out a “Security Due Diligence Questionnaire” to all of its partners and vendors. If you work in the health insurance industry and received this notification, this request may have come to you as quite a shock.
It is important to first understand that every business, regardless of size… collects, manages, manipulates, and stores some amount of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from its customers, partners, and vendors. That means that every business, regardless of size, has the inherent responsibility (even under law) to guard and protect not only its own proprietary data, but also the data that it collects, manages and stores from others.
Most businesses can find a way to deal with whatever life throws at them as long as they can continue to do business. But, what happens when something impacts that ability? When a business can not continue to operate and perform normal business functions, the company’s reputation is greatly impacted. Therefore, every company’s survival greatly depends on how quickly they can return to normal operations.
We’re always looking to find new ways to help our clients, prospects, and our community. One of our key objectives is focused on increasing Security Awareness within our business community through our blog posts, Security Awareness Training, and by providing helpful tools that make managing your IT systems more effective. Here are a few FREE resources you can use to assist in those endeavors…
Extended support for Windows 7(Win7), Windows Server 2008/2008R2(Svr2008R2), and Windows Small Business Server 2011(SBS2011) will end on January 14, 2020. Microsoft moved these operating systems to extended support on January 13, 2015, but after January 2020, they will no longer receive vendor supported updates. Any system that is no longer supported by the vendor is truly not secure…
Many businesses use third-party IT vendors that, host, store, process, or access information records and supply management of the technology infrastructure related to their organization. Far too many IT providers use “Security” as a buzz word to foster higher sales rather than actually possessing verified working knowledge and experience to securely manage business networks. This is a situation that should never be taken lightly, as your business and its clientele are truly at risk in doing so.
Passwords… they’re everywhere. How many passwords do people use everyday? Far too many, that’s for sure. Passwords are the gatekeeper to keeping your business and personal information secure… but are your passwords effective? Do you use complex passwords to protect your sensitive data? Some of us do, but most don’t. Here’s a list of 6 tips to make your passwords better: