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The Byte - January Newsletter

Jan 16, 2018 9:50:50 AM

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  • Access News
  • Industry News
  • Tech Bytes

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Access News

5 IT Predictions for 2018

We asked our IT experts on what they believe will be the biggest trends to hit the IT field in 2018.

In no particular order, here are their predictions:

1. Cybersecurity will continue to be a hot topic with data breaches continuing to rise.

2. More line of business applications will move to the cloud: allowing companies to not worry about updates.

3. Mobile and portable devices will become even more user-friendly in running business applications. Meaning more meetings will have attendees looking at screens rather than paper. 

4. Vendor Risk Management will be more important than ever. With the rise of data breaches and outsourced managed services, understanding what service organizations a company uses and what those risks are to the company will be very important to evaluate - no matter the company size.

5. Cybersecurity Frameworks will be required for certain high-risk cyber organizations that work with healthcare data, critical infrastructure, and credit card data.

Industry News

6 Reasons for Regular IT Refreshes

Two of the biggest reasons to refresh your IT infrastructure are because of cost savings and enhanced system performance. However, there are 4 more reasons small businesses should plan for the long-term and update their technology. 

Click to see the 6 reasons to refresh.

Tax Season Brings Along Security Risks

A new year brings a new tax season. With this comes the threat of hackers trying to steal the confidential information of individuals.

Some helpful tips for staying safe include the following:

  • Knowing the IRS will never send an email, text, or message on social media. They only correspond via U.S. mail.
  • If an email looks fishy, don't click. Follow up with the sender to confirm they actually sent the message.
  • If you or someone you know becomes a victim, report it immediately to the IRS. 

For more helpful tips and information, click here.

Tech Bytes

Why Encrypting Data on Laptops is Critical

SMBs often have an “it’s never going to happen to me” mentality about data security issues.

But the truth is, these companies have the most to gain from implementing data security measures like encryption. The  goal of data security is to keep criminals, corporate spies, disgruntled ex-employees, insider threats, and anyone else with bad intentions from accessing sensitive information.

Encryption is highly effective and a powerful defense against bad guys because it renders data in such a way that even if it falls into a criminal’s hands, they can’t read it.

Click here to read more.

6 Steps to Developing a Cybersecurity Framework

We mentioned it briefly in our IT predictions of 2018, but our IT security experts believe businesses who work in the healthcare, critical infrastructure, and credit card data industries will likely have to deal with cybersecurity frameworks. 

What even is a framework and how do you develop one? 

We have the steps - just click here.

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