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Here's What You Need To Know About Penetration Testing

The IT world is full of phrases that could come off as odd or confusing to those who aren’t full-time in the industry. It’s not uncommon at all – there are definitely some really odd phrases farmers or shoemakers or chefs all use that might make us scratch a hole in our heads. But when it comes to today’s topic, penetration testing is a wildly straightforward concept, at least as far as naming conventions go.  

 

If you’ve never heard the phrase before, just stop right here and take a stab at it.  

 

… Good.

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Five Easy Ways to Strengthen Your Cloud Security

The security world once was able to (safely) gather and discuss all things topical and relevant to the industry during the 2022 RSA Conference. There were tons of takeaways, with one survey of attendees finding remote work was the number one concern for 17% and ransomware affecting 19% the most. But the main concern for the largest group, 37% of the attendees, was cloud security.  

 

And while we’ve touched on security topics from specific things like protecting against $43B scams and how Microsoft Azure works to why more cyber security training is important, nothing quite scratched the itch on the best ways to beef up cloud security. 

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Microsoft is Changing Security Defaults: Here's What You Need to Know

Back in October 2019 – you know, before it all changed – Microsoft beta-tested a new baseline security program with 30 million users. We let the mega-computers crunch all of those numbers but the result was astoundingly clear: Adding things like MFA and conditional access to accounts made a world of difference.

 

To be fair that isn’t exactly a surprising find. While it’s our job to care about how nefarious types are trying to get into your data, you’re likely busy thinking about the 99.9% of the rest of your business. Cakes, cookies, muffins, whatever kind of delicious baked goods you make. (And even if you don’t make baked goods, you should still keep reading..) 

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The Small Business Guide to Cyber Insurance

Insurance can be a fickle thing.  

 

If you’re unlucky enough to be in a car accident, it can be as much of a life-saver as your seatbelt and airbag systems. But often, policies can feel redundant or over the top, like when you got that volcano insurance 

 

The reality is insurance is more than just coverage in the case of an accident or problem. And cyber insurance, in this volatile and uncertain internet age, is more of an answer to your concerns than you know. 

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How to Protect Your Business From This $43B Scam

We hate click-bait titles so here’s the gist quickly. 

 

First, the FBI recently reported business email compromise attacks were up 65% from July 2019 through December 2021 and totaled $43 Billion dollars – that’s BILLION with a B – in reported losses from June 2016 through July 2019.  

 

Additionally, if you and your team do business on the internet, you are at risk. Okay, that sounds click-baity, too, but it’s absolutely true. We’ve said it over and over. There are plenty of proactive options to build a strong strategy. 

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