Are Your Backups Safe?
Posted by Jake Cohen

It's only natural that when you  hear of a disaster you think it couldn’t happen to you. That’s why, even though we’re told constantly that we should diligently maintain a working backup recovery system because all our company’s data could be lost in an instant, we tend to brush off the advice. Yet, disasters do happen when you least expect them, and they can happen to anyone. So to illustrate the importance of staying on top of your data recovery system, here are three tales of “data gone wrong.” After all, there’s nothing quite like a good horror story to inspire action! Toy Story 2: Gone! One morning in 1998, the animators at Pixar Studios working on Toy Story 2 noticed that Woody’s hat started disappearing. Then his boots… Then all of Woody – gone! Other characters started disappearing too. A rogue command in their system had started wiping out data. No problem, the team thought, as they pulled out the backups. Unfortunately, the backups were bad and only had data from 10 mont...

Which Type of Cloud Is Right For You?
Posted by Jake Cohen

Secure data backup, greater reliability, better resource and growth management options, and improved collaboration are just a few of the reasons to take full advantage of cloud computing today. Yet understanding the choices you have can help you avoid some very costly mistakes you could wind up seriously regretting later. To help you move forward with confidence, here are some important points to consider.  Not all cloud models are the same. A cloud environment that works for a dental practice with a half dozen locations may not be entirely suitable for a new law firm with just a single office. In determining what the best cloud model is for your organization, it’s important to know how cloud services are structured. Basically, there are three types of cloud: public, private and hybrid. Public Cloud Services Offer Flexibility And Lower Cost A public cloud comprises a collection of data storage and software services that can be accessed on an as-needed monthly basis, some...

Could One Tiny Leak Wipe Out Your Entire Company?
Posted by Jake Cohen

  Michael Daugherty’s up-and-coming $4 million medical-testing company was doing very well. His Atlanta-based LabMD had about 30 employees and tested blood, urine and tissue samples for urologists. Life was good for Michael, a successful businessman from Detroit.  Then, one Tuesday afternoon in May 2008, the phone call came that changed his life. His general manager came in to tell Daugherty about a call he’d just fielded from a man claiming to have nabbed a file full of LabMD patient documents. For a medical business that must comply with strict federal rules on privacy, this was bad. A hacker easily found and downloaded LabMD’s patient records. The fate of Michael’s  business was drastically changed. What followed was a nightmarish downward spiral for LabMD. Not one to go down without a fight, Michael found himself mired in an escalating number of multiple lawsuits and legal battles with the Federal Trade Commission and other regulators investigating the leak. Finall...

Secrets To Avoiding Email Overwhelm
Posted by Jake Cohen

Do you look at your inbox and want to cry? If so, you’re not alone. According to widely cited Radicati Group research, the average person gets 120 business emails every day. If you don’t control your emails, you could end up losing the time you could be writing a proposal or meeting with a client.  People spend at least 14 percent of their workday on email alone. A recent Harris Poll found that only 45 percent of our workdays are spent on actual work. If you’re looking for the solution to your email woes, start with some of Silicon Valley greats. DELEGATE If you want to watch a corporate team start to sweat, see what happens when they get a “?” email from Jeff Bezos. Business Insider reports that the notoriously easy-to-contact Amazon CEO will forward customer complaints to his people and add only a question mark to the original query. Getting that dreaded mark is a little like getting the black spot from Blind Pew the pirate. You know that a day of reckoning is at hand. Follow ...

How Insurance Companies Can Refuse to Cover a Cyber-Crime Theft in Your Business
Posted by Jake Cohen

As hacking hit the headlines in the last few years — most recently “WannaCry” which targeted businesses both large and small — insurance policies protecting businesses against damages and lawsuits have become a very lucrative business indeed. Your company may already have cyber insurance, and that’s a good thing, but that doesn’t mean that the insurance will cover you no matter what. When you buy a car, you get the warranty. In order to keep that warranty valid, you have to perform regular maintenance at regularly scheduled times. If you neglect the car, and anything fails, the warranty won’t cover it. You didn’t do your job, and the warranty only covers cars that have been taken care of. Cyber insurance works the same way. If your company’s IT team isn’t keeping systems patched and up to date, practicing active measures to prevent ransomware and other cybercrime attacks, and backing everything up in duplicate, it’s a lot like neglecting to maintain that car. So, when something b...