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What SMBs Need to Know About Cybersecurity

cybersecurity regulationsSMBs mistakenly believe they are too small to be targeted by hackers and ransomware. In fact, SMBs fall into hackers’ cybersecurity sweet spot — they have valuable digital assets, but tend to have less cybersecurity in place than a larger enterprise. Cybercriminals know that SMBs are an easy target with a potentially large and damaging payout. Here are steps SMBs must take to stop hackers:

  1. Have a cyberattack policy and response plan. A quick response will minimize damage and inform all employees how to respond in the event of an attack. No business is too small to have a plan. ACE IT Solutions can tailor a cyber policy and response plan to meet your specific needs.
  2. Get cyber insurance and understand what it covers and does not cover. Don’t wait until you have an incident to discover gaps in your coverage.
  3. Expect recovery to take awhile. Businesses with a response plan in place will recover faster than those with no plan. According to a survey by Nationwide Insurance, 60% of SMBs surveyed said it took them longer than 30 days to recover from a cyberattack.
  4. Know your cybersecurity gaps. A cybersecurity assessment and phishing tests are essential to understanding cybersecurity weaknesses. Don’t wait until an attack has occurred to button up your infrastructure.
  5. The best way to build trust is to keep your client’s information secure. Data protection requires a holistic approach to cybersecurity that includes more than just anti-virus protection. ACE IT Solutions customizes cybersecurity solutions for your specific needs.
  6. Train your employees in cybersecurity awareness. Employees are your first line of defense against hackers. 97% of all breaches start with a phishing email. Train your users to recognize phishing emails and how to respond and report suspect emails. ACE IT Solutions offers security awareness training and phishing testing.
  7. Work with a trusted partner. SMBs typically don’t have the in-house expertise to deal with today’s emerging cybersecurity threats and cybercriminals know it. You can’t go it alone. It is essential to work with a trusted technology partner, like ACE IT Solutions, who understands the developing threat landscape and knows which reliable security solutions to put to work for your business.

Contact ACE IT Solutions to discuss securing your SMB.

Your questions answered: Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft has recently released Office 2016.  We wanted to keep you updated about the newest features  What is different about Office 2016? Office 2016 is focused on mobility and collaboration/co-authoring and includes updates for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, OneNote, Project and Visio Office 2016 is all about the cloud and collaboration and is getting… Continue Reading

Why Hackers Target SMBs

If you think your business is too small to be targeted by hackers, you are in for an unpleasant reality. Automated exploits of common vulnerabilities can equally target victims of large enterprises as well as SMBs. And any sized company connected to the Internet is vulnerable. In fact, smaller companies are often targeted precisely because… Continue Reading

Startups Taking Advantage of the Public Cloud

More and more small and startup businesses are taking advantage of the public cloud and the benefits it offers to help get their businesses off the ground. Thanks to the economy of scale, the public cloud is an economical way to get the business running quickly for minimal upfront IT costs, allowing businesses to essentially… Continue Reading

10 Fundamental Tasks for SMB Firewalls

Your firewall is the core of your SMBs’ security infrastructure. As an access control point for all network traffic a firewall empowers your IT team to safely enable applications and access to the  benefit of the organization. In order to safely enable applications and technology on your network, your IT team needs to put in… Continue Reading

Tips for Outsourcing Your Business’ IT with Confidence

The decision to outsource your business’ technology to a IT firm can reduce the time, stress and expense spent on managing your business’ technology infrastructure. When technology services are supplied by a third-party, the IT outsourcing provider become a vital partner. To gain the full benefits of IT outsourcing and avoid common conflicts with providers,… Continue Reading

Cloud File Storage and Sharing: Security

Cloud file services allow budget-conscious SMBs to ditch expensive file servers and VPNs to provide anytime, anywhere file access on a variety of devices. There are a huge variety of cloud file storage and sync solutions available for businesses to choose from and the options can be overwhelming. When considering the different cloud file sharing… Continue Reading

File Sync and Share for SMBs: Public, On-premsis, Hybrid Options

Interest in cloud-based file sharing through cloud apps like Anchor and Box is booming. The primary driver behind this rise in adoption is mobile devices. The old way of file sharing doesn’t work for today’s mobile workforce. BYOD policies and an increasingly mobile workforce are putting new pressures on IT and changing the requirements for… Continue Reading

BYOD policy and pitfalls: Do’s and Don’ts

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is one of the most popular trends in business technology today and more than 75% of businesses currently allow employees to use their own devices for work. Gartner research predicts that 50% of all businesses may make BYOD mandatory by 2017. This trend requires businesses to take a good look… Continue Reading

Know When to Outsource Your Business’ IT

Unless you are in the technology business, knowing when to hand over the management of your business’ technology infrastructure can be challenging. There is no magic formula that will tell you exactly when and what to outsource. If you are already outsourcing your payroll, accounting, HR or other business-critical tasks, you should probably be outsourcing… Continue Reading