Stephen Tullos

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2018 Cybersecurity Trends to Watch

Stephen Tullos

bigstock--141309923-sm.jpgWith the new year looming, all of the Top 10 lists for 2017 are coming out, so we asked our team what does 2018 have in store in regards to cybersecurity. The new year looks grim.

2017 showed the world that hackers have gotten better. Last year, numerous attacks were front-page headlines including the WannaCry Ransomware, NotPetya, Gmail Phishing Attack, and the Netflix Phishing Scam. Plus, Equifax, Deloitte, Verizon, Yahoo, and Uber had large-scale data breaches effecting millions of people worldwide.

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Topics: Data Protection

How Consumers Can Protect Themselves Online on Cyber Monday

Stephen Tullos

Cybersecurity is top of mind for many business leaders thanks in part to Ransomwares like WannaCry and HIPAA data breaches being in the headlines nearly every month this year. With that in mind and Cyber Monday around the corner, we put together this list of ways consumers can protect themselves from identity theft, hacked accounts, and cybercrimes.

Every method and piece of advice on this list is free, requiring consumers to take a step back or have a wary eye for small details.

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Topics: Data Protection

Cybercrime Myths Costing You Money

Stephen Tullos

Criminals make millions of dollars off naïve, unwittingly victims every year because of common myths regarding cybersecurity. The scariest part of cybercrime is that it is mostly preventable and affordable, but SMB owners and executives need to stop pretending like it can’t happen to them.

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Topics: Data Protection

3 Biggest Cybersecurity Mistakes Medical Practices Make

Stephen Tullos

Healthcare is no longer just about curing ailing patients. Medicine requires securing your patient’s Protected Health Information (PHI).

Even though HIPAA has been around since 1996, last year the industry averaged a breach a day, affecting 27,314,647 patient records. (Protenus) Even with millions of dollars paid in fines (in February, a Miami, Florida non-profit paid $5.5 million to settle a HIPAA case and a Dallas-area hospital paid a $3.2 million HIPAA penalty according to MSPmentor report), most medical practices don’t know what to do when it comes to securing their PHI and we regularly see these 3 cybersecurity mistakes at medical practices.  

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Topics: Healthcare IT

6 Critical Steps SMBs Need to Protect Themselves from Ransomware

Stephen Tullos

Cybersecurity is all over the news thanks to WannaCry’s high-profile attack on NHS (National Health Service) and more than 200,000 systems in over 150 countries. Yet, many companies were unaffected because they fortified themselves against such cyber-attacks. How does a small to mid-sized company prevent a cyber-attack such as one with the reach of WannaCry?

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Topics: Data Protection

9 Reasons Why Small Medical Practices are Most Vulnerable to a Cyber-Attack

Stephen Tullos

As my team and I talk to different medical practices, we are amazed how many of them are oblivious to HIPAA regulations and just how vulnerable they are to a cyber-attack. Like HIPAA, hackers don’t take ignorance as an excuse.

9 Reasons Why Small Medical Practices are Most Vulnerable to a Cyber-Attack

  1. Lack Concern of Cyber-Attack Threat – Most small businesses, including medical practices, think they’re too small to be a target to hackers. Unfortunately, medical data is a prize most hackers want to get their hands on and they will specifically target small medical practices expecting to find little to no cybersecurity in place. Also, hackers can use bots that crawl the internet looking for “open windows” into networks; if they stumble on a medical practice, they could be in for a big payday.
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Topics: Healthcare IT

What is a DDoS attack and why should you care?

Stephen Tullos

It seems like we hear about large scale DDoS attacks on the national news monthly these days; they are no longer merely mentioned on the IT web forums. Hackers are targeting large enterprise networks for attention and for money. They are also going after small and medium businesses like yours because they suspect that smaller companies do not have a security infrastructure in place.

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Topics: Data Protection

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We believe an educated client is the best client, therefore, we share our knowledge with executives and business owners looking for a fair, knowledgeable IT firm that fits well with their company and objectives.

My IT helps companies to protect their data, become more efficient and productive, and to boost high-growth using technology. In our blog, we discuss these topics and our extensive expertise working with medical practices, construction industry companies, and auto dealerships.

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