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2 Ways to Improve Your Business’ Security after Arizona Data Breaches

Posted on October 30, 2019
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Cybercriminals are driven by a simple goal: exploit data for personal gain. In pursuit of this, they’ll leverage a range of tactics. To successfully combat the attacks, Arizona businesses need to know what they’re up against. In 2019, 2 very different breaches affected Arizonans. To keep you secure, we’ve broken each into lessons and detailed how you can protect your business against similar threats.

Lesson 1: Cybercriminals Don’t Care Who You Are

Recently, we read about a cyberattack on Camp Verde Unified School District (CVUSD). The cause was never stated in the article, but the description of the breach reminded us of phishing scams. Easy for hackers to execute, this type of attack is increasingly common.

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Uncover the Real Costs of the Cloud & Learn How to Manage Migrations

Posted on October 1, 2019

Back-of-the-napkin math is useful for quickly detailing an idea and expressing costs in simple terms. We’ve frequently seen businesses rely on this kind of calculation in their early stages of planning for Microsoft Server 2008 end of life. The business owner would look at the upfront cost of a new server and at expected monthly … Continue reading Uncover the Real Costs of the Cloud & Learn How to Manage Migrations »

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My Key Security Takeaways from 2019’s Largest Hacker Conference

Posted on August 27, 2019

Recently, I attended DEF CON, the largest hacking conference in the world, and saw how cybercriminals can access anything under the sun. In session after session, I watched as everything from medical devices and cars to computers and the Internet of Things (IoT) were successfully infiltrated. The entire time, our clients were top of mind, … Continue reading My Key Security Takeaways from 2019’s Largest Hacker Conference »

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How to Ensure a Stress-Free Microsoft End-of-Life Migration

Posted on August 5, 2019

Continuing to use Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 after January 14, 2020, is akin to creating a huge billboard for hackers that says, “Here I am, open, come and get me!” On that date, both operating systems enter end-of-life (EOL). When Microsoft classifies a product EOL, it means the company will no longer … Continue reading How to Ensure a Stress-Free Microsoft End-of-Life Migration »

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You Don’t Deserve Bad IT Support

Posted on June 28, 2019

Change is disruptive. It introduces unknown elements into our lives and rather than face uncertainty, we often choose to accept a less-than-ideal situation. You might put up with a mediocre dinner because you know it won’t be awful. You can’t apply the same logic to IT support. Not All Managed Services Providers are the Same … Continue reading You Don’t Deserve Bad IT Support »

Risk Informed Decision-Making Guide

Why Risk-Informed Decision-Making Matters and How to Get Started

Posted on May 31, 2019

60 gallons of water cascading down on your server cabinet is hardly an ideal situation. But if you have a waterline running above your server room, and a valve gives out, it can happen. We know. It happened to a business we work with now. To identify risks, like inconveniently located waterlines and servers, you … Continue reading Why Risk-Informed Decision-Making Matters and How to Get Started »

Hackers Have Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 End-of-Life Plans. What are Yours?

Posted on April 17, 2019

Zero-day exploit: The details of a software bug are released to the public before the manufacturer has a chance to fix it. Hackers exploit the flaw, harming your business with malware or accessing confidential data. When Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 enter End of Life (EOL) on January 14, 2020, every day has … Continue reading Hackers Have Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 End-of-Life Plans. What are Yours? »

New Compliance Suite: Created for and by CCOs of Registered Investment Adviser Firms

New Compliance Suite: Created for and by CCOs of Registered Investment Adviser Firms

Posted on February 8, 2019

Background Shelli first worked with the itSynergy team in 2012 and maintained a professional relationship with them as her compliance career progressed. In 2017, as Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) for a local registered investment adviser (RIA) firm, she brought in itSynergy for managed IT services, explaining that she sought them out for their demonstrated industry … Continue reading New Compliance Suite: Created for and by CCOs of Registered Investment Adviser Firms »

OCIE Audits: How IT Experts can Help CCOs Stay Compliant

Posted on January 25, 2019

When it comes to the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) audits, there are two recent trends CCOs at Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firms need to pay attention to: The OCIE is increasingly concerned about cybersecurity. Audits are happening more frequently. Since 2013, the percent of firms audited has risen. As audits become more common, … Continue reading OCIE Audits: How IT Experts can Help CCOs Stay Compliant »

Risk-Informed Decision-Making: What’s Your RIDM IT Loss Tolerance?

Posted on January 7, 2019

How long can your business go without its information technology being operational? Answering this question is an easy way to judge your business’ risk tolerance for loss of IT. So, once you’ve estimated your business’ tolerance for a loss of IT, you can begin to plan and implement risk-informed decision-making (RIDM) processes based on an … Continue reading Risk-Informed Decision-Making: What’s Your RIDM IT Loss Tolerance? »