Research by Ponemon Institute into the state of small business cybersecurity has some insights to share that would make any IT professional cringe: 50% of small businesses surveyed had been breached within the past 12 months, and only 14% of the companies believe that they’re highly effective at mitigating cybersecurity threats.
Many of the recent high-profile data breaches can be traced to hackers’ exploiting known, unpatched vulnerabilities. The simple act of keeping their systems patched would have kept these targets out of the headlines. But if you’ve been in the IT world for any length of time, you know that keeping systems patched is anything but simple, and the more systems there are, the harder it is.
To average users, social media is a fun way to stay connected with friends, make business contacts, share pictures of their meals, and spread funny cat videos. There are at least two classes of users, however, who take social media more seriously. Commercial businesses, who rely on social media to establish and spread their brands, and criminal hackers.
As transformative innovations make their way out of university research labs and technology think tanks, large corporations are traditionally the first segment of the business community to enjoy their benefits. Much of this is due to the higher price points of the new technology as the marketplace has yet to refine production and infuse cost efficiencies into the products.
Being online means taking risks with your cybersecurity. It's a fact of life that identity thieves and hackers are on the hunt, and it seems not a week goes by without yet another high-profile hack, virus, or ransomware scare showing up in newsfeeds. And yet, as we change passwords, avoid shady websites, and take care not to reveal personal information on social media, many people don't seem to think about their email security much.
During the early days of the dot com boom, websites, server farms, and IT infrastructure were popping up in droves, with security being treated as an afterthought. Fortunately, we as a society came to our collective senses and decided that at least some sort of cybersecurity was necessary. Now, our desktop PCs, laptops, and mobile phones benefit from basic virus scans and malware blockers, but the rise of Internet of Things (IoT) devices has opened the floodgates to a new generation of digital threats.
Hacking can have a serious impact on any business, regardless of size. Consider the recent experience of Equifax, who is still scrambling to find an answer for their mistakes in the aftermath of the infamous breach that compromised sensitive data for more than 143 million customers.
Office1 is proud to announce that we have received the Ricoh Circle of Excellence award for 2018! This is the fourth consecutive year that our office has qualified for this award, and we are eager to continue to exceed the high expectations of our clients.
Well, the cat is out of the bag: Ricoh Americas Corporation has chosen Office1 to represent all of Ricoh's commercial accounts located in Southern California. In broad strokes, Office1 will assume responsibility for service and operation, as well as technology consultancy, of all Ricoh commercial accounts in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and Riverside. With the nitty gritty details out of the way, we felt we should elaborate on what this means for the industry.