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3 Types of Regulations Your Business Should Be Aware Of

3 Types of Regulations Your Business Should Be Aware Of

Your business is likely subject to certain compliance laws and regulations depending on the type of data you collect from your clients or customers. Today, we want to emphasize the importance of your business considering regulation and compliance when managing its data and IT resources, as without doing so, you run considerable risk.

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The Biggest Cybersecurity Threats to Prepare for in 2024

The Biggest Cybersecurity Threats to Prepare for in 2024

It’s a new year, and while businesses have been seeing a lot of new technologies emerge, cyberthreats have become increasingly dangerous and prevalent. With the increasing reliance on technology and the rise of remote work, it's crucial for decision makers to be aware of the top cyberthreats they may face and take proactive measures to protect their organizations. In this blog post, we'll discuss the top six cyberthreats that businesses need to be prepared for and how to mitigate their risks.

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What You Need to Look for in a Cyber Insurance Policy

What You Need to Look for in a Cyber Insurance Policy

Perhaps predictably, the word “insure” has roots that tie it closely to “ensure,” as it is meant to ensure a level of security after some form of loss. Nowadays, that loss often pertains to data, making cyber insurance an extremely valuable investment for the modern business to make.

However, in order to obtain this kind of insurance, businesses commonly need to meet some basic requirements. Let’s go over some of these requirements now.

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Why Massachusetts Accounting Firms Need to Take Cybersecurity Seriously

Why Massachusetts Accounting Firms Need to Take Cybersecurity Seriously

Accounting firms need strong cybersecurity measures. In an industry where accuracy and accountability are the name of the game, falling victim to cyberattacks can do catastrophic harm to your credibility. With sensitive financial information and personal data at stake, accounting firms must prioritize cybersecurity to protect their clients and their own business. In this article, we will explore why Massachusetts accounting firms in particular need to take cybersecurity seriously and the steps they can take to ensure their cyber defense is as strong as it needs to be to weather modern-day threats.

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Taking Charge of Your Security: Understanding the Importance of Security Posture

Taking Charge of Your Security: Understanding the Importance of Security Posture

I want to pull back the curtains and be honest about something. As an IT professional, I never thought we’d see the day where business owners come to us to ask about the security of their business. For years and years, throughout most of my career, the role of bringing up cybersecurity has been on us, which is fine, but it sort of puts cybersecurity in this sort of “luxury” category. Cybersecurity always seemed to be a “let's put it on the docket for next year” sort of thing for a lot of business owners until just very recently.

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That False Sense of Security is Going to Bite You

That False Sense of Security is Going to Bite You

Cybersecurity is important. Scroll through a few pages of our blog and you’ll see article after article talking about threats and ways to make yourself and your business less vulnerable to cyberthreats. As an IT professional, however, I’d be so much happier if the state of the world didn’t require such a massive effort just to protect oneself and we could just talk about cool stuff you can do with modern technology all the time!

But alas, strong cybersecurity is crucial to virtually any organization, and it’s becoming even more important by the month.

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Won’t More IT Security Just Slow Me Down?

Won’t More IT Security Just Slow Me Down?

When I was a kid, there was a Tex Avery cartoon where Droopy Dog was chasing down a crook who escaped from jail. There was a particular scene where the crook (I think it was a wolf in a black-and-white striped jumpsuit) takes a bus, a plane, a ship, and a taxi to a secluded cabin, and then closes a series of increasingly complex doors with a large number of locks, in order to hide away from the pursuing cartoon basset hound. 

Of course, when he turns around, exhausted by all the effort he puts in, he realizes that Droopy is standing right behind him, and greets him with a monotone “hello.”

I haven’t seen this cartoon since I was 7 years old, but I almost always think about it when I am using multi-factor authentication. 

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Data Security Key to Staying HIPAA Compliant

Data Security Key to Staying HIPAA Compliant

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a regulation passed by the US congress in 1996 to help streamline the healthcare system while maintaining individual ePI privacy over individuals’ health records. This regulation was put in place to allow people to transfer their health coverage, but also to minimize the risk individuals take on as far as fraud and abuse of their health records is concerned. This week we’d thought we’d discuss four ways your technology can help your organization keep its HIPAA compliance. 

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How Will the Regulations Surrounding the Cloud Continue Shifting?

How Will the Regulations Surrounding the Cloud Continue Shifting?

Cloud computing is a major growth industry as businesses and individuals look to use the computing strategy to either save money or get resources that they would typically not be able to commit to. With cloud computing becoming more and more integrated into business each year, it stands to reason that the once Wild West of cloud computing would start to see a lot more regulation. This week, we’ll take a look at how the cloud is regulated and what to expect out of cloud regulation down the road. 

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What You Need to Do After a Breach, According to the Data Breach Notification Law

What You Need to Do After a Breach, According to the Data Breach Notification Law

Data breaches are serious threats, particularly for businesses here in Massachusetts, where we have things like the Data Breach Notification Law to contend with. In the interest of keeping your business on the right side of the law, let’s review what this law requires of you.

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Cybersecurity is a Business Commodity, Not a Luxury

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A decade or so ago, IT security was as simple as buying antivirus software for each computer in a business. As long as you kept renewing your antivirus, kept it updated, and ran regular scans, your business would avoid 99 percent of the threats out there.

Over the last several years, things have changed and become much more complicated.

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Poor Cybersecurity Can Put Human Lives at Risk

Poor Cybersecurity Can Put Human Lives at Risk

Ransomware and healthcare don’t mix, and cybercriminals are taking advantage of this fact to an alarming degree. Let’s consider the dangers associated with the presence of ransomware in the healthcare space.

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Data Breaches are Targeting Massachusetts Businesses; Are You Prepared?

Data Breaches are Targeting Massachusetts Businesses; Are You Prepared?

Let me ask you something: how much do you think that data breaches have increased in Massachusetts in the past decade? 20 percent? 30 percent? Maybe even 60 percent?

Nope—they’ve doubled. They’ve doubled despite stricter policies for businesses that suffer from data breaches. They’ve doubled despite the fact that more and more businesses are required to meet certain levels of protection and compliance regulations. This makes it all the more important that you are prepared to prevent these kinds of breaches.

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What the Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws Might Look Like in 2022 and Beyond

What the Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws Might Look Like in 2022 and Beyond

The Bay State has some of the most comprehensive data privacy laws in place, with additional legislation being debated at the time of this writing. Considering the projections concerning how cybercrime is expected to grow, it only makes sense to pay attention to how these laws take shape and could impact your business.

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The 2022 Cybersecurity Plan for Massachusetts Small Businesses

The 2022 Cybersecurity Plan for Massachusetts Small Businesses

Massachusetts has taken the lead in the United States in terms of cybersecurity regulations, which in the long run, will hopefully aid to protect businesses and consumers from the Bay State. Let’s review what your cybersecurity needs to look like as we progress into 2022.

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2020 Was Rough for Healthcare Where IT Was Concerned

2020 Was Rough for Healthcare Where IT Was Concerned

2020 was, obviously, a challenging year for healthcare providers. In addition to the obvious issue of the COVID-19 pandemic creating serious operational, financial, and supply chain difficulties, cybersecurity concerns didn’t go away during this time. Let’s consider some of the additional stresses that IT security needs can, will, and have placed on healthcare providers.

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Does Your Current IT Provider Fully Realize Your Needs?

Does Your Current IT Provider Fully Realize Your Needs?

This might sound familiar for some of you, especially if you are in the construction, engineering, or architecture business, or any other industry that has pretty demanding computing needs.

Some industries require better hardware to handle the demanding software and work that needs to be done. Typical office workstations and infrastructure might work great for typical offices, but when you are working with AutoCAD, handling massive floor plans, accessing and sharing complex documents, and trying to get it all done within budget, the lower-end just isn’t going to cut it.

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How Credit Card Compliance Benefits Your Business During COVID-19

How Credit Card Compliance Benefits Your Business During COVID-19

As South New England businesses continue to adapt to a post-coronavirus landscape, they face the reality that an increasing number of interactions will be occurring online. Moreover, with many now needing to accept payment online; these businesses must now follow strict credit card compliance rules or risk severe sanctions. If you're not sure how to comply, read on.

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PCI Compliance and Your Business

PCI Compliance and Your Business

The days of the cash-only business are over. It doesn’t matter if your business is a multinational corporation or you cut grass for a living, accepting payment cards is not only convenient for your customers, most of the time it’s the most secure way to get paid. In an effort to protect the personal and financial information of consumers who have come to depend on their payment cards, the banks that back the credit card industry have developed a regulation that businesses who process cards need to adhere to. Today, we will go over this regulation and how it affects small and medium-sized businesses

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What Cybersecurity Protections Do CPAs and Accountants Need?

Five Security Steps Every CPA Must Take

Massachusetts has one of the strictest data protection laws in the country. Is your business compliant? A CPA is one of the few professionals who have access to the most desired information a cybercriminal is looking for: financial records. This makes your firm a prime candidate for cyberattacks, so our next question is: is your data secure? Here are five security steps your CPA firm should take to protect your client's data.

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