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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Week 2: Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business

Creating a culture of cybersecurity is critical for all organizations ‒ large and small businesses, academic institutions, non-profits, and government agencies – and must be a shared responsibility among all employees. Week 2 will showcase how organizations can protect against the most common cyber threats. The week will also look at resources to help organizations strengthen their cyber resilience, including the use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework.

How can you prevent cyber threats?

Forbes recently published an article stating: 97% of respondents admitted that human error causes network outages and problems, with over two-thirds stating that monitoring solutions fail to predict most issues.” Education is the best defense against cybersecurity threats. Here are a few ways you can prevent data breaches:

  • Do not share or reuse passwords
  • Do not click on links or open attachments from unknown senders
  • Enforce password policies
  • Verify requests for sensitive information

Businesses can reduce cyber threats with firewalls, web-filtering, email filtering, network monitoring and anti-virus protection. Zerofail Southeast is Your IT Concierge offering 24/7 monitoring and IT support services. If you are unsure whether your business has any of these please contact us at to schedule a consultation with one of our experts.



2015 Data Breaches

During the past twelve months, Gemalto’s researchers observed and inventoried 1,673 data breaches that leaked in total over 707 million data records.

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Cloud App Security

The terms “cloud” and “apps” are common place among users. However, the use of the cloud and apps are a nightmare for technology professionals. Document sharing is extremely easy with cloud apps like Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive. Here are some interesting statistics regarding the sharing of corporate documents by data exposure type:

  • 74% internal. An example of a sensitive file inadvertently shared within an organization could be a payroll document.
  • 17% external. An example is when files are shared outside the organization, such as with a vendor or a contractor. A risk example is a document being sent to a contractor after termination of the agreement.
  • 9% public. This is the riskiest and potentially costliest form of exposure. The information is open to anyone on the internet with a link to the exposed content, which search engine crawling can easily spread.

“Elastica calculated that on average the financial impact to a company due to data exposure was $13.85 million.

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