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Social Engineering Attacks: How to Protect Yourself and Your Business

No matter what security protocols your company puts in place or how unbreakable you believe your password to be, there is one vulnerability that cybercriminals can always...


CMMC Section 3.8: Media Protection

Today we’ll break down CMMC Section 3.8, which focuses on the media protection for media that contains controlled unclassified information (CUI).

It’s important to remember...


Cyber Insurance in 2022: Does Your Business Need It?

Do you really need cybersecurity insurance? Well, that depends!The number of businesses who took out cyber insurance policies in the last few years has sky-rocketed, thanks...


Top 4 Signs Your Company Needs to Hire a Virtual CISO (vCISO)

What was once a relatively unknown position has become a necessity for many businesses across all industries. As more of us continue to work remotely, the necessity of a...


CMMC Section 3.6: Incident Response

Today we are focusing on a review of CMMC Section 3.6, which provides individual practices for incident response after a cyberattack. The biggest takeaway? Good cybersecurity...


How Much Should Cybersecurity Cost Your Business?

When organizations are looking for ways to save money, cybersecurity sometimes ends up on the chopping block. For those companies fortunate enough to never have gone through...


The Essential Guide To Endpoint Security for Business

With the rapid evolution of the modern-day workplace, and the growing popularity of BYOD, today’s employees comprise a combination of office-based, remote and hybrid workers...


Small Business Cybersecurity: How to Protect Yourself Against Hackers

By the time you get to the end of this sentence, a cybercriminal will have successfully attacked a business and infected it with ransomware. According to Cybercrime Magazine,...


CMMC Section 3.5: Identification and Authentication

When it comes to achieving CMMC compliance, the old business maxim holds true — it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

One of the most vital protections you have against...


CMMC Section 3.4: Configuration Management

Configuration management is vital, both within the CMMC framework and in general from a security and IT perspective.

Configuration management ranks right up there with...


CMMC Section 3.3: Cybersecurity Audit and Accountability

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification 2.0 (CMMC) includes practices and controls that fall under the category of “Audit and Accountability.”

Unlike with other areas...


CMMC 2.0 Updates - April 2022

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) published Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification 2.0 (CMMC 2.0) in November 2021 to safeguard sensitive national security...


CMMC Cybersecurity Awareness, Training and Personnel Security

If your organization is working toward Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), then you will eventually come across the sections dealing with cybersecurity...


2022 Tips on Achieving CMMC Compliance: Access Control

If your organization wants to achieve Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), you need to understand Access Control.

Not just what it is, but the process. And the...


How to Implement a Security Awareness Program for Your Business

Not too long ago, most security breaches were caused by technical problems, such as hardware malfunctions or vulnerable applications. But not anymore - most breaches are now...


6 Tips for Improving Cloud Computing Security

Almost every business you can think of is using public cloud services for many of their critical business applications. Unfortunately as we head into 2021, cyberattacks and...


Cybersecurity Awareness Training: 8 Critical Elements

Your greatest cybersecurity vulnerability isn’t your hardware. Or your software. It’s your people. People—executives, managers, team leaders, workers—are the leading cause of...


The Importance of Complying with Data Privacy and Protection Laws

To judge solely by headlines, it would be easy to think only enterprise-level businesses need to worry about consumer data privacy laws.

The truth, however, is that the laws...


How To Conduct a Cybersecurity Risk Assessment: 4 Simple Steps

It’s easy for businesses to get overwhelmed when it comes to figuring out what they need for adequate cyber security protection. We recommend that the very first thing you do...


What is the CFO's Role in Cybersecurity?
Is cybersecurity a technical issue or a business issue? Both. Does protecting your organization against cyber attacks fall under the domain of your chief technology officer...
Spear Phishing: How to Protect Your Business

In the past, using strong passwords was enough to keep accounts secure and hackers at bay. This is no longer the case, and cyber security services require a lot more than...


What is Shadow IT - And How You Can Control It

In the past, IT departments were able to control almost all technology decisions, along with who was allowed to use what application or service.But then came the cloud. And...


Is Your Business Ready for a Ransomware Attack?

Of all the malware threats in the world, ransomware remains the number-one choice of cybercriminals. And it’s a growing threat. Cybercrime Magazine estimates that malware...


5 Ways to Secure Google Drive for Business Use

If your business uses Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), then you have at least a nodding acquaintance with Google Drive.

Google Drive, of course, is Google’s storage and...


How Cybersecurity Managed Services Improve and Simplify NIST Compliance

If you are a federal government contractor wanting to land lucrative contracts with the Department of Defense and other large federal agencies, you must up your cybersecurity...


Should You Adopt a Zero Trust Security Model for Your Remote Workforce?

If you have a remote workforce (and, let’s face it, who doesn’t these days), you are likely concerned about how to secure your networks and data against intrusions by...


The Colonial Pipeline Hack: How To Protect YOUR Business!

Last week our news feeds were dominated yet again by another major cybersecurity incident.

This time, it was the ransomware hack on Colonial Pipeline which caused a major...


How A Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) Provides Cyber Defense

A managed security service provider (MSSP) could be one of your best business investments. Why? The most obvious reason is the escalating cyber incidents which threaten your...


How to Test A Suspicious Link or URL - Cool New Tool!

Ever wonder if a link in an email is legitimate? It’s not getting any easier to tell when a website, link, or attachment is ‘phishy’ - meaning if it’s legit or something we...


How Will HITECH and HIPAA Regulations Affect Your Business?

Back in February of 2009, the Obama Administration put the HITECH act into law, primarily as a means to update HIPAA which was started in 1996, and needed to be updated. But...


Cybersecurity in Chicago for Proactive Defense Against Cyberthreats

A single leak can sink a ship, and that’s pretty much what can happen with poor cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is critical for Chicago companies as a single security breach can...


Top Cybersecurity Threats at Financial Service Organizations

Cyber threats against financial service organizations are on the increase, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only served to accelerate this trend.


Law Firm Cybersecurity Through Managed IT Services

Law firm cybersecurity has never been more important because the stakes are so high and cybercrime is now endemic. For instance, hackers penetrated the defenses of 48 United...


SOC-as-a-Service: Cost-Effectively Improve Your Security Posture

If there was ever a catalyst for adopting SOC-as-a-Service then 2020 was it - the year of the pandemic saw normal life upended.

The unrelenting creep of the virus between...


Identity and Access Management in the Cloud: Policies & Best Practices

What is identity and access management (IAM)? The simple answer is, IAM systems give the right level of data access to people who interact with your organization. Today, most...


What Are the Top Cybersecurity Threats in 2021?

Businesses of all sizes are seeing record numbers of attacks and breaches, and cyber security service providers are scrambling to protect their clients. IT security consulting


Reduce Your Password Risk with Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)

Passwords are meant to protect your valuable business information from hackers, but unfortunately you can no longer rely on passwords alone!


How to Perform an IT Risk Assessment

No matter your industry, it’s important that you have a solid IT game plan in place for staying safe against cyber threats. When forming any plan, the very first step is to...


Employee Monitoring: Is It Right For Your Business?

The words employee monitoring bring some negative thoughts to mind. Maybe thoughts of Big Brother immediately take over as you picture a company tiptoeing around while it...


Vulnerability Scanning: What is it, and How Does it Work?

With any well thought out cyber security plan, the key is to be proactive. But in many cases, the normal response is to simply react to threats and attacks as they happen....


What Is Email Security: A Guide To Protecting Your Email

As you browse through our IT services, blog posts, and company info, you’ll quickly see just much we emphasize the importance of cybersecurity here at Ntiva. We’re not trying...


How to Carry Out a Gap Analysis for Your Business

It's a basic human instinct to focus on the present in order to make positive, lasting changes later on in life. It just makes sense - why wouldn’t we assess our current...


Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) Definition and Guide

While in the past all it took were firewalls and anti-virus software, keeping up with your company’s cyber security needs is now a full-time job. This isn’t just because...


Intrusion Detection Systems – How Does an IDS Spot Threats?

Cyber attackers will do whatever it takes to hack into a vulnerable network, and no amount of firewall protection or anti-virus software can completely guarantee security....


Cyber Security Threats: Why Hackers Target Small Businesses

“The typical cyber-criminal is rather like your common thief: he will go for the window without security locks. There is a high element of opportunism.” - Thomas Naylor