The Rapidly Changing Role of Cybersecurity Professionals in 2018

By Tom McDonald | Dec 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Cybersecurity is an ongoing challenge for Connecticut businesses, partly because cybercriminals are becoming more aggressive and cyberattacks are becoming more prevalent, but mostly because businesses aren’t equipped to deal with cybersecurity issues. IT resources are being stretched as it is and the shortage of cybersecurity professionals makes it harder to find the talent needed to fortify corporate enterprise networks. There is a gap in cybersecurity skills and Connecticut corporate leaders are going to have to adopt new strategies to bridge that gap.

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The Threat of Ex-Employees: Time to Update Your CT Company's Offboarding Process

By Tom McDonald | Dec 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

One of the greatest threats Connecticut companies face when it comes to data security is ex-employees. Whether someone has been fired or left the company, failure to remove old passwords and update security protocols can leave corporate systems vulnerable to attack.

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Create Your 2018 SMB Cybersecurity Plan in 6 Steps

By Tom McDonald | Dec 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

 

 
 
 
 
 
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My name is Tom McDonald, and I'm the CEO of NSI. Today, what we're gonna talk about is how to create a 2018 SMB cyber-security plan in six steps. This is based on the NIS tape, NIST, Interagency 7621 report. Fifty-four pages of riveting information for the small business around information security and cyber-security. So I read this for you and condensed it, so you don't have to. You can thank me later.

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BYOD vs. CYOD: What Mobile Device Policy Is Ideal for Your Connecticut Company?

By Tom McDonald | Nov 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Mobile devices have become an integral part of corporate computing. More Connecticut workers are using smartphones, tablets, and laptops in the office, for telecommuting and when they travel, and companies are embracing these portable devices to boost productivity. At the same time, CIOs, CTOs, and CSOs have to make strategic decisions about the best way to manage mobile computing devices. Is it better to let employees use their own smartphones and tablets, or is company-issued hardware a better strategy? Which is better for your Connecticut company—bring your own device (BYOD) or choose your own device (CYOD)?

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The Art of War and Cybersecurity: Trends and Training for your Team

By Tom McDonald | Nov 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

 

Welcome, everyone. My name is Tom McDonald. I am the CEO of NSI and I appreciate you giving us some time and taking the time to view the webinar we're gonna go through today. So what we're gonna talk about today is how to stay up to date on cybersecurity and cyber threats as a busy CEO. And what I'll attempt to do here is relate this to the teachings from "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu. So as we go through this presentation today I will put together some of the lessons we learned in the book, how it relates to what's going on in today's cyber warfare landscape.

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The Free Cybersecurity Training That All CT Business Owners Should Watch

By Tom McDonald | Nov 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In previous blog posts, we have emphasized the importance of data security and the fact that every business can expect a data breach at some time or another. Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting Connecticut small to medium-sized businesses (SMB) to steal potentially valuable information, and to hijack SMB computing resources to attack other businesses. When launching these attacks, hackers target the weakest link—your employees. That’s why cybersecurity training is essential for every organization.

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Do You Use Your SmartPhone for Work? Watch Out for These Mobile Security Threats

By Tom McDonald | Nov 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Did you know that more than 74 percent of U.S. businesses either have a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy or plan to have one in place within 12 months? Sixty-seven percent of U.S. workers report using their own mobile devices at work, and the majority of those devices are smartphones. There are currently 224.3 million smartphone users in the U.S., and that number is expected to grow to 270.66 million by 2022.

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If It Can Happen to Verizon, It Can Happen to Your Connecticut Small Business

By Tom McDonald | Sep 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Every Connecticut small business needs to take data security extremely seriously. You need to be on continuous watch for malware and data leaks. A data leak can be disastrous for any business, but small businesses are especially vulnerable, because they typically don’t have the hardened data security of large corporations or the resources to deal with a data breach once it occurs. Connecticut small businesses suffer double jeopardy, because, in addition to dealing with the data breach itself, Connecticut’s data breach notification law requires businesses to notify those affected and provide two years of identity theft and credit monitoring.

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Will Autonomous Vehicles Create New Cybersecurity Risks for CT Businesses?

By Tom McDonald | Sep 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Not long ago the concept of viable self-driving cars seemed far-fetched, but the reality is that autonomous vehicles (AV) are here today, and likely to become commonplace within the next few years.While the technology is nearly perfected, there are still roadblocks to adoption, such as data security, which is something that should concern all Connecticut businesses.

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