4 Ways to Avoid a Spear Phishing Attack Against Your Biotech

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 9/20/16 8:30 AM

A trustful nature is, under most circumstances, not a bad character trait to have. But to cybercriminals, a little too much trust — combined with a generous dose of curiosity and inattention — is just the crack they need to worm their way into your biotech firm’s data.

Recently, I wrote about phishing , one of the most widespread and effective techniques used by hackers today to steal data, infect networks, and disrupt business. In its most basic form, phishing casts a wide net in the hopes of reeling in a few gullible individuals among thousands.

But hackers have a much more precise — and potentially devastating — weapon in their arsenal: spear phishing.

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Topics: Biotech, data security

Should Our Early-Stage Biotech Invest in an On-Site Server? 5 Questions to Ask

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/10/16 11:44 AM

Does an early-stage biotech company even need servers? If you listen to the way some people talk about it, on-site servers are unnecessary expenses in the modern, cloud-based world.

But while cloud services do give startup biotech firms unprecedented power to launch quickly with a small team, as your firm grows, special consideration needs to be taken when you start planning your company infrastructure. To be clear, we here at Data Evolution embrace both local and cloud servers, storage and applications. These days it is more likely our clients will have a hybrid (local and cloud) system. There are many things that are best served in the cloud but for this blog we are focusing on how to help make decisions around why you may need a local versus a cloud based system. There are considerations around power, storage space, and security your firm will need to reach your growth goals.

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Topics: Biotech, Server

Small to Mid-Sized Biotech Company? Watch Out For These New Cyber Attacks

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 2/26/15 11:33 AM

If you read the news these days there always seems to be a new article about a data breach, virus or hacking threat. They are usually about large companies (remember Anthem’s identity theft breach where tens of millions of SSNs were stolen?) but multinational corporations aren’t the only ones being targeted.  Even small to mid-sized companies get hit - we have seen an increasing number of targeted attacks at some of our very own biotech clients. There are two threats in particular I want to share:

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Topics: Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, data security

Dropbox Isn't the Answer for Biotech Startups

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 11/6/13 2:44 PM

If you are in the early stages of your biotech startup, you are probably looking for affordable and familiar IT tools to improve the way that you do business. With tens of millions of subscribers, Dropbox is one of the most popular consumer file syncing and sharing solutions.  Odds are some of your employees are even using it at work.

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Topics: Biotech, data security

Why Biotech Startups Should be Cautious About the Cloud

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 10/10/13 8:30 AM

Cloud computing solutions have helped relieve a lot of common IT problems. They allow easy and immediate scalability of an IT infrastructure at a fixed price. Plus, they facilitate remote access and data backup, issues that were major headaches in the past.

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Topics: Cloud IT Solutions, IT Security, Biotech, data security

Why Biotech Startups Need a Better Kind of Managed IT Service Provider

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 8/13/13 5:37 PM

There are almost as many managed IT service providers (MSPs) as there are biotech startups. Whether large or small, specialized or general, these companies help business of all types select, install and maintain their IT infrastructure. They may seem to be all alike, but most MSPs will not have the experience or expertise to provide your biotech start up with exactly the technology mix it needs meet its goals.

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Topics: Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, IT Infrastructure

How to Plan Your Biotech Startup Company's IT Investment

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/30/13 2:54 PM

Every dollar of your angel investment is important. With these limited funds, you have to set up a lab, prove a concept and produce the data necessary to secure more funding. No matter what the initial investment is, these funds disappear fast. That is why planning and budgeting are so important in the early days of a biotech startup.

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Topics: Cloud IT Solutions, IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, data security, Hybrid MSP, IT partners, Cloud

Top 4 Considerations in IT Infrastructure for Every Biotech Startup

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/16/13 5:31 PM

Your IT Infrastructure is more than just the computers that populate your labs and office space. It is a complex network of hardware and software located both on and off-site that is at the core of everything your biotech startup does. Without having these systems in place and running smoothly, your executives and researchers can't work effectively.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, Small Business IT Support, IT Support, IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, IT Efficiency, Biotech, data security, IT Infrastructure

Why IT is an Insurance Center not a Cost Center for Biotech Startups

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/9/13 5:36 PM

Information technology will be a line item on the budget of any biotech startup. Depending on the size of the business and the IT demands of their research, will dictate how much or how little IT you need. However, IT is best thought of as an investment rather than an expense. You need it to run your business and you expect it to be highly available, and the better the system you have in place, the more prepared you are to succeed from the very start.

In a technology driven industry like biotech, the daily operations of your company are entirely dependent on your computers, internet routers, servers, and security measures. Having the right technology, and the right IT partner, in place provides you with a powerful insurance policy against the setbacks that inevitably happen to young companies. Your IT can help you avoid the following common problems so that you can spend more time producing results for your investors.

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Topics: Backup and Disaster Recovery, Small Business IT Support, IT Support, IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, data security, IT Infrastructure

How to Build a Scalable IT Infrastructure for Your Life Science Startup

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/27/13 3:39 PM

The laboratory of your life science startup is a hot bed of activity. As your researchers and technicians race to prove that your concept is sound and your executive team works to ensure your business model is solid, large amounts of information are coming in and out of your lab lab and executive operations. Properly storing, securing and protecting this large amount of data is the responsibility of your IT systems, processes, and people.

When the needs of your lab change, the capabilities of the technology that supports it need to change as well. If you find that you suddenly need to process tens of thousands of gigabytes of information, or store a similar amount of data for later analysis, the tools you have in place may not be adequate. That is why scalable IT has become such an important issue in the life sciences. Your technology needs to be able to change as fast as your lab does. The following features should be a part of any IT infrastructure that is flexible and adaptive.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, IT Support, Biotechnology Startup, IT Efficiency, Biotech, IT Infrastructure


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