End-User Security Training from Onboarding to Offboarding

Posted by Data Evolution on 5/30/21 4:11 PM

If you read or watch the news, then it is no surprise that companies’ electronic systems get compromised all the time, whether big or small. The biotech and life science industry is no stranger to these threats. Even with antivirus and antimalware systems in place, breaches are still possible through the vulnerable path of your employees.

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Topics: IT Security

What a newly-launched biotech needs to get started

Posted by Data Evolution on 4/22/21 11:35 AM

Biotech and life science companies tend to grow quickly. Your team may grow from two to thirty or more in a single year, and your workflow needs to scale and pivot smoothly with you. Partner with a mature MSP such as Data Evolution who understands this industry, what you need to operate now, and how this will change over time.

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Topics: Biotechnology Startup

5 Key Cybersecurity Musts for Life Science Companies

Posted by Data Evolution on 4/13/21 9:26 PM

Life science companies regularly deal with intellectual property and expensive lab equipment, making them an appealing target for cybercriminals. This is a major issue on two crucial fronts:

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Topics: IT Security

Identifying Risks to Your Data Security

Posted by Data Evolution on 3/31/21 11:55 AM

A data breach has the potential to cause reputation damage, financial ramifications, and legal liability. Any company with sensitive data or intellectual property must ensure their work is secure. Data security is an escalating issue for life sciences companies in particular: 40% of cyberattacks on life sciences companies reported to the media since 2017 took place in 2020 alone.

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Topics: IT Security

Why Your Company Needs an IT Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted by Data Evolution on 3/19/21 1:27 PM

IT disasters can range from a minor inconvenience to a dilemma that brings your work to a screeching halt, and they are more common than you might think. Things can go wrong in many ways – even something as simple as someone deleting information by mistake.

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Topics: IT Support

Why Your Small Business's New Year's Resolutions Need to Involve IT in 2019

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 1/4/19 10:19 AM

So it's January, how are your New Year's resolutions coming? No, I'm not talking about how much weight you've lost or how many days you've managed to floss in a row (but congratulations) - I'm talking about the resolutions and goals you've set for your small business for the upcoming year.  More than half of small businesses make new years resolutionsThe start of a new year is a natural time to look back over the previous one and plan for the next one. Did your last year go as well as you had hoped? What can you do to avoid the problems you faced in 2018 and maximize your opportunities in 2019?

Whether it be to contact customers more often, blog more frequently, focus more on social media, or launch a pending marketing campaign, small business owners have a lot on their minds. But somehow IT planning isn't ever on the radar.  You rely on technology for your company to function, so why aren't you giving it the attention it deserves? There are easy and low-cost ways you can improve your whole IT infrastructure for the upcoming year, and it's never too late to get started.

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Topics: Backup and Disaster Recovery, Data Security, IT partners

Going Public? What SOX Compliance Means for IT

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 10/18/17 8:30 AM

Created in the wake of the financial scandals of the early 2000s, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) was the federal government’s attempt to keep public companies honest about their financial status — to investors, employees, and the public. But while Enron and Tyco grabbed the headlines, mega-corporations aren’t the only companies that must comply with SOX.

Any public company — or, crucially — any company intending to go public, must comply.

In the race to generate value, many startups set their sights on an initial public offering (IPO). Others hope to be acquired by a larger company. In the first case, SOX compliance will be mandatory. In the second, it can increase your company’s value in the eyes of potential buyers.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, SOX Compliance

3 New Password Best Practices to Protect Your Company in 2017

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 8/17/17 8:00 AM

With the recent news that Bill Burr, who originally wrote the guidelines for government employees password polices that influenced the business world too, now regrets those complexity standards he developed businesses are now left to decide how they should handle these new standards.

NIST released a draft of its guidelines for review last year, and this summer, released the final version. It’s a four-volume document, written, as Fortune describes, “in turgid bureaucrat-speak.” We’ll save you the trouble of wading through it and highlight some of the biggest changes from the password best practices of the past.

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Topics: IT Security

Can Your Mac Get a Virus? 4 Myths About Data Security on MacOS

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/25/17 8:36 AM

Apple likes to cultivate a pristine image: hardware, software, and user experiences blending seamlessly together. And for the most part, image and reality are the same.

Apple products command a premium because they “just work.” Businesses owners will tell you they choose Macs — despite their higher price tags — because they’re powerful with less hassle. And the perception is that they’re more secure.

In fact, since Apple debuted Mac OS X (10.0) in 2001, the conventional wisdom has been that the operating system is nearly impenetrable to viruses and other malware due to it being built on Unix.

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Topics: IT Security

The 4 Worst Email Scams of 2017; Are You Next?

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/11/17 8:00 AM

2017 hasn’t even reached its halfway point and already it’s been a banner year for email scammers. The hackers may be rejoicing, but if you or your company has been on the receiving end of an email-based cyberattack, it’s hardly something to celebrate.

According to the FBI, email scams have been hitting American businesses hard, to the tune of a half a billion dollars per year. And the pace doesn’t seem to be slowing for 2017.

If your company hasn’t fallen victim to an email scam this year, count yourself lucky. Up to 85 percent of organizations have suffered phishing attacks, according to one report. (Phishing is the blanket name for the most common form of email scam.)

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Topics: IT Security, Email