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How to NOT Have a Data Breach

“2 Canadian Banks Hacked, 90,000 Customers’ Data Stolen”

“Air Canada Suffers Data Breach – 20,000 Mobile App Users Affected”

“University of Calgary Pays Hackers $20,000 After Ransomware Attack”

I bet there’s one main thing you’re thinking right now: “I sure hope that’s never us.” But you can do more than just hope. There’s a simple way to prevent being the next company in the news for a data breach, and it’s simple to implement. Let me explain.

I’d be willing to bet that you have at least some of your data stored on the cloud. And that’s okay. “The cloud” is a marvel of modern computing – a way to protect your data from being lost or accidentally erased by housing it online. A way to share files and make data available to everyone in your organization who needs it.

But there’s a dark side to the cloud that people rarely talk about. A dirty little secret that turns that ethereal, happy image into a storm cloud – and a major security risk.

Your cloud data storage is a massive security hole because anytime you take data and put it online, it becomes a target for thieves and hackers. Lax security here could cost you money, customers, and your entire reputation.

And small to medium businesses are target #1, because they still have a lot to lose, but often very weak security.

If a hacker knows that your business uses Office365 and finds an employee email address (which is not hard to do), they already have two-thirds of the information they need to use your account, steal information, and deceive your business clients. All they need is a password. And if one out of a hundred of your employees has a weak password, it’s a piece of cake to get in, gain all sorts of other access, and wreak a whole lot of havoc.

So what’s the solution? It’s simple – you need to have more than just a password. A lot of clients of ours use a 6-digit pin code, but other solutions also work. It’s called MFA, or multi- factor authorization. The point is that now, in 2019, if you have more than 10 email address and an Office365 account that needs only a password to log in, you’re at risk and gambling with your security.

The cost to implement this step is minimal, but it’s nothing compared to the cost of not doing it. Give us a call today to set up multi-factor authorization.

Otherwise, anything you put on the cloud today could easily end up on the news tomorrow.