Join us for a FREE cloud backup and recovery event breakfast September 17th
Data breaches have become a costly problem for businesses, both large, and small, in today’s increasingly technology-dependent workplaces. In the face of these massive, unprecedented cyber-security attacks on business, are you hungry for information on how you can leverage technology to safeguard the financial future of your business, your brand, and your reputation?
Kobargo Technology Partners, a telecommunications and cloud service consulting company, is holding a FREE Power Hour Breakfast event for cloud backup, telecom solutions, and data security on Tuesday, September 17. You should make plans now to attend. This event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Bring your appetite for cyber-security knowledge along with your craving for a delicious, complimentary breakfast - you’re sure to leave full!
If you don’t secure your company's data, you are vulnerable to data breaches. Here is more information on this serious cyber-security issue.
Traumatic events in cyber-attacks are unavoidable. No matter what measures companies take to avoid cyber-security risks, the odds are it will happen. These traumatic events fall into these categories:
- Telecom equipment failures
- Employees make mistakes, whether accidental or intentional and need more security awareness training
- Cyber hackers breach your defenses
- Natural disasters hit
When a cyber-security incident can’t be predicted or prevented, having a strong managed telecommunications and cloud backup provider, is your only chance to restore business operations and recover the information you require to make business decisions. Businesses literally cannot afford to neglect having managed IT or cyber-security procedures in place for telecom solutions and cloud backup of this vital information. It is an unfortunate truth that too many organizations don’t back up their telecom information frequently enough, have managed IT solutions or test their telecom recovery systems regularly.
Recovering from a cyber-attack. Ransomware attacks - a form of malware that encrypts a victim's files, which can be delivered via a phishing cyber-security attack - continue to dominate the telecom threat landscape. The 2017 Health Care Cyber Research Report found that ransomware cyber-security telecom attacks on healthcare organizations increased by an astounding 89% between 2016 and 2017. While the healthcare industry seems to be the preferred target for some ransomware, be aware that no organization is immune to cyber-security issues or these malicious attacks. Having a managed IT and telecom service company on your side is what you need. For example, in 2017, hackers targeted Dartmouth College with a strain of ransomware called Double Pulsar. Fortunately, the college had protective development software in place, so no files were successfully encrypted. Ransomware has evolved to the point that on-site backup files may be automatically deleted. Fortunately, managed IT solutions like a backup in the cloud ensures that you can recover your encrypted telecom data without having to pay a ransom.
Recovering from a non-malicious event. Not all telecom data loss is initiated by bad actors. Earlier this year, the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan lost use of its applications and electronic health records system during a power outage; for almost the entire day, the staff was forced to go “old-school,” using pen and paper to record patient records, and patients were seen as scheduled despite some delays. Having a telecom or managed IT solutions company with hosted cloud capabilities could have helped. According to David Olejarz, hospital spokesman, by that afternoon, IT teams have resolved the power issue that affected the EMR, email, and some phones since 7:40 that morning. “We encountered some minor delays in patient care, and complex, non-emergent procedures were delayed until the appropriate applications were restored," Olejarz said, adding, “We followed up with patients requesting future appointments.”
He also said the outage was caused by an electrical inspection in advance of an upcoming electrical upgrade.
Outages can severely hamper healthcare organizations, putting patient health at risk, when medical histories can’t be accessed. But utilizing a consulting company with hosted cloud and managed IT services can put a company back on track. While they may not have life or death ramifications for other firms, an extended outage can severely disable a firm’s bottom line; IHS Markit found that the average midsized company loses $1 million per day during an outage, while an enterprise can lose a jaw-dropping $60 million per day. Much of that revenue loss can be attributed to interruptions in productivity. If you have a telecom backup and managed IT recovery plan that promises fast recovery time objectives, along with feasible cloud hosting and recovery point objectives that guarantee you’ll be able to access the applications and telecom data needed to service your clients, you’ll be ahead of the game.
Natural disasters can be catastrophic to a company’s survival. The recent spate of natural events - hurricanes, fires, floods, tornadoes, and record-breaking cold - that has swept across the nation is a reminder of why having an exhaustive, well-developed managed IT and telecom consulting services firm for a backup and recovery plan in place is so vital for a company’s survival. By definition, a natural disaster is unpredictable and can affect a large geographic area - entire communities and even states.
No company can afford to spend weeks - or even months - recovering their telecom data from a natural disaster. A managed IT and hosted cloud recovery telecommunication service provider, with automatic failover combined with the advantage of geographical diversity, allows your company to continue running with minimum interruption. Even if your physical data center is knocked out or destroyed by a flood or tornado, life - and your business - can go on.
Find the right backup and recovery solution. This is key to bouncing back from a cyber-security data breach or outage with a minimum amount of downtime and data loss. To ensure swift recovery after an incident, many companies are turning to a managed IT and hosted cloud service for backup and recovery as a service (BRaaS.) Using cloud-based backup and recovery provides advantages over on-site backup and increases availability. If your primary telecom data center is affected, hosted cloud backup and telecom recovery accomplishes instant failover.
Here are a few ways to avoid a costly data breach:
- Every IT manager should perform a business risk assessment for each key infrastructure - hosted cloud or onsite - that is responsible for the maintenance, management, and storage of telecom data.
- Businesses should educate and train employees on best practices to ensure cyber-security to reduce the risk of the types of mistakes that can lead to a costly telecom data breach.
- Keep an eye on everyone, both in-house employees and those who have access to your company’s data remotely to know what normal network traffic looks like, so if anything out of the ordinary is to occur, they will be able to quickly recognize it and alert someone to the issue.
- Keep track of mobile devices. The first step to securing your company’s telecom devices should be to implement password protection and timeout functionality to thwart cyber-security attacks.
- Keep current with telecom security software updates.
- Encryption that secures data. Make sure data is encrypted at the source before it leaves the company LAN to be sure be all your data is secure as it travels over public networks, and stored in backup repositories.
- Anticipate a potential ransomware attack. Consulting companies, like Kobargo, that protect telecom data using disaster recovery, and proper backup of critical systems, can be brought back online and continue to operate, despite attempts by hackers to hold their telecom data (and wallets) hostage.
- Apply a solid encryption policy. Your organization needs to make sure all its data is encrypted by adding security measures to everything from servers to computers to mobile devices.
Make plans now to attend the Power Hour Breakfast at the Wigwam Resort on September 17, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This informative event will advise on the managed IT and hosted cloud services necessary for reliable telecom cloud backup and recovery solutions, especially given the recent data breaches that have affected millions of consumers. Securing telecom data improves productivity, ensures peace of mind, and protects telecom businesses against data loss and reputation management. Those attending this free event will learn how to leverage technology to not only protect the financial future of their business but also their brand. Come and enjoy a free breakfast, and learn how to leverage technology to protect the financial future of your business, your brand, and your reputation.
The Power Hour Breakfast will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Wigwam Resort, 300 East Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, AZ, 85340. For more information on this event and to learn more about Kobargo’s managed services, technology consulting, telecom solutions, cloud services, and rapid application development for companies that need an experienced IT service provider, go to Kobargo.com.