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Cyber Security: Risks and Planning for Executives Webinar

Cyber Security: Risks and Planning for Executives Webinar
May Lunch and Learn Webinar


If you think cyber thieves are only targeting the enterprise accounts in the Baltimore-Washington Region, think again.  The recent wave of ransomware and other compromises impact organizations of all sizes.  Last week the FBI reported that the little-known CEO Fraud scam has cost businesses more than $2.3 billion in losses over the past three years alone. 

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Widely under-reported are the attacks on small and medium-sized firms to their financial departments, intellectual property and sensitive client data. Cyber thieves are using increasingly sophisticated malware and social engineering techniques to target your business.
 
What is the economic impact for a business?  What can be done to mitigate this risk?

Join Ease Technologies and the McFarlin Insurance Agency for a special one-hour webinar on Cyber Security: Risks and Planning for Executives.

Topics 
  • Common cyber threats 
  • Managing an attack or breach 
  • Economic impacts of a cyber-attack 
  • Ways to mitigate your risk 
  • Insurance risk protection
Who should attend?
CEO, CFO, HR, and Risk Managers

When
May 4, 2016 - 12 pm - 1:00 pm

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Windows 10 - Are You Ready to Upgrade?

Enjoy a repeat of our March Lunch and Learn Webinar: Windows 10 - Are You Ready to Upgrade?  In the program we discuss: Why Upgrade?, Free Upgrade Details, Top Features, Upgrade Readiness, Windows 10 Demo and a Q&A of attendees.  The program is hosted with members of our help desk and account support team.

A technical note: the last 10 minutes during the Q&A the video is lost, but our program continues. 


If you are looking for a better technical service provider give Ease Technologies a call today.  Ease provides quick and patient support to your technical issues.  Our customers appreciate our innovative ideas and educational programs like this webinar.  Call us today to learn more at (301) 854-0010
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Demystifying the Cloud [Online Webinar]

Cloud ServicesDid your office productivity grind to a halt during last weeks winter storm? Are you interested in innovative ways to securely work remotely from any device?

Participants in the webinar will learn how advances in cloud services can provide employees of all size firms the ability to securely work from anywhere.

You will understand how the integration of servers, desktops, mobile devices and applications in the cloud can reduce expenses and increase your peace of mind. 

Topics:
Remote and mobile productivity
Secure file sharing 
Mobile device access 
Reducing capital expenditures 
Back up and recovery 
Improved firm data security

Learn how more advanced cloud solutions can transform the way you work today.

Date:
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016
12:00 pm -1:00 pm

Where:
Online Webinar

Presenters:
Dave Kile - Senior Vice President, Ease Technologies, Inc.
Pat Bubeck - Cloud Engineer, Ease Technologies, Inc.

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4 Steps to Prepare for a Major Storm

winter stormThe mild winter we started out with in the Baltimore-Washington Region last month has now turned something we hear about in movies.  Is your office prepared?  Follow these steps to weather the storm.

1. Keep an Off-Site List of Contacts
You probably have thousands of customers and vendors. Keeping an offsite contact list will allow you to stay in touch with them and keep your business running during downtime. This list should contain vendors that you need to contact every week, as well as any customers with current, unresolved issues. A printed paper version can be important and don't forget to keep a list of employee phone numbers too.

2. Back Up Critical Data Offsite or in the Cloud
You only have a day or two after forecasters tell you that a storm has a high chance of hitting your area. Power failures, melting floods, and even looting are all risks to your infrastructure and data that come with a severe storm.

A thorough disaster recovery plan will already accommodate the offsite storage of critical data. If you don't have such a plan, you'll want to start backing up critical data to an offsite location as soon as possible. This will give the data time to fully transfer before the storm hits.

One of the best options is to store your backups in the cloud. Data saved in the cloud is also readily available and redundantly stored.  Implementing cloud backups can take some time to plan, store and test.  

3. Have a Communication Plan
Work with your employees to create primary and secondary ways of to communicate during the storm.  You might want to forward your phones or extensions to cell phones.  Many newer VoiP phones systems provide a lot of options including just carrying your office phone home and plugging it into you home Internet connect.  Email and even texting should be part of the triage plan.  Not only do you want to have plans that include employees, but what is your message to your customers.    Some companies have used social media like Facebook and Linkedin as ways to stay in touch as well.

4. Practice Your Recovery Plan
Test restoring your data to your servers. Ensure that your local and remote backups can be used to restore operations in the event that you suffer extended downtime. Stepping through your recovery plan makes everyone familiar with what needs to be done to get your company back up and running.

Need help with your own disaster recovery plan? Automated backups are your best defense against massive data loss. These systems mean one less headache when worrying about your business during a winter storm. Contact us as soon as possible and we'll help you set up a complete data backup procedure to ensure that you don't lose data in case of a catastrophic event. Contact Ease Technologies today at (301)854-0010 and learn how our Ease Cloud Workspace can help keep your business secure in Baltimore-Washington Region.
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How to Create a Small Business Cloud Policy

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As you begin to move your company away from a physical infrastructure and into the cloud, it's important to make sure that proper security policies are in place. While you may have a general information security policy, don't think that absolves your organization from the need for a specific cloud security policy. The dangers that come along with using cloud software or infrastructure are markedly different than those of the typical security concerns encountered by most organizations.

The biggest risk for most cloud applications is a breach of the cloud provider's security. There is no real way to create a policy averting this risk, so the ideal solution is to look at things from the perspective of risk management—all cloud providers need to be evaluated for risk, based on their history, the architecture they use, stated security measures in place, and the value or risk of data being stored on that cloud platform.

The second biggest risk for organizations is employee negligence and inappropriate cloud usage. Curbing this risk requires several steps. First is identifying a point person in your organization, usually the IT manager, who will evaluate cloud services and approve or deny requests to use certain cloud providers. Next, employees need to be informed that they are not to use cloud services unless they have been vetted and approved by the point person. Finally, organizational data needs to be stratified by level of security it requires, so that cloud services can be evaluated for certain levels of security. For example, while one service may be perfectly fine to temporarily store or transport low–security information, it might not be secure enough for high–security information. Employees must be made aware that using cloud services is a major risk, and not to be done without authorization.

All cloud policies should integrate a worst–case–scenario plan. This can include plenty of redundant backups in case the cloud service storing your data goes down. It should also include a communication plan to inform your clients and customers in the event of a security breach at your cloud service provider.

Cloud services can offer your business a lot of flexibility and significant savings, but unless they are approached in a methodical and cautious manner, they can result in significant risk. A good cloud service policy is the biggest step towards minimizing this risk.

To learn more about how cloud services can cut costs and improve you company security check out the benefits of our Ease Cloud Workspace™ or call us today at (301) 854-0010.

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