Author: Anne McAuley Lopez

How Ransomware Protection Can Save Your Business

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Picture this: You walk into work on a Monday, and everyone is standing around. No one can access the servers, including confidential client information. Business is at a standstill because someone has hacked into your network. To prevent this from happening at your business, consider ransomware protection.

Ransomware attacks are increasingly happening to smaller businesses, even personal computers. Hackers aren’t just going after large organizations like hospitals, oil companies, and big box stores; anyone is fair game for them now. It’s a bit scary but PCC can support your business and protect networks and servers from being compromised.

How Ransomware Protection Can Save Your Business

The Identity Theft Research Center reported a 17% increase in the number of data breaches from 2020 to 2021. Because of how the numbers are reported, this may even be a larger percentage. The cost of a data breach is an average of over $4 million, according to IBM, with others reporting even higher costs. What does this mean for your business? It means it’s time to consider ransomware protection that can save your business.

  • Educate employees. Human error is responsible for as many as 95% of all successful cyberattacks. This is due to employees not being educated about email phishing scams, updating operating systems, and upgrading hardware. Training your team is part of what we do when we implement a ransomware protection plan.
  • Install firewall protection. Protect files and emails from hackers when a firewall is installed and updated.
  • Monitor internet usage. It’s not that you don’t trust your employees, it’s that certain websites pose more of a threat to security than others. The more we can monitor internet usage, the more protected your business is.

Ultimately, we want to protect business data and keep systems updated and secure. Our team constantly monitors the network, prevents breaches, and keeps technology working. We don’t want the Monday scenario described above to be your business.

If you’re wondering if ransomware protection is worth the investment, consider that even when a ransom is paid to release your business information back to your control after an attack, there can be information missing that you can never recover. Not only that but data can be copied and sold to anyone around the globe. Why not act ahead of the hackers and protect your business today? PCC is here to help. Contact us today to learn more.

Why Law Firms Need IT Services

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Businesses, including law firms, are experiencing data breaches. That means the information you thought was secure is being compromised by hackers. It has been reported that as many as 25% of law firms experienced, will yours be next? We don’t know. What we do know is that having a team of legal IT services professionals working around the clock to secure and monitor the network and data will help prevent a data breach.

Whether your firm is a small estate planning firm or a large corporate entity, we know two things:

  1. Your firm is held to compliance and industry standards, including keeping client information and conversations private.
  2. Hackers are constantly finding ways to breach business data.

That means being prepared by having systems and education in place to thwart such an attack.

Why Law Firms Need IT Services

The American Bar Association offers The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook for attorneys, law firms, and related business professionals. While this is a useful overview, the reality is that cybercriminals are quickly changing how they are accessing data that you may think is secure, making it important to have a legal IT services team working side by side with you.

  1. Protect Client Information. We collaborate with you and your staff to ensure digital client data is protected. From where scanned paper files are stored online to antivirus software, firewalls, and updated operating systems.
  2. Expand the team. If you’re seeking to hire new employees, our legal IT services team will set up a secure workstation with appropriate security. Only at the highest levels is it usually required that an employee has access to all information about the firm and clients. In the wrong hands, this is a security risk. The “wrong” hands could be an employee who simply isn’t educated on what malware is and what it can look like. They click a link, and the entire firm has been compromised.
  3. Improve Processes and Procedures. As your firm changes, so will technology. Having the right processes and procedures in place will ensure everyone has the tools they need to do their jobs. We will work together to ensure systems are updated and upgraded as needed or wanted so that processes are streamlined.
  4. Increased flexibility. As with many businesses, there comes a time when administrative tasks are taking too much time away from working on the business, or in this case, with clients. Rather than spinning your wheels, partner with a legal IT services firm that understands what you need and will manage those tech-related tasks on your behalf, thus giving you flexibility on your schedule.
  5. Improved bottom line. We offer a flat rate monthly fee for services that fit the needs of your law firm. You won’t have to worry if one more call to the help desk will increase your bill. Rather, we build in that time, along with securing and monitoring systems all day, every day.

Bottom line is that when you have a legal IT services partner, you can focus on your clients and your team and not technology. Protect your law firm, stay compliant with standards, and let us take care of the rest. For more information, please visit our website and contact us today.

Data Breaches, Cybersecurity, Ransomware….Oh My

If you asked the companies that were hacked in 2021, they’d tell you data breaches, cybersecurity, and ransomware mean a lot more to their business now than before their systems were compromised. It can happen to your business too. PCC is here to support your business and protect data.

The Identity Theft Research Center reported a 17% increase in the number of data breaches from 2020 to 2021. Because of how the numbers are reported, this may even be a larger percentage. The cost of a data breach is an average of over $4 million, according to IBM, with others reporting even higher costs. What this means for your business is that you need a cybersecurity plan in place before your business becomes the next victim of a data breach or ransomware attack.

Cybersecurity for San Francisco Area Businesses

Any business anywhere can be the victim of a cyberattack. It can cost millions of dollars to get the data back from hackers holding it for ransom, not to mention what it costs in reputation management. Look at big brands like Facebook, Volkswagen, and T-Mobile, a few of the companies affected in 2021, and how they had to spend time, money, and resources to make sure data is better protected. Can your small business survive? Most would struggle, making the case for cybersecurity even more of a priority.

Cybersecurity protects systems, networks, and software programs from attacks. Hackers try to access, change, or destroy information. They may extort businesses, hospitals, and governments, and interrupt workflows. They can take down entire systems with a few keystrokes. One employee opening the wrong email can cause a chain reaction.

  • Educate employees about spam emails and phishing scams. Scammers have gotten better about creating emails that look like they are from trusted sources. Check who sent the email address. If it looks odd, don’t open it and ask an IT administrator.
  • Provide firewall security. If it’s too challenging to access your organization’s data, the hackers will move on to the next.
  • Regularly back up data so that in case of a breach, information can be restored once it is safe to do so.
  • Secure Wi-Fi and provide secure access to remote employees
  • Hire an IT Services company like PCC to assess current systems, update workstations, and create and implement a cybersecurity plan to protect company data.

Partner with PCC and give yourself peace of mind that your business is as protected as it can be. Cybersecurity can save your business. It’s worth the investment.