Cybersecurity internal controls protect SMBs from business email compromise and employee fraud

Five Cybersecurity Controls That Thwart Wire Transfer Scams and Employee Fraud

Two common, insidious cyber-related crimes — employee fraud and fake email requests for wire transfers — can bleed your SMB’s bottom line over months or years. Learn the five internal cybersecurity controls that accounting experts recommend to prevent these and other losses. Read more

Cybersecurity Training

5 Keys to Creating Cybersecurity Awareness Training Your Team Won’t Snore Through

A cyber thief once tricked an employee into transferring millions of dollars from the employer’s account into the thief’s account. How? By mimicking the employee’s CEO’s distinctive writing style. This wasn’t an attack on the company’s IT network. It was something far darker.  Read more

FINRA Cybersecurity Checklist for Small Firms is an excellent resource

How to Use the FINRA Cybersecurity Checklist for Small Firms

For small to medium-sized financial advisor firms, the best cybersecurity tool you may never have heard of is FINRA’s “Checklist for a Small Firm’s Cybersecurity Program.” Follow these tips on completing it, and your clients’ sensitive data — and your business — will be much safer. Read more

Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 in January 2020

5 Common Mistakes for SMBs to Avoid as Windows 7 and Server 2008 Demise Looms

Say goodbye to Windows 7, especially if your firm must comply with cybersecurity regulations. In less than six months, if you have even one PC on Windows 7 still connected to your IT network, you’ll open a backdoor exposing your data to hackers. Close that door now. Read more

Data breach lawsuits could increase for small to medium-sized financial services firms

Threat of Harm: How a Cybersecurity Lapse Can Make Your Financial SMB Liable

The chances of a company facing a data breach lawsuit appear to be increasing. And for smaller companies — particularly financial services providers — a lawsuit can put them out of business. Learn these four strategies to protect your firm from cybersecurity litigation. Read more

Cybersecurity threats to financial services SMBs

5 Top Cybersecurity Threats Faced by Financial Services Firms

The Cybersecurity Risk Pyramid shows small to medium-sized financial services firms how to cost-effectively deploy limited IT resources to protect your clients’ most sensitive data. We break down the five top risks — which are probably in the reverse order that you think they are. Read more

Cybersecurity trends for small and medium-sized financial services firms

8 Cybersecurity Trends Experts Reveal for Financial Services SMBs

If you run a financial services firm, you’ve seen many new cybersecurity rules issued in recent years — but are you ready for regulators to get serious about enforcing them? In this post, we hear from three experts who say the crackdown has begun. And smaller firms won’t be spared. Read more

Servers can improve a small business’s productivity and security

What Does a Server Do for Your Small Business?

Servers are the brains and brawn of your business’s IT infrastructure, but if you don’t have an IT background, you may wonder what exactly a server is and why it’s so important. I’ll answer five basic questions about servers, including how to buy the right server and keep it healthy. Read more

IT network diagrams are critical for small businesses

Why Your Small Business Needs an IT Network Diagram Before Trouble Hits

The more your business’s IT system grows, the more you need an up-to-date network diagram. You or your IT services provider may need it in an urgent troubleshooting situation. And that’s only one of the five reasons to have a network diagram — especially if you’re not an IT expert. Read more