What are Managed Service Providers (MSPs), and How to Find the Right One

If you’ve ever wondered what Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are and how to find the right one, this article is for you. We’ll explore what MSPs are and give tips on finding an MSP that fits your business well. First, let’s look at what MSPs are. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) offer IT services for businesses …

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7 Positive Ways That Managed Services Benefit Small Businesses

Managed IT Services – 7 Positive Ways They Benefit Small Businesses

As a small business owner, you’re wearing many hats, and it is a challenge to know which ones to hand over to a pro and which to keep. Let’s see how managed services help increase your business efficiency. Often companies are looking for ways to reduce costs wherever they can, but this can lead to …

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For HIPAA controls, how O can you go?

There’s devil in the details of the various controls organizations use to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). We highlighted them all in a recent blog post if you want to read more. Broken out as administrative, operational or technical, HIPAA controls refer to the various processes, procedures and system …

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What providers really need to know about HIPAA Title II

The massive Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enacted by congress in 1996 is broken out into five different titles, with Title II being the one most heavily focused on security and privacy. Title II set, for the first time, key standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health insurance plans, and …

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Security in the Cloud: It’s Easier Than You Think

The shift in recent years to cloud computing has put seemingly unlimited computing and data storage capacity at the fingertips of the masses – from the smallest businesses to the largest corporations. Increasingly, there’s often little thought put into uploading that next batch of files to the cloud or spinning up that new virtual server, as the …

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For businesses breached, the meter keeps on running

On March 8, Home Depot agreed to pay a $25 million settlement to a group of banks for damages incurred during the company’s massive 2014 data breach. During that breach, email or credit card information was stolen from more than 50 million customers by thieves who hacked store self check-out terminals. It’s one of the largest breaches …

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Understanding the Complex PCI Compliance Fines.

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council is the governing body that establishes the policies that all merchants that process credit cards – large and small – must follow. By following the requirements set in the PCI Data Security Standard, merchants can better protect themselves against cyber attacks and thieves trying to steal customers’ credit …

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Who enforces PCI compliance? Does PCI Matter?

As credit card data becomes increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks, industry standards have strengthened business security practices. Which ultimately ensures the privacy and safety of customer data. Credit card vendors American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard, and Visa, formed the PCI (Payment Card Industry) Security Standards Council came together to guide merchants toward …

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PCI Glossary of Terms: Frequently Used Terms for PCI Compliance

The world of PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards) is a fairly new industry requirement in the rapidly evolving world of online credit card transactions. With the first draft of standards coming on the scene in 2004, the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) has since released seven updates aimed at encouraging merchants to …

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PCI Compliance is All Day Every Day

Once a year you gather your team, run down your data security protocol, patch any obvious holes in your network and work feverishly to meet the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) annual audit. But PCI compliance isn’t a goal you aim to hit once a year. Hackers are working constantly to steal your cardholder data. They’re …

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