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3 Security Tips to Prepare Your Staff

It can feel overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to protecting your staff from security threats. That’s why we created this infographic to explain three steps that you can take right now to keep your employees safe from exploitation. Following these steps will help to create a questioning culture where your employees...
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Security Risks with Zoom Web Meeting Platform

Everyone Using These Tools Should Consider How Secure They Are With the rapid transition to work from home environments…it’s no wonder that the use of web meeting technologies has grown exponentially. Everyone using these tools should consider how secure they are as revelations about Zoom have highlighted potential risks.  With an easy to use interface and...
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Protecting Important Data in a Work from Home (WFH) World

Protecting Important Data in a Work from Home (WFH) World In true American spirit, companies nationwide have quickly adapted to the rapid spread of COVID-19 and transitioned employees to a work from home (WFH) model. This approach is critical to limiting the impact of the virus, and for many organizations, it is a viable workaround....
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CMMC: What You Need to Know

As CMMC 1.0 was released in January, many companies and subcontractors are now realizing it’s time to play catch up.  According to a recent Pentagon report, “Only 12% of DoD contractors were confident in the cybersecurity of their vendors.”   In an attempt to keep companies in this sector, the Pentagon is working to make...
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Cybersecurity is Now an Allowable Cost on Government Contracts

Katie Arrington, DOD’s chief information security officer for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, recently announced the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) for NIST 800-171. In 2020, certification will be required to secure and renew government contracts.  CMMC certification requires an audit by an approved 3rd party to validate cybersecurity...
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Single Most Important Security Tip for Entrepreneurs

Prepare your Staff Let’s face it…there are no easy breaks in business.  And the malicious players are happy to exploit your employees at every turn.  The onslaught of emails and phone calls specifically designed to deceitfully extract money from your firm will not stop.  The most important thing you can do is prepare your staff.  ...
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Defense Contractors Facing Increased Liability Under FCA Due to Recent Court Decision

The Department of Defense’s heightened cybersecurity regulations increase risk that defense contractors cannot meet the government’s cybersecurity standards. Contractors may face liability under the False Claims Act (FCA) for not meeting these regulations due to the recent decision from the Eastern District of California in the United States ex rel. Markus v. Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings,...
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Security Vitals Featured on IT in the D Podcast

You don’t have to be a large company to be a (cyber) target; you can be a small to medium-sized company. “On average, it takes 244 days before a company realizes they were breeched,” says Rob Cote, President of Security Vitals. We often hear from executives who state that they have never been breached…to which...
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Security Vitals on the Michigan Business Network

In a lead-up to 2019’s Michigan Celebrates Small Business Gala Celebration, Jeffrey Mosher of the Michigan Business Network spoke with Security Vitals’ President Rob Cote as a 2019 Smartzone Best Small Business awardee. Listen to the Interview http://www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/blog/smartzone-best-small-business-security-vitals  
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Ransomware Attack Forces Healthcare Provider to Close Their Doors

A health care provider has closed unexpectedly due to a ransomware attack. ENT & Hearing Services in Battle Creek, Michigan, is the first health provider in the nation to close due to cybersecurity flaws. Since HIPAA is based on NIST 800-53, father to NIST 800-171, ENT & Hearing Services demonstrates the importance of maintaining diligence...
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Not complying with cybersecurity standards? DoD announces crack down on contractors

Should you be in compliance with NIST SP 800-171 but decided to put this process on hold? Now is a good time to start since the DoD recently announced that within the next 18 months, they will start auditing companies’ cybersecurity procedures that want to win contracts. Access the full article here – https://federalnewsnetwork.com/defense/2019/03/dod-to-start-crackdown-on-contractors-not-complying-with-cybersecurity-standards-will-also-add-more-compliance-rules/  ...
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Hackers Steal Unclassified Data from U.S. Navy Contractor

News, that was revealed this year of a defense contractor losing sensitive data to China, has heightened the focus on NIST 800-171compliance. Protecting military data is a top priority for the DoD, and China is just one of many entities focused on nefariously obtaining this this information. Without critical defenses in place to safeguard data...
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