Managed Security Services Provider


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Mar 2017

Insider Threats and What They Mean for your Business

Companies are spending more on information security solutions than ever before, but do they know the threats that can come from within their own organizations? While all eyes turn toward the looming information security threats from outside, sometimes the biggest risk is insider threats coming from an otherwise trusted employee. The information in this article originally appeared in a blog post written by Joe Gray, enterprise...

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Feb 2017

The Human Touch Makes MSSP Work

Cybersecurity experts say that blending human security expertise with technology-based solutions will be one of the bigger technology trends in 2017. Hiring a sufficient cybersecurity team can be both time consuming and costly. Companies that only use technology cannot make snap decisions. Instead, innovative solutions call for providing software and people – much like Sword & Shield’s Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) program. Sword & Shield’s Security...

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Nov 2016

The CyberSecurity State of the MidSized Company is Risky Business

If your company employees 250 or more people a year and earns more than $10 million a year in revenue, your cybersecurity concerns are far different than your neighborhood shop with 20 employees and a significantly smaller budget.  Mid-sized businesses are often tucked away in the small-to-mid-sized business (SMB) category because, frankly, the federal government doesn’t formally recognize a mid-sized category.   However, if your company posts between...

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15

Sep 2016

Need Help with HIPAA? Call an MSSP.

Because healthcare data contains so much personal – and lucrative – information, breaches into medical organizations’ networks are now the most common cyber-attack IT security professionals see. Healthcare organizations need to diligently monitor the security of their networks from both a regulatory perspective and from the perspective of what is considered best security practices. When government incentives first led healthcare organizations to adopt electronic healthcare...

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25

Aug 2016

Employees Acting as IT? Only the Shadow Knows.

Production – not malicious activity – is often the catalyst behind an employee’s use of unapproved technologies. But the proliferation of these technologies, which are easily downloaded from the Internet or cloud applications, can lead to security and compliance risks for the organization as a whole. Surveys suggest that many employees who download unapproved software or applications are simply trying to be more productive and...

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27

Jun 2016

Are You Focusing on the Wrong Threats?

You’ve probably been breached already. No kidding. So, instead of focusing on the wrong threats, you should “assume breach” and begin to collect the data you’ll need to help you prevent further attacks. In other words, assume that your average security controls are inadequate to stop a breach and concentrate on limiting the damage a hacker can do once (s)he is inside your network. For...

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Jun 2016

What is Your Network’s “Normal?”

If you know your IT network, recognizing when something is out of the ordinary might be one of your best lines of defense in tracking down the issue and rooting out the cause. But many small to mid-sized businesses don’t have the staff or the resources to study what the organization’s systems and networks do each day to know what “normal” is, making it difficult to...

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Mar 2016

Sword & Shield’s MSSP Deploys Samsam Ransomeware Protections

Although it has been around for a few months, Samsam is the newest ransomware campaign surging and is targeted at the healthcare industry. SamSam infects machines differently than traditional ransomware such as crypto-locker.  It does not spread by spam/phishing emails, it actively scans for vulnerable servers that have unpatched software on the network. Unlike other ransomware campaigns, there is no need for any user action...

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Mar 2016

Healthcare Data Security is More Than Just HIPAA

Nearly three-quarters of healthcare organizations have suffered some kind of data breach or security incident in the past 12 months and more than 19 million people have had their health information compromised since the breach notification rule went into effect. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations can be fined up to $1.5 million per year for serious security incidents under the HITECH Act, but the full...

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Feb 2016

An MSSP Can Help You Stay HIPAA Compliant

The Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights is beginning its second phase of audits, promising hundreds of limited-scope desk audits covering hospitals, healthcare providers, health plans and business associates. But getting a handle on your HIPAA compliance requirements can be daunting when you’re trying to run your business, as well. That’s where a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) can jump in to accelerate...

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