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Revision 2 of NIST SP 800-171 is Released

As of December 31, 2017, companies that provide parts and services for suppliers serving federal and local governments must comply with the NIST 800-171 mandate. There have been some recent changes in how compliance is managed for this mandate.
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CMMC Version 1.0 is Released

To increase the cybersecurity posture of companies operating in government supply chains, the Department of Defense announced the creation of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) in 2019, and a draft was made available. On January 30, 2020, the DoD released Version 1.0 to the public.
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Using a SIEM to Detect BEC & Other Cyber Attacks

Business email compromise (BEC), or imposter email, continues to plague businesses. In these scenarios, criminals gain access to an email account. Then, using the compromised account, they attempt to trick someone into sending money or sensitive information.
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Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification & NIST Compliance

As of December 31, 2017, companies that provide parts and services for suppliers serving the government were required to be compliant with the NIST 800-171 mandate. Starting in 2020, a new certification will be required: Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification.
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How to Improve Your Firewall Security with a Vulnerability Assessment

Your network firewall serves as the first line of defense between your network and the untrusted Internet. The configuration of the firewall is equally as important as the firewall itself. And since networks evolve over time, you need to check the configuration on a regular basis and make changes as warranted.
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What is a managed firewall?

In the context of Defense in Depth, a firewall is the first step to creating a secure IT environment. A firewall is used to block traffic coming into your IT network as well as traffic going out. Within the simple security model of PROTECT - DETECT - RESPOND, a firewall protects. A firewall's primary function is to provide protection at the perimeter of your network.
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SIEM vs. Firewall: Why do I need a SIEM if I already have a firewall?

If you are looking for ways to improve your company’s cybersecurity, you have probably considered security information and event management (SIEM) solutions. But you may be feeling overwhelmed by the costs involved and the time commitment in implementation. After all, if you already have a firewall and several other security tools in place within your IT infrastructure, why do you need a SIEM?
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How much do managed IT services cost?

Service plans for your information technology can be as unique as your business. But it can be helpful to understand the factors that impact how much you will pay for IT managed services and what is usually included in common service offerings.
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How can an IT network assessment benefit my business?

We have long recommended an IT network assessment as part of onboarding with new managed IT services clients. This provides a starting baseline of the current network infrastructure. From this, we can develop a strategy that will safeguard the systems used to run the business and ensure that the network supports the goals of the business.
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5 Ways to Protect Your Business from Hackers

Do you worry about security breaches? It seems you can't go more than a week without hearing of a major retailer or large financial institution dealing with a significant cyber attack. If companies with the biggest IT budgets are not immune, what can smaller companies do? Lots.
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