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Why Cloud Security is Better for Your Business

In May 2017, there was a massive, worldwide ransomware attack known as WannaCry that targeted computers running on Microsoft Windows operating system. Organizations that had not installed the Microsoft security updates were affected by the attack.

 If you’re reading this thinking, “That’ll never happen to me or my business,” you’re not alone, but you’re likely to be wrong. Malware attacks are becoming more frequent.   85% of all attachments emailed daily are harmful according to Cyber Defense Magazine. The same magazine states the expected cost of online crime is $6 trillion by 2021. Moving your IT to the cloud may seem laborious and intimidating, but it’s actually the best thing you could do in today’s era of tech-dependence. Your business has the most chances at growth and security with the cloud.

Here are a few reasons why:

1.You are not an IT security expert

You’re running a business; there’s no way you should be expected to keep up with all the new IT security threats that are coming out on a seemingly daily basis. Cloud services providers, like Nerds Support, however, have both the resources and expertise necessary to keep up with new threats. They’re exposed to a huge range of vulnerabilities and threats because they protect businesses daily.

Nerds Support works on all IT related matters exclusively. Giving you periodic updates and staying vigilant of any discrepancies or anomalies within your system. This means they can spot systemic issues that may affect your business long before you can.

2. You can’t stay focused on IT Security around the clock

 To ensure that your business is secure, you need to monitor and manage your IT security at all times. This requires important resources and a budget. Nerds Support’s team monitors, manages and responds 24/7, ready and willing to protect your business from criminal hackers and toxic viruses.

Your data stays encrypted when you transition to a cloud-based infrastructure. It’s how we keep your information safe in transit and storage so that even if it is somehow accessed or acquired by some malicious third party, it’s unreadable. With the cloud you’re always protected by advanced levels of security.

3. You probably don’t have a “Business Continuity Plan

Protecting your data from a cyber-attack is just one way the cloud can be of great value to a business owner. However, another frequent issue that you have to be aware of is network downtime. If your IT is on-premises, the resilience of your network is only as good as the robustness of your server. If this is compromised, damaged or destroyed, your system goes down. If you have on-site infrastructure, the fortitude of your network is highly reliant on your server, and, therefore, vulnerable. If your server is damaged destroyed or compromised in any way, your system will go down.

Cloud service providers, like Nerds Support, don’t rely on one server alone. They have a host of back-up systems both on and off-site, all protected by the most robust network and security available. If a server goes down it gets switched to another server and your business can continue uninterrupted. This allows you the flexibility to do something called ‘virtualize’ your IT infrastructure in the cloud. You can generate multiple copies of your applications, files and even desktops, storing the original in a separate and secure location.

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How to Avoid Hurricane-Related Scams

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, cyber-attacks like phishing scams and other forms of social engineering become more common. Cyber criminals use social media and email scams to exploit individuals empathy and desire to help.

Businesses, whether they are large or small, are also at risk of cyber-attacks and security breaches after a natural disaster because IT systems often end up damaged or compromised. If the damage is substantial, this can set a company back month and forces the IT team that works to monitor cyber breaches to focus on rebuilding internal architecture. This is how cybercriminals exploit natural disasters.

Maintaining data secure means knowing the natural risks that could affect your facilities and/or data centers.

Data companies at risk of natural disasters must implement a hurricane contingency plan and make the appropriate adjustments to their infrastructure to withstand whatever natural disaster threatens them.

Companies like Data Foundry Inc. in Houston, Texas build their data centers to withstand winds of a category 5 hurricane.

Keeping your business protected from storms and earthquakes will only go so far however; it is important that you keep vigilant and are privy to the scams used by cyber attackers in the wake of a disaster. The US Federal Trade Commission, US-CERT, Federal Management Agency and the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) issued alerts on scams associated with natural disasters.

The most recent example of phishing scams were related to Hurricane Harvey in 2017. US-CERT advised users to stay cautious when handling emails, hyperlinks and attachments related to the storm. Fraudulent emails will often be unsolicited and, in many cases, claim to represent a charity looking to raise funds towards a cause or victim relief.

How Do I Avoid Getting Scammed?

If you do receive emails or messages from charitable organizations, always make sure they’re legitimate. If you don’t recognize the organization, assume it is a potential phishing attempt and research the charity extensively. Many cyber attackers will go as far impersonating the victims of a natural disaster asking for charitable assistance.

If you or your business are looking to assist victims of natural disasters or charities, it’s best to stay away from links provided through email or social media. Always type out the website of the organization you’re looking to support, a link can be misleading or a fraudulent spoof.

Legitimate organizations will never ask for personal banking information or a social security number. If you receive a phone call, exercise the same level of precaution you would towards an email or a link. Scammers impersonate charities through the phone as well. Always research the organization.

The US Department of Homeland Security recommends organizations to develop business continuity plans that would address what to do in the result of a natural disaster. That being said, many back-up systems don’t have the same security protections that exist in the primary system or in a live environment. This makes them vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

Taking the necessary steps to protect your data begins first with awareness. Be aware of the location you’re operating out of in order to develop an effective continuity plan as well as being aware of the types of cyber schemes that may arise as a result of a natural disaster like a hurricane.

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10 Examples of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is an infrastructure and software system that allows for access to shared networks of storage, servers and applications over the internet. Cloud computing processes data and is provided by a privately owned cloud service or a third party cloud provider.  Here are some examples of such cloud services.

Here are 10 examples of cloud computing.

1. Nerds Support Cloud

Nerd Support Cloud Computing Services in Miami has a variety of services included within its cloud system. The Nerd Support cloud assists medium and small sized businesses with all IT based services by providing software (SaaS), hardware upgrades and maintenance as well as security so they may operate at maximum efficiency.

Nerds Support is a Managed IT Services Provider (MSP) as well. The company uses cloud technology to augment or replace a business’s IT.

2. Salesforce

Salesforce has a cloud based software-as-a-service (SaaS). It is both a business-to-business and business to consumer commerce solution.

3. Creatio

Creatio, formerly BPM online, is a cloud service specifically for marketing, sales and servicers to manage business processes and assist companies to facilitate consumer experience and customer journey.

4. Slack

Slack is an American based cloud service designed to facilitate internal team collaboration through its tools and services.

5. Google Cloud

Google Cloud Platform, a cloud service offered by Google, runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products like Google and YouTube.

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6. Microsoft 365

Office 365 is a product line of subscription-based services such as Outlook, Powerpoint, and Excel.

7. Workplace by OS33

Workplace is a software-as-a-service platform for compliance and productivity for wealth management firms.

8. Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is a set of applications and services from Adobe Systems that gives subscribers access to various software used for graphic design, video editing, web design, photography and more.

9. Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI provides cloud-based business analytics services by Microsoft. It offers data services that provide interactive visualizations and business intelligence capabilities with an interface that allows end users to create their own reports.

10. Box

Box is a cloud content management and file sharing services provided to businesses. It is a service available for Windows and IOS as well as some mobile platforms.

If you want to learn more about how cloud computing and managed IT services can help your business, give us a call at (305) 551-2009 or email us at [email protected].

You can also download our FREE E-book about the Financial Impact of Cloud Computing.

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Golfing with a purpose, Madison’s journey with Nerds Support

Madison with her dog

There is a little girl named Madison Smith. Madison is a bright-eyed 12-year-old girl with blond hair that beams in the sunlight. Two days after her first birthday she was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) type 2. SMA is a motor neuron disease that affects one in 10,000 children and is the number one genetic cause of death for children.

By the time she was two-years-old Madison was using an electrical wheelchair to move around. She had a variety of different machines and apparatus to help her breathe in her sleep and move around. She sleeps in an adjustable bed under observation to be able to move her for comfort.

If it wasn’t for the commitment of Madison’s parents, Jen and Aaron Smith, she may have not made it past infancy.

Fortunately for Madison, the Smith family began fundraising and started the South Florida Chapter of “Cure SMA”. Through their hard work Madison’s been able to live a happy life, despite her condition. For 12 years Madison’s family has worked towards providing for Madison and for twelve years Nerds Support has been sponsoring the charity events that help Madison and others combat SMA.

The event itself is a charity Golf Tournament, most recently the 12th annual golf Tournament, which Nerds Support’s founder, Scott Richman, attends every year to show his support. This year the tournament took place on May 18, 2019  in Tamarac, Florida where people gather to enjoy a day of golf and community.

Nerds Support is not just an IT company, it’s one that believes in contributing in whatever way it can towards its community.

Madison is full of life and enjoys an active lifestyle. She loves swimming with dolphins, she loves dancing, concerts and road trips. And thanks to the generous support of her family and everyone committed towards combatting SMA, Madison can not only live, but live full of happiness and surrounded by love.

You can get involved by going to www. Madisonswish.com/contact and making a donation or contacting Jennifer Miller-Smith, Madison’s mother, at 954-444-5937.

Nerds Support is a sponsor of Madisons Wish