Gain Control of Business Data to Reduce Costs, Increase Productivity, Inform Decisions, and Improve Security

By |2023-02-01T16:52:53-05:00February 1st, 2023|Cyber-Security, eDiscovery, Information Governance and Management, Safety and Cyber Security|

If the specter of a data subject access request or an eDiscovery sends your organization into fire drill mode, it is time to gain control of business data. Unmanaged data reduces productivity and hampers decision making. And it creates significant compliance and security risks. On the other hand, organizations that manage data effectively see a measurable return on investment. Reduce Cost and Time of eDiscovery For many companies, the data governance wakeup call comes with a data request for pending litigation. Under a time crunch, the legal team or IT department scramble to locate relevant data spread across various on-premises

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Why Lawyers Need to Understand Shadow Data

By |2023-01-25T18:12:47-05:00January 25th, 2023|Cyber-Security, eDiscovery, Information Governance and Management|

rganizations gather massive quantities of data, using that data to inform decision-making and business strategy. However, while data plays a critical role in business success, it can also increase security and compliance risks. When advising their clients on cyber security, legal teams must take into account the dangers posed by shadow data. In a digital environment dominated by cyber threats and privacy regulations, proactive organizations take great care to protect sensitive data. For instance, healthcare organizations bolster security around their EMR. But they may be neglecting shadow data, the sensitive data that lives outside the EMR, beneath the radar of

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4 Ways to Effectively Overcome Microsoft 365 Adoption Hurdles

By |2022-12-15T14:54:35-05:00November 30th, 2022|Cyber-Security, Microsoft 365|

Microsoft 365 provides organizations with a host of features to improve work life. But if employees choose not to use the tools available, they miss out on collaboration benefits and create security problems. Fortunately, by presenting multi-faceted training, involving the right people, and communicating effectively, organizations can accelerate Microsoft 365 adoption. Companies move to Microsoft 365 to tap into a variety of benefits. Some hope to improve productivity. Others need to stay competitive and support remote work by moving to the cloud. But along with the clear benefits, changing office technology affects day-to-day work life for employees in significant ways.

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Microsoft Entra Simplifies Identity Management While Improving Security

By |2022-11-29T08:55:32-05:00November 9th, 2022|Cyber-Security, Privacy, Technology|

Thousands of organizations already depend on Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) for identity and access management. But they may not be aware of all that Azure AD provides or of additional identity management services now available. The Microsoft Entra product family, including Azure AD, provides a streamlined identity platform while strengthening security. Cloud migration and remote work have changed the face of cyber security forever. Even a small to medium business must manage access for thousands of identities, from employees to contractors, devices, and services. However, traditional methods for verifying identity and managing permissions are labor-intensive and leave too many

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Protect Business from Risky App Usage with Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps

By |2022-11-01T10:34:56-04:00October 26th, 2022|Cyber-Security, Safety and Cyber Security|

Modern workers have thousands of apps at their disposal to help them collaborate and to streamline their work. However, when they use apps not sanctioned and controlled by the organization, they introduce risk. Wise administrators take a balanced approach to risky app usage by combining technology with user education and open communication. Shadow IT refers to the apps, devices, and other technology that employees use without the knowledge of the IT department. Often, employees use unsanctioned apps to increase their efficiency or because the approved apps feel too complex or lack desired features. Unfortunately, the employees may not recognize the

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Recent Cyber Attacks Highlight Need for Municipal Data Governance and Security

By |2022-09-28T11:53:58-04:00September 14th, 2022|Cyber-Security, Information Governance and Management|

This year has seen a rise in cyber attacks on government agencies and prompted official warnings. Notably, a recent joint statement from the FBI and CISA warned schools about probable attacks. And a data breach of federal court records further spotlighted the need for improved municipal data governance and security. A perfect storm of cyber security risks makes municipal agencies particularly vulnerable to attack. In the first place, schools, courts, utility departments and other government entities store a treasure trove of sensitive information. Those same agencies often use legacy systems and lack critical cyber security infrastructure and data governance resources.

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Microsoft 365 Information Governance Evolves with Unified Compliance and Data Governance Solution

By |2022-09-28T12:08:09-04:00August 17th, 2022|Cyber-Security, Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management, Microsoft 365|

This April, “to meet the challenges of today’s decentralized, data-rich workplace” Microsoft brought its existing collection of Microsoft 365 information governance and compliance solutions together under a new umbrella. The new Microsoft Purview brand combines the capabilities of the Microsoft 365 Compliance portfolio and the former Azure Purview. Purview delivers a comprehensive set of solutions that help organizations govern, protect, and manage all their data wherever it resides. It’s a great step forward for Microsoft in providing a unified data governance and risk management solution for Microsoft 365. The new Microsoft Purview: Provides visibility into data assets across locations, devices, and apps Enables easy

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Compliance Technology Eases Growing Cyber Security and Compliance Challenges

By |2022-08-11T06:01:01-04:00July 20th, 2022|Cyber-Security, Data Compliance, Technology|

In reaction to an evolving digital landscape and demands from consumers, experts predict millions of new regulations in the next decade. Maintaining and demonstrating compliance with multiple regulatory frameworks can prove costly and overwhelmingly complicated. Fortunately, modern compliance technology can significantly ease the burden of ensuring regulatory compliance. Non-compliance can bring significant consequences, including stiff fines and loss of reputation and business. However, staying on top of a constantly evolving regulatory environment can quickly exhaust time and resources. Technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and Microsoft Purview free up internal resources to focus on core business goals. Increasing Compliance

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Cyber Security and Data Governance Best Practices for Today’s Data Environment

By |2022-07-12T14:29:55-04:00June 29th, 2022|Cyber-Security, Information Governance and Management|

A network of hurdles dominates the current data environment. Rapid data growth makes data difficult to manage. Meanwhile, cyber-attacks grow increasingly sophisticated and frequent, while remote work and cloud migration complicate the security landscape. Now, more than ever, cyber security and data governance best practices play a critical role. In 2020, the world generated approximately 2.5 quintillion (that’s 2.5 billion billion) bytes of data. Data analytics hold a world of promise. However, the data comes so quickly and in such volume that organizations struggle to harness its value and keep it safe. Data governance thus becomes a critical priority. Organizations

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How Hackers Get Company Data

By |2022-05-02T02:49:28-04:00March 30th, 2022|Cyber-Security|

Recently, corporate giants Microsoft, Samsung and Okta revealed that hackers breached their systems. While high-profile attacks like these make global news, SMBs silently fall prey to hackers daily. But when companies understand how hackers get company data, they can strengthen their defenses. Undeniably, cyber criminals grow more sophisticated every day. They run their hacking operations like corporations and constantly improve their tools and techniques. Too often, however, organizations simply leave the door wide open for bad actors. Unpatched software, weak passwords and a lack of security awareness offer an open invitation to attack. Unpatched Software Leaves Vulnerabilities Hackers constantly look

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