Ahuge cybersecurity problem facing many businesses, even large corporations, is the lack of a strong cybersecurity workforce. A report shared by Security Magazine found that 76% of cybersecurity leaders believe their company is lacking cybersecurity skills, and there are over 314,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the US according to Cyber Seek. In an alarming prediction from Cybersecurity Ventures, unfilled cybersecurity jobs around the world are only expected to increase, reaching 3.5 million by 2021, up from 1.5 million in 2015.
While your healthcare organization is focused on providing critical care, improving the patient experience and exploring groundbreaking treatments and technologies, cyber criminals and threat actors are aggressively seeking out your vulnerabilities and looking for ways to attack. Dealing with highly sensitive data and private personal information, the healthcare industry is one of the most targeted, making up 15% of attacks, and leading cybersecurity and HIPAA compliance to be an ongoing concern. Here are some alarming stats:
The retail industry consumes a large quantity of valuable, private consumer data, making businesses within this sector a prime target for cyberattacks. No matter the size, brick and mortar or an online retailer, businesses are easily susceptible to hacks and data breaches from cyber criminals looking to steal precious consumer information. Here are some stats to consider –
As a financial institution, you are entrusted to properly manage and protect clients’ assets and remain in compliance with strict regulations and requirements. When extremely sensitive and valuable data is involved, including personally identifiable information (PII), banking and checking, credit card information and financial records, a loss or breach can jeopardize your reputation, customer loyalty and could result in hefty fines and legal repercussions. There are some alarming stats that articulate cybersecurity risks in finance and banking to be aware of:
The response and urgency with which we all had to react to COVID-19 came on quickly. Suddenly, we found ourselves having to ramp up an offsite workforce, testing company productivity, IT teams and infrastructure. While some had remote employees or work from home policies, a completely remote workforce and IT infrastructure operating out of office was not a fully baked plan for most.
There is no doubt that the world has been literally turned upside down with the coronavirus crisis. All industries had to change due to social distancing requirements, even those traditionally requiring face-to-face contact, such as healthcare . Rather than seeing patients directly in person, many physicians and healthcare providers are now providing care via the phone or video conferencing. This has now catalyzed the growth of a developing area of healthcare - telehealth. It is estimated that this industry will be valued at $130 billion by 2025.
This blog was contributed by James Demetrius, Tech Guru at TBI. James is an accomplished Solution Architect with over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 100 companies on complex IT solutions, focusing on cloud, colocation, managed hosting and hybrid computing.
Like thousands of companies around the world, in response to COVID-19, TBI made the decision to put a mandatory work-from-home policy in place for the safety and health of their employees on March 16, 2020. Within 24 hours, the 200+ employees of the tech company were fully operational, up and running from their respective homes without difficulty or problems.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, working remotely was already more popular than ever before. One Gallup survey in 2019 found that more than 40% of Americans worked from home occasionally, and in recent years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) noted that roughly 16% of Americans (nearly 30 million people) now work remotely on a regular basis.
We have seen an incredible change in how the country is reacting to the pandemic. Many organizations were originally attempting to create or solidify contingency plans “if” the need to transition to a remote workforce arose - that became a reality for a large majority of organizations across the globe. From finance and marketing to technology and education, working from home has suddenly become the “new normal” for the foreseeable future, and securing your remote workforce has become to a top concern.