The Charles IT Blog

How hackers steal your passwords (and tips on managing passwords correctly)

How hackers steal your passwords (and tips on managing passwords correctly)

Weak passwords are easy to break; and hackers easily take low-hanging account credentials to steal more sensitive information to perform identity fraud, blackmail, extortion, and other malicious activities.

How to Evaluate a Managed Security System

How to Evaluate a Managed Security System

Fine-tuning customer service? Building a website? Implementing an email marketing strategy? Outsourcing a few business functions? What are your company's goals for 2019? If you’re planning on improving your business's cybersecurity, we’re here to help you take your business to the next level. Now that you're ready to ring in the new year, use this blog post as a guide to picking a managed ...

6 Financial Benefits of Working with a MSP

6 Financial Benefits of Working with a MSP

Large organizations are not the only ones that need technology to compete in their respective markets. Companies of all sizes prioritize operational efficiency, but not all of them are equally equipped to sustain it. Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) may have limited IT resources and quickly fall behind in updates and network management, putting them at risk of an outage or breach.

How businesses can prepare for a cyberattack

Many businesses faced significant security challenges in 2018, and as the year wraps up, experts predict that threats will continue to develop and grow. According to a report by Ponemon Institute, data breaches have resulted in some worrying figures in terms of financial impact on the corporate world. This represents a 6.4 percent increase from last year’s $3.62 million, which means the cost of a ...

Overcoming 5 common HIPAA compliance challenges

Overcoming 5 common HIPAA compliance challenges

Compliance with strict industry regulations is often seen as a necessary evil, a chore that involves reams of paperwork and red tape. It’s not the most glamorous aspect of modern business, but achieving compliance isn’t just about fulfilling your legal obligations. It’s also about increasing trust and giving yourself a competitive edge, even if that means voluntarily becoming Health Insurance ...

4 of the most common disaster recovery mistakes and how to avoid them

4 of the most common disaster recovery mistakes and how to avoid them

What does IT disaster recovery mean to you? For many business leaders, it doesn't mean much more than having backups, while others frequently confuse it with business continuity, which is a much broader topic. All too often, this confusion ends up leading to costly mistakes. Disaster recovery isn’t just about backup — it’s the process of getting all essential IT infrastructure up and running ...

5 Ways managed security services can help your business save money

5 Ways managed security services can help your business save money

Cybersecurity should be an absolute top priority for any business, no matter its scope or industry. However, many organizations compromise on security to save money by sticking with outdated hardware, unsupported software, and inadequate counterthreat measures that just don’t work. Oftentimes, they simply hope for the best, assuming that enterprise-grade security measures are something that only ...

What should your security solution include?

What should your security solution include?

For cybercriminals, no business is too small to target. Sadly, many small- and medium-sized business (SMBs) owners still have the mindset that only large organizations could get attacked. They assume they’re safe since they’re small players, and it’s this very mentality that makes their business ripe for the picking. In reality, cybercriminals don’t discriminate. As long as they see anything ...

How to ensure your organization's HIPAA compliance in the coming year

How to ensure your organization's HIPAA compliance in the coming year

Despite the rapid growth of cyberthreats, health organizations continue to fail to keep up with the mounting privacy and security issues. However, when the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on May 25, 2018, it drew a range of responses from various sectors and industries, and companies have since made substantial changes to their data management and ...

Does your business need managed security?

Does your business need managed security?

Cybersecurity is a challenge for everyone. Even the State of Connecticut is struggling to keep up. And when it comes to the central role that modern technology plays in your company’s environment, it could be challenging to stay relevant and competitive if you don’t have the right mix of IT solutions on your side.