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How to Choose the Right Cyber Liability Insurance Plan for Business

Not long ago we published an article that discusses what cyber liability insurance is, what it covers, what it doesn’t, and whether or not it might make sense for your business to invest in. In this piece, we touched briefly on the matter of working with...
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Phishing vs Spear-Phishing vs Email Spoofing: How to stay protected

If you’re anything like our clients, you’re worried about being vulnerable to email scams. Our company has been providing IT support for over 25 years, and never before have we seen this level of concern about phishing, spear-phishing, and email spoofing...
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Is the Cloud Secure?

It's very common for organizations to avoid cloud computing out of legitimate concern for their data’s safety. "What if someone gains access to my environment?" "Since it's not in my control, what if something goes wrong?” "Wouldn't my data be more...
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Is Data Safe in the Cloud?

There’s a very real separation anxiety that comes with surrendering your network to an outside provider; putting the fate of your data in someone else’s hands is, quite simply, a frightening concept.   In fact, this is such a common occurrence that we’ve...
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How to Test a Disaster Recovery Plan for Law Firms

Disasters can be, well, even more disastrous to law firms because their responsibility to protect client data does not dissipate post-disaster. In fact, former ABA President Steve Zack was quoted as saying, “They [law firms] must represent the client...
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What are the Best Ways to Prevent Malware for Law Firms?

Did you know that in Cisco Systems Inc.’s 2015 Annual Security Report, law firms were ranked as the seventh most-vulnerable industry? That’s scary, considering how heavily law firms rely on data, and how heavily their clients rely on privacy.   In a...
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How Much Should Law Firms Spend on IT Security?

If you came across an article we recently posted about the top cybersecurity threats to law firms, you may have seen some rather disconcerting results from a 2013 ILTA survey. Take a look: 76% of law firms surveyed did not require two-factor...
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How Much Should Associations Spend on IT Security (Trade/Professional)?

Here’s an unsettling statistic for you: according to The Ponemon Institute’s 2014 Global Report on the Cost of Cybercrime, 2014 cybercrime incidences increased by 10.4% over 2013 numbers.   Another from IBM: after a breach, an organization loses, on...
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What are the Top Cybersecurity Threats to Law Firms?

Our law firm clients are scared—and they should be. It’s a scary, data-filled world and they want to know how Optimal recommends protecting that data. They also want to know what exactly it is they should be scared of: what are the top cybersecurity...
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A Digital Life Destroyed...And How To Protect Yours

I came across this article the other day and it really rattled me. It brought to light two things: How extremely interconnected our online presences have become How extremely dependent we are on these digital identities Here are a few tips (in total, 6,...
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