The #1 Mistake Your Employees Are Making Today That Lets Cybercriminals Into Your Network

In the wake of unprecedented rates of digital crime, with the cost and frequency of data breaches constantly skyrocketing year after year, companies all over the world have been forced to scramble for solutions. There’s an arms race running behind the scenes of every piece of technology we use in business today, as cyber security companies shore up their clients’ defenses against increasingly sophisticated digital threats. Billions of dollars are now poured into batting away would-be intruders from the most precious assets on global networks: most of the money directed toward the software that keeps everything afloat, just out of reach of the bad guys.

But even as each day brings a new technological apex for security solutions, data breaches continue. Despite the fact that the tools hackers use to make money are more or less the same as they were three years ago, nobody seems to question why companies are still being hacked at record levels. It’s easy to imagine a crack team of infamous hackers hammering away at a keyboard into the late hours of the night, feverishly computing the one piece of code that will break them into a system.

This may be the process behind the high-profile breaches you read about in the news each week, but in reality, most cybercrime takes much less effort. The average hack succeeds not because of overt vulnerabilities in the structure of business networks, but because of a mistake made by you or your employees. According to IBM’s X-Force Threat Intelligence Index, more than two-thirds of breaches arise from what they call “inadvertent insiders,” folks who accidentally left the network vulnerable from one action or another without even realizing it.

Most of the human error that becomes the root cause of catastrophe can be traced back to phishing. A criminal spends some time researching your organization, maybe learning a bit about an employee or two, and decides to masquerade as someone worthy of trust either within your team or from a company you contract with, or just a stock person offering something pretty much everybody wants. They mock up a somewhat convincing e-mail and send it off to 10 people within your business. Somebody clicks the included link without thinking, and there you go – you’ve got ransomware. If you haven’t backed up your data, you’re looking at a hefty fee to get everything back, if they even give it back at all.

In other cases, your team may actively duck around your previously implemented security measures or avoid the procedures you’ve put in place to keep the business safe. That can mean visiting unsavory websites, ignoring a vital security patch or another minor transgression. But when every mistake spells a potentially massive vulnerability, you can’t afford people who aren’t conducting business to the highest standards in cyber security.

Regardless of how it happens, most hacks occur because employees just don’t know better. Even in 2019, when cybercrime runs rampant and virtually everyone is constantly at risk on the Internet, most of us just aren’t well-versed in ways to protect ourselves, much less the companies we work for.

The good news is that this problem is pretty easy to prevent through education. To keep everyone abreast of the latest threats to their livelihood, it takes a thorough set of rules, guidelines and general savvy to steer them through the troubled waters of modern cyberspace.

Of course, this will take more than a 30-minute crash course in the break room one afternoon. It’ll take a concerted effort and dedicated resources. Luckily, we can help. With a trusted partner dedicated not only to keeping your organization protected from the latest digital threats, but to keeping your employees alert and ready to spot anything phishy, you drastically decrease the chances of your business becoming another statistic in the war on cybercrime. Work with us and secure the future of your company for the long haul.

Call today to discuss a Security Audit of your IT Systems so you can close the gaps and fortify your business. 724.235.8750 or email Leia@intechit.net.

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Shiny New Gadget Of The Month:
Skip The “HeatBuddy”
An Underperforming Heating Solution That Promises The World

The cold may be winding down, but you’re still likely fatigued by the high heating bills you were forced to shell out extra money for over the last three months. Luckily, heating technology is improving all the time, reducing electricity costs while keeping your toes from freezing off. However, it’s important that you don’t get roped in by another “as seen on TV” product that overpromises and underdelivers.

Take, for example, the HeatBuddy: a portable, plug-and-play space heater that ostensibly offers revolutionary heating capabilities in a tiny, low-electricity package. However, it’s another case of “too good to be true” — even a cursory glance at customer reviews reveals this to be a run-of-the-mill space heater, if only a little smaller. Unless you need a very small heater for some specific task, it’s best to skip the $29.99 and keep on researching other options to lower your power bill.

The Self-Made Myth: All Business Leaders Had Help Along The Way

I’m about to share an unpopular opinion: the self-made CEO is a myth. No successful entrepreneur or business leader is a self-made man or woman. If you think you are, you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror. Behind your successes are countless contributions from family, friends, teachers, mentors and coaches. If you can’t see that, you’re not looking hard enough.

As a business coach, I’ve seen companies grow from kitchen tables to $100 million enterprises and then collapse because the owners thought they knew everything. In contrast, the world’s most effective leaders know they didn’t get to where they are by themselves. They recognize that ideas can come from anywhere, and they actively seek out people who can help them on their journey. Here are three ways to harness that inspiration.

1. Rely on your team, and show your appreciation.

The most effective leaders are always the first to admit that they don’t have all the answers. They ask themselves tough questions to understand their own strengths and weaknesses, and they don’t let ego or pride get in the way of building their companies.

One of the biggest mistakes I see business leaders make is thinking they can’t learn anything from the people around them. It’s essential to recognize your limits, seek others’ help and opinion to patch holes in your expertise and give credit where credit is due.

2. Rip off and duplicate — the other R&D.

Some of the best ideas I’ve had for my businesses are ones I’ve borrowed (and modified) from others. In my experience as an entrepreneur and coach, I’ve seen firsthand how ideas that are considered standard practice in one industry can be innovative when applied to another. Of course, it’s about how you adapt those ideas to your business, not necessarily just copying what your competitors are doing. Instead, use the existing base of knowledge to provide a novel solution.

3. Crowdsource ideas from fellow business leaders.

Finding new solutions to business challenges is a never-ending and often exhausting task for entrepreneurs and business leaders. One source that I’ve used to help me solve problems has been a business advisory group (BAG) comprised of professionals in business operating in noncompetitive markets. Peers in a BAG can relate to the daily challenges you face running your company, managing teams and growing the business. BAG members can provide you with valuable insight into how they are running their own companies and how business solutions they’ve implemented may apply to your business.

Business is a team sport. No great company has ever been built solely atop the efforts of a single person. The entrepreneurial spirit will take you far, but eventually, you have to recognize that you need to rely on the ideas and contributions of others. When that happens, you’ll become a greater leader, and you’ll see your business and company culture grow exponentially.

Andy Bailey is the founder, CEO and lead business coach at Petra, an organization dedicated to helping business owners across the world achieve levels of success they never thought possible. With personal experience founding an Inc. 500 multimillion-dollar company that he then sold and exited, Bailey founded Petra to pass on the principles and practices he learned along the way. As his clients can attest, he can cut through organizational BS faster than a hot knife through butter.

“Are You Focused On Your Clients’ ROI?”

Listening to Peyton Manning at Robin Robin’s Marketing Boot Camp!

I just got back from an amazing conference where, among many things, I had the opportunity to meet and hear Peyton Manning speak.

It was so interesting to see the lessons you can take to business from competitive sports. One such lesson really made me think.

Peyton shared a story about he would be asked by the media what he planned to do with the money when he signed his contracts. They were looking for extraordinary things like taking a trip or buying a dream car.

How did Peyton respond, “ I plan to do the very best in my role. What am I going to do with this money? I’m going to earn it. I wanted to give the owner of the Colts his ROI.”

WOW! Humbling and insightful.

Take these words back to your business. Are you giving YOUR clients a strong return on their investment?

Each day at InTech we look for ways to bring more value to our clients. Recent ways we’ve brought more value include providing impactful Client Meetings highlighting where we can do better and secure them more (at no additional cost) and also offering all Worry Free IT Clients a Password Manager (for their 1,425 passwords) free of charge.

Earning your clients’ business does NOT stop at the close of the sale. It STARTS at the close of the sale. What can you do to continue to add more ROI on your client relationships?

To your continued success,