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Outstanding 2020 Entrepreneur: 5 Things You Must Focus On

The Q4 of any year takes its toll on any entrepreneur for two main reasons. The first is that you have to take stock, find out all the areas you’ve underperformed, broken even, or made returns on your investments. The second is that you start preparing for Q1 of the next year in order not to be caught with your pants down. Funding is one of the major problems an entrepreneur has to contend with and according to a U.S. Bank study, an amazing 82% of businesses fail because of cash flow problems. To become an outstanding entrepreneur in 2020, you need to harness all your positive points and focus strongly on the following five things. 1. Cybersecurity About the most important thing, you should focus on as an entrepreneur in 2020, is the issue of cybersecurity. Cybercriminals are daily upping their heinous acts and don’t spare anybody, they even prefer to target businesses that will give them the least resistance. Since any attack that is directed at you may cripple your business as well as hurt your customers, vendors, contractors, and other third parties, you must not take this threat with a pinch of salt. In focusing on cybersecurity,…

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How Data Architects Can Improve Your Business’ Cybersecurity

Brands engage the services of information security professionals to ensure the security of both their information and system. However, doing this without the input of data architects may turn out to be an exercise in futility. It has always been the focus of governments, businesses, and individuals to protect their information even before the coming of the age of computers. Highly sensitive information was marked as  “TOP SECRET,” “SECRET,” and “CONFIDENTIAL,” while some organizations go to the length of adding a stamped seal on paper.  All these were measures used to indicate and also maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) of the information for the intended recipient. Technological advancements have caused us to jettison some of these practices but that does not in any way mean that the security of information is no longer of immense importance. In this era of big data where corporations scramble for information and cybercriminals are upping their tech-savviness all in an effort to lay their hands on your data for obvious reasons, contemplating such an idea would even have been suicidal. The quantity of data and information you handle on a day-to-day basis has tremendously increased also and apart from information security professionals,…

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Why You Need a Tiered Approach For Successful DR

Being the era of big data and with the large volumes of data organizations seek for, you can no longer depend on tried-and-true methods. You definitely need to implement a tiered approach just like is seen in cybersecurity for successful data recovery (DR) in order to cut lull and downtime, with the mindset of protecting your high-priority data. Any attempt at Data protection and DR that is not scientific can never be a realistic approach. Therefore, to succeed in the face of the increasing frequency of attacks, use of automation, and better social engineering to elevate the likelihood of a successful attack you must up your protection and recovery plans.  A tiered approach to data protection and DR will not be a new thing since it’s been practiced with cybersecurity. All your data are important but nothing stops you from giving priority to the very vital ones. Making a case for the prioritization of data, Ed Featherston, vice president and principal cloud architect at Cloud Technology Partners says “I do think DR plans can benefit from the tiered approach, and some organizations are taking that step. Conceptually, application data in most organizations have already been tiered by definition through recovery…

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How to Detect And Stop an Island Hopping Attack

You must realize that hackers are wont to go to any length to attack large organizations that are even well-fortified with cybersecurity defenses. Whenever they come across stiff opposition as the case might be sometimes, instead of been put off, they try to gain access through intermediaries. They have now graduated to island hopping attacks in order to stay invisible. Based on the Carbon Black’s 2019 Global Threat Report, Infosecurity magazine says that “In aggregate, enterprises saw approximately one million attempted cyber-attacks per day, though half of today’s cyber-attacks use the victim primarily for island hopping.” It must be clearly understood that the island hopping attack strategy is not a new “kid on the block,” however, it is daily becoming increasingly important. These attackers strategize on finding new ways to gain access to your enterprise networks inasmuch as you utilize a sort of supply chain.  Once your enterprise is bound to accommodate a greate number of third parties, whether they are remote employees, contractors, corporate customers or suppliers who have to gain access to your resources remotely, you have unwittingly become a prime target for island hopping attacks. You won’t be far from the truth if you refer to their…

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5G: A Case of The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

The fifth-generation wireless (5G) comes as the latest innovation in the cellular technology realm designed to radically increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless networks. 5G is coming with the promise of transmitting data over wireless broadband connections at travel rates that could be as high as 20 Gbps, which by some estimates exceeds wireline network speeds. It also promises to offer latency of 1 ms or lower for uses that require actionable, prompt, and real-time feedback. 5G will be on the line to enhance a sharp increase in the amount of data transmitted over wireless systems as a result of more available bandwidth and advanced antenna technology. 5G wireless signals. quite unlike those of 4G which depend on high-power cell towers to radiate signals over longer distances, will be transmitted through a large number of small cell stations located in places like light poles or building roofs. The reason for the multiple small cells is because the millimeter wave spectrum — the band of spectrum between 30 GHz and 300 GHz that 5G relies on to generate high speeds — can only travel over short distances and can be obstructed by weather and physical obstacles, like buildings. The good…

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How to Protect Your Personal Data With VPN

We constantly wake up to news of fresh online security scares and this makes it absolutely compulsory that you must seek means of ensuring that your personal data is protected. The  Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout annual end-of-year data breach report, revealed a 126% increase in exposed consumer’s personal data and 1.68 billion email-related credentials. In Also very disturbing is the February report that hackers were distributing a “megaleak” among themselves of more than 2.2 billion unique usernames and passwords. These were personal data obtained in recent years as part of database breaches from top-notch sites such as Dropbox, LinkedIn, and Yahoo among others. You still must not undermine the fact that hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees. If you take into consideration the mammoth size of cybercrimes and the sophistication of cybercriminals you may want to believe that taking steps to protect yourself online might seem like a fool’s errand. But it’s a task that must be necessarily accomplished. VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, are services that route your online traffic through an encrypted server so you can browse safely and anonymously on…

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