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Are You a Risk to Your Clients?

Your clients rely on you to be there when they need you and to keep their information safe. The vendors you choose and policies you implement could hurt them. When you can’t work because your network is down, your server was destroyed by a fire or your computers are tied up because an employee clicked on ransomware, your clients see you as unreliable. If you suffer a cybersecurity breach, the attack can spread to your clients, making it highly likely they’ll stop working with you. You’ve become a risk to them.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Here’s how you can avoid the most critical vulnerabilities we see.

How to Save on IT Without Sacrificing Security

Deciding what to cut from your budget is a difficult decision. We understand no business owner, ourselves included, wants to go through the process. But, as the coronavirus continues to cause severe health and economic distress, business leaders throughout California will need to decide what they can live without. At DiamondIT, we don’t want to see any business owner lose $600,000 because they eliminated or drastically reduced IT security services.

Are You Insurable? 5 Tips to Get (and Keep!) Cyber Insurance

We know a nonprofit that paid $2,500 for a cyber insurance policy a little more than two years ago. When they were breached, the insurer paid out the $50,000 lost because of downtime and unrecoverable software and data. The money was essential aid when it was most needed. Isn’t that the point of getting any kind of insurance?

Unfortunately, suffering a breach can deem you a risk for insurance companies, marking you as negligent and costly. Unless you can prove you’re taking steps to heighten security, you could easily be in danger of losing your cyber policy.

Stop Wasting Money on Network Security Tools You Already Have

You likely have IT security features on existing solutions you’re not using. That can lead you to invest in products you already have. As we work with businesses to set up remote work, we’re challenging them to invest smarter. We run an assessment to gain a comprehensive picture of the tools they pay, highlight security gaps and plan next steps to truly protect their business.

Start by taking a look at your subscriptions, apps and operating systems to fully understand what you’re already paying for and how to use it best. Start with security and solutions in Microsoft 365.

How to Set Up a Lasting Work-from-Home Solution for Your Business

No one saw coronavirus coming. Well, almost no one. Turns out, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, home of the Wimbledon tennis tournament, did. For 17 years, the club has paid $2 million annually for “pandemic insurance,” and will receive $141 million for this year’s canceled tournament. They’ll still lose money, but it’s certainly better than the alternative: no tournament revenue at all.

Take your lessons learned to plan for the second wave now

No one really wants to think the current situation could happen again, but it’s possible. We’re still many months away from a vaccine and experts are warning about a potential second wave of infections. What happens next is unclear, but if you take the 4 steps outlined below, you’ll be better prepared and have a lasting work-from-home solution for your business.

Working from Home Exposes You to Threats – Here’s How to Stay Safe

Shelter-in-place and social distancing mean your new commute consists of shuffling to your home office or dining room table, favorite mug in hand, bathrobe secured tight around you. It seems COVID-19 has introduced millions of people to remote work almost overnight. It also created prime targets for cybercriminals.

No Internet, No Phones, No Access: The Alarming Implications of the PBVUSD Ransomware Attack

By Matt Mayo

DiamondIT, Founder and CEO

In January, Panama-Buena Vista Union School District’s network was infected by ransomware which shut down the school’s phone system and all Windows computers. While school officials lamented late report cards and using manual processes for communications, temporary hotspots and an examination into internal controls and network security, my mind turned to the real issue here – the protection of our children at school.

In a generation that relies on school phone systems and networks to thwart the very real possibility of a school shooting, the significance of the recent data breach at Panama-Buena Vista USD is alarming. It brings to mind the question: What are school districts doing to make sure students are protected and emergency systems are operable at all times?

Your IT Manager’s IT Department

Background

Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock (DPVB) has served central California businesses with tax and accounting services since 1956 in its Bakersfield location. DPVB is a well-respected member of the area business community and, for the last 60 years, has strived to lead the CPA industry in adopting state-of-the-art technology solutions to better serve clients in Bakersfield and Kern county.

Thomas Woods, DPVB Director of Information Technology, has been at the forefront of these efforts for the last 17 years.

The Iranian Threat & How 3 Cali Organizations Avoided Disaster

Would You Survive a Cyberattack?

For over a month you’ve heard about the threat Iran poses to U.S. businesses. Have you taken steps to prepare? According to FEMA, 90% of small businesses fail within a year, if it takes them more than 5 days to re-open after a disaster. Thinking “It won’t happen to me” is easy now, but won’t help you if a worst-case scenario unfolds.

As the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) detailed in their alert, previous Iranian targets include the financial sector, a dam in New York and a corporation in Las Vegas.  Even if your business isn’t directly targeted, you can still anticipate an impact from the Iranian cyberterrorism threat. A large vendor you work with, like Microsoft, might be targeted and take systems offline, or an attack might have a reverberating impact on the economy that you need to be ready for.

Build your cyber incident response plan now.

Ransomware on the Rise: How to Improve Network Security in 2020

1. California-based medical supplier hit with ransomware

When hackers gained access to Solara email accounts, they extracted employee and patient information. Solara is a medical device provider based in Chula Vista and maintains highly sensitive personal information about patients. Although the company has taken steps to prevent future attacks, people caught up in last year’s hack are still at risk and need to carefully monitor the Dark Web to see if their information is for sale.

How DiamondIT is supporting clients during the COVID-19 (coronavirus)

DiamondIT COVID-19 Update:

To our clients and businesses throughout Kern County, Fresno County and the Greater L.A. region:

We are still open and serving our clients fully through remote support. For first responders, cities, police departments and other public safety needs we will provide on-site support. To maintain the safety and protection of our employees and our clients, we will not provide on-site support for other clients at this time.

We remain dedicated to helping local businesses find ways to ease the burden of the coronavirus through remote work, communications and security solutions.

Please contact us immediately with your concerns, questions about new remote licenses, or if your current IT team is overloaded and unable to transition you to a virtual environment. We’ll get through this together.