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

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.

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.

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?

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.

Cyberattacks Increase as Organizations Scramble to Protect Themselves

1. SMBs being pushed into bankruptcy by data breaches

A recent survey by Zogby Analytics confirmed what many people already knew: data breaches are wreaking havoc on SMBs. In particular, the financial implications of a data breach are overwhelming their capacity and forcing them to take drastic action. 

The survey, which questioned more than 1,000 small business leaders, found that 37% of SMBs that experienced a data breach suffered financial loss and 25% filed for bankruptcy. Ultimately, 10% of SMBs went out of business following a data breach. SMBs must have a disaster response plan to deal with the high likelihood of being breached.

4 Lessons Learned from Recent Breaches in Bakersfield and L.A.

Some lessons are better learned by observing what happened to others, like the negative consequences of successful cyberattacks. How to protect your organization and data is knowledge you want to acquire without experiencing a breach. The scenarios below illustrate what can go wrong and how you can prevent similar situations at your organization.

Cyber Wars: The Rise of Modern Security

It’s an old battle; one that many have almost forgotten as the enemy lies in wait, counting on inattentiveness to bolster their evil plans.

Sounds like an intergalactic war from Star Wars, huh? With the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this December, our ongoing fight against cybercrime comes to mind. Many businesses seem to have become complacent in the fight against cybercrime as 48% of SMBs have budgeted $5,000 or less on security for the upcoming year. This is 54% less than what was spent by small- and medium-sized businesses on cybersecurity last year.

You might think this trend indicates a decrease in hacking, phishing and ransomware attacks on SMBs. Nothing is farther from the truth. Symantec reports employees of small organizations receive spam in 55% of their emails, considerably fewer than emails received by employees of larger organizations.

Cybercriminals Threaten Multiple Industries with Barrage of Attacks

1. Kaiser Permanente says data breach exposed information on nearly 1,000 Sacramento-area patients

The personal information held by Kaiser on 990 Sacramento-area patients was breached in September by an unknown and unauthorized individual. The cybercriminals had access to an email account with access to data including date of birth, gender, provider name, payer name and benefits information, along with other medical-care-specific information.

Unlike credit card and other financial information, personal health histories do not change and can be used to convince individuals that a scam is actually legitimate. At DiamondIT, we have tools and systems in place to identify, analyze and proactively monitor for any compromised or stolen employee and customer data. This prevents personal information from being used against you, your customers or employees.