Russian Invasion Requires Increased Cybersecurity Alertness 

You have probably heard the news by now that Russia has invaded Ukraine, and this will likely have a major impact on the cybersecurity world moving forward. The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is recommending that all American organizations be on high alert, especially small and mid-sized businesses as they are seen as softer targets for cybercriminals.

Top 3 Takeaways from the 2021 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 

Every year, Verizon releases their Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) and it usually contains some useful takeaways about how SMBs can protect themselves from cybercriminals. In case you haven’t read this 119-page report, here’s TechMD’s breakdown of the Top 3 most relevant takeaways for your business. 

Top 3 IT Priorities for 2022

2021 has been another year of “unprecedented times” as the COVID-19 pandemic has continued long past what many expected. With this continued level of uncertainty, it’s more important than ever that organizations have their IT in order and prioritized. Our team here at TechMD have put together three top IT priorities for 2022 to help you be prepared for the ever-changing IT landscape.

TechMD Named on UpCity’s 2021 Local Excellence Awards!

We are excited to announce that TechMD has been recognized as one of the top B2B service providers of 2021 by UpCity! Each year, UpCity analyzes and scores more than 70,000 service providers based on their Recommendability Rating and acknowledges the top national and local providers with an UpCity Excellence Award.

Webinar: Microsoft 365 and the Modern Workplace

Many organizations already have Microsoft 365 licenses but are not fully leveraging the productivity, collaboration, and security features that come built-in with Microsoft 365. Learn how you can maximize ROI with Microsoft 365 and take advantage of some of the key features that most businesses overlook.

Help Your Team Get Things Done with Microsoft Planner

Microsoft 365 comes with a suite of productivity tools that seamlessly integrate with one another, allowing organizations to manage their workflow, communications, and storage all in one place. Microsoft Planner is Microsoft’s task management tool that makes it easy for teams to collaborate and organize their work visually.

Communicate Better with Microsoft Stream

Internal communications can be a headache—we’ve all received emails that were longer than they needed to be, and many of us have probably sent long emails that never got read. But there’s a better way: start sending short videos instead of long emails with a tool like Microsoft Stream. 

TechMD is SSAE-19 Certified!

TechMD is proud to announce that we are now certified as operating under the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 19, based on the Center for Internet Security’s (CIS) Critical Security Controls. We are one of the first Managed Service Providers in Southern California to have received this certification.

Tech Talk: Get Started With Business Intelligence & Microsoft Power BI

On today’s Tech Talk, we’ll be discussing business intelligence (or BI for short), which is a process for discovering trends or patterns in your data and then presenting them in a visually-engaging way. Seeing your data fully visualized helps you understand what’s happening across your organization and helps informs your decision-making.

Zero-Day Exploit Affects Microsoft Exchange Servers

Microsoft has announced that Hafnium, a Chinese-backed cybercriminal organization, has been taking advantage of four zero-day exploits to attack on-premises Microsoft Exchange servers. We strongly recommend that any organizations with on-premises Exchange servers, including hybrid Office 365 setups, should apply Microsoft’s patch immediately.

Webinar: Building A Framework-Based Managed Security Program in Your Business

Cybersecurity has become an even hotter topic over the last 12 months as businesses have accelerated their plans to operate in virtual and remote environments. Despite the growth of sophisticated techniques used by cyber criminals, we know that 98% of data breaches can be prevented by implementing the Center for Internet Security’s Top 20 Critical Security Controls correctly.

Executive Extortion: The Evolution of Ransomware

Ransomware has long been a real threat with real risks to businesses of all sizes, but hacking techniques are evolving and ransom payments are going up. In a new trend, cybercriminals are directly targeting the computers of top executives at small and mid-sized companies. Here are a few simple steps that every executive can take right now to protect themselves from cybercriminals.

Top 3 IT Priorities for 2021

2020 was an unprecedented year, and businesses with inflexible IT solutions had a rough time during the pandemic. And with continuing uncertainty, most organizations we talk to are trying to avoid getting surprised by sudden IT issues and costs over the upcoming year. Here are three key priorities to make sure your business isn’t caught off guard by IT in 2021.

Cybersecurity Alert: Microsoft 365 Vulnerability Leads to US Treasury Breach

Reuters reported over the weekend that foreign state-backed hackers have breached Microsoft 365 accounts at the US Treasury Department, using their access to secretly monitor email accounts at the US Treasury. Aside from implementing Microsoft’s recommendations for securing Microsoft 365 accounts, here are 3 additional tips to help protect personal and business accounts from cybercriminals.

Combining Security and Convenience in Your Business with Single Sign-On

In the modern workforce, managing passwords is tough. Most employees manage 85 different passwords, and this presents a significant cybersecurity risk for businesses while also harming productivity and user experience. One of the best solutions to this security/productivity dilemma is called Single Sign-On (SSO).