Yes, it can happen to you.

CITON SECURITY SERVICES TEAM

Once upon a time hackers would seek out and destroy the biggest target they could find. They would look at the markets, locate their desired victim and set their tools into play.

If this is your view of today’s hackers, then you, like many others, are mistaken. Those challenging the business norms to make money through ransomware do not care who you are. You are just an IP, a port, or an email address. These attacks are occurring locally, they blanket attack with abandon and it could be one of us next.

While a healthy dose of fear is useful, there are some basic steps any business can take to minimize the potential of an attack. What’s more, when that day does come there are tools and solutions that provide highly competent strategies for recovery.

For more information on what these strategies look like and how cost-effective they can be, give us a call.

Reduce costs with Windows and Office

70% of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) reinvest saved money into their business thanks to the cloud.

Simplify the process of keeping devices up to date while saving time, reducing costs, and gaining control. Check out this infographic–which shows industry trends, pain points, and proof points–to learn why and how.

5 Ways to Be More Efficient While Working From Home


David Meltzer
VIP CONTRIBUTOR Co-Founder of Sports 1 Marketing, Speaker, Author and Business Coach – GUEST POST

A large portion of the United States has suddenly found itself working from home and adapting to a new way of life. How can you remain productive while working from your couch or kitchen table? These five strategies can help optimize your time away from the office.

1. Establish a routine.

stable routine is always helpful, which is why having a habit machine — or system to help you build positive habits — is essential for those who are new to working remotely. Your habit machine will help you add more value to your daily routine.

The first step is a little counterintuitive to some: Lower the bar. Tell yourself, “I’m going to do this a minimum of one minute today, two minutes a day tomorrow.” Set the bar low, but continually raise it to build momentum.

One of the things the habit machine will allow you to do is to save time. Every day, I set a goal or an objective to figure out how I can save four minutes. Four minutes a day is a magical number for me because I know it represents three full days of productivity each year. I know any positive habit I create or any system I implement that saves me just four minutes a day has a compounding effect on my results.

2. Be a student of your calendar.

By far, the biggest change in productivity came for me when I started studying my calendar. This isn’t taking a look at your schedule, there are three things to focus on:

  1. Study the things you have planned for the dayLook to create efficiencies with your habit machine, as I mentioned above. For example, I have a 5/20 Rule, where I try to schedule five-minute phone calls and keep my in-person meetings to 20 minutes, making it so the people I interact with are ready for our interaction and focused. With a predominance of virtual meetings today, making even a small change like using a 4/19 Rule could allow for more production.
  2. Study the white space of your calendar. How can you schedule more of those four-minute calls or 19-minute meetings? How can you be more accessible to those who might need you? And don’t forget to ensure you schedule downtime or fun activities, too.
  3. Study your sleep. It not only is the restorative process, but it enhances your immune system, which is of the utmost importance. You need to build a consistent sleep routine that helps restore not only your physical being but your mental health, as well.

3. Master prioritization.

As you’re studying your calendar, you must institute the “Do It Now” rule. There’s an old saying: “Ask a busy person to do something for you and you’ll be much more likely to get it done.” It goes beyond that, though.

You have to evaluate your tasks by urgency and importance in order to determine priority. You do this by analyzing the actuality of the situation or event in light of your own personal values, not the urgency perceived by others.

If a task is urgent and important, do it now. If you put off doing something that you can do now, it will take you at least double the time to complete it.

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Data Protection for the modern workplace

CITON CLOUD SERVICES TEAM

For businesses in the digital age, cloud technology has become a key enabler of growth and innovation. But no great opportunity is without risk, and moving to the cloud also means having to secure enterprise data as it travels into and out of organizations. Today’s leading enterprise cloud platforms provide organizations with the compliance and security they need to protect their data, regardless of scale or region. In this infographic, you’ll learn how Microsoft 365 E5 uses a multilayered approach to protecting sensitive information and provides the insights you need to optimize your organization’s security.