According to this year’s Traveler’s Risk Index, a majority of business owners have a somewhat fatalistic view of hacking and data breaches.  The index reveals 52% of survey respondents believe a cyber attack is inevitable.

The other statistics in the report paint a grim picture.  Here’s a quick overview:

  • 55% of business owners say that they have not completed a cyber risk assessment
  • 63% say that they have not yet completed a cyber risk assessment on vendors who have access to their data
  • 62% indicate that they have not yet developed any kind of business continuity plan. This means they don’t even have the basic outline of steps needed to be taken when faced with a successful attack
  • The number of cyber attack victims has doubled from 10% in 2015 to 20% in this year’s survey

Yet in spite of this staggering lack of preparation, fully half of all survey respondents say they have cyber insurance.

Tim Francis, the Enterprise Cyber-Lead at Travelers, had this to say about the report:

“Cyber risks carry serious consequences for any business, threatening everything from revenue to operations.  These findings reveal some surprising things about how companies view their cyber exposure, their relative confidence in dealing with them and the clear opportunity that exists for them to be better prepared for a cyber-attack.”

It’s a thorny problem, for sure.  Most small to medium sized business are strapped for cash.  They simply can’t dedicate the level of resources they’d like to toward data security.

The good news is that this most recent survey reveals a few simple, low-cost things you could do starting today that would dramatically improve your chances of dealing with a cyber-attack.

What is your company doing to not only protect against cyber attacks, but remediate them when they inevitably occur?  Do you have a plan in place?  Hiring a managed security service provider will create a seamless and effective way to protect from threats, detect them, and react to them quickly. Ultimately, it will save your business 20 – 50% in IT Services.  Request a quote today.

More and more, ransomware has emerged as a major threat to individuals and businesses alike. Ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts data on infected systems, has become a lucrative option for cyber extortionists. When the malware is run, it locks victim’s files and allows criminals to demand payment to release them.

Don’t assume that ransomware attacks can’t happen to your business…ALL companies are at risk. A 2016 Crypto-Ransomware Study reveals that paying the ransom is the least of your worries:

  • Downtime will cost you more than the ransom
  • Ransomware is targeting bigger businesses
  • Ransomware is a growth industry

Business Continuity solutions are built to help you mitigate the business risks posed by disasters.

  • Local backups of critical business systems and files
  • Redundant cloud backups in multiple servers for advanced protection
  • Business Continuity joins the forces of backup and file sharing into one solution that meets the needs of both employees and business managers.

What is Business Continuity?

Business continuity is a combination of local and cloud backups that provide maximum flexibility in case of downtime.  All of your data is continuously backed up via your LAN to a local server supplied by Brash Concepts.

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Now that the Long Island Railroad strike has been averted, we can use our train commutes to reflect on how the scare may have been a wakeup call on for how easily our daily productivity routine can be disrupted. There are many minor and frequent adversities our businesses can face, and we grow confident in our ability to combat any when we soar over small speed bumps. But when the sudden, detrimental challenges corner a company into having to paralyze their productivity, we realize how prepared we need to be. But by then, it may be too late.

“Small business owners catering to commuters worry that a strike would bring their operations to a standstill.” – James T. Madore, Newsday, July 12th

Brash Concepts offers a comprehensive approach to connecting employers, employees and customers when distance or circumstance forces immobility and threatens business progression. By expanding the restrictions, abilities, and resources of your company, we ensure your survival through challenges your business may face. To your customers, being available to provide and maintain your service is vital, especially in the event they may be stressed facing their own economic or productivity issues. With our hybrid cloud business solution, you aren’t restricted to mass emails informing your frustrated customers of your inaccessible accounts, data, and desktop information. Combined with VoIP technology and cloud storage, we make your entire business – file server, desktop, and incoming calls – available to you outside the office. You will be able to offer your customers the assurance that their needs will be addressed in conditions that your competitors may be weakened by.

“[commuters are] a very big slice of Long Island’s economy because of the high incomes earned.” – Christopher Jones, research vice president of the Regional Plan Association

Bria, an app designed to free business possibility beyond office walls, allows employees to make and receive business calls on their cell phones. Their office line becomes mobile, and productivity moves with them. Bria uses software configured to work off a phone server, and Brash Concepts can provide your business with a domain compatible with apps like Bria.

“People are putting contingency plans into place, and it’s helped us – if you want to define a strike as helpful.” –Fred Grapstein, senior vice pres. at Hotel Penn (to online.wsj.com)

Preemptive measures to cement contingency in the wake of trials your business may confront has never been more valuable than in today’s fast-paced, machine-reliant, wavering industrial world. These thoughts should not trigger fear, just awareness, and far more importantly – inspiration. What needs to be considered is not only the risk of the issues that few can predict, but the opportunity that can arise from them. Don’t just protect; prosper.