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Disaster Recovery Plan Template: 8 Key Steps for Businesses

The recent pandemic has shown that disruptions in daily business can happen quickly and without warning. Whether as a result of a pandemic, natural disaster or network disruptions due to cybersecurity incidents, you need to ensure that your business can keep running through operational difficulties. One way to help your business keep going is by developing a disaster recovery plan.
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How Back-Office Modernization is Driving Better Business Sustainability

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed how businesses view and manage their priorities. More than ever before, organizations realize the importance of closely managing their business costs with operational efficiency and performance. However, across the globe, as organizations reexamine their operations, it has become abundantly clear that outdated accounts receivable (AR) and accounts payable (AP) processes still plague many businesses. To add to this new dilemma, the accelerated movement toward a paperless business model due to COVID restrictions has caused costly disruptions across multiple industries. This new reality has created a renewed sense of urgency in organizations to modernize and digitize their back-office processes to support better business resilience.

Embracing the New Reality of Procurement

Embracing the New Reality of Procurement Over twenty years of diversified experience in supply chain, management consulting, and corporate retail. Annie has held a series of leadership roles focused on Procurement Transformation, Organization Assessment and Design, Strategic Sourcing, Supplier & Contracts Management, Supply Chain Strategy, Procurement Technology Design, Implementation, and Training/Change Management. Areas of expertise span across multiple industries primarily in the consumer p

What are the Different Types of Home Loans?

For many people, there are few things as exciting as owning their own home. The idea of being able to settle down, start a family or maybe start a home business can be hard to imagine without a place to call your own. Still, becoming a homeowner can be quite overwhelming, especially when considering how to finance the purchase. Thankfully, first-time and experienced homebuyers have a variety of options available to them when securing the funds necessary to purchase a new home. There are many di

Best Tax Software for 2021

Tax season is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to get organized and ready to prepare this year’s taxes. Many people have mixed emotions about this time of year, however. While some people look forward to receiving their tax returns each year, others stress about ensuring they’ve calculated their deductions properly to minimize how much they owe each year. Regardless of how stressful or care-free preparing your taxes may be, using tax software to organize your income and expenses is a great way to ensure you’re filing correctly and minimizing the amount you owe each year. The great thing is that there are many tax software solutions to choose from, each of which has its own unique benefits.

What Is a 203k loan?

If you’re a homeowner, you may have heard the term 203k loan used when reviewing financing options available for your home purchase. 203k loans are guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, and are a bit different than your typical home mortgage loan. With a 203k loan, new homeowners are not only financing the purchase of their home but also any needed home improvements. This type of loan addresses a common problem in the housing marketing for buyers who might be discouraged from buying a property because of the potential costs to repair it. Before you decide on which type of home loan is best for you, though, it’s important to take a deeper dive into the features and eligibility requirements of a 203k loan to see if it’s right for you.

Secure Internet Gateway: Do you have your DNS server controlled and covered?

Modern-day working environments have changed significantly over the years, and the IT landscape has evolved along with them. Digital transformations have now necessitated the need for cloud technology adoption and the creation of mobile workforces, adding new layers of complexity when it comes to building, supporting, and securing critical business infrastructure. Adding to this complexity is the global concern behind the frequency and severity of modern-day cyber attacks, impacting 1 in 5 comp...

Why Get an ARM Instead of a Fixed Rate Mortgage?

For many years, adjustable-rate mortgages (ARM) have earned a bad reputation because they were perceived to be riskier financing solutions than traditional fixed-rate mortgages, but what most people don’t take into consideration are the new ARM formats, which are available with extended 7- and 10-year fixed-rate terms. These extended terms give homeowners a unique opportunity to take advantage of low introductory rates while still having the possibility to lower premiums once the variable term has started.

What Are the Tax Advantages of Homeownership?

Owning your own home is an exciting new chapter in most people’s lives, one that opens up a wide array of new opportunities. Aside from the benefits of not having to answer to a landlord or share close quarters with other apartment tenants, homeownership has other significant benefits that can pay dividends year after year. Although many new homeowners don’t realize it before purchasing their property, owning your own home makes it possible to claim a variety of tax deductions on a yearly basis. These deductions can play a large factor in reducing the total amount you owe while maximizing your tax return.

LightStream Auto Loans Review

While you might not have heard of LightStream before, you’ve surely heard of the mega-bank SunTrust, now merged with BB&T to form Truist. LightStream car loans are responsible for financing well over $13 billion worth of new and used car auto loans. Around now for nearly a decade, LightStream car loans are already making a positive splash on the industry with competitive interest rates, the availability of same-day funding and an impressive rate-beating program.

What is Auto-Containment?

We’ve all been there: You’re doing research online and download a new program onto your computer. Suddenly a pop-up on the bottom of your desktop informs you something may be wrong. The antivirus program you’re running has flagged the newly-downloaded file as something suspicious, and you’re left deciding whether to trust the source of the file or not. At this point, most people are left with one of two options: delete the file and move on, or roll the dice, run the program, and hope for the be...

Do Cyber Thieves Ever Get Caught? What's the Punishment?

We now live in a world where digital communication and technology has become a large and complex part of society. Almost everything we touch is now interconnected, and leaving some form of digital footprint behind is a virtual dead-certainty. An unfortunate side-effect of this digital dependency is that cyber-crime has become a huge problem, resulting in an estimated $600 billion in losses every year. A new business was hit with a ransomware attack every 14 seconds in 2019 . The number of ranso...

What is Server Hosting?

In less than four minutes, learn what server hosting is, the different types of server hosting available, and how to choose a solution that best meets your business, IT, and budget requirements. Server hosting is an IT service, typically offered by a cloud service provider, that provides remote access to off-premises virtual or physical servers and associated resources for a monthly subscription or usage-based price. Server hosting lets IT teams provision and start using application and data.....

The 3 Top Cybersecurity Resolutions To Make in 2020

With another year nearly behind us, this holiday season is the perfect time to start considering next year’s resolutions. But while setting personal goals surrounding health, fitness, and self-improvement are admirable, they shouldn’t be the only considerations you make going into 2020. Two thousand nineteen proved to be yet another record-breaking year in cyber-related crimes, with the global cost of ransomware and data breaches reaching more than $2 billion. The most surprising fact surrounding...

How Diligent Can a CISO be at Protecting the Organization?

With cybersecurity playing such an essential role in modern-day business culture, many companies are sourcing highly specialized personnel to help keep their organizations secure. While departmental structures vary from company to company, many would agree a dedicated Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) provides the best bang for buck when establishing sustainable security practices now and in the future. But what exactly does a CISO do? More importantly, do have they have the necessary s...

What is Infrastructure as Code (IaC)?

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) automates the provisioning of infrastructure, enabling your organization to develop, deploy, and scale cloud applications with greater speed, less risk, and reduced cost. What is Infrastructure as Code (IaC)? Infrastructure as Code (IaC) uses a high-level descriptive coding language to automate the provisioning of IT infrastructure. This automation eliminates the need for developers to manually provision and manage servers, operating systems, database connections...

7 Phishes You Don't Want This Holiday

Every year as we approach the holiday season, millions prepare to celebrate a popular Italian annual tradition: the Feast of Seven Fishes. But while most individuals look to this tradition, and the surrounding holidays, as a time for joy and celebration, others see it as an opportunity. Holiday seasons mark the time when cybercrime will be at the highest rate it’s been all year, as attackers take full advantage of the increase in online spending and overall network traffic. Each year, it’s crit..

How Secure is Your Network?

If the last five years have taught us anything, it’s that cybersecurity should always be a primary concern for every business. In 2017, ransomware damages cost businesses over $5 billion in losses, which was 15 times more than in 2015. That number is expected to rise to a staggering $20 billion by 2021, according to Cybercrime Magazine. But as apparent an issue that cybersecurity is, it’s surprising to find that not all businesses have taken the proper precautions to keep themselves protected.

Redis Explained

Explore the features and benefits of using Redis as an enterprise database management solution. Redis (for REmote DIctionary Server) is an open source, in-memory, NoSQL key/value store that is used primarily as an application cache or quick-response database. Because it stores data in memory, rather than on a disk or solid-state drive (SSD), Redis delivers unparalleled speed, reliability, and performance. When an application relies on external data sources, the latency and throughput of those

9 Ways To Improve Your SIEM Security Investigations

SIEM technology helps to provide a much needed window into the logging and alerting activity taking place in your environment. However, no SIEM tool is a perfect security solution on its own and requires active involvement from trained teams to diagnose and respond to network events as they occur. When a SIEM tool detects network or system anomalies, automated processes take over to alert administrators of the issues so that further investigations can take place. These investigations play a crucial role in discovering the root cause of security events as they occur so that they can be adequately addressed and you can avoid a potential breach. Here are nine ways that your internal team can improve these SIEM investigations and get the most out of your SIEM integration.
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