Time to Get Serious About Cyber Security

The recent upswing in viruses called “ransom ware”, which encrypt your data for money (as opposed to just deleting it for fun), is alarming. I believe it’s just a matter of time before imitators by the dozens will be cloaked as legitimate messages, begging to be clicked on. At ClickIT, we’ve definitely a lot of customers coming into the store with Cryptolocker lately.  Most have said to just wipe and reformat their infected computer, but one in particular was negatively effected, with hours of time and expense. (See last week’s blog.)

It is time, therefore, for everyone to get serious about cyber security.  How you start is by first writing down and then implementing a plan.  I have gathered links to useful information about cyber security, to help you get started:

http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/cybersecurity

http://www.cisco.com/cisco/web/solutions/small_business/resource_center/articles/secure_my_business/protect_your_network/index.html

Since I wrote this draft above which was never published (back in 2013), there has been a lot of realization by all of us with regard to security and how to combat it. Several industries have published and are starting to enforce “best practices” with regard to how companies use, store and distribute electronic information. At Click IT, to better address these needs, we have formed a division called “Click IT Compliance Services”.

More will follow about this soon, but the idea is to have a group of IT professional with their complete focus on compliance of information security and privacy policy rules.

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Albert Harlow is a seasoned entrepreneur who has built companies from the ground up around the creation of now hundreds of innovative products for a variety of both consumer and industrial markets. He has also been the impetus of hundreds of jobs, and led, trained and nurtured many as Founder and President of nearly 10 start-ups over a span of 30 years. He single-handedly revolutionized both the robotics and plastics industries. For example, one of his first innovations was making a plastic rural mailbox for about the same cost as a metal one, which took this static industry by storm, paving the way for entry by giants Rubbermaid and Step-2. His innovations include the creation of painting machines that painted large Provost buses to Nokia cell phones. If you need an innovator, business or project leader, IT systems expert, Internet marketing specialist, software or simply a WordPress developer, contact Al who can help make your visions a reality. He currently works at the helm of Click IT (a "managed services provider", MSP, with a brick-and-mortar IT services store in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, working now on evolving into a franchise), while consulting with clients to help them with their own businesses, increasing sales, securing their IT infrastructure and helping to improve their operational efficiency using state-of-the-art technologies we offer. To see all the IT services offered by Click IT, go to https://clickitgroup.com. While he enjoys most the creative aspects of any project, some of my most rewarding experiences have come from helping others realize their true potential with the implementation of simple tools and techniques. Many times he already has the tools available and needs only to show how to leverage them for their benefit. Whether it is working with entire organizations or coaching individuals, he also spends a lot of his time improving productivity. In his current businesses, finding easier ways to doing just about anything technically complicated and then try to systematize the process is his goal. Many of Click IT products came about this way. (See https://clickitwebsitedesign.com/shop.) Albert embraces the “work smarter not harder” philosophy, but this entails an ability to always place things in perspective as a process and commitment to learning new things. Albert began Click IT in 2012 to allow him to share his vast knowledge and expertise with others while making a living at it. He developed as an entrepreneur starting with cutting lawns in the neighborhood and stringing tennis rackets as a kid, to what he does currently. Along the journey, he has also acquired many patents and trademarks and built numerous successful companies from the ground up, employing hundreds of people over a span of more than 30 years. These businesses were started simply by having an idea, belief or notion he could do something better and make money at it while doing something good and helpful to others. Having the idea is one thing. Having the guts, stamina, and vision to take action and see it through is another.

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