By now, you’ve heard how important cyber security is for your business. It doesn’t matter if you’re a small mom-and-pop, or a large enterprise. The criminals are not discriminating; they just want your money. For a smaller business, they see an opportunity because it is harder for it to justify the costs of investing in a sophisticated security system or employing a staff to manage it. Small businesses are easy targets with systems that criminals can access en masse. And the businesses usually pay, because it is still cheaper in their minds than the cost to undo the damage and implement a new security system.
Cyber security came to the forefront in headlines once again beginning last Friday, when the WannaCry, also referred to as WannaCrypt, Wana Decryptor or WCry, ransomware strain infiltrated businesses, hospitals, and government agencies throughout 150 countries. The spread slowed over the weekend; however, there are already imitators taking its place while the initial strain still lingers with a slow penetration even into the United States.
It seems kids nowadays have more homework than ever before; however, they also have greater resources than any previous generation. Utilizing the little devices they covet so dearly, in addition to their school-provided Chromebooks, they have the power to reach countless study tools and inexpensive tutor programs to help them get through their homework successfully.
For those parents who want to help their kids but find the subject matter challenging themselves after the curriculum becomes increasingly more difficult in high school, there are multiple apps that can help supplement your ‘shortcomings.’ Teachers can also provide a list of approved apps that the school recommends in order to help parents who may otherwise not know where to look.
We have a created a short list of apps that thousands of medical institutions and millions of medical professionals have already been using on their various devices. Many of the available apps are a part of a larger software system to which many institutions usually subscribe. From drug interactions to physicians’ social networking – it’s all available with the touch of a finger.
Cybersecurity is culminating two-fold into the education sphere: education institutions need greater cybersecurity to protect their faculty, students and IT infrastructure, and they also need to educate their student base to become the next generation of defenders against cybercrime. The calls for teaching hacking skills to K-12 students are becoming louder and more frequent as each year passes.
Over the last several years, we’ve seen consecutive annual updates showing an increased spending on technology in the classroom for both hardware or software solutions catering to the K-12 marketplace. The cost-effectiveness of Chromebooks and refurbished laptops have made it easier for many schools across the United States to go 1:1 – machine to student—in their districts. But this spending trend may be coming to an abrupt halt—particularly for public schools—due to potential federal budget cuts that loom ahead. The budget proposal released by the current presidential administration aims to cut $13 billion in education spending in 2018-2019 school year.
While big businesses often have the most up-to-date cyber security defense system employed, small businesses remain particularly vulnerable to cyber crime. They are increasingly becoming the subjects of cyber attacks either because they don’t have the internal knowledge or the resources to protect themselves. However, it is crucial that every business – big and small – does everything it can to protect itself from data breaches that come at a significant cost.