To Catch A Spy

His story is so compelling that Ryan Phillippe starred as him in a movie.

Eric O’Neill is a former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative.  In 2001 he helped capture Robert Hanssen, an infamous spy passing United States intelligence to the Soviet Union and Russian Federation, the worst breach of that type in US history.  Since then, he has appeared on both CNN and Fox as a national cybersecurity expert and has worked one-on-one with businesses to help manage their online security.

This capture led to Eric’s story being developed into a movie, Breach, in 2007 and writing his memoir, Gray Day.  Now a highly trained attorney and investigator, he often keynotes on cyber threats.

We will both present live on Thursday, December 15 for Small Business Tech Day. We are hosting this free event for Small Business leaders and owners to discover the best technology and practices to increase their profitability and protect them from online threats.

Eric will outline ways for your practice to be proactive rather than reactive. There are technologies and people you can implement right now to ensure you stay protected.

We’ll be streaming live from Las Vegas and also be joined by Shark Tank celebrity Kevin O’Leary and bestselling business author Mike Michalowicz.

Reserve your spot at techdaynv.com to get free access to the event and be reminded when we are LIVE!

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Success Secrets Shared  

Having been a small business columnist at The Wall Street Journal and business makeover consultant for MSNBC, Mike Michalowicz knows a thing or two about scaling a business.  He has since founded and sold two multimillion-dollar companies. 

Mike sold his first company to a private equity firm and his second to a Fortune 500 company.  At age 26, he was awarded the New Jersey Small Business Association’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year. 

Since then, he has created and written the book Profit First, which helps businesses attain early and sustained profitability to scale and grow faster.  He followed those books with Clockwork and Fix This Next.  His latest, Get Different, is all about can’t-ignore business marketing. 

He aims to eradicate entrepreneurial poverty and help business owners achieve their long-term personal and professional goals. 

Orbis Solutions is honored to be joined by Mike on Thursday, December 15, as we both present for Small Business Tech Day.  This is a free event for small business leaders and owners to discover the best technology and practices to increase their profitability and protect them from online threats. 

Mike’s going to share how, given the current economy, small businesses can have their best growth ever and make more money.  

We’ll be streaming live from Las Vegas and also be joined by former FBI counter-terrorism and counterintelligence operative Eric O’Neill and Shark Tank celebrity Kevin O’Leary. 

Please reserve your spot at https://www.techdaynv.com to get free access to the event and be reminded when we are LIVE! 

Spend The Day With Kevin O'Leary

Tech Day NevadaKnown as Mr. Wonderful but filled with catchphrases like “Stop The Madness!” and “Know Your Numbers,” Kevin O’Leary is a staple on Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs can pitch him and fellow multimillionaire investors (“sharks”) to help expand their business in exchange for a stake in the company.

At age 29, Kevin co-founded a software company that grew to acquire more educational software and eventually purchased Learning Company.  Only four years after that acquisition and adopting that name, Mattel bought Learning Company for more than $3 billion.

Since then, Kevin has been an original cast member of Shark Tank, where he is known to be the resident truth-teller.  Over 14 seasons, he has worked with over 500 small business owners and invested his money in 40 companies.

On Thursday, December 15, Orbis Solutions will join Kevin live for the Nevada Business Tech Day. This free event is for Nevada business leaders to discover the best technology and practices to increase their profitability and protect them from online threats.

Kevin will speak on how technology can help dental practices beat their competitors by adapting to salary increases and labor shortages. Business leaders across Nevada have a massive opportunity to get more customers and capitalize on this changing economy.

We’ll be streaming live and joined by former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative Eric O’Neill and bestselling business author Mike Michalowicz.

Please reserve your spot at techdaynv.com to get free access to the event and be reminded when we are LIVE! 

Orbis Solutions Named One Of 2022’s Top 250 MSSPs

Orbis Solutions is proud to announce that MSSP Alert, published by After Nines Inc., has named us to the Top 250 MSSPs list for 2022, ranking #237. We are delighted to be one of the world’s top Managed Security Services Providers (MSSPs).

The rankings are based on MSSP Alert’s 2022 readership survey combined with the digital media site’s global editorial coverage of managed security services providers. The seventh-annual list and research report tracks the managed security service market’s ongoing growth and evolution.

Do you know why cybersecurity expertise is so important?

Orbis Solutions Named One Of 2022’s Top 250 MSSPs

Do You Lack Cybersecurity Expertise?

The fact is that, even if you deployed all the necessary cybersecurity technologies, invested in all the necessary tools and solutions, and did everything you could to protect your business, you’d still be missing one thing—cybersecurity expertise.

Does your staff have the skills and experience needed to keep you protected?

Cybersecurity expertise is in high demand these days. As cybercrime continues to grow, and as businesses become more and more digital in their operations, cybersecurity becomes a much more critical priority. However, there’s only so much cybersecurity talent available to hire.

When you’re not sure if you have the skills or knowledge to get the job done, what can you do? Consult with cybersecurity professionals.

The Case For Managed Security Services

The question you need to ask yourself is whether you can confidently manage cybersecurity on your own.

The short answer is “maybe, but probably not”. Especially for members of highly regulated industries like healthcare and financial services.

In theory, it's entirely possible that, if you've invested in the right technologies, and have the right skill set, you could handle cybersecurity for your business all on your own. You would find your vulnerabilities, manage your policies, monitor your alerts, and everything else that comes with operating a secure business IT environment.

When it comes to protecting against the ongoing, evolving cybersecurity threats in play today, managing cybersecurity is, understandably, a tall order. For you to effectively fill the role of an IT security company, you would need…

Expertise

The knowledge of how to select, configure, optimize and maintain increasingly complex IT security technologies. Do you have that kind of know-how?

Resources 

You’d also need the time to both find vulnerabilities on an ongoing basis and respond to events as they occur. If you can't afford to make cybersecurity your full-time job, then do you really think you can stay on top of it?

For all these reasons, it’s recommended that business owners simply outsource their cybersecurity for complete management by an IT company they can rely on—these companies are also known as MSSPs, which means they offer cybersecurity expertise.

In fact, whereas nearly a quarter of businesses in the Enterprise Communications Survey have already moved to a managed security model, nearly 45% have plans to do so within the next year.

How To Find The Right Cybersecurity Support For You

You may be thinking you already know the right IT company for your organization. But before you sign on the dotted line, you need to be sure they’re going to deliver everything you need.

While it’s certainly frustrating to have to do some homework before you sign an agreement, it’s vital that you make sure all your needs will be addressed before you make it official.

Even though you may have a contract that states and governs the managed services, your contract may still lack significant details—it's better to check now and consider moving on, instead of finding out you're not covered after you've locked into an agreement.

That said, even if you've already entered into a contract with an IT company, that doesn't mean it's too late to ask them a few questions.

The Orbis Solutions Approach To Cybersecurity

The Orbis Solutions team believes the only way to effectively develop cybersecurity is through a fully managed approach that builds a culture of best practices, in combination with a range of carefully chosen technologies.

We can provide managed security solutions that address your company’s specific needs, and we can do so in a cost-effective manner. Book a meeting with our globally ranked cybersecurity team today.

Fake Invoice Scams Rock Las Vegas

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Overview

No one is immune to invoice fraud. Criminals are becoming sophisticated, so some scams may not be obvious, even for seasoned professionals. Many businesses in Las Vegas today are concerned about invoice fraud's prevalence and the surprisingly convincing manner in which it is carried out. It is becoming a danger that cannot be ignored, even when you think that the security of your accounts payable process is watertight.

Although the advancement of information technology and computer science provides businesses with more secure and efficient solutions to manage fraud, some companies are yet to switch from the traditional manual payment processes entirely, and fraudsters are taking advantage of this. Additionally, even with businesses aware of fraud and scams that may affect them, many are yet to take any preventive action, which explains why invoice fraud still has ground.

What is Invoice Fraud?

Invoice fraud happens when a scammer or hacker poses as a vendor by sending you a fake invoice or any other payment request, such as changing payment details, hoping your business will comply and pay. Unlike email scams and other attacks, invoice frauds are highly targeted. Typically, the fake invoice is generated with knowledge about your business relationship with suppliers.

The fraudsters don't mind the work and precision that goes into planning the fraud because, ultimately, criminals can make a lot of money if successful. For example, we recently learned that tech giants Google and Facebook were scammed out of $123million. This shows how complex this type of fraud is and how it challenges all organizations regardless of the size and security measures.

There are varying levels of sophistication applied in perpetrating invoice fraud. However, the ultimate goal is to get a phony invoice past the accounts payable team.

How Does Invoice Fraud Work?

Invoice frauds are often well-executed and hard to detect. A third party will submit a fake invoice to your company, and you may think you are genuinely paying for goods or services received while sending funds to a scammer or hacker. Although most scammers usually play a game of chance with their luck, they typically invest significant time learning about your business before making you a victim. A study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners revealed that fraud plots could take an average of 16 months from the initial research to the time it is carried out. Their research mainly focuses on identifying your regular suppliers and their typical invoicing patterns so that the fake invoice looks as genuine as possible.

Common Types of Invoice Fraud

Knowing some common types of invoice fraud will give you a better idea of how to prevent them.

Inflated Voices

Prices of the invoices are inflated to get you to pay more than you are supposed to. Usually, the amount is not significantly increased to avoid raising suspicion. The invoice could be from a genuine vendor wanting to rip you off or a scammer who has not supplied your business with any goods or services.

False Vendor Invoices

This is the most common type of invoice fraud. They appear to be charging for legitimate goods or services, but they delivered nothing. The scammers hope that no one will question the invoice and ultimately get away with reaping where they did not sow.

Duplicate Invoices

This involves both internal and external parties to the business. You get more than one invoice for a service or goods.

Ways to Prevent Invoice Fraud

You are at an increased risk of falling prey to an accounting scam when there are some weaknesses in your accounts payable processes. Some of the issues that make your business more vulnerable include:

To protect your business from invoice fraud, here are a few things you can do:

Automation

Invoice fraud can be costly for your business, so it makes sense to invest in prevention and protection measures instead. Automating the accounts payable process can cover some loopholes that fraudsters take advantage of to commit invoice fraud. Accounts payable automation takes over verifying invoice information and ensuring that the services or goods being paid for are received. In addition, it allows the accounting team operates more efficiently by saving time and reducing errors.

Use Multi-Stage Authorization

This sounds like the bare minimum every account payable team should be doing. However, many businesses still rely on just one person to authorize and verify everything, increasing the chances of an error. Having more eyes check an invoice and payment will increase the chances of spotting any suspicious activity before it is too late.

Track Invoice Activity

The only way to determine if something is odd with your accounts is by tracking and monitoring all invoice activity. Tracking lets you know the number of invoices you receive, how much you pay, and whom. Therefore, if something is not adding up, you can always spot it in good time and make the necessary changes.

Do Due Vendor Diligence 

You can prevent invoice fraud by selecting the vendors you bring into your business. Make sure to do several steps of due diligence checks to ensure that the vendor is legitimate. First, they provide essential documents like proof of incorporation, TAX/VAT number, and contact and payment information. Then, confirm with the vendor before authorizing payment in case of any changes, such as new payment details. Alternatively, you can use automated tools to flag any payments or invoices that seem off or new in your system.

Orbis Solutions Inc. can help secure your business against invoice fraud by improving your email security measures. Emails, the most common mode of communication for business, can be an avenue for phishing and other cybercrimes supporting invoice fraud. Contact us today to find out more about how we can cushion your systems so that all your business communication and information stay secure.

Cloud Based Backup Solutions

Data protection is vital to the survival of any business. It may be challenging and expensive, but it is a necessary measure you must take. There is no telling when data loss will happen, so it is crucial to think ahead and implement a backup solution. This ensures peace of mind and helps you quickly return to normal operations after a disaster.

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What is Cloud Backup?

As the name implies, this is a backup solution delivered over the internet that relies on cloud technology to store and secure a copy of your data. Cloud backup relies on a structured system to copy and store data to a third-party cloud-based server. Its most significant advantage over traditional backup solutions is that it keeps data on a virtual file system and is not geographically limited. It is also a cost-efficient method of backing up data.

How Does it Work?

Cloud backup involves transferring copies of data to a remote storage platform, usually hosted by a third-party service provider. The provider charges you to use the platform based on capacity, bandwidth, and the number of people using it. You can use as much or as little of the service per your needs. With a cloud-based solution in place, when your hardware fails or falls victim to a virus attack and your data is lost, you can still access copies of the files preserved on the cloud.

Usually, when you engage cloud backup services, the first step will be to do a full backup where all the data you want to be protected is copied to the cloud. The duration to back up your files will depend on the amount of data involved. Alternatively, you can use the cloud seeding technique to do away with the need for sending the initial data over the internet. After the initial backup, you can select the backup schedule, and the backup software will collect, compress, encrypt and transfer the data to the cloud service provider for backup.

When the data is needed, you need to access your cloud account and retrieve the files you need all the entire amount of data.

3 Reasons to Consider Adding Cloud Storage to Your Backup Plan

1. Access from Anywhere

Unlike traditional backup methods, cloud backup provides access to your data anytime and from any location. You only need a device connected to the internet to authenticate yourself, and you will have your data. Even if you have lost your computer or storage device, you can still access your data using a different device. There are also no interruptions and delays in getting the information you need. It takes a few steps to restore the data you need, ensuring no downtime in your operations, especially in times of disaster.

Market competition forces cloud backup solutions to innovate and introduce more value to their customers. As a result, they are constantly introducing improvements that your IT team would otherwise have had no time to research and implement. Besides backing up your data, cloud backup includes information syncing and sharing, and mirroring.

Syncing services allow you to create a folder online to store and access files stored on personal computers or servers. The files are updated automatically, promoting collaborative working and making sharing data easy. The file sync and share feature can also serve as a backup. However, it will only be efficient for a small amount of data. It cannot be relied upon for large or sensitive data since its user-oriented approach makes it vulnerable.

2. Scalability

The good thing about investing in cloud backup is its flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of your business. When your needs grow, you can quickly scale up; similarly, if needs reduce, you can scale down. However, with in-house backup solutions, you must do complex calculations about purchasing new equipment to increase storage or what to do with extra equipment, not in use.

The pricing options for cloud backup are very flexible. Usually, providers have different plans to accommodate different user needs. Therefore, you can easily downgrade or upgrade the plans to get what suits your business. This is very helpful if you are starting your business or experiencing accelerated growth and your on-premise storage cannot keep up.

Another advantage of cloud backup is that the software provider handles all the backing support and maintenance. Therefore, you do not have to worry about needing additional staff to resize, encrypt and deduplicate files before backing them up to the cloud. Whether you have a large or small amount of data needing backing, there is little to no management on your part. It is the responsibility of the service provider to facilitate the backup process.

3. Security and Compliance

Besides the need to recover lost or compromised data, backups are essential to security audits and compliance. Compliance is meant to protect consumers and ensure continuity of service even if a disaster happens by ensuring their information stays secure. The standard security and compliance measure is to have one primary copy and then have two backups where one is stored offsite. Cloud backup mainly acts as the secondary backup, saving copies of your data in different regions.

Most of the backup solutions in the market include data policy and regulations management. You can therefore offload the regulatory compliance requirements to the provider. However, the rules and regulations followed by a particular software provider may be limited to specific industries and countries of origin. Therefore, you need to take the initiative to verify if a backup solution matches the compliance-related qualifications you need.

In addition, most cloud backups use highly secure encryption protocols. This adds a layer of protection such that even if hackers get access to the files, they cannot decipher them. The fact that the backup is located offsite also ensures that the data has extra protection from viruses and ransomware attacks.

To find out more about how you can build solid backup and recovery solutions for your business, contact Orbis Solutions Inc today.

Backup & Disaster Recovery Plan

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Introduction

Data is today considered the most valuable asset for any organization. This is not surprising considering that 97% of businesses rely on data to power their opportunities, while for 76% of businesses, data is an essential component of their business strategy. Therefore, data is an asset because it helps businesses make confident and informed decisions and informs product development. But on the other hand, a loss in data could be devastating and inconvenient for any organization. Not only will the day-to-day operations be affected, but the organization must also spend time and resources to recreate or recover the lost files.

Data loss can be caused by several factors, which include human failure and error, software corruption, damaged hardware, power failure, computer viruses, etc. leaving your data unprotected is a costly risk that you can avoid with a backup and disaster recovery plan. In the heat of a crisis, it is challenging to make critical decisions. The backup and recovery plan is necessary to guide you through all the essential processes you need to take to ensure the continuity of your business. If your business is yet to adopt a backup and disaster recovery solution, here are three reasons to consider.

3 Important Reasons for Implementing a Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan

Data loss can be both costly and distressing. Statistics by the University of Texas indicate that 94% of companies that suffer a catastrophic data loss cannot survive. 43% of these companies never open again, while 51% close within two years of the data loss crisis. Additionally, the National Archives & Records Administration in Washington shows that 93% of companies that experienced a data loss crisis for ten days or more filed for bankruptcy within a year of the disaster. To ensure your business does not become part of the statistics, here are three reasons to implement a plan for data backup and disaster recovery:

1. Productivity Losses 

Anytime your business cannot conduct business as usual, you lose money. While most organizations plan for disruptions like power outages, many fail to recognize data's importance in their daily operations. Regardless of the nature of the business, the inability to access your data means that you cannot carry on specific critical tasks for your business. The longer the data goes without being recovered, the longer you are unable to perform, and eventually, this could affect your profits.

A backup and disaster recovery plan allows you to assign roles and responsibilities in advance so that, during a disaster, everyone knows what they should do to ensure swift recovery. This will ensure you can respond swiftly and effectively to manage the problem. In addition, the plan gives employees confidence since there is leadership and a sense of control over the situation.

In addition, having a backup plan will ensure you still retain access to essential data. Securing critical data is vital to any solid backup and disaster recovery plan. It will allow your employees to continue with some of their duties while waiting for the situation to be controlled. For example, when the hardware is damaged and makes data inaccessible, you can turn to cloud-based data using a different device.

2. Increased Cost of Recovery

Many organizations are intimidated by the cost of implementing a disaster recovery plan but fail to realize that data loss is far more costly to their operations. The financial toll can be devastating for your business when you are unprepared to handle the loss after a disaster. You will find yourself directionless and in distress, making rushed decisions that are not well thought out, which can lead to even more damage to an already bad situation.

However, suppose you planned and prepared before the eventuality of data loss. In that case, the recovery plan will equip you to act quickly without spending so much on the recovery process. You will also be able to restore your data quickly to reduce productivity loss. A backup and disaster recovery plan also reduces the chances of complete data loss that risks putting you out of business.

3. Total Business Shutdown

Your clients can lose faith in your business after data loss, but your recovery strategy will influence their willingness to forgive you and give you a second chance. In addition, a successful backup and disaster recovery plan can help protect your reputation, given how well you handled the disaster. However, if you were utterly unable to recover the data, this jeopardizes your business significantly. Your customers will deflect your competitors, leaving you without business. Additionally, your operations are hindered without data, and the only resort will be for you to shut down. Therefore, to protect the future of your business and avoid losing customers to the competition, ensure a plan to help you navigate a data loss disaster.

Key Takeaway

Investing in a backup and disaster recovery plan is your best defense against the devastating effects of data loss. The plan ensures that when disaster strikes, priority shifts to what needs to be done to protect your business's revenue, productivity, and reputation. Be proactive and not reactive by planning for the worst. Moreover, ensure that the recovery plan you have designed has been tested and all employees are trained on it to increase its success.

Protect your business today by contacting Orbis Solutions Inc. in Las Vegas. We have various IT services and solutions to help you combat data loss and help you recover quickly.

Why Keep Your Computer Operating System Updated

Did you know that not keeping your operating system (OS) up to date can cause serious problems affecting your device and personal security? Unfortunately, the pop-up notifications to update our operating systems seem tedious and unnecessary for many of us. As a result, we are often inclined to ignore or postpone the process, but that should not be the case. Instead, OS updates are important and should be given high priority to ensure the security and reliability of your computer.

Given how rapidly technology changes, it is necessary to launch newer versions of operating systems regularly to keep up. Usually, updates include improved user experience, extra features, security updates, etc. An update helps fix any possible bugs and security loopholes while cleaning up outdated programs that could interfere with your device's performance. Therefore, we explain three reasons why you should not close that prompt to update your OS the next time it appears on your screen.

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1. Security

According to Microsoft, over 300,000 malware samples are created and spread daily. As a result, cyber-criminals are constantly at work trying to find any vulnerability within different operating systems and exploit them. The challenge is for software publishers to stay on the lookout for any exposure and provide a fix before someone exploits it. The fix is usually in the form of an update that allows the OS to identify and block any malware that could try to infiltrate your computer.

Hackers and cybercriminals thrive where security flaws exist. When you ignore updating your OS, you will miss out on new and improved security patches, thus leaving you helpless against the exploit. And in most situations, you will not see the exploitation come; it could be something simple as viewing a rouge website or opening a compromised email that could jeopardize your device and data security. Once malware gets into your computer, criminals can use it to steal data from the device or facilitate a ransomware attack.

And while most of us think that cyber security is just a personal problem, that is not the case. When one computer device is compromised, especially in an organization, you risk affecting your associates too. For example, if you receive media loaded with a virus and send it to friends, family, or colleagues, it takes them playing the media to spread the malware to their devices. Therefore, important your operating system is not just for your security but for those around you as well.

2. Performance

Besides patching security holes, did you know that OS updates can add and improve new features? To tap into the capabilities that the latest technology has to offer, updating the OS is necessary. If, for example, you had bugs causing your computer to slow down or constantly crash, improvements in the operating system could be all you need to improve performance. OS developers are always working to find new ways to improve the software and maximize user efficiency. It could be adding a new feature, optimizing the speed, or improving the User Interface for a friendly experience.

Although the changes may appear small, they greatly influence how you interact with the system. Outdated or ineffective systems are often a source of frustration, getting in the way of your work. However, simply updating your OS can give your business the reputation of always being ahead in technology. In addition, you can also offer improved services to your customers, which promotes customer loyalty and satisfaction, which are both good for business.

3. Support for Modern Applications

You may find the constant reminders to update your OS annoying, but what is even more annoying is working with an OS with compatibility issues with your current hardware and software programs. You will often find yourself working to fix one problem or the other. Common signs that your operating system has compatibility issues include:

All these issues affect your productivity and, in some instances, can be costly in terms of the damage and disruption they cause. An OS upgrade must improve compatibility with newer hardware and application. When you are stuck with an old operating system, you may lack the necessary drivers to support new hardware, such as speakers and printers, that could be essential to your computer experience. This is because, for supporting drivers to be up to date, the OS first needs to be updated. In addition, some applications may also fail to work due to having an obsolete OS.

Updating your operating system gives you confidence that your computer will get you through whichever task by allowing access to hardware and software support. This increases productivity and efficiency as it promotes using support tools whenever needed. You also get access to the latest technology and work across multiple devices since the OS has the capabilities. For example, if your computer is using Microsoft Windows, you can now sync it with Android devices to access work and files on your smartphone.

How Do You Keep Your Computer Operating System Up to Date?

Now that you have learned the importance of keeping your OS updated, you may wonder, how do you ensure it stays up to date? The most intelligent way to stay on top of your updates is to allow them to happen automatically whenever they are available. Automatic updates save you the trouble of checking to see if new updates are available and then running them. Most operating systems have this feature, but you must enable it first. Other options include finding the latest version of the OS and installing it or downloading the update via the program.

Are you concerned about the security or performance of your computer? Contact Orbis Solutions, Inc. to find out how keeping your operating system up to date can help make your computer safer and minimize downtime. We are a high-ranking IT company in Las Vegas serving big and small businesses in the metro area.

Data Integrity

Many businesses have invested in collecting data and analytics to help them make critical business decisions. However, sound analysis and decision are only possible if the data is reliable, consistent, and accurate. So how do you ensure that you work with reliable, consistent, and accurate data? The answer is simple, pay attention to data integrity.

A report by KPMG indicated that 92% of senior executives are worried about how data and analytics would affect their organizations. You can, however, worry less about the same if you put measures to ensure data integrity at all levels of your organization.

Data integrity can either be a state or a process. As a state, it describes a set of data as being both valid and accurate, while as a process, it defines the measures put in place to achieve the validity and accuracy of data. The idea surrounding data integrity is to ensure that your data maintains consistency, reliability, and completeness throughout its entire lifecycle. Data security is also part of data integrity, ensuring data is only accessible to authorized parties.

There are two main types of data integrity: physical and logical integrity. Physical integrity protects the complete data structure as it is stored and retrieved. It can be compromised by power outages, hackers, or human errors, which can get in the way of proper data storage and retrieval. On the other hand, logical integrity ensures that data remains intact through various uses. It also seeks to protect from human error and hackers but in a different way. There are four types of logical integrity which include: entity integrity, referential integrity, domain integrity, and user-defined integrity.

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3 Tips for Maintaining Data Integrity

1. Use CRM Systems

There is a misconception purporting Customer Relationship Management to be an outdated tool, but this is far from the truth. Advent cloud computing has transformed and revitalized CRM to offer more functionality while remaining efficient, consistent, and cost-effective. Modern businesses rely on CRM systems to consolidate and manage customer data, automating some of the customer-facing operations. Data is like your currency and maintaining its integrity is crucial for your operations.

CRMs include a wide selection of data fields to help capture different data types. Use this feature and be selective of the data you obtain by only populating the required fields. Accuracy is an essential part of data integrity, and by choosing what data to track, you can create a timely, consistent, actionable, and, most importantly, accurate database. In addition, CRMs can automate the data collection process and thus eliminate the risk of human error, which often impacts data integrity.

You can also use a CRM tool to run data audits. This will help you identify incomplete, duplicate, and outdated data. It becomes difficult to access information or even run an analysis for your business without cleaning up and combining data. Therefore, using CRM to improve your data quality boosts your data integrity, leaving you with a consistent, reliable, and accurate database.

2. Educate Your Employees

A big challenge with most organizations is that their employees do not understand the value of data integrity and therefore don't even put effort into preserving it. Start by creating a culture of integrity, honesty, and transparency within your business. Employees must be transparent about their work and learn to own up to their actions. This will eventually translate to how they manage business data. They will learn to be responsive and proficient since they are confident in their abilities to secure and manage data integrity. As a result, all your departments will be accountable and cohesive.

Educating your employees is vital in preventing data integrity risks like human error. Begin by educating them on how to enter and preserve data and also delegate the responsibilities of data maintenance so that everyone is accountable for ensuring data integrity. Employees can also help identify or stop threats against data integrity only if they are equipped with the necessary knowledge. For example, consider having a readily available reference document that all employees can always refer to whenever needed.

Training and education on data integrity should be active and progressive that respond to your business needs. Make a point to schedule regular training for both new and existing employees.

3. Standardized Data Entry

Standardizing your data at the input stage is essential for consistency. Raw data from various sources may sometimes include a vast range of differences. For example, having people indicate their weight using different metrics such as pounds or kilograms. The data will have to be standardized to avoid the trouble and confusion caused by using different ranges and make it logical and easy to process.

Standardized data entry ensures data reliability, compliance, accuracy, and security. When you take data without standardizing it, you risk losing opportunities since the data may give you a wrong analysis. It may also result in more manual processes due to the inability of the data to flow through the automation, making you spend more time and money on tasks.

To effectively standardize your data, you will need to figure out several things.

Why Should Data Integrity Be a Priority for Your Business?

Collecting data is very easy these days. The problem is that we are collecting so much information that storing and maintaining it is challenging. As a result, the data kept by most organizations are susceptible to errors and cybercrime. Without a strategy to preserve the integrity of your data, you achieve limited success as your decision-making will often be wrongly informed.

To save time, effort, and resources, you must have a strategy to maintain data integrity. That way, your data becomes more reliable, accurate, and consistent. Contact Orbis Solutions, Inc., a cyber-security solutions provider in Las Vegas, to learn more about how you can secure the integrity of your data.

October Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month In Las Vegas

Key Points:

Having a business or organization in Las Vegas, each knows tourism helps fuel our local economy. According to the latest internet crime data from the FBI, our area of the country has the highest cybercrime activity than other parts of the United States.

The report also revealed that identity theft had hurt more Nevadans than any other crime due to cyber theft. To help you combat cyber threats, Cybersecurity Awareness Month has begun. In our latest video, Mike gives you four “get started now” tips to help protect your company better.

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Have You Ever Heard of Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

When asked this question, it’s not surprising that individuals and company owners are unfamiliar with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month or that it’s in October. Once informed, many discover, back in 2004, that’s when it all began.

With direction from the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, each uncovered safety issues when users were online. It was so alarming that the federal government had to step in to bring awareness to the country.

As a result, individuals and companies have prevented these cyberattacks through due diligence, annual observance, updates, news broadcasts, and help from these agencies. However, you must never drop your guard. Doing so gives these thieves access points to get in.

3 Areas That Boost Cybercrimes in Las Vegas Businesses

Commonly, Las Vegas business owners and decision-makers are unaware of how cybercriminals exploit a company’s network. Often, the activity appears harmless at first until there’s a breach. Here are three areas that boost cybercrimes:

Common Cybersecurity Scams – You’ll have password breaches, phishing, pharming, and social media scams in this group.

Unexpected Cybersecurity Scams – You’ll have man-in-the-middle attacks, social engineering, denial of service, and zero-day exploit in this group.

Risk Factors – You’ll have data extraction, forced downtime due to a cyberattack, and financial demands from cyber criminals in this group.

To remain cyber smart, you and your team need to understand your risks and how to combat these cyber threats. And for the record, there is no company, large or small; a cybercriminal will not target. If you have information and data they can sell, they want it.

Cybersecurity Safety Tips For Las Vegas Companies

In Las Vegas, businesses and organizations have experienced more internet-enabled crimes and cyber intrusions than in past years. To prevent these crimes, each device user must guard themselves and stay alert. Below are more tips to protect you and your organization.

Cybersecurity Awareness Help From Orbis Solutions

Your adversaries constantly search and look to exploit gaps in your IT network. Any sensitive information, data, or intelligence they can take from you, remains their goal. Orbis Solutions is committed to working with your team to find and close those gaps.

That partnership allows us to defend your networks, uncover malicious activity, and shut down cybercriminals wanting your sensitive information. You have a fighting chance to protect your organization with your permission and our combined efforts.

Get in touch with the Orbis Solutions team to uncover more cybersecurity awareness help. Together we will achieve safety, security, and confidence, keeping your company digitally and safely connected. Contact us or call (702) 979-1861 for assistance.

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