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Protecting Your Site: Construction Cybersecurity

Protecting Your Site: Construction Cybersecurity

The construction industry is no stranger to challenges. From project delays to budget overruns, professionals in this field are adept at navigating obstacles. Yet, there's a growing threat that many are still grappling with: cybersecurity. Having a working of ...

SharePoint Workflow That Works For You

SharePoint Workflow That Works For You

5 Reasons Why A SharePoint Workflow Your SharePoint workflow can make or break your efficiency. If you're a business leader, you're always trying to improve your digital operations and make your processes more efficient. Cloud storage has become the norm in today’s...

Manufacturing Cybersecurity in 2024

Manufacturing Cybersecurity in 2024

How Important Is Manufacturing Cybersecurity? Manufacturing cybersecurity is one of the major concerns for business leaders across the world. In today's fast-paced world, where technology is changing how we make things, keeping your manufacturing business safe from...

Defense Contractors, Sub-Contractors and CMMC Compliance

Defense Contractors, Sub-Contractors and CMMC Compliance

  Cybersecurity has become a top priority for governments, businesses, and individuals alike. New cyber-attacks are launched daily across all sectors, public and private. Cybersecurity has become a necessity for defense contractors, tasked with handling sensitive...

CUI- Controlled Unclassified Information and CMMC

CUI- Controlled Unclassified Information and CMMC

Understanding CUI: A Vital Component of Information Security The Department of Defense (DoD) defines CUI as “Government-created or owned Unclassified information that allows for, or requires, safeguarding and dissemination controls in accordance with laws,...

Department of Defense and CMMC

Department of Defense and CMMC

The Department of Defense (DoD) and CMMC Digital vulnerabilities have made robust cybersecurity measures indispensable, especially within sectors handling sensitive information critical to national security. Recognizing this imperative, the Department of Defense (DoD)...

CMMC Checklist

CMMC Checklist

CMMC 2.0 Checklist The Department of Defense has mandated contractors and subcontractors who handle Controlled Unclassified Information achieve Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). Navigating the process of readiness and achieving DOD cybersecurity...

Control AC L2-3.1.3 and Your CMMC Journey

Control AC L2-3.1.3 and Your CMMC Journey

Control AC L2-3.1.3: Safeguarding the Flow of CUI Safeguarding Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is paramount. As organizations navigate the complexities of compliance frameworks like the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0, Control AC...

Securing CMMC 2.0 Requirements & Compliance

Securing CMMC 2.0 Requirements & Compliance

What is CMMC? The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Explained The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a program mandated by the Department of Defense (DoD) to verify the cybersecurity of its supply chain. All contractors and sub-contractors...

The Cybersecurity Mindset: Is Your MSP Looking Out For You?

The Cybersecurity Mindset: Is Your MSP Looking Out For You?

If your MSP says you're secure, do you believe them? The old "trust-fall" game comes to mind. If you close your eyes and fall back, is someone going to catch you? Or will you hit the ground and potentially hurt yourself as a result of too much trust? Digitally, we...

How Do Managed Services Work?

How Do Managed Services Work?

How Managed Services Providers Can Help Your Business Run A common question is: "how do managed services work?" I couldn't tell you how many times I've tried to explain to someone what we do. I could only imagine needing IT Services and not having a solid...

Defending Against Quantum Computing Threats

Defending Against Quantum Computing Threats

US Government Preps for Quantum Computing Risks Quantum computers have the potential to revolutionize many fields, but they also pose significant risks to the security of information. In response to these risks, the US government has been taking steps to prepare for...

Cyber Monday Scams & Tips

Cyber Monday Scams & Tips

What do companies have in common with cyber criminals? They're both preparing to bring in the cash this Cyber Monday. Online spending surged by nearly 25% last year, and it is expected to surge again this year. Cyber Monday brought in $10.8 billion just last year,...

What Are Co-Managed IT Services?

What Are Co-Managed IT Services?

As your organization grows, so does your need for technology, and a well-managed technology ecosystem is essential for any organization that plans to scale in the future. Many organizations find staying on top of current IT trends to be overwhelming, especially when...

Staying Safe Online

Staying Safe Online

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month A global effort to help everyone stay safe and protected when using technology whenever and however you connect. The theme for the month is "It’s easy to stay safe online" and Winsor Consulting is proud to be a Champion and...

What Are MSPs and How They Can Add Value to Your Business

What Are MSPs and How They Can Add Value to Your Business

What is a Managed Service Provider (MSP)? A managed service provider (MSP) is a company that remotely manages and completes day-to-day services for businesses relating to IT systems. MSPs improve business operations by monitoring an organization’s servers, routers,...

Why “Break-Fix” Is A Flawed Business Strategy

Why “Break-Fix” Is A Flawed Business Strategy

A very common question is “Why do I need to be on a managed IT plan? Can’t I just pay someone to come out and fix things when they’re broken?” While that’s a legitimate question if we were talking about your washing machine or car, that’s NOT the right approach to a...

Ignoring Two-Factor Authentication Is A Simple Mistake

Ignoring Two-Factor Authentication Is A Simple Mistake

It's a fact. Ignoring Two-Factor Authentication Is A Simple Mistake. A large number of people and businesses are missing out on a simple, effective online security solution by ignoring two-factor authentication (2FA/MFA). Two-Factor Authentication, also commonly known...

Are Cloud Phone Systems The Future?

Are Cloud Phone Systems The Future?

What is a Cloud Phone System? A cloud phone system is a phone service that allows you to make and receive calls over the internet. It uses VoIP technology, which means it connects your call through an internet connection rather than through an analog landline or...

Pentagon To Publish CMMC ‘interim rule’ by May 2023

Pentagon To Publish CMMC ‘interim rule’ by May 2023

CMMC Update! Big CMMC update out of the Pentagon! When CMMC 2.0 was released in late 2021, they stated this process was going to take 9-24 months. Everyone has been anxiously awaiting to find out if this timeline is still on track, and it sounds like it is! According...

Phishing Prevention: Don’t Let Hackers Lure You In

Phishing Prevention: Don’t Let Hackers Lure You In

At Winsor Consulting, we see Iowa businesses fall victim to phishing scams on a regular basis. And while we all would like to think we’d never fall for such schemes, cybercriminals are getting craftier in their approaches as time goes on. Imitating big brands like...

8 Convincing Reasons to Hire A Managed IT Services Provider in 2022

8 Convincing Reasons to Hire A Managed IT Services Provider in 2022

Managed IT service providers such as Winsor Consulting Group have been growing in popularity in the past couple of years and will continue to grow in years to come. The success of managed services has been outstanding as shown by Statistica: as of 2019, the market is...

Why Your Business Needs a Network Assessment

Why Your Business Needs a Network Assessment

A network assessment is a “check-up” of your network – all of your computers, servers, routers, printers, software, and users. Hardware is the backbone of your business and must be regularly maintained to prevent downtime. Did you know that 75% of SMB’s plan on...

A Digital Cleaning Is What Your Business Tech Needs

A Digital Cleaning Is What Your Business Tech Needs

Digital cleaning, such as checking for outdated technology, might be more impactful than you think. Recent statistics show that cybercrimes occur more frequently to those who are not updating and cleaning their systems. The U.S. Small Business Administration found...

How to Include Cybersecurity Training in Employee Onboarding

How to Include Cybersecurity Training in Employee Onboarding

Bringing new employees up to speed on company policies and procedures, or employee onboarding is standard practice. The process covers topics like what’s expected in daily work, proper communication channels, and vacation and sick leave policies. In well-prepared...

22 Cybersecurity Statistics To Know For 2022

22 Cybersecurity Statistics To Know For 2022

As the rollercoaster of a ride that was 2021 comes to a close and we’re entering a more hopeful new year, we thought it apt to compile a list of impactful cybersecurity statistics that should help you stay at the top of your security and privacy game over the next 12...

Check Your Tech for Cybersecurity Benefits

Check Your Tech for Cybersecurity Benefits

Cybersecurity benefits are many. Safeguarding your business with strong cybersecurity is essential when it comes to ensuring sustainability — especially as hackers and cybercriminals become more audacious. Hackers no longer simply take your data. They use ransomware...

How Cybersecurity Works to Contain Your Privacy

How Cybersecurity Works to Contain Your Privacy

What Is Cyber Security and How Does It Work? Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting computer systems, sensitive data, and networks from unauthorized access and harm. Such cyber-attacks are meant to steal information, change internal data, or destroy sensitive...

Checklist for Cyber Security Assessments

Checklist for Cyber Security Assessments

Are you in denial about cybersecurity? If you think you aren’t at risk because your business is too small or doesn’t have worthwhile data to steal, think again. Hackers know that information systems for small and medium businesses (SMBs) typically have weak security...

What is CMMC 2.0?

What is CMMC 2.0?

The basic premise of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is that by 2025 all contractors and subcontractors in DoD’s supply chain, with the exception of commercial-off-the-shelf product providers, would have to obtain a third-party certification of their...

Critical Exploit in Apache Log4j Library

Critical Exploit in Apache Log4j Library

A critical exploit has been made public regarding Apache’s Log4j service which can be used to execute remote commands without authentication on devices that have JNDI Lookups enabled. This exploit has been given the term “Log4Shell” and all known systems that use...

Benefits Of Working With An MSP Provider

Benefits Of Working With An MSP Provider

Looking to learn more about the managed IT services business model, its origin, and benefits? You've come to the right place. Managed IT services allow businesses to delegate their IT operations to an expert third-party organization that specializes in handling these...

Emerging Technology in the Quad Cities: What You Need to Thrive

Emerging Technology in the Quad Cities: What You Need to Thrive

Remember when HAL from Space Odyssey made us all afraid of the potential evils of artificial intelligence? Ah, the innocence of 1968. Today, AI has transitioned into mainstream society, and the only thing we’re afraid of as business owners are not being agile enough...

CMMC 2.0 And What That Means

CMMC 2.0 And What That Means

CMMC 2.0 - What does this mean?   On Thursday, November 4, 2021, the DoD announced its plans for going forward with CMMC and some huge changes. What does this mean? The enhanced “CMMC 2.0” program maintains the program’s original goal of safeguarding sensitive...

Discover the Benefits of AI Cybersecurity Solutions in Iowa

Discover the Benefits of AI Cybersecurity Solutions in Iowa

TechRepublic reports that a midsized company gets alerts for more than 200,000 events and threats each day — far too many than even the most experienced team of human tech experts should be expected to handle. AI, or artificial intelligence, can provide a major...

#BeCyberSmart and Fight The Phish – Cybersecurity Awareness Month

#BeCyberSmart and Fight The Phish – Cybersecurity Awareness Month

From ransomware to SMS Malware, the cybersecurity space has been hectic more than it’s ever been over the last 12-24 months. However, for all the emerging threats and news that are cropping up on the horizon, phishing—one of the oldest pain points in cybersecurity—is...

Create Strong Passwords To Prevent Yourself From Cybercrime 2022

Create Strong Passwords To Prevent Yourself From Cybercrime 2022

Let's get you a quality password.  Did you know, 60% of business-related passwords fail to meet the bare minimum requirements? It's a harsh reality that can cost your business unnecessary losses. There are multiple ways to create strong passwords to prevent yourself...

My IT Support Is OK, But What If I Want More?

My IT Support Is OK, But What If I Want More?

My IT Support Is OK, But What If I Want More?   As humans, change can be challenging. Therefore, we end up in a bank that gives us less than ideal rates. Or continue to set foot on the same uneven paving slab without taking action. Change takes effort. But...

Useful Tips For Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Useful Tips For Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Now in its 18th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month—previously known as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month—continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer...

Ransomware Attacks in Iowa: How to Identify and Prevent Them

Ransomware Attacks in Iowa: How to Identify and Prevent Them

Most ransomware attacks are initiated by organized crime, according to Clear Data. Tony Soprano, anyone? When you think about it, it’s really no different than a shakedown. But instead of Soprano strong-arming you in an alley to extort your money, cybercriminals...

Defend Your Assets with Cybersecurity Training in Iowa

Defend Your Assets with Cybersecurity Training in Iowa

Most data breaches start with an email. But it’s no regular email. 67% of data breaches are due to attacks like phishing, according to Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report. Knowledge obtained from cybersecurity training for Iowa is the most critical tool...

How IT Consulting Can Help You Maximize Your Budget

How IT Consulting Can Help You Maximize Your Budget

The world is constantly changing. Profound shifts in consumer expectations demand that companies across all industries deploy new technologies that serve to maintain business continuity and optimize critical operations. Did you know that more than 80 percent of...

3 Cybersecurity Solutions That Can Help Avoid Costly Downtime

3 Cybersecurity Solutions That Can Help Avoid Costly Downtime

No matter what industry you’re in, your business likely depends on a wide variety of online communications and services. From virtual chat software to customer-facing support systems, losing network access could leave your company scrambling to deal with a plethora of...

3 Ways Cloud Services Can Reduce Your Overhead Costs

3 Ways Cloud Services Can Reduce Your Overhead Costs

With a global return to the office quickly approaching, the CEOs of the world’s most influential companies are carefully planning what a return to ‘normal’ will look like. According to the 2021 CEO Outlook Pulse Survey, more than half (69%) of companies plan to build...

3 Ways to Leverage Your Technology in 2021

3 Ways to Leverage Your Technology in 2021

Every investment you make for your company should be made with confidence. While it’s hard to be sure which new technologies have staying power over others, one thing remains certain – your employees will always need to communicate and collaborate. Whether your team...

The Top Three Reasons You Need Compliance as a Service

The Top Three Reasons You Need Compliance as a Service

Compliance as a Service (CaaS) is an easy way to ensure you’re adhering to the government’s constantly changing regulations without all the fuss of handling things in-house. Staying HIPAA and PCI compliant is one of the most important things you can do to protect your...

3 Bonus Benefits of a Disaster Recovery Plan

3 Bonus Benefits of a Disaster Recovery Plan

What would you do if you encountered a fire, flood, ransomware, data breach, accidental file deletion or really, any disaster? Your entire systems could crash, your data could be compromised, and your employees and customers would be looking to you for answers....

Data Backup Essentials: A COVID-19 Checklist

Data Backup Essentials: A COVID-19 Checklist

Businesses around the world are reexamining their business continuity plans in the wake of COVID-19, and that includes checking in on your organization’s policies surrounding data backup essentials. While you probably have methods for preventing data loss due to human...

Don’t Wait Until After an Attack to Protect Yourself

Don’t Wait Until After an Attack to Protect Yourself

From uniformed employees to cybercriminals, your digital business is constantly being threatened. Are you prepared for when that threat becomes an attack? Having a watchful eye on your information and having a plan in place if you are comprised is at the heart of...