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Save a Website on Your Desktop as an Application

Save a Website on Your Desktop as an Application

If you are like me, you probably suffer from the affliction known as “you’ve got too many browser windows open, and each one of those browser windows has too many tabs.”

Unfortunately, this affliction is chronic, and no cure is in sight. However, if you have specific tabs that you need to reference frequently throughout the day, there is a really neat trick for breaking them out, giving them their own icon, and making it much faster to access them when you need them.

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Tip of the Week: Use Google Alerts to Research Your Business and More

Tip of the Week: Use Google Alerts to Research Your Business and More

Google Alerts can help you keep track of all kinds of topics you might be interested in. Basically, the tool offers you a way to stay up-to-date on content related to specific keywords that you set. Today, we want to discuss how you can use Google Alerts and set it up.

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The Real Differences Between a Chromebook and Other Laptops

The Real Differences Between a Chromebook and Other Laptops

Laptops are old news in the business world, but the technology that now powers them is impressive to say the least. You can get just as much done with a laptop as you could with a powerful, resource-intensive desktop just a couple of years ago. But how do Chromebooks fit into the mix? Today, we want to discuss the difference between a Chromebook and a typical laptop, and why you might consider one over the other.

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Keep Downtime at a Minimum to Avoid Maximum Costs

Keep Downtime at a Minimum to Avoid Maximum Costs

A lot is made of the rising costs that everyone is seeing over the past several years. This inflation extends itself for IT-related downtime as well. Now that most businesses are using some form of technology to run their business, losing access to those systems for any length of time can be a major problem. Today, we’ll take a look at the cost of downtime, what causes it, and how to ensure that you do everything you can to keep it from negatively affecting your business.

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How a Cyberattack Can Cripple the Car Industry

How a Cyberattack Can Cripple the Car Industry

It’s easy to take something you use every single day for granted. That’s something that a lot of car dealerships are feeling right now, as one popular automotive dealership software platform has been down for several days due to a cyberattack.

You don’t realize just how critical your line of business app is until it’s suddenly not available and you can’t do the work you used to do. Here’s the story.

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Yes, You Can Justify Greater IT Spending. Here’s How.

Yes, You Can Justify Greater IT Spending. Here’s How.

IT is an essential function for businesses, so it makes sense that you would want to budget as much into it as possible, right? While you might think it’s logical and the easiest decision in the world, your partners and your staff might not see it as quite so essential. Today, we want to take you through how you can increase your IT budget so you can make the most of your business' resources.

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VoIP Presents Many Benefits for Businesses

VoIP Presents Many Benefits for Businesses

The telephone has long been a staple technology in offices all across the world, but some companies have not evolved their telephone systems to account for changes in the way people communicate and collaborate in a modern office. Today, we want to highlight how Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, has changed the game for business telephone systems.

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The Cloud Opens Up New Solutions for Business Problems

The Cloud Opens Up New Solutions for Business Problems

The small business is often put in positions where they just need to adapt and deal with the myriad of issues that pop up. A small business owner needs to wear a lot of hats. Bookkeeper, janitor, HR, and sometimes the boss. With 95% of the small businesses operating in the U.S. today using some form of computing to run their business, it’s important that the small business owners know about some of the latest technology they could be using to make their job(s) easier. 

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Best Practices for Securing Your Assets

Best Practices for Securing Your Assets

Asset management security is always a critical concern for businesses. It is not just about safeguarding physical assets. With more assets to protect than ever, ensuring their security involves a complex mix of strategies, from attack surface management to cybersecurity compliance.

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Adopting Zero Trust Security Strategy is a High Priority

Zero Trust security is rapidly transforming the cybersecurity landscape. It moves away from traditional perimeter-based security models. In this approach, every connection attempt is continuously verified before granting resource access. 

56% of global organizations say adopting Zero Trust is a “Top” or “High” priority.

This approach offers significant security advantages. But the transition process presents several potential pitfalls. Running into these can harm a company’s cybersecurity efforts. cybersecurity 6673412 640

Below, we’ll explore 7 common roadblocks. We'll also offer guidance on navigating a successful Zero Trust security adoption journey. Contact BSGTech in Mt. Prospect, IL today at (866) 546-1004, or email us at ().

<H2> Remembering the Basics: What is Zero Trust Security?</H2>

Zero Trust throws out the old "castle and moat" security model. The one where everyone inside the network perimeter is trusted. Instead, it assumes everyone and everything is a potential threat. This is true even for users already inside the network. This may sound extreme, but it enforces a rigorous "verify first, access later" approach.

Here are the key pillars of Zero Trust:

  • Least Privilege: Users only get access to the specific resources they need to do their jobs, no more.
  • Continuous Verification: Authentication doesn't happen once. It's an ongoing process. Users and devices are constantly re-evaluated for access rights.
  • Micro-Segmentation: IT divides the network into smaller segments. This limits the damage if a breach occurs.

<H2>Common Zero Trust Adoption Mistakes</H2>

Zero Trust isn't a magic solution you can simply buy and deploy. Here are some missteps to avoid:

<H3>Treating Zero Trust as a Product, Not a Strategy</H3>

Some vendors might make Zero Trust sound like a product they can sell you. Don't be fooled! It is a security philosophy that requires a cultural shift within your organization.

There are many approaches and tools used in a Zero Trust strategy. These include tools like multi-factor authentication (MFA) and advanced threat detection and response.

<H3>Focus Only on Technical Controls</H3>

Technology indeed plays a crucial role in Zero Trust. But its success hinges on people and processes too. Train your employees on the new security culture and update access control policies. The human element is an important one in any cybersecurity strategy.

<H3>Overcomplicating the Process</H3>

Don't try to tackle everything at once. This can be overwhelming, and smaller companies may give up. Start with a pilot program focusing on critical areas. Then, gradually expand your Zero Trust deployment bit by bit.

<H3>Neglect User Experience</H3>

Zero Trust shouldn't create excessive hurdles for legitimate users. Adopting controls like MFA can backfire if employees aren’t involved. Find the right balance between security and a smooth user experience. Use change management to help ease the transition process.

<H3> Skipping the Inventory</H3>

You can't secure what you don't know exists. Catalog all your devices, users, and applications before deploying Zero Trust. This helps identify potential access risks. It also provides a roadmap for prioritizing your efforts.

<H3>Forgetting Legacy Systems</H3>

Don't leave older systems unprotected during your Zero Trust transition. Integrate them into your security framework or consider secure migration plans. Forgotten legacy systems can lead to data breaches that impact your entire network.

<H3>Ignoring Third-Party Access</H3>

Third-party vendors can be a security weak point. Clearly define access controls and check their activity within your network. Set time-limited access as appropriate.

<H2>Remember, Zero Trust is a Journey</H2>

Building a robust Zero Trust environment takes time and effort. Here's how to stay on track:

  • Set Realistic Goals: Don't expect overnight success. Define achievable milestones and celebrate progress along the way.
  • Embrace Continuous Monitoring: Security threats are constantly evolving. Continuously watch your Zero Trust system and adjust your strategies as needed.
  • Invest in Employee Training: Empower your employees as active participants in your Zero Trust journey. Regular security awareness training is vital.

<H2>The Rewards of a Secure Future</H2>

Avoid these common mistakes and adopt a strategic approach. This will enable your business to leverage the big advantages of Zero Trust security. Here's what you can expect:

  • Enhanced Data Protection: Zero Trust minimizes the damage from a potential breach. It does this by limiting access to sensitive data.
  • Improved User Experience: Streamlined access controls create a smoother experience for authorized users.
  • Increased Compliance: Zero Trust aligns with many industry regulations and compliance standards.

Are you ready to take the first step with Zero Trust security? Equip yourself with knowledge, plan your approach, and avoid these common pitfalls. This will enable you to transform your security posture. As well as build a more resilient business in the face of evolving cyber threats. 

<H2>Schedule a Zero Trust Cybersecurity Assessment</H2>

Zero Trust is quickly becoming a security expectation around the world. Our team of cybersecurity experts can help you get started deploying it successfully. Deploying it is a continuous journey towards a more secure future. We’re happy to be your trusted guides.

 Schedule a cybersecurity assessment to get started. Contact BSGTech in Mt. Prospect, IL today at (866) 546-1004, or email us at ().

Article used with permission from The Technology Press. 

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