Retail Data Breaches Spurs North Carolina IT Company to Share Important IT Business Tips

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Target and Neiman Marcus are among the most recent and well-known cybersecurity breach victims reported. Computerbilities warns businesses that it’s not a matter of if your network will be breached, but when a breach will occur.

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Proper training and usage of security devices, including two-factor authentication or Advanced Authentication can go a long way in preventing security breaches.

North Carolina IT company, Computerbilities Inc., is sharing important business tips in the wake of the recent data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus. Recent revelations find the malware attacks affected millions of consumer’s, exposing their sensitive information including email, credit card information, and identity theft. As a specialist in business IT support, Computerbilities warns it’s not only the larger, well-known businesses at risk – it can happen to any business without proper network protection.

“Businesses must use secure networking devices and implement proper security policies on their networks and with their personnel,” says Adam Pittman, founder and president of Computerbilities. “Proper training and usage of security devices, including two-factor authentication or Advanced Authentication can go a long way in preventing security breaches.”

If data loss continues on its current trends, it will cost the U.S. economy $290 billion by 2018, which equates to 1.6% of GDP, according to Forbes. And due to the continuing discovery of new vulnerabilities, the financial impact of cybercrime will grow 10% per year through 2016.

There are many ways a data breach can occur, but being cognizant of the most popular forms and implementing the following protective measure tips from Computerbilities is the first line of defense.

  •     Avoid computer viruses and malware by only opening emails and clicking links from trusted, verified sources.
  •     Be aware of your surroundings when it comes to physical security. Not only could your property be stolen, but possibly your identity and data.
  •     Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) may be economically sensible, but beware of unregulated third-party access.
  •     Use the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) for your company’s cloud. Most clouds come with security and privacy features, but it’s important to know how strong those security features are.
  •     Perhaps the simplest form of protection would be your password. Having a complex, sophisticated password your data can be easily accessed should a device be stolen, lost or hacked.

According to the 2013 Cost of a Data Breach study, negligence and system glitches together accounted for 64% of data breaches last year. These can include employees mishandling information, violations of industry and government regulations, inadvertent data dumps, stolen laptops, and wrongful access.

No matter what business you are in, you probably have a network that contains crucial data and it is essential to keep that secure. Take preventative measures and talk to an IT expert today by visiting

About Computerbilities
Computerbilities is a leading IT support company providing managed IT services, business IT support, network monitoring, remote computer support, and IT security. Computerbilities also offers web design services and health IT services. Dedicated to building quality relationships, Computerbilities delivers great service with live help, crucial response-time, and confusion-free customized solutions. Computerbilities is also committed to preventative IT hardware and software maintenance through their strategic alliances with companies like Microsoft, HP, Cisco and Dell to fully support any computer network. Founded by Adam Pittman, Computerbilities has pioneered the work known as Managed Services that is so ubiquitous today.

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