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What Kind of Insurance Can Your Business Get for Potential Data Loss?

What Kind of Insurance Can Your Business Get for Potential Data Loss?

We want to talk a little bit about cyber liability insurance and why it’s important that your business understands what is covered and what isn’t. It’s something that no business actually wants to talk about as the worst-case scenario is often a bit too unnerving to consider.


If you’ve never heard of cyber liability insurance, it’s insurance that allows you to pay a company for protection against events that might cause data loss or other similar damage to your computing infrastructure. We know what you’re thinking--”That’s why I pay for security software, like antivirus and firewalls.” While it’s true that the two are somewhat conceptually similar, it’s not always so simple.

Let’s say that a hacker has stolen data from a company. That company then becomes liable for the data that’s been stolen, whether it’s personally identifiable information, medical, or financial data. A perfect example of this is the Equifax breach, which exposed the credit information over a hundred million consumers. Equifax was able to stay in business after one of the worst data breaches in history, although it is still relatively early in the process. Sources have stated that their cyber liability insurance would have covered up to $150 million worth of restitution, but with over 140 million people’s personally identifiable information being exposed, the liability will should easily blow past that.

Chances are that your business doesn’t deal with 14,000 customers, let alone 140 million, but cyber liability insurance is an effective backup plan if your network or infrastructure is breached, and your customer’s sensitive data is stolen. Responsible businesses will have defensive tactics installed to protect the data from direct assault. One such solution is an antivirus. Depending on the product that you use, or who offers it, any damage done by a data breach or virus on your network might only be covered under incredibly specific circumstances. If the antivirus crashes, or if it’s not up to date, the insurance provider may not be liable, and will roundly refuse to reimburse your organization in the event that it is inundated with malware; or is the victim of a data breach. As true with any insurance, if the situation doesn’t line up with the language in the agreement, they are not beholden to honor a claim.

Of course, we’re not insurance professionals, nor do we pretend to be. We just want to make sure that you know where your business stands on cyber liability insurance, and what you can do to increase your awareness. There are many reasons why your business would decide that they need cyber liability insurance. With data now being viewed as more of a commodity than ever, you are seeing organizations invest more in the protection of their data. Since any situation in which cyber liability insurance would trigger would have resulted in data being stolen of lost, companies need to manage all the negative aspects associated with losing customer’s data, which outside of the obvious data loss, includes ensuring that their organizational reputation isn’t completely toxic to new and existing customers.

You can start by making sure that your business’ antivirus is always up to date for the latest security threats. Infradapt can be counted on to keep your antivirus ready to tackle all of the latest threats your organization faces. We can remotely patch and secure your company servers, workstations, and network components so that they’ll be secure against all manners of viruses, malware, and other threats.

Remember, we’re not insurance experts, but we do know our way around technology, and are experts in protecting organizations against the cyber threats they face. To learn more about how we can help you keep your technology from being a pain in the neck, reach out to us at 800.394.2301.

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Big Data is Making Its Way to Small Business

Big Data is Making Its Way to Small Business

You may have noticed that there has been a lot of discussion about data recently; specifically, how it has become a driving force in organizational decision making. This month we will take a look at the data revolution, how the data (created by the analysis of other data) has become a commodity, and what is the real value of an individual’s data.

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A Managed Service Provider Makes Sense for IT Support

A Managed Service Provider Makes Sense for IT Support

It’s not uncommon to hear about small businesses having difficulty with managing and maintaining IT solutions. Even the most basic topics regarding business technology can be troublesome for businesses with limited budgets and resources. It makes sense that you would want to remove this responsibility from whoever is doing it, but how can you do so without destroying your bottom line?

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The Internet of Things Moves Forward

The Internet of Things Moves Forward

More devices are taking advantage of Internet connectivity now than ever before, including some that have no business having a connection to the Internet whatsoever. While there are some practical uses for connective technology on devices on security systems, thermostats, and vehicles, others simply can’t be justified. Even blenders and refrigerators have access to wireless communication nowadays. These types of connected devices are part of the reason why so many businesses are worried about the Internet of Things.

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Have You Built an IT Strategy that Fits Your Business?

Have You Built an IT Strategy that Fits Your Business?

A business that relies on its technology to function needs to do more than make sure that this technology is able to sustain them. This technology should also be primed to help management and staff achieve their business goals.


An IT strategy is a plan that an organization uses to map out how technology should be leveraged and invested in. As a written document, it provides a guide that helps to organize the numerous considerations that an organization needs to take into account as they go about their business processes.

Developing an IT Strategy
Because of this, any complete IT strategy needs to include a variety of different considerations. This means it resembles a blueprint of your IT’s role in the rest of your business that gives your technology a trajectory to follow in the foreseeable future. To accomplish this, any IT strategy should include some reference to the following:

A Departmental Overview
It is important that your IT strategy acknowledges the department that will need to execute it. By identifying the motivating force behind your IT department and assigning objectives to it, you can get a better grasp on the nature of your company and its internal IT resources.

Record of Existing Resources
A key component of developing an effective IT strategy is to maintain a comprehensive and up-to-date record of any and all resources that your current IT has. This includes the pieces that make up your infrastructure, as well as what your IT department has to offer in terms of abilities and skills.

Future Focus
Your IT strategy also needs to account for changes that will most certainly come in the industry. This means it should include information on current budgets and initiatives, as well as spending forecasts, anticipated industry changes, and future projects.

SWOT Analysis
As you document your IT strategy, you should include an evaluation of your current IT’s strengths and weaknesses. This will help you to prioritize different elements in your strategy to make up for potential deficits. In addition, hypothesizing what opportunities you may encounter as IT solutions and processes advance, and anticipating the threats you may encounter as well.

Putting Your IT Strategy in Action
Once these considerations have been made, it’s time to turn your focus to actually enacting your IT strategy. Before you do anything else, you need to assess where your IT stands currently and establish the difference between where it is now and where you want it to be. Benchmarking and identifying the right key performance indicators will help to show you where your biggest IT deficits lie.

As a result, you can identify which of your short and long-term goals will be most useful to strive towards with this particular shift in your IT strategy. However, both you and your technology should be prepared to adjust to a sudden change in your IT strategy and the approach that your strategy informs.

The Importance of an IT Strategy
As the technology that a business leverages has become increasingly impactful upon that business’ success, it has become clear that business needs to have a strategy in mind to optimize it and improve their operations. Otherwise, that business may fall behind another that pays more attention to their technology solutions.

If needed, Infradapt can assist you in creating an IT strategy for your business, supporting you every step of the way. Give us a call at 800.394.2301 for more information.

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Your Business Absolutely Needs BDR

Your Business Absolutely Needs BDR

Have you ever wondered what it would take to knock your company out of business for good? It might surprise you if we said that, in theory, it doesn’t take much at all--perhaps a thunderstorm or a hacking attack to cause irreparable damage to your data infrastructure. Is your company prepared to handle any and all data loss incidents? With a business continuity plan and data backup, you’ll have as great a shot as ever to bounce back following a major disaster or data loss incident.


Most notably, a business continuity plan includes much more than just data backup and recovery. While these are certainly important, a business continuity plan includes other critical aspects of running a business, including keeping your staff and personnel safe, as well as having a communications infrastructure and a place to do business in. If you’re not taking these measures into account, you could be exposing your business in such a way that a very random event could knock you out of existence.

While all of the above aspects of business continuity are important, we’re going to focus on data backup and disaster recovery, or BDR. With BDR, you can ensure that your business can survive even the worst threats. Here are some of the major considerations you’ll need to think about regarding your data backup situation.

How Much Data are You Backing Up?
There is no such thing as having too much data backed up. You should be backing up all of your data, or as much as you possibly can. This is so that you never have to guess whether or not important information has been backed up. Even losing a small amount of data, like a couple of contacts, can be a major annoyance, as you will have to waste countless hours replacing the data that has been lost.

Tape backup might take complete backups of all your data, but it can only do so in a limited capacity due to how resource-intensive this process can be. A cloud-based BDR system can take backups much more frequently, and as a result, you’ll experience minimal data loss in the event of an incident. BDR only takes backups of files that have changed since the last backup was taken.

How Often are Backups Taken?
If your data isn’t taken often enough, you might encounter issues where data is lost due to the backups not being up to date. For example, a tape backup system only takes one backup, and it’s at the end of the day. Since the process is long and resource-intensive, it needs to happen after hours so that operations aren’t disturbed. Unfortunately, this leads to a situation where you could lose out on a lot of data and productivity, either due to an unforeseen loss incident or taking backups too often and causing downtime in the process.

Cloud-based BDR offers a great opportunity to help your business take advantage of much more frequent backups, all without sacrificing any uptime. Backups will only update files that have been altered, so more backups can be taken periodically throughout the workday--as often as every fifteen minutes. This helps you keep data loss to a minimum.

How Quickly Can You Restore Data?
You can’t waste any time when data loss is a problem. To minimize the damage done to your business, you’ll need to restore your resources and assets as quickly as possible. However, if you don’t have an office (or the technology to get back to work), this can be a problem. Tape backup can leave you without data for hours on end following a data loss incident, as it takes a considerable amount of time to restore. Your business can’t spare this time, and cloud-based BDR is the solution to this dilemma.

With Infradapt’s BDR, you’ll be able to restore your data directly to the BDR device rather than a spare server unit (assuming you have one in the first place). This keeps you focused on operations without having to worry about replacing your hardware immediately. You can minimize downtime and keep your business in proper working order, even when the world is stacked against you.

Do you want to ensure your business can survive even the most poorly-timed data loss incident? Infradapt can help you implement a data backup and disaster recovery solution that preserves your business’ data incrementally and efficiently. To learn more, reach out to us at 800.394.2301.

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Introducing the Three Types of Cloud Solutions

Introducing the Three Types of Cloud Solutions

Cloud computing is an ever-growing industry, and it’s only going to grow more popular as time goes on. More businesses than ever have started to adopt the cloud in at least some capacity. Is your company one of the few that haven’t yet moved to the cloud? If so, you’ll want to at least consider it, as your business could gain considerable benefits from doing so.


Depending on the type of business you run, as well as its specific needs, the type of cloud you implement will vary in scope, size, and build. There are typically three different types of the cloud: public, private, and hybrid. Each of them comes with their own specific strengths and weaknesses.

Public Cloud
The public cloud is meant to help businesses with a limited budget gain access to crucial elements of the cloud, including storage, access to applications or services, and networking. Generally speaking, the public cloud is primarily used to provide entry-level cloud access to businesses of all kinds. Examples of the public cloud include services like Microsoft’s Office 365 suite, as well as Google’s G Suite, both of which provide productivity suites and storage to businesses through cloud distribution. What the public cloud offers in terms of efficiency and ease of setup can often make up for the lack of customization that many businesses find with it.

Private Cloud
Private clouds are generally more customized to suit the needs of your business, whereas public clouds are meant to be used more as a general solution. Private clouds are hosted on-site, managed by an in-house IT department, and require more attention. Compared to the public cloud, private clouds are generally implemented by businesses that know specifically what they need and how they want it set up.

Hybrid Cloud
The hybrid cloud is considered to be somewhere in the middle of the public and private, affording small businesses the benefits of both with little drawback, if any at all. Often times, hybrid clouds are implemented for the purposes of having a customized infrastructure without all of the responsibilities of managing one. A managed service provider like Infradapt can manage and maintain your cloud infrastructure on its own in-house network so that you don’t have to. To learn more, reach out to us at 800.394.2301.

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Ransomware Presents Big Risks

Ransomware Presents Big Risks

The business world has been presented a lot of threats recently, and perhaps one of the most notable is ransomware. The reason it has become so notorious is because it’s incredibly difficult to remove from a system; and, the way that it spreads is constantly changing and adapting to further its influence. How can your business prepare against such a volatile threat? It all starts by remaining mindful of how ransomware spreads.

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