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Have you heard about Databranch’s Hosted VoIP Platform, Rock-IT VoIP?

VoIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol, or having your phone service over the internet, and is the next generation of phone systems.

Hosted VoIP has steadily been replacing traditional communications since 2004, and with the rise of Work From Home, Rock-IT VoIP can help you connect to your team anywhere!

We offer three simple plan options that can be just right for your business!

Start your Hosted VoIP journey today with Rock-IT VoIP! Give us a call at 716-373-4467 x 15, or click here to have our team help you choose the right plan for your organization today!

 
Are you excited for Windows 11?
 
The new Microsoft operating system is sleek, modern looking, and includes a handful of upgrades, compared to Windows 10.
 
There are many new features, such as integrated Teams, and widgets that can be accessed directly from the taskbar. You can also use Android apps on your PC for the first time.
 
On October 5th, Windows 11 availability will begin for eligible Windows 10 PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start becoming available for purchase.
 
Not every PC will be eligible for Windows 11, however. There’s a strict list of hardware requirements.
 
To run Windows 11, your PC must have:
  • A 1GHz, 64 bit processor with two or more cores
  • Minimum 4GB of RAM
  • At least 64GB of storage
  • A Trusted Platform Model (TPM) chip, which is a security chip
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If you would like the Databranch team to check your organization’s machines to see if they are Windows 11 ready, give us a call at 716-373-4467 x 15, email info@databranch.com, or fill out the form below to learn more!
 

If you would like to ensure your organization's Windows 11 Readiness, let us know below and a Databranch Technology Consultant will be in touch!

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Have you taken on any new staff recently?
 
Did your onboarding include cybersecurity training?
 
If not it should, because both new hires and seasoned are at risk from something called social engineering.
 
Social Engineering is a clever way that criminals trick people into making a bank payment, clicking an unsafe link, or downloading a file containing malware.
 
For example, they might hack into someone’s account and send an email that seems to be from a real supplier, changing the bank details for invoice payments.
 
With so many people working from home, these socially engineered attacks have risen, possibly because we’re less alert to the dangers as we feel safe at home.
 
All it takes is a momentary lapse in judgement by anyone for your organization to suffer a loss. 
 
Fortunately, there is a tool available to help keep your organization stay safe against the dangers of social engineering: Cybersecurity training.
 
If you are interested in learning more about Cybersecurity Training and how my team can help you, give us a call at 716-373-4467 x 15, email info@databranch.com, or fill out the form below!
 

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Are you afraid of ransomware? You have a good reason to be.
 
Ransomware occurs when a criminal gets access to your data, and then encrypts it. The data is still there, but you cannot read it or use it.
 
You then must pay a large ransom fee, most commonly in Bitcoin, to get your data back. It can devastate and even bankrupt a business all thanks to one click on one bad link.
 
Here are three scary stats that can show how bad ransomware has become:
  • Scary Stat #1: About 1 in 3,000 emails that get through filters contain malware. Think about how many emails you receive in a day; how long will it take for a dangerous email to reach your inbox?
  • Scary Stat #2: This year, a ransomware attack on a business can be carried out every 11 seconds. Of the businesses hit, many pay the ransom. However, many of them still may not get their data back.
  • Scary Stat #3: If your organization is hit with ransomware, it can lead to a long downtime period, as well as a high cost of cleaning your network and retrieving data.
It’s vital that you take this threat to your business seriously. Thanks to the pandemic, ransomware is on the rise, and if your business is unprepared, sooner or later you will lose data to an attack.
 
Always make sure:
  • You have the latest versions of security software and all updates installed
  • Your backup is working every day
  • Your people have been trained about the risks
Our team can help to keep your organization protected and help prevent ransomware from occurring. These are conversations that we will be having with our managed services clients. If you would like to start the conversation on how to prevent ransomware, give us a call at 716-373-4467 x 15, email info@databranch.com or fill out the form below!
 

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With all the changes the pandemic has brought on, have your business costs increased?

Do you have a new IT plan and budget for the rest of this year, and into 2022?

Some businesses are planning long term changes to their IT, thanks to COVID 19 and making flexible working permanent.

Other businesses will be using their IT budget on training to support their remote workers and others plan to improve their security, risk and governance.

What will your organization focus on for 2022?

Will you need to improve your own cyber security measures to include a permanent work from home policy?

Will you require better ways for your teams to communicate, share files and work on projects?

Perhaps you’ll need to invest in more cloud services?

These are all conversations we will be having with our Managed Services Clients. To have our team help you and your organization put a plan together, give us a call at 716-373-3367 x 15, email info@databranch.com or fill out the form below!

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There has been a lot in the news over the last few weeks about ransomware attacks and we want to help clarify some things.
 
First, what is a ransomware attack? During a ransomware attack, a criminal gains access to your data and then encrypts it. The data is still there, but you can no longer read it or use it.
 
If you don’t have secured, unaffected backups in place, the most common way to get your data back is to pay a large ransom fee, typically in Bitcoin. (Do you know how much downtime costs your business? Check out our calculator to help determine what your potential recovery costs could be!)
 
Second, what effect can ransomware have on your business? It can be devastating. It can cost your business thousands of dollars to reinstate your data and secure your network even without paying the ransom. It can also cause days of downtime.
 
Third, how do criminals get in? There are typically three ransomware attack methods:
  • Exploit kits: These are used to compromise a website with hidden code in advertisements (known as malvertizing). They secretly redirect you to an unsecure page and download a malicious payload which infects your system.
  • Malicious attachments in email: Often, malicious emails look genuine and appear to be sent by someone you know and trust within your business, a supplier, or even your bank. When you open the attachment, the ransomware is triggered and infects your device.
  • Malicious links in email: You receive a link via email, which infects your device when you click it. These emails also seem to be from a believable source which is why so many people are tricked into clicking them.
The more prepared and protected you are, the better off you will be. Give us a call at 716-373-4467 x 15 or email info@databranch.com to learn more about how our team can help prevent malicious attacks and keep your organization safe!
 
The dark side of the web that is.
 
The dark web is a hidden section of the internet that you need a special browser to access. Its pages aren’t indexed by search engines and it hosts a lot of illicit dealings.
 
It isn’t all bad, though. Sometimes the dark web can be used for above board purposes. For example, journalists may use it to interview sources who wish to remain anonymous.
 
Regardless, the criminal activity there is huge, with a multitude of illegal items being sold. One of the other high demand products for sale is data.
 
Unfortunately, this could also mean your data.
 
If you’ve ever had a company inform you that it’s had a data breech, it’s likely your details could be floating around the dark web. If that’s the case, it’s only a matter of time until you’re targeted by cyber criminals.
 
While you can’t do much about your data being breached, you can stay a step ahead, and stop cyber criminals from accessing your accounts by:
  • Using a password manager to create unique passwords for all your accounts and apps.
  • Implementing multi-factor authentication where possible to add an additional layer of protection (usually by generating a login code on another device).
 
It can be difficult to navigate data security, so if you’d like some help, we’re here for you. You learn more, give us a call at 716-373-4467 x 15, email info@databranch.com, or fill out the form below!
 

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How do you create cybersecurity superheroes?
 
By offering Security Awareness Training!
 
Databranch offers our client’s a Security Awareness Training Program called the Breach Prevention Platform.
 
This program helps you empower your human firewall by:
  • Providing ongoing training with weekly micro-trainings and monthly newsletters
  • Allowing you to set an example by actively participating in the program and setting expectations
  • Helping you encourage participation with the dynamic leaderboard and friendly competition
  • Showing you how to make cybersecurity a part of your company culture. Celebrate staff wins and review program progress during evaluations
  • Most importantly, having fun! You can create a fun screen name and get competitive!
With our Security Awareness Training Program, training is made easy through the use of the Employee Secure Score.
 
Gain insight into your organization’s human security threats at a glance.
 
Factoring in metrics such as training performance, program participation, and credential exposure, the Employee Secure Score – or ESS – analyzes your staff’s potential security risk to your organization.
 
Staff is assigned high, medium, or low-risk scores and given recommendations to reduce your organization’s overall risk level.
 
Every Thursday of the week: All staff should watch the Micro-Training video and take the accompanying quiz. The more Micro-Training quizzes they take, the higher their ESS!
 
The last Thursday of the month: All staff will receive an engaging, informative security newsletter. Feel free to share with friends and family!
 
These emails will come from no-reply@security-reminders.com automatically!
 
You may have some questions or concerns about setting expectations for or motivating your employees; we are here to help!
 
How can you set expectations for you employees? Set compliance standards, and be an example, by going ALL IN!
 
  • Encourage all staff, including management, to participate in all training activities
  • Set deadlines for your team to take the training course
  • Make the Employee Secure Score a part of their employee evaluations
 
How do you motivate your employees? Celebrate a culture of cybersecurity!
  • Our program makes cybersecurity training FUN with a gamified leaderboard and friendly competition, so create a fun screen name and get started!
  • Celebrate low-risk employees and reward those with high Employee Secure Scores (ESS). Some organizations have quarterly competitions and give a gift card to the employee with the highest ESS!
 
Databranch is here to help prevent attacks from happening and to help keep your organization safe!
 
Give us a call today at 716-373-4467, email alasky@databranch.com, or fill out the form below to learn more about Security Awareness Training!

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Have you thought about using an electronic filing system and investing your resources into getting rid of your paper filing system, and taking it online? 

There are so many benefits to your organization filing paper-free and they’re not all about the environment. 

Getting rid of paper files will mean that your business can be a lot more organized. Your documents will be easier to find, which means less time wasted hunting through filing cabinets and you can access them from wherever you are. 

You’ll likely also save money when you think what you spend annually on printers, ink, postage, and physical storage.

We can also increase your data security. When everything is online it can be encrypted, locked behind passwords and protected by security software.

Of course, it does require time and resources to create a paperless file system, but once you’ve done it, you will definitely be glad you did.

Databranch can help you get started with a paperless filing system! Give us a call at 716-373-4467 x 15 or email info@databranch.com to learn more!

 
If you’re only using cell phones for business, you may as well paint a target on your back.
 
Since 2018, cyber-attacks on employees devices have increased year after year. It makes sense, they’re the perfect target for an attack.
 
People assume that their phones, and other devices, are untouchable; but the truth is, there’s malware (malicious software) out there waiting to strike because any device can be a goldmine of valuable data.
 
Most people use their devices all day every day and not just for personal use. They’ll access their work emails, documents and client data and their devices hold their passwords, their location history, and financial information.
 
Unfortunately, most businesses don’t take security seriously.
 
Here are three things you should do:
  1. If you don’t already, create policies for your business to ensure that lost or stolen devices are reported immediately; that updates are installed as soon as they become available; and that two-factor authentication, passcodes, or biometric logins are used.
  2. Give your entire team formal education in cyber security and the red flags to be aware of. Discourage your team from accessing public Wi-Fi and test them regularly on their security awareness.
  3. Make sure that data on employee devices is encrypted, and that you have a lockout policy in place if a login is entered incorrectly after a few attempts. This will block brute force attacks, where lots of possible passwords are repeatedly entered until the right one is found.
Mobile devices, like cell phones and laptops, are becoming a real area of data security weakness for businesses, so it’s important that you increase your protection, before it’s too late.
 
We can help to keep your business devices protected against security threats. Give us a call at 716-373-4467 or email info@databranch.com to learn how!
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