Cybersecurity for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

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Cybersecurity for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide is a FREE eBook to help business owners understand the basics of cybersecurity.

Unfortunately, in 2022, the number of cyberattacks is rising higher than it ever has. Throughout the course of this guide, we will discuss the basics of what you need to know about cybersecurity. Including, but not limited to, basic cybersecurity terminology, common cyberattack types, cybersecurity scams targeting small businesses, steps to secure your systems, tips to identify a phishing email, questions to ask a managed IT provider, managed IT pricing breakdown, and more. Education is imperative to stay safe in the age of growing cyber threats. As we always say, the best defense is a great offense.

Cybersecurity for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

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What Will You Learn from Reading Cybersecurity for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide?

1. Basic Cybersecurity Terminology

Particularly in the digital age we live in today, data holds a lot of value. Cybersecurity is essential for all businesses and the topic is continuing to grow in popularity. The purpose of this list is to help readers avoid confusion and understand the terminology associated with the subject of cybersecurity.

Growing from $3.86 million in 2020 to $4.24 million in 2021, the cost of a data breach is the highest it has been in the past 17 years. For this reason, our team always recommends extensive research on how to protect your systems and/or a discussion with a Managed IT representative. The best defense is a great offense.

2. 6 Tips to Identify a Phishing Email

A phishing email is designed to elicit personal information such as credit card details, passwords, birthdates, or to entice you to download damaging viruses. Successful phishing can result in identity theft, data breaches, and ultimately, financial devastation. Within the guide, we walk through 6 of the most common ways to identify a phishing email.

3. 3 Steps to Help Secure Your Systems Amid Worldwide Cyber Threats

With up to 1,500 businesses affected by ransomware attacks in 2021 and 2 out of 3 organizations falling victim to cyberattack in 2020, cybersecurity is more important than ever. A malware attack can cost a corporation $2.5 million and small business attack losses averaged $25,000 in 2021.

For small to mid-sized businesses, it is almost always recommended to have a team of IT professionals in place to prevent any type of security breach from affecting your business long-term. In the meantime, the steps inside can help to secure your systems amid worldwide cyber threats.

Related Article: Buyer’s Guide to Managed IT Services

4. Cyber Scams Targeting Small Businesses

In 2019, most businesses transitioned to a fully-remote or hybrid working model, which put their systems at an even higher risk for cyber attacks. As of 2022, remote or hybrid models are the norm for many businesses in an increasingly challenging cyber security era.

There is an overwhelming amount of information available on what to look out for and ways to avoid a security breach. Therefore, our goal is to simplify the top cybersecurity scams for small businesses in 2022 and provide proactive steps and key warning signs.

5. Factors That Affect Managed IT Pricing

One of the most frequently asked questions in the Managed IT industry continues to be about pricing. Many small to mid-sized businesses we talk to think they could never afford to outsource their IT services. Despite these initial worries, it has been proven that by choosing a package that fits their needs, most, if not all, businesses can afford these services.

But, how much does it actually cost? There are a lot of factors that play into the cost of Managed IT because it is truly dependent on your specific needs. This guide explores top factors that affect managed IT pricing and how to get everything you need within budget.

6. What Questions to Ask a Managed IT Provider

Many businesses outside of the IT industry struggle when it comes to what to ask to ensure they are partnering with the best service provider. To help avoid any mistakes when choosing a provider to go into contract with, we developed a due diligence checklist. What should you ask a potential provider about their services? What will the day-to-day functionality of the services look like? Are they available after hours? Can they provide on-site services when needed? What security measures do they take? What is their pricing structure? Inside the guide, you will find answers to these questions and more.

7. How to Receive a Quick Quote from Multiple Companies

A managed IT service buyer checklist was developed to facilitate a streamlined approach to the purchasing process. This guide should allow your team to evaluate your needs, fast-track the sales process, and submit multiple quotes easily. DOWNLOAD PDF: Pre-Purchase Checklist – Managed IT Services

As a result of reading this guide, you are taking the first step in educating yourself about cybersecurity basics. We always recommend speaking with a managed IT provider to ensure you are secured from growing cyber threats moving forward.



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