Author Archives: John Renders

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How Cybersecurity Technology Is Adapting to Increasingly Common Cyber Threats

In a digitally-driven age, cybersecurity technology is becoming increasingly important to protect against potential cyber threats. With malicious attacks on the rise, cybersecurity solutions have had to rapidly adapt to keep up with this ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape.  As a result of these advances, organizations are now better equipped than ever before to defend their networks […]
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How Can Implemented Cybersecurity Framework Prevent Data Breaches?

Data breaches are one of the most serious cybersecurity threats a company can face. Companies are responsible for protecting their valuable and sensitive data from unauthorized access, and implementing a cybersecurity framework is an effective way to do this. However, over 50% of small business1 don’t have cybersecurity measures like a cybersecurity strategy in place, […]
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How to Protect Personally Identifiable Information from Cyber Threats

There is an alarming trend of cybercriminals targeting personal information for their own malicious reasons, which creates a unique challenge for how to protect personal information online. In 2021, Identity Theft Resource Center’s (ITRC) “data revealed that 83% of… incidents exposed 889 million sensitive data records1 that impacted more than 150 million individuals.” This data […]
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Why Implementing a Strong Password Policy is Important for Your Business’s Data

Cybersecurity awareness month is here, and there’s no better time to remind employees about the importance of implementing a strong password policy. While it may seem like a no-brainer, statistics show that weak and easily guessed passwords are still one of the leading causes of data breaches. In fact, according to Verizon’s 2022 Data Breach […]
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What is Employee Security Awareness Training and How Can It Protect My Company Online?

Cybercriminals are getting better at what they do. They’re constantly finding new ways to exploit security vulnerabilities and trick employees into giving them access to sensitive data. About 90% of data breaches are caused by human error. That’s why it’s crucial for companies to have a robust employee security awareness training program in place. This […]
CISA Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Brightline IT’s Key Takeaways from CISA’s “See Yourself In Cyber” Theme for Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is basing this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month campaign on people. The campaign, called “See Yourself in Cyber” is focused on demonstrating that while cybersecurity can seem complex, at the end of the day it’s really just about people. The campaign encourages people to “see themselves taking action to […]
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CMMC Levels Explained

Companies in the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) sector must comply with the requirements of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) in order to bid on and win contracts with the Department of Defense (DoD). CMMC has gone through several revisions and is currently on version 2.0. This article explains what the updates are, and what […]
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How to Achieve HIPAA Compliance in Michigan

With the highly sensitive information that gets shared between patients and their healthcare providers, the healthcare industry is a goldmine for cybercriminals. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was designed to protect this data from being mishandled or stolen. If you are a Michigan-based business that deals with protected health information (PHI), then […]
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Who Needs to Be CMMC Compliant?

Every industry has codes they need to stick by—and the Department of Defense is no different. In order to ensure the safety and security of all information that could potentially fall into enemy hands, the DoD requires certain businesses to follow the guidelines in the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, or CMMC. What Is CMMC? The […]