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Kaseya Breach: Key Takeaways for Managed Service Providers

Learn how MSPs and MSSPs can combat growing concerns over their own cybersecurity programs after the Kaseya cyberattack.

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Colorado Becomes the Third State to Pass State-Mandated Privacy Requirements | Apptega

The new Colorado Privacy Act has been passed into law. Read on to learn how the act compares to Virginia's (VPA) and California's (CCPA) privacy acts.

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How to Win at State Privacy Whack-A-Mole

Register for our webinar on new privacy laws, which have started becoming prevalent in the United States. See tips on how to plan for this upcoming change.

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The Impact of President Biden's Executive Order on Cybersecurity Readiness | Apptega

Learn more about how President Joe Biden's new Executive Order 12028 will change the nation's approach to cybersecurity.

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Ransomware Attacks Increasing: Tips to Keep Your Organization Safe | Apptega

With a rise in ransomware attacks, use these tips to protect your organization again cybersecurity attacks.

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Executive Order Streamlines Cybersecurity and Reporting Expectations | Apptega

In mid-May of 2021, the White House finalized an Executive Order requiring service providers to report breaches to federal agencies. Read on to learn more.

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5 Steps in Your CMMC Compliance Checklist | Apptega

CMMC is coming in 2021. Learn how you can take care of these five steps on your CMMC checklist to get ready.

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2021 Changes Coming in PCI DSS v4.0: What Does it Mean for Your Organization?

By the end of this year, we’re likely to see some of these changes come to fruition when an updated version of PCI DSS—Version 4.0—becomes public. Learn more...

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NYDFS Levels First NYCRR 500 Penalties | Apptega

The recent NYDFS penalties highlight the need to stay abreast of ever-evolving regulations and compliance mandates. Read on to learn more...

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Executive Order May Require Breach Reporting to the Federal Government | Apptega

Biden's new executive order could require software vendors working with the federal government to report cybersecurity breaches. Read on to learn more.

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Remote Desktop: You're Opening the Floodgates for Hackers | Apptega

Remote Desktop Protocol allows users to connect to remote systems over the network. Read why this software puts your organization at risk for hackers.

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2021 CMMC Preparation Study Published | Apptega

In December 2020, Apptega and SecureStrux conducted the inaugural CMMC Certification Preparation Study. Read on to learn key insights.

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DoD: Get Started With a CMMC Self-Assessment Now | Apptega

The U.S. DoD recommends prime contractors and subs in the Defense Industrial Base prepare for CMMC requirements in contracts now. Learn how you can prepare.

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6 Ways to Overcome Obstacles & Gain Executive Buy-in for Cybersecurity | Apptega

Gaining C-Suite's support for cybersecurity can be hard. Read this blog to learn how you can gain buy-in for your organization's cybersecurity program.

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10 Reasons Check-the-Box Compliance Puts Your Organization at Risk | Apptega

Amidst compliance and regulatory pressures, a minimal approach to compliance is tempting. Read this blog to learn why the minimal approach isn't enough.

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Top 5 Cybersecurity Trends for 2021 | Apptega

Are you prepared for 2021? Here are some of the top trends every IT professional and company should understand and plan for in 2021.

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DFARS Interim Rule Drives Need for Assessment Prep & Cybersecurity Management | Apptega

Does your organization work with classified uncontrolled information (CUI)? Read about the DFARS interim rule to see if it applies to your organization.

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CMMC Certification: Tips for Preparation | Apptega

Preparing for CMMC certification? Trying to determine CMMC readiness? Read this transcript from our CMMC webinar for expert tips.

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Cybersecurity Tabletop Exercises: Ensuring Tangible Success in a Virtual World | Apptega

Read the transcript from our live Cyber Insights webinar, broadcasted by Apptega on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The webinar features Benjamin Gilbert with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency; Markt Houpt, the CISO for Databank; and Ronnie Munn, CISO for MCPc.

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The Easiest Way to Pass an SEC Audit | Apptega

SEC Queries Investment Advisers About Cloud Data Security. Find out how to pass an SEC audit in one click with cybersecurity management software.

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Using Frameworks to Navigate the Convergence of Data Privacy & Cybersecurity | Apptega

A number of new and changing laws are blurring the lines between privacy and security. Read Apptega's tips for navigating these changes with the right cybersecurity framework.

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Managing Cybersecurity Frameworks to Reduce Third-Party Risk | Apptega

Third-party relationships can create risk and the potential for cyber attacks. Read how cybersecurity frameworks can help you lessen these third-party risks.

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Managing Cybersecurity Risks Up & Down the Supply Chain | Apptega

Developing comprehensive security & risk assessment programs is a challenge. Read our post on the risks of third-party relationships and potential breaches.

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COVID-19 Uncertainties Fuel Ransomware Attacks & Phishing Schemes | Apptega

Organizations have seen an increase in ransomware attacks & phishing schemes in light of COVID-19. Read how you can protect your organization from cyber-attacks and lessen risk.

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COVID-19 Cybersecurity for Remote Teams | Apptega

COVID-19 safety measures have made remote working the new normal. Read Apptega's insights on cybersecurity for telecommuting.

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Cybersecurity Desk Audits to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 | Apptega

Apptega examines the increase in cyber threats while organizations social distance. Read how cybersecurity desk audits may be the solution to your problems.

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CMMC Compliance Required for Government Contractors & Subcontractors | Apptega

Federal government contractors & subcontractors with access to sensitive data are required to be CMMC certified. Read Apptega's tips on how you can prepare for this mandatory compliance.

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Cyber Attacks - How You Should Respond | Apptega

Is your organization prepared to respond to cyber attacks? Read Apptega's tips on the Do's and Don'ts of handling a cyber attack.

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CCPA Compliance Tips for Organizations | Apptega

Apptega examines the CCPA and its push to protect personal information. Read our tips to ensure your organization meets CCPA compliance requirements.

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Cybersecurity for Real Estate Companies - It's Worth it | Apptega

Why is the real estate industry a target for cybersecurity threats? Read Apptega's insights on why the industry is a target, and tips to fight cyber attacks.

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CIS V7 - What you Need to Know | Apptega

Apptega examines CIS V7 and its key principles. Read our highlights on the framework, and how these new security recommendations apply to your organization.

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How to Increase HIPAA Compliance & Cybersecurity | Apptega

The healthcare system is a common target of data breaches and is on the rise. Read Apptega's on meeting HIPAA compliance requirements & maintaining digital security.

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PCI Compliance - 9 Quick Tips | Apptega

Examine PCI DSS compliance requirements and levels. Understand what entails non-compliance. Read tips to ensure compliance for your organization.

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Why Use NIST 800-53? | Apptega

What is NIST 800-53 and why is this cybersecurity framework important? Read Apptega's insights on the benefits of NIST 800-53 compliance.

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Should My Business Become ISO 27001 Certified? | Apptega

ISO 27001 allows organizations to show their commitment to managing information security. Read Apptega's 10 steps on becoming ISO/IEC 27001 certified.

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Malware Policy - Make Life Easier with a Good Policy | Apptega

Malware prevention is a constant process that requires organizations to be vigilant. Read about Apptega's malware policy template and management tools to help you get started.

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Ohio Data Protection Act: A Safe Harbor from Cyber Liability | Apptega

Ohio's Data Protection Act provides safe harbor from breaches if organizations meet cybersecurity compliance requirements. Read how your organization can take advantage of this provision.

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Understanding NYDFS's 23 NYCRR 500 Cybersecurity Regulations | Apptega

NYDFS's 23 NYCRR 500 lists cybersecurity requirements for companies in the financial industry. Read how companies must be a cybersecurity program & policy, and how Apptega can help.

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Internal Audit & IT Should Fight Cyber Breaches Together | Apptega

Cross-collaboration between stakeholders is important for cybersecurity management. Read Apptega's insights on creating a symbiotic relationship between IT and internal audit.

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How Cybersecurity Affects Mergers & Acquisitions | Apptega

Analyzing cybersecurity is a critical step for companies doing mergers & acquisitions. Read Apptega's insights on the importance of cybersecurity reviews and any potential risks.

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Cybersecurity with Change & Configuration Management | Apptega

Change and configuration management has strong connections to audit requirements for almost all security frameworks and regulations. Read Apptega's insights on cybersecurity management and what the future will look like.

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SOC 2 Audit Explained for SaaS Companies | Apptega

SOC 2 audits allow SaaS companies to meet cybersecurity compliance requirements. Read Apptega's insights on if a SOC 2 audit is right for your business, and how we can help you set it up.

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Endpoint Security - Everything You Never Knew About | Apptega

What is endpoint security and why is it important? Read Apptega's take on endpoint security and why your organization should implement it.

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Which Cybersecurity Framework is Right for You? | Apptega

With so many cybersecurity frameworks, finding the right one for your organization can be overwhelming. Read Apptega's insights on these frameworks, and how we can help you choose.

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Get More Money for Your Cybersecurity Budget | Apptega

Organizations without a clear cybersecurity plan may have to deal with the aftermath of data breaches. Read Apptega's tips to help you allocate more money for your cybersecurity budget.

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4 Reasons SaaS Companies Are Automating SOC 2

Learn why all SaaS companies need to be SOC 2 compliant. Check out these 4 reasons why SaaS companies need cybersecurity automation.

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Why Law Firms Need to Get Their Cybersecurity House in Order | Apptega

Industries must prioritize cybersecurity and prevent data breaches. Read how cyber attacks are targeting law firms, and how Apptega's cybersecurity management platform can help.

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Nonprofits Need Risk Assessments & Strong Cybersecurity | Apptega

Nonprofits risk of data breaches could negatively impact their reputation. Read Apptega's tips on preventing cyber attacks with cybersecurity frameworks and how we can help.

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Cybersecurity Vendors - How CIOs are Managing It | Apptega

Vendor saturation is one of the biggest challenges the cybersecurity market is facing. Read Apptega's five tips on sorting through all of them.

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How to Overcome the Security Talent Shortage | Apptega

Companies have faced a shortage of trained, certified, and available cybersecurity experts. Read Apptega's three takes on what's causing the security talent shortage.

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How to Present Your Cybersecurity Program to the Board of Directors | Apptega

Presenting cybersecurity to your Board of Directors and stakeholders can be difficult. Read Apptega's five tips on effectively presenting your case to deliver your message clearly.

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