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New Year. New Budgets. How MSSPs Can Help Clients Better Manage Cyber Costs

How MSSPs can get the most bang for your buck while retaining clients, attracting new ones, and expanding service offerings.

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5 Ways to Ace Your Audits in 2023

12 Days of Cybersecurity (Day 9): Audits don’t have to be as frustrating as they once were. With the right resources and tools, you can pass your next audit with ease.

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CMMC 2.0: Phased Implementation Begins This Year. Are You Ready?

12 Days of Cybersecurity (Day 11): Follow along with the 4 suggestions to help ensure you’re on the right track when CMMC 2.0 phased implementation begins.

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5 Ways to Increase Security and Compliance Efficiencies in 2023

12 Days of Cybersecurity (Day 10): Learn more about the five ways you can look to increase security and compliance efficiencies in the new year.

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It’s No Longer About Just Defending Your Kingdom, You Must Withstand the Storms

12 Days of Cybersecurity (Day 9): Read more about building a culture of cyber resilience and how to better defend your organization from potential attacks

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5 Ways a GRC Platform Can Elevate Your Security and Compliance Programs With Fewer Resources

12 Days of Cybersecurity (Day 8): How can you maximize your cybersecurity and compliance resources and get the most out of what your team can do?

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4 Ways to Build Cybersecurity Best Practices into Your Organizational Culture

12 Days of Cybersecurity (Day 7): Learn more about the 4 ways your organization can build cyber hygiene and compliance best practices into your culture.

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6 Cybersecurity Trends to Keep an Eye on in the New Year

12 Days of Cybersecurity (Day 6): Learn about the 6 cybersecurity trends every organization should keep an eye on in 2023. 

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Why Attackers Bank on Lateral Movement and How to Stop Them

12 Days of Cybersecurity (Day 5): What can you do to build stronger defenses? Here are five ways you can work against attackers to stop lateral movement:  

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6 Reasons Why Today’s Cybersecurity Landscape is so Complex

12 Days of Cybersecurity (Day 4): Today’s threat landscape is constantly evolving. Read the 6 Reasons Why Today's Cybersecurity Landscape is so Complex. 

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New Year, Tough Economic Times: Not a Reason to Cut Back on Cybersecurity and Compliance

12 Days of Cybersecurity (Day 3): Learn more about the 4 Reasons Why Security and Compliance Are Critical for Operational Resilience 

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End of Year Bells Are Ringing: How to Balance Cyber Costs with Resilience Goals

12 Days of Cybersecurity (Day 2): How can you balance your cybersecurity costs with other business protections to have in mind, read our five suggestions.

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Ransomware: The Unwanted Gift Hackers Keep on Giving

12 Days of Cybersecurity (Day 1): Five Tips that can help protect your organization from ransomware.

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Demystifying Cyber Insurance: 7 Key Security Controls Every Organization Should Have

Read more about the 7 Key Security Controls Every Organization Should Have and what you should know about the changing cyber insurance requirements

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What Every MSSP Needs to Know About Cyber Insurance

Read more to gain insight on what every MSSP needs to know about cyber insurance and how you can help clients strengthen their security posture.

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Demystifying Cyber Insurance: 7 Key Security Controls Every MSSP Should Have

Read more to learn more on the 7 Key Security Controls every MSSP Should Have and how MSSPs can help clients in their cyber insurance journey.

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The Slippery Slope of Cyber Insurance: What Every MS(S)P Needs to Know 

Read more to gain insight on what every MS(S)P needs to know about cyber insurance and the role an MS(S)P plays in helping clients' in their cyber insurance journey.

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Simplify GRC with Key Strategies and Technologies

Read more to learn how your organization can Simplify GRC with Key Strategies and Technologies and dealing with the complexities and challenges of governance, risk, and compliance.

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4 Ways MSSPs Can Simplify Client Cyber Practices for Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Read more on the 4 ways MSSPs can simplify clients' cyber solutions that save time, utilize fewer resources, and decrease your clients’ overall cyber expenses.  

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4 Tips to Simplify Your Strategy During Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Read more on how your organization can simplify your cybersecurity strategy using less time, fewer resources, and decreasing expenses.  

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Don’t Put Preparation on Pause: CMMC 2.0 is Coming Quicker Than You Think

Read more on the updated timeline frame for CMMC 2.0 and why organizations likely have less time than they think to prepare.

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3 Ways a GRC Platform Can Help MSSPs Improve the Audit Process

Read more on how to use a SaaS-Based GRC Platform to radically simplify the way your MSSP manages compliance.

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CMMC 2.0 — A Wait and See Game?

Read more on the updated timeline for CMMC 2.0 and how your organization can start with its CMMC compliance strategy.

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10 Ways MSSPs Can Streamline and Simplify Security and Compliance Management

Learn how MSSPs can strengthen cybersecurity and compliance processes, build confidence with clients and attract and win new business in our newest blog.

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How Risk Management Increases MSSP Value to Customers

SMBs are now turning to MSSPs (Managed Security Service Providers) to help with risk management, governance, risk, and compliance.

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NIST CSF and CIS V8 | Apptega

Read the article about cybersecurity frameworks to understand the differences and commonalities between NIST CSF and CIS V8 in our Apptega post.

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Top 4 Security Threats Facing MSSPs

Security threats for MSSPs and their clients are only going to increase, evolve, and become more complex learn more about the top 4 threats facing MSSPs

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Five Reasons Customers Are Demanding GRC Software | Apptega

Read on to understand why customers are demanding GRC software to manage cybersecurity compliance

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NIST 800-172 to Strengthen CUI Protection Controls | Apptega

Read on to understand if SP 800-172 applies to your organization and what it may mean.

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Department of Defense Unveils CMMC 2.0

Organizations are being encouraged to complete cybersecurity readiness assessments and implement NIST 800-171 best practices in preparation. Read more.

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Are You Riding the GRC Wave or Missing the Boat?

Mastering GRC helps MSSPs win new business and thrive in the market. Read on to learn more.

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Afraid and Confused by CMMC Bingo?

Is CMMC causing your organization stress? Learn how you can prepare for CMMC by complying with DFARS and NIST 800-171.

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6 Chart-Topping Cybersecurity & Compliance Trends for 2022

As we wind down the year, 2021 delivered new challenges for companies of all sizes with cybersecurity. Read on to see our predicted trends.

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Log4Shell Vulnerability: Visibility and Prevention | Apptega

Does your organization currently use Java? You may have been a victim of the Log4Shell vulnerability. Learn more about the vulnerability and how you can prevent future attacks to come.

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The Role of Security Frameworks in Determining Cyber Insurance Risks | Apptega

An increase in cyberattacks has sent ripples through the cyber insurance industry. Read how this could impact whether you begin, or end, your coverage.

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With CMMC Certification, Slow and Steady Wins the Race

With CMMC Certification, a slow and steady approach will ensure you are prepared. Read 4 ways to get started.

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Overcoming Common Healthcare Compliance and Security Challenges Post-Pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, cyber attacks in the healthcare industry increased. Learn how your healthcare organization can overcome these challenges.

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Kaseya Breach: Key Takeaways for Managed Service Providers

Read webinar transcript, Kaseya Breach: Key Takeaways for Managed Service Providers, where cybersecurity experts discuss ways to avoid ransomware events

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How to Present Cybersecurity to Your Board of Directors

Read our webinar transcript, How to Present Cybersecurity to your Board of Directors. Jay Ferro from ERT and Jason James from NetHealth give best practice.

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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

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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Changes Coming in PCI DSS v4.0: What Does it Mean for You?

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

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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