Mark Lasinis Presents at Cybercrime Panel

April 4th, 2022 by admin

CYBERCRIME: How to Protect Your Business and Help Keep Your Data Safe

In collaboration with Bell Bank, the FBI, and two other organizations, Imagine Technology Group organized a live event to help people better grasp the need for cybersecurity, Cybercrime: How to Protect Your Business and Help to Keep Your Data Safe. Over 100 people attended this event held at the Phoenix Country Club to learn how to protect their businesses and keep their data protected.

Imagine Technology Group (ITG) is a Managed Technology Services Provider firm based in Arizona dedicated to offering the finest quality of service in the industry. While most office technology providers only provide a couple of managed services, ITG delivers a comprehensive suite of services.

Why Is Cybersecurity Important?

Cyber security is becoming increasingly critical. We now live in a technologically dependent era, and this trend does not appear to be dying down any time quickly. Data leaks that are likely to lead to identity theft are announced regularly on social media platforms. In addition, cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive often store financial information such as bank accounts, credit card numbers, and social security numbers.

When it comes to cybercrime, information theft is by far the most expensive and quickly growing category. The increasing availability of identity information on the internet through cloud services has played a significant role in this trend. Therefore, security solutions must be implemented regardless of whether you are an individual, a small business, or a multinational corporation.

What Did the Panel Educate People On?

One of the panel members was Mark Lasinis, CIO/VP of Technology at Imagine Technology Group (ITG). Here is a broad overview of the things he talked about:

Developing a Cybersecurity Policy

He mainly talked about how most businesses have not formed a robust cybersecurity policy and why they should. The absence of cybersecurity policies can result in cyberattacks and data breaches, which is why they are so critical. These policies assist in gaining a better understanding of data security and applications. Furthermore, they outline the roles and duties of every stakeholder in the organization concerning system protection.

The result is that an effective cybersecurity policy can enhance the reputation and trustworthiness of an organization. In addition, every company desires that its data be stored safely, and only a comprehensive cyber security policy can ensure this.

NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Among other things, he discussed the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) cybersecurity framework. You can organize and improve your security infrastructure with the help of the NIST cybersecurity framework. Developing and improving an organization's cybersecurity quality is the goal of this set of best practices and standards. ITG creates all their managed services contracts around the NIST CSF.

The framework can help businesses better recognize and detect cyber-attacks as a collection of controls and standards. As part of the framework, you'll get guidance on dealing with, avoiding, and recovering from cyber-attacks. Protection of PII and PHI.

Mark also attempted to educate people on the importance of protecting PII and PHI. PII, or personally identifiable information, refers to any information used to contact, locate, or identify a specific person. For example, fingerprints and biometric data and a person's name, contact number, email address, and social security number are all examples of data pieces that can be used to identify a particular person.

Federal agencies are in charge of protecting PII and other sensitive information. Even though society has relied on PII for quite some time, protecting data has become increasingly critical in recent years, mainly due to increased hacking scandals. In addition, now that computer developments and technological advancements have occurred, the security of PII is critical for all companies.

PHI, or protected health information, refers to any health information containing individual identifiers. The confidentiality requirements for protected health information (PHI) are highly stringent, and any breach of these can result in severe legal consequences. Maintaining confidentiality of health information is critical to fostering a more trusting relationship between patients and healthcare providers.

Why Should You Choose Imagine Technology Group?

Imagine Technology Group can provide your organization with a single source for all of your corporate technology needs. ITG can serve as an extension of your existing IT department or as a Virtual CIO for you.

It doesn't matter what technology issues your company is having; Imagine Technology Group can help make the best decision and put these solutions in place to help enhance your organization's overall performance.

Most businesses do not have a specialized security division within their IT department. This is something ITG takes care of for them. They can assist them in developing a cybersecurity policy for their organization and ensuring that their data is protected.

The Bottom Line

The protection of your business against cybercrime is a critical matter. Unfortunately, after being the victim of a cyberattack, it could cost your company thousands of dollars to get back up and running. And that is only if your reputation can be restored. However, the good news is that Imagine Technology Group is available to assist you in being cautious and protecting your company before it is too late to do so.

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