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The best way to stop a cyberattack is to prevent cybercriminals from accessing your network in the first place. If your network goes down, your productivity will go down with it. If your data gets stolen too, you have now entered a disaster scenario.
Your network is not a part of your business where you can “set it and forget it.” Networks need continuous monitoring and maintenance to keep things running smoothly. Without it, you may miss an indicator that you are about to be taken offline, or worse.
74% of SMBs lack the assets to protect against modern cyberattacks. Cybercriminals have realized this, and now target these businesses more than ever. With the help of our experts, you can trust in modern defense through packet filtering, state inspections, proxies, and intrusion detection systems.
IT Support Guys can diagnose your networks and pick out potential vulnerabilities before they are exploited. With the latest technology and a watchful eye, you can keep your customers’ data safe, ensuring compliance and your reputation.
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Local Cybercrime Unit in Los Angeles
If your network is already compromised, you still have options. Calling the police is a last resort for many, but most jurisdictions are more adept at handling cybercrime than ever before.
Over half of businesses in the US were targeted by ransomware attacks in 2020, costing them over $20 billion. This has resulted in municipalities adopting cybercrimes divisions. These departments investigate crimes including identity theft, ransomware, phishing, e-mail compromise, and more.
If you believe you are the victim of a cybercrime, make sure to file an incident report with your city’s cybercrime unit.
The Los Angeles Police Department houses a Cyber Crimes division that handles crimes related to “Unlawful computer access, hacking, theft of data, network intrusion and denial of service attacks.” If a potential police report needs to be handled by another jurisdiction within California, the LAPD will forward it to its proper department.
Local Cybersecurity Programs
As long as networks exist, so will the need for network security. With the projected growth for cybersecurity jobs set at 25% by 2026, you may want to consider brushing up on the latest cyber-defense best practices.
The LA area boasts some of the most high-level technology programs in the world, allowing public citizens to become tech gurus on their own. Many universities near you now offer programs specific to cybersecurity.
If you are currently employed in tech, a bootcamp could raise your expertise enough to become your team’s go-to person on cybersecurity. If cybersecurity is your passion, consider one of the many certificate of graduate degree programs at these area institutions:
CalTech offers two distinct routes to becoming a cybersecurity guru. At one of the top universities in the world, consider the CalTech Cyber Bootcamp, or to really kick things into high gear, the Managing Cybersecurity Operations certificate program.
4 courses is all it takes to earn your cybersecurity certificate from UCLA. In these courses, you will learn security best practices for managing information systems, networks, and operating systems. Students also get the opportunity to participate in a cybersecurity lab to hone their skills.
For those looking to stand above the rest, USC’s Master of Science degree in Cyber Security Engineering can take you to new heights. This degree is for those who hold jobs or degrees that require experience in information security.
Cal State’s California Cybersecurity Institute offers “a wide variety” of cybersecurity certificates to choose from. They also offer their standard Computer Science bachelor’s degrees with concentrations in information security, as well as a Cybersecurity Master’s degree at multiple branches.
If you’ve recently graduated and majored in Computer Science, reach out to IT Support Guys using our careers page. We support our local graduates!
Local Compliance Regulations
Keeping your network safe from data breaches is key to remaining compliant with federal and local standards. That includes HIPAA, HITECH, PCI DSS, GDPR federally, and potentially more standards locally.
Being proactive remains the best way to protect against compliance issues, including having a comprehensive data backup plan that ensures client data stays protected. Even with a BDR plan, businesses must make sure their employees are trained on all compliance standards.
Do you know what your local guidelines are?
The California Consumer Privacy Act went into effect on January 1, 2020. The CCPA affects and applies to any business that has an annual gross revenue over $25 million; buys, receives, or sells personal information of 50,000 or more consumers; or earns over 50% of its revenue from selling consumers’ information.
Businesses can be fined up to $7,500 per violation of this act, as well as being subject to civil and class action lawsuits.
It is important to know how the CCPA affects your business, and businesses must also know what personal data they are collecting and holding. Under this act, businesses must allow customers to opt out of having their data stored, meaning businesses could also need to update their privacy agreements to state this.
If your business is already compliant with CCPA, then it is time to start preparing for the California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act (CPRA), which will replace CCPA on Jan 1, 2023. The law looks to align more closely with European Union General Private Data Regulation (GDPR).
Fewer businesses will be affected by the CPRA than those before it, as the guidelines will then cover those who buy, receive, or sells at least 100,000 customers’ information. The annual revenue thresholds will be unchanged.
The new law does add more information to be covered as “personal,” including social security, driver’s license, and financial account numbers. It also includes genetic and health data, as well as known political beliefs or religious background.
In addition to the ability to opt out of information storage, customers are now able to ask for their information to be corrected. They can also opt out of data sharing for the purpose of digital advertising.
The maximum penalty for offenses involving consumers under-16 years old will triple, and the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) will become the sole authority on penalties.
Internet Service Providers in Los Angeles
Not everyone has options when choosing their internet service provider (ISP). If you do, make sure to take advantage. While making the right choice can be time-consuming, there is much to consider when making it.
How much bandwidth speed (download and upload) do you need? How many static IP addresses do you need? What services do you need? What pricing can you afford? Most of all, what is each provider’s overall quality?
If your hardware is up to date, your ISP may be suffering an outage. Such issues are normally made public on your ISP’s local website, or you can call and ask.
Take a look at some of your options in Los Angeles, and take time to make a well-informed decision:
- AT&T – Los Angeles
- Spectrum – Los Angeles
- Verizon – Los Angeles
- Frontier Communications – Los Angeles
In most instances, an issue within your own network will be the cause for your internet being down. But ISPs can go down too, whether on accident, or because of scheduled maintenance. Occasionally, the internet is just down.
Luckily there are resources for you to check and see if that is the case. If your internet is down, but not listed as such, it might be time to start looking internally.
Speak with an IT Support Guys specialist today at 855-4IT-GUYS (855-448-4897) or click here and tell us about your business’s cloud and other IT needs.