Advanced Threat Elimination
If your workstation is seeing pop-up ads, or moving slower than traffic on the 405, it’s time to call the experts at IT Support Guys, where we provide service from the Hollywood Hills up to Pasadena.
If malware has compromised your network, your critical data could be at risk. Malware can damage your business’ brand reputation, or potentially shut it down altogether if unchecked. With IT Support Guys’ team of experienced technicians, you can take a proactive approach to your cybersecurity, so you can avoid sitting on hold with LAPD’s cybersecurity unit.
That way, you can stave off any intruders before they find their way into your network, and anything that slips through the cracks can be handled immediately.
Viruses can strike in several ways. Outside forces can infiltrate your system through malware, trojans, rootkits, botnets, and more. Yet some of the biggest threats to your security come from within, as employees can fall susceptible to phishing. Either way, you will be protected.
Since 2006, we have been taking a comprehensive, proactive approach to security. That means consistent testing, monitoring, auditing, and patch management, in addition to your standard antivirus software.
With ITSG, you also get Backups by IT, our best-in-class backup solutions that ensure 100% of your data is recoverable in the case of emergency. This helps to mitigate data loss through cyberattacks, as well as natural disasters.
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Local Cybercrime Unit in Los Angeles
Over half of businesses in the US were targeted by ransomware attacks in 2020, costing them over $20 billion. The key to cybersecurity is being proactive, but when it is too late, you may still have options.
Law enforcement has tried to adapt to the rise in cybercrimes, and local jurisdictions are 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 police report needs to be handled by another jurisdiction within California, the LAPD will forward it to the proper department.
Local Cybersecurity Programs
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects cybersecurity jobs to increase upward of 25% by 2026, compared to about 7% for all other careers. The need for cybersecurity is not going away, so why not become an expert yourself?
As 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 of the surrounding universities now offer programs specific to cybersecurity.
Whether you are looking for a quick bootcamp to accelerate your cybersecurity knowledge, or are interested in a certificate program so you can break into the workforce, our local institutions have you covered.
Here are a few programs located in Los Angeles:
One of the premier universities in the world, CalTech offers a CalTech Cyber Bootcamp, for those who are trying to break into cybersecurity as a career. For managers, consider the Managing Cybersecurity Operations certificate program.
UCLA offers a 4-course cybersecurity certificate that teaches 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.
If you want a comprehensive education in cybersecurity, USC’s Master of Science degree in Cyber Security Engineering may be for you. This degree is for those who already have a degree, or hold jobs that require experience in information security.
Cal State offers “a wide variety” of cybersecurity certificates at their California Cybersecurity Institute. 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 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 remain 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.
Protect the Environment Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
Unfortunately, there is a point when malware can make your computer completely unusable. In that case, make sure to dispose of your old electronics responsibly.
IT Support Guys supports smart e-recycling initiatives, and we encourage businesses of all sizes to donate unusable technology. Make sure to properly recycle inoperable electronic waste, and always do what you can to remove any data stored on your hard drive before recycling to protect your company’s sensitive information and client data.
As of January 1, 2020, California’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling law (AB 1826) requires businesses to arrange recycling services for companies that generate two cubic yards of solid waste per week.
Here are a few waste recycling centers located in Los Angeles:
1940 E. Occidental St. Santa Ana, CA 92705
1370 E 18th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021
7341 Fulton Avenue North Hollywood, CA, 91605
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