Cybersecurity risks can increase over the summer

While we all welcome summer, Horizon wants to remind you that the season comes with some increased security risks.  

Temporary Staff: If you’re hiring temporary or seasonal workers, be sure they’re well trained on cybersecurity practices and they’re only accessing your network with secured devices.  

Phishing Attacks: Cybercriminals can take advantage of vacation auto-replies and out-of-office notices to target employees with phishing attacks, knowing that there might be a delay in response or verification. 

Unsecured Devices: Employees work remotely or use personal devices more frequently during the summer, which can introduce additional security risks if these devices are not properly secured. 

Increased Travel: Employees traveling for vacation or business might connect to unsecured public Wi-Fi networks, increasing the risk of data breaches or cyberattacks. 

Employee Vacation: If you’re relying on a single IT professional to monitor and monitor and respond to security incidents or manage your IT in general, their vacation plans will leave you short-handed. This can lead to slower detection and response times for potential threats and delays in resolving staff issues.   Summer can be a good time to revisit some of the ways you manage your security and IT. If you need help, get in touch with our team. 

Understanding Zero Trust Cybersecurity

Zero trust means not automatically trusting anyone or anything online. It’s about checking every time someone or something wants access, because any interaction could be harmful.  A zero trust approach is smart for businesses of all size and in all industries.  In this blog, we cover 3 things you should be looking for when setting up zero trust security at your business. Check out our blog to Learn more.

3 Myths About Ransomware and the Risks to Your Business

Ransomware attacks are happening more often, and these common myths can put your business at risk. 

  • Myth 1- Paying a ransom doesn’t guarantee you’ll get your data back. 
  • Myth 2 – Backups are important but not foolproof.
  • Myth 3 – Relying on antivirus software alone isn’t enough.

Read our latest blog for more tips on how to protect your business from ransomware.

You need to back up your web-based apps.  Here’s how

What SaaS applications are you using?  Microsoft 365? HubSpot?  Zoom?  Slack?They’re the tools we need every day.  However, while SaaS applications offer significant benefits, they also pose new challenges, especially concerning data backup and recovery. Here are some things to look for when choosing the right SaaS backup solution to safeguard your business’s digital assets. Check out our blog to Learn more.

Feature Gadget: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

Versatile efficiency for hybrid workers

For a workforce that spends time in the office and time working remotely, you need versatile, portable devices that seamlessly connect from anywhere.  

With Windows 11 and featuring a 2-in-1 design with a 360-degree hinge switching between laptop, tablet, and tent modes, no matter where your “desk” may be.   

  • Processor — Up to Intel vPro®, an Intel® Evo™ Design with 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 
  • Memory — Up to 64GB LPDDR5 
  • Graphics — Intel® Iris® Xe graphics 
  • Storage — Up to 2TB Gen 4 performance PCIe NVMe SSD 

Learn more about this and other Lenovo options. 

Feature Gadget: MacBook Air 13” and 15” with M3

MacBook Air sails through work and play — and the M3 chip brings even greater capabilities to the world’s most popular laptop. With up to 18 hours of battery life,1 you can take the superportable MacBook Air anywhere and blaze through whatever you’re into.

From $1099 or $34 for 36 months

  • Up to 13x faster performance
  • Up to 6 more hours battery life (up to 18 hours total)

A camera with twice the resolution

Feature Gadget: iPhone 15. Take the leap.

iPhone 15 brings you Dynamic Island, a 48MP Main camera, and USB-C—all in a durable color-infused glass and aluminum design.

From $1129 or $51.05/mo. for 24 mo. at 7.99 % APR*

  • Apple A16 Bionic chip.
  • Aluminum enclosure with Ceramic Shield front glass.
  • Colour-infused glass back.
  • 6.1” Super Retina XDR all-screen OLED display.
  • 48MP main camera, 12MP Ultra-Wide and 12MP 2x Telephoto.
  • Up to 512GB storage.
  • Up to 20 hours of video playback.

Available in five vibrant colours.

Is your team overwhelmed by IT challenges? 

With Horizon TotalCare Managed IT, you get unlimited access to a dedicated helpdesk to solve your IT issues. Our friendly, well-trained professionals are ready to support your team. 

  • Available 8 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday, with emergency support available outside business hours 
  • Support via phone, email, or ticketing system 
  • Expertise in Microsoft 365, Teams, and SharePoint 
  • Apple-certified experts on staff 

Learn more about how Horizon TotalCare Managed IT can benefit your business.