Critical Cybersecurity Measures for Small Businesses

Critical Cybersecurity Measures for Small Businesses

Out of all the data breaches that occur each year, a whopping 43% are usually directed toward small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Recent studies also suggest that cybercriminals are more attracted to small businesses.

According to this 2019 4iQ identity breach report, SMBs experienced a more than 420% increase in the authentic and fresh breaches in 2018. To add a bunch of salt to already open reputation and security wounds, most of these businesses don’t recover after a breach.

If at all they recover, it takes too long to get back to business. The reason? Lack of strong financial muscles to bail them out of the effects of a data breach as was found out in this InsuranceBee’s Cyber Survey, which noted that 83% of small businesses are weak financially and can’t recoup the losses due to a data breach.

Why are small businesses targeted in online attacks?

Read on, as we take you through, the very reasons why cybercriminals’ major targets are small businesses. This is not to scare you anyway as we’re also going to walk you through the best ways of locking cyber attackers out of your business.

Reasons small businesses are targeted in data breaches

Because of this, they tend to invest more in promoting the business and building it at the expense of the business’ online security. Well, the thieves are aware of this.

They, therefore, use automated tools that help find vulnerable company websites and databases then launch attacks on them.

  • Fewer resources; apparently, when starting online businesses, entrepreneurs tend to spend a lot on getting the businesses up. From hiring web developers to buying domains, hosting, bringing in employees and finalizing the paperwork, etc., it usually consumes a lot that the companies fall short when it comes to installing the necessary security

Read More...

How Telemedicine Is Changing Healthcare

How Telemedicine Is Changing Healthcare

  • 5% of medical practices surveyed do not offer telemedicine services yet.
  • 64% of medical practices surveyed plan on implementing telemedicine software soon.
  • 9% of respondents want telemedicine software that integrates with their current EMR system.

In a healthcare industry where nearly 3 out of every 4 in-office visits to primary care physicians, urgent care clinics or the emergency room could be handled remotely via phone or video, telemedicine offers a chance to revolutionize the field. The concept of telemedicine isn’t exactly new, but it seems to only now be reaching a critical mass, building toward the tipping point at which mass adoption takes hold. Regulatory challenges, payer policies and patient acceptance of telehealth are beginning to converge in such a way that sets the stage for a remote healthcare future.

We analyzed survey data from business.com readers in the healthcare industry to identify trends related to small medical practices and the adoption of telemedicine from June 2015 to August 2019. What we found is telling about which practices are adopting telemedicine technology at the highest rates and what their needs are. The overwhelming majority of practices most interested in adopting this technology are mental health practices.

What is telemedicine?

Telemedicine refers to technologies that bring patients and healthcare providers closer together in a digital environment. Gone are the days of going to the doctor for a simple cold or minor rash – or at least that’s the promise of telemedicine. With telemedicine, patients could have low-grade conditions assessed by their doctor via a smartphone or desktop computer, rather than setting an appointment for something that can be addressed easily with over-the-counter medication. 

“Telemedicine is the use of technology to close the physical gap between practitioners and patients,” said Joel Wishkovsky, CEO of Simple Health. “It allows practitioners to remotely

Read More...

How Is the Medical Industry Using Deep Learning?

How Is the Medical Industry Using Deep Learning?

The healthcare industry continues to be a major driver of the U.S. economy, with more than $3.5 trillion spent on healthcare in 2018 alone. Researchers believe that the industry will contribute more than $5.6 trillion to the economy by 2025 as well. 

Much of this revenue comes from the medical research field, which is responsible for improving drug research, disease diagnosis and treatment protocols. Major research companies are collaborating with software development services to integrate deep learning technology into their investigations. 

Deep learning promises to transform the way that doctors review medical tests and make diagnoses, helping them identify diseases and start treatment quicker. The technology will also help pharmaceutical companies develop life-saving drugs in a shorter amount of time. 

What is deep learning?

Deep learning is a niche in the machine learning field. Machine learning is an innovative branch of computer science that combines artificial intelligence (AI) and traditional science with mathematics and statistics to create a powerful technology that can learn from experience.

Major companies in the retail, banking and logistics industries are already working with software development companies and using the technology to save money, increase efficiency and plan for the future.

Machine learning is premised on the idea that computer engineers should be able to do more than just code a program – they should be able to teach computers how to write their own programs. Additionally, these “intelligent” computers should be capable of learning from past experiences to improve their skills and the quality of their predictions.

Deep learning takes things a step further by mimicking the structure of the human brain, which is layered, or “deep.” It emulates this layered structure by creating a similar, artificial neural network with the potential to be even more powerful than cutting-edge machine learning software.

For example, the

Read More...

How to Choose a Document Scanner for Small Business

How to Choose a Document Scanner for Small Business

Businesses are trading in their filing cabinets that are filled with files from who knows how long ago and using document scanners to scan and store their important documents. By using a document scanner for your business, not only do you save space, you increase the security of sensitive information, plus you have an electronic copy that will not be irretrievably lost. 

There are several different types of document scanners on the market and dozens of models within each category. By better understanding the different types of document scanners, you can choose the best scanner for your business. 

How to choose a scanner for your small business

Choosing a scanner might seem complicated at first. There are several requirements to keep in mind, as well as many different types of scanners to choose from. To help you choose the best document scanner for your business, keep the following factors in mind. 

What do you need to scan?

The type of scanner you select should be able to easily scan the types of documents you need to digitize and render a clear, crisp image. Are you scanning paper documents and receipts? Do you need to scan photo identification? Are you planning on scanning photographs? What you are scanning should be the primary consideration when selecting a scanner. 

Most document scanners are capable of handling paper records, receipts and photo identification with ease. To scan photographs, though, you’ll need a scanner designed specifically for images. Photo scanners offer higher resolution and enhanced color, preserving the appearance of photographs when rendered digitally.

How many documents do you intend to scan?

If you plan on digitizing decades of paper archives, you will need a high-volume document scanner that can handle stacks of documents without much oversight or manual labor involved. High-end document scanners

Read More...

Can Decentralization Solve Businesses’ Trust Problems?

Can Decentralization Solve Businesses' Trust Problems?

As the internet has evolved, so have problems in general. In recent years, we’ve woken up to the fact that our personal data is one of the most valuable assets in the world right now. It’s also increasingly apparent that we don’t control that data. 

Edward Snowden may be a controversial figure, but he was among the first to expose the stark reality of this problem back in 2014. When we discovered that the NSA had been using Google data to spy on citizens in the name of national security, it seemed like it could be a watershed moment. 

Despite Snowden bringing the issue to public attention, though, not much has changed. If anything, the extent of the issue has become even more apparent. It’s now common knowledge that the 2016 presidential election may have been subject to Russian interference, facilitated by Facebook. 

Furthermore, the incentive model in social media is currently very lopsided. Social media companies are incentivized to gather our data so they can sell it to advertisers. No individual makes money directly from Facebook or Instagram, but influencers with large followings can be paid by companies to promote their goods. 

All this has created a system where, as users, we are reduced to mere commodities. Our data is harvested and sold, and we’re expected to consume ads and promoted posts with little regard for what we actually want to consume. There’s precious little incentive for anyone to create genuine, high-quality content based on unbiased truth. 

The root of the problem

If we are ever going to solve these problems, we need to understand the root of them. Earlier this year, one of Facebook’s co-founders, Chris Hughes, wrote a piece in The New York Times that called for the tech giant to be broken up. He explained with

Read More...