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3 Ways Endpoint Security Can Change Your IT Strategy

How Endpoint Security Can Change Your IT Strategy

Most companies are utilizing a multitude of devices across various locations. You have employees managing day-to-day tasks on cell phones, tablets, and laptops interchangeably. And while this opens a world of possibilities for you and your team, it also substantially increases your exposure to risk. Keep reading to learn more about Endpoint Security; what it is, why it’s necessary, and how you can get help managing it right away.

What is Endpoint Security?

Endpoint security is an approach to the protection of computer networks that are remotely bridged to client devices. The connection of endpoint devices such as laptops, tablets, mobile phones, IoT devices, and other wireless devices to corporate networks creates attack paths for security threats. Endpoint security attempts to ensure that such devices follow a definite level of compliance to standards. Ultimately, the goal is to prevent the predictable, detect the elusive, and combat future attacks.

Why is Endpoint Security Necessary?

The cybercrime economy is booming. The barriers to entry are lower than ever, and corporate workers have never been more at risk. In fact, 64% of organizations have experienced one or more successful endpoint attacks. Even though so many companies have encountered endpoint attacks, most state they lack ample resources to minimize IT endpoint risk due to an infection. The biggest setbacks include complexity, cost, and lack of expertise. So, how can your team defend itself against endpoint attacks?

How JSG Managed Detection and Response Can Help

To reduce your exposure to endpoint threats, partner with an experienced IT specialist like JSG. Our endpoint experts expose blind spots across laptops, desktops, and servers. We solve the limitations of traditional prevention, anti-virus, and user awareness. Additionally, our team will handle the ongoing management and tuning of your managed detection and response to continually monitor, hunt, and investigate risks.

So, if you’re ready to protect your company against endpoint threats, contact JSG today. We’ll discuss a custom plan to keep your business flowing without incident now and in the future.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month at JSG

Cybersecurity Awareness Month at JSG

As we continue to expand our IT Consulting Service offerings, JSG is excited to participate in Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across the United States. Led by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA), Cybersecurity Awareness Month shares messages and weekly themes of the importance of staying safe online. The evergreen theme – Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart – encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity.

Throughout the past year and a half, our already virtual world depends even more on the internet. While an increased online presence can be positive, Cybersecurity Awareness Month encourages everyone to take increased ownership of enhanced online activity and the important security practices that come along with it. The virtual safety of our community, and, ultimately, our nation, depends on our personal online safety practices.

Cybersecurity is important to JSG and we are committed to helping our clients become more resilient. So, this month we’ll be sharing information on:

  • Be Cyber Smart
    • Take simple actions to keep our digital lives secure
  • Fight the Phish!
    • Highlight the dangers of phishing attempts – which can lead to ransomware or other malware attacks – and how to report suspicious emails
  • Explore. Experience. Share.
    • Celebrate National Initiative for Cybersecurity (NICE) Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week and the global cybersecurity workforce and highlight how individuals can learn how to become a cybersecurity professional.
  • Think Cybersecurity First
    • Explore how cybersecurity and staying safe online is increasingly important as our world continues to operate virtually for so much of work and play.

Here are some resources we’ll share throughout the month to highlight how you can keep you and your team safe online:

What Pen Testing And Why Does The Security Of Your Company Depend On It?

What Is Pen Testing And Why Does The Security Of Your Company Depend On It?

If you’re at all familiar with cybersecurity, you may have heard of “pen testing.” But what is it, and why is it so crucial to today’s modern companies? We’re going to break down the definition of this technological test and explain how you can implement it in your organization to protect your future.

What Is Pen Testing?

Pen testing, otherwise known as penetration testing or even ethical hacking, is an authorized simulated cyberattack on a computer system performed to evaluate the system’s security. Essentially, it’s a test to expose possible vulnerabilities in your security. Once your IT team is aware of these vulnerabilities, you can better protect your company from future threats and attacks.

How Often Should We Run Pen Tests?

Pen tests should be performed regularly, as the sophistication of various hacking techniques changes almost daily. As a general rule, we recommend this ethical hacking at least once a year to ensure ongoing network security. However, companies perform tests more frequently depending on certain factors such as industry, company size, and company infrastructure. Larger and more digitally focused companies typically have more exposure to threats through various entry points, and highly regulated industries can actually mandate frequent pen tests.

How Can My Company Implement Pen Tests?

There are several strategies of pen testing, each valuable in different scenarios. In many cases, you’ll want to run multiple tests to cover a wide variety of threats. An internal tech team can perform Surface-level penetration tests. However, the attacks that are most threatening are those that you aren’t able to predict. This is why we recommend partnering with a professional and experienced third-party information technology team like Johnson Service Group. We can perform penetration tests from both an insider’s and an outsider’s perspective. Thus, exposing the most significant amount of threats to your data. We will partner with your company’s leaders to craft a custom testing and monitoring strategy designed to fit your needs and keep your organization protected. Furthermore, we address any threats head-on and implement security measures on the spot.  And over time, we help you build a strong defense against future threats.

Ready to learn more about securing your company’s past, present, and future? Contact us today to discuss your custom pen-testing strategy!

How To Avoid Phishing Scams At Your Company

How To Avoid Phishing Scams At Your Company

As more and more people work from home and cybersecurity measures become more complicated, corporate phishing scams are on the rise. In fact, one in every two organizations has been targeted by a ransomware attack in 2019, and the attackers successfully encrypted data in 73% of these attacks. And a single spear-phishing attack results in an average loss of $1.6 million. This is why it is more important than ever to take these actionable steps towards shielding your company from phishing scams.

Implement and Maintain Strong Security Software

The best way to avoid phishing scams at your company is by implementing reliable security software. This will help to filter out and neutralize any threats from the start. The more layers of protection your software can offer, the better. Phishing scams are evolving and changing every day, so you need to continually monitor and adapt your protection and response.

Educate Your Employees

Your employees will be on the front lines of your phishing defense. First, encourage everyone to utilize multi-factor authentication – especially on any personal devices that are connected to their company email, like their mobile phones. Next, educate your employees on what phishing scams look like. Provide examples of phishing emails and red flags to look for. Last, establish open lines of communication between your teams. When someone receives a phishing email, have them report it to your IT department immediately!

Backup Your Data

Mistakes happen, and if you, unfortunately, find your company a victim of a phishing scam, you need to be prepared. Task your IT team with creating an extensive backup protocol to protect and preserve your most important and sensitive information. This backup protocol should extend to your individual employees so they can maintain personal documents as well.

Partner With A Professional

The thought of your company being threatened by frequent phishing attacks is intimidating. Especially if you don’t have the bandwidth to add a full team of IT professionals to your company’s payroll. Instead, consider partnering with an IT Consulting Firm like Johnson Service Group. Our IT Consulting Team can partner with your management and employees to create a custom phishing defense plan that will work for your company. Additionally, our team is here if you do experience the unfortunate event of a phishing attack. In the long run, you will obtain peace of mind and save money by proactively partnering with experts.

Contact us today to learn more about our IT Services and how you can protect your company from phishing scams.

Financial Services

Financial Services Trends: 4th Quarter and Beyond

Financial Services

The financial services sector is a delicate market. Many factors affect and alter interest rates, regulations, and compliances. On the one hand, there is a lot of talk going around online that the labor market has never been stronger. On the other hand, some economists fear a looming recession in the United States. Although there is some uncertainty, both the economy and the labor market are HOT, especially in the financial services sector. Here are three trends to keep an eye on as we approach 4th Quarter and even 2020.

Online and mobile banking

I am willing to bet most of you reading this use online or mobile banking in one form or another. Whether that’s keeping an eye on your checking account, applying for a home loan, or shopping for a new credit card. With today’s digital era, (often called the 4th Industrial Revolution) drastically changing the financial sector, banks and other financial institutions have to change how they do business and interact with customers.

Fewer and fewer consumers actually walk into a physical bank and speak with another human. Nowadays, Millennials like myself rarely step foot into a bank. For example, I just bought my first house without ever talking with someone from a bank face-to-face. And as Millennials project to account for 75 percent of the U.S. workforce by 2025, this transformation of services for the technology-savvy generation won’t be going anywhere. As a result, financial institutions will continue to have to be flexible to accommodate the ever-changing demands of consumers.

Fed keeps cutting interest rates

As you’ve probably heard, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) just cut interest rates to 2.25 percent at the end of July. At the end of December 2018, the fed funds rate was 2.5 percent. Since the Great Recession in 2008, the Fed has been increasing rates. However, over the second part of 2019, the Fed has cut interest rates multiple times to help stimulate the economy and ensure the labor market remains strong.

But what does this really mean? Well, it means consumers like you and I can get loans and credit cards with more favorable interest rates. In other words, its cheaper and easier to borrow money or secure a loan. And when we spend more money on things like cars, houses, and other items, we continue to stimulate the economy. It will be interesting to see if the U.S. will see another cut in rates before the end of this year.

An emphasis on security

Financial institutions and banks will have to continue beefing up their security to protect their business’ and their consumers’ data. But why is security always at the forefront of financial organizations? Well, it’s because they have a TON of important, confidential data.

There’s a cybersecurity attack every 39 seconds. Any by 2020, the average data breach will exceed $150 million. And this number will only continue to grow as more and more business begin building their online infrastructure. Look at the recent data breach by Equifax affected 147 million Americans and with a settlement costing $425 million. That’s a lot of confidential information stolen. To combat this, organizations must build up their information technology teams to implement safeguards and improve monitoring of their data.

Partner with our financial services recruiting team

In today’s tight labor market, it can be challenging to build up your team to remain flexible in the financial sector. If your organization needs a hand, reach out to JSG’s financial recruiting team today. We understand the market and will help you locate and attract the talent you need to remain competitive in the market. Contact us today, and let’s get to work!

professional services

Professional Services Industry Trends: 2019 and Beyond

professional services

The Professional Service market has been heating up over the last few years. Last month alone, for example, the Professional Services sector added 31,000 jobs. And over the previous 12 months, the industry gained over 300,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2016, the Professional Industries sector was the largest employer in the nation, responsible for employing over 20 million Americans. In 2026, this sector will continue to grow to a projected 22.3 million employees, right behind Healthcare (the nation’s current largest employer).

But what is considered a professional service, and how is this industry employing so many American workers? Let’s take a closer look.

What are Professional Services?

Professional Services is a group of occupations in the tertiary sector of the economy, requiring specialized training in the arts and sciences. Some common examples are attorneys, architects, engineers, and accountants. They often require a special certification or training and offer specialized business support.

In other words, the professional services industry offers specialized services to consumers and businesses. They can vary in sizes and can serve all other industries and sectors. But with the global market forecast of a 5.4% growth rate from 2016 to 2020, which types of occupations are making up the most substantial amount of growth in this industry?

Top 3 professional services

Accounting

Out of all the main Professional Services occupations, accounting is the smallest segments. However, the accounting sector had the most significant growth rate (5.9 percent) between 2012 and 2016. And over the next several years, this sector is expected to grow another 6.2 percent. Thus, the accounting sector is small but mighty. But with the continuous implementation of technology and the push for digitalization, this sector will continue to be one of the largest growing areas for years to come!

Engineering

Between 2017 and 2027, STEM (engineering is one of the largest contributors) is going to grow 13 percent. That’s much larger than the 9 percent growth rate from all other non-stem jobs. Since 1990, these occupations have grown over 79 percent. And what’s cool about engineering is that there are hundreds of different career paths. Depending on your degree, you can become anything from an Aerospace Engineer, designing cutting edge defense technologies or an Environmental Engineer, helping organizations improve their impact on the environment. And if that’s not enough for you, engineers have the highest median salary ($91,010) in the nation. It’s no wonder why engineering occupations will increase by over 140,000 jobs in the next decade!

IT consulting

The information technology industry hit some impressive milestones this year and isn’t slowing down. By the end of this year, the IT industry will reach $5 trillion globally. And employment in the IT sector is projected to grow 13 percent by 2026. That equates to over half of a million jobs created over that period. According to the BLS, that’s faster than all other occupations. As we continue to prioritize cybersecurity, the protection of consumer data and the implementation of artificial intelligence, more and more firms will rely on the expertise of IT consultants. They will bring people inhouse or hire a consulting firm to help them make a smooth transition into the digital era.

Find your next professional

The labor market is tight, and many employers may be struggling to secure the talent they need to accommodate these employment trends. So, if you find that your team needs help sourcing strong candidates, reach out to a professional. Work with one of Johnson Service Group’s recruiters. We have specialized teams for every industry and can help you find your next great employee!

IT Hiring Trends in 2019

IT Hiring Trends In 2019

IT Hiring Trends in 2019

Every company has a need for IT talent. But these days, it may not be so easy to come by! From Application Developers to Systems Administration, the demand for qualified IT professionals is on the rise. IT hiring is projected to grow 13% by 2026, which is faster than the average of all occupations. Here are four trends affecting the industry this year.

The industry is experiencing a labor shortage

Over the next two years, there will be 1.4 million open technology jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In that same time, only 400,000 people will graduate with computer science degrees. As companies strive to meet consumer demands, their IT hiring requirements are steadily increasing. This disconnect creates a huge burden.

Flexible work options are popping up everywhere

“Technology mobility is here to stay, and companies need a combination of in-office workplaces and flexible remote work options,” says Jeb Ory, CEO of Washington, D.C.-based Phone2Action. Interestingly enough, companies and candidates alike are moving away from full-time remote work. They see value in having face-to-face time with team members and also having the flexibility to work remotely as needed.

Compensation is extremely competitive

With the shortage of qualified candidates, competition for talent is fierce. Additionally, high demand certifications such as Cisco Certified Architects (CCAr), are driving salary premiums at a rapid pace. Hiring managers need to put their best offers on the table when it comes to hiring IT professionals. If you don’t offer a competitive salary, IT professionals will move on to another employer who will.

Faster hiring processes secure talent

Two-thirds of non-executive technology professionals say they would “lose interest in a job if there was no follow-up within two weeks of an interview.” However, the average time to fill a staff-level role is 4.5 weeks. In order to secure top talent in the IT space, companies will have to move quickly!