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September 20, 2023
Ballast Services ranks among the Top 250 MSSPs for 2023, according to MSSP Alert, a CyberRisk Alliance resource.
July 13, 2023
Disaster does not discriminate based on geography or industry – it can strike any organization, at any time, in any form. Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado, Flooding, a successful ransomware attack, supply chain disruption, or extended power outage, businesses need to be prepared to ensure continuous operations even when disaster strikes.
June 29, 2023
The summer holiday is a time for family, friends, and cookouts. During these holidays, we forward to downtime and relaxing from our work. Unfortunately, cybercriminals don't take holidays. In fact, public holidays are a prime time for them to ramp up attack campaigns.
June 26, 2023
Ballast Services has been named as one of the world’s premier managed service providers in the prestigious 2023 Channel Futures MSP 501 rankings.
June 15, 2023
In recent years, we've seen tremendous advancements in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). One of the most exciting (and simultaneously disconcerting) developments is the ability of AI to impersonate human voices convincingly.
May 11, 2023
As more and more people use Macs in business environments, the types of malware targeting Apple products have become more advanced with more criminal campaigns targeting Mac users. In this blog post, we will review why Macs require Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) software, proactive patch management, and a strong Mobile Device Management (MDM) platform to ensure robust security.
April 27, 2023
Businesses of all sizes face unprecedented technology and security challenges in 2023. At the same time, businesses are investing in technology to deliver increased profits with reduced costs. This is where outsourced managed technology and security services come into play.
April 27, 2023
Ballast Services is proud to be featured as a spotlight profile with MSSP Alert's Top 250 MSSPs for 2022.
April 18, 2023
Privileged account management (PAM) is a security strategy that controls and monitors access to sensitive information and systems within an organization. The goal of PAM is to ensure that only authorized individuals have access to sensitive data and systems and that their access is limited to the minimum necessary for their job function.
April 13, 2023
Cost optimization is the process of identifying and implementing strategies to reduce costs while maintaining or improving the quality of services. It's a continuous process that helps IT executives ensure that their organization's technology investments are aligned with the organization's goals and objectives.
March 27, 2023
Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to exploit people's fears and emotions to trick them into divulging sensitive information or downloading malicious software. One common tactic is to use newsworthy events to conduct social engineering and phishing campaigns which are designed to manipulate people into doing something they should not, such as clicking on a link or providing login credentials via timely fraudulent communications that appear to be related to a news event.
March 14, 2023
Businesses are increasingly dependent on technology to enable their operations, and the security of their digital assets has become a constant pressing concern. In addition to implementing proactive measures to secure their infrastructure, such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems, companies should prioritize server patch management as a key component of their vulnerability management practice.
February 23, 2023
Ballast Services, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Ballast to its Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Security 100 category for 2023. CRN’s annual MSP 500 list identifies the industry-leading service providers in North America who are driving a new wave of growth and innovation for the channel through forward-thinking approaches to managed services, helping end users increase efficiency and simplify IT solutions while maximizing their return on investment.
February 17, 2023
Watch Out! Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are constant targets of cybercriminals due to the assumption that they have weak security protocols in place. One of the most common forms of cyber-attacks against SMEs is phishing, which is an attempt typically using email, or collaboration platforms such as Teams and Slack.
February 08, 2023
Industrial control systems (ICS) are the backbone of modern manufacturing and critical infrastructure such as energy production and these systems are attractive targets for cybercriminals. Critical infrastructure and manufacturing capability are often targeted by cyber groups with nation-state support to create strategic geo-political outcomes.
The Shortage of Cybersecurity Workers in 2023 Creates Trouble for Mid-Size and Enterprise Businesses
February 02, 2023
Cybersecurity is a mission-critical aspect of business operations, and the shortage of skilled workers in this field is a growing concern in 2023. Even with an increase in layoffs in many areas of the IT industry, there are an estimated 530,000 open cybersecurity positions in the United States as of January 2023.
January 26, 2023
Remote Management and Monitoring (RMM) are commonly used by IT professionals to remotely access and manage computers. However, cyber criminals have found ways to exploit these tools, using them to gain access to a computer to install malware and discover and exfiltrate data.
January 25, 2023
Your organization depends on your information technology stack to operate your business and store sensitive information. As a result, the risk of cyber-attacks such as ransomware and data breaches potentially crippling your business has increased significantly. One of the most effective ways to mitigate these risks is through the implementation of a comprehensive patch management strategy.
January 11, 2023
Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC) planning are essential for any organization, as they help ensure that the company can continue to operate in the event of a disaster. However, to develop an effective disaster recovery and business continuity plan, it is critical to conduct a risk assessment on an annual basis to understand your business risk as your business changes and cyber risks grow in type and complexity.
January 06, 2023
Cybersecurity is a critical concern for organizations of all sizes, and cyber insurance can provide financial protection in the event of a cyber-attack. However, many organizations may find it challenging to get affordable cyber insurance with premiums skyrocketing in cost and with ever-changing requirements to get or keep a policy. Managed security services can make it easier for organizations to get cyber insurance by helping to reduce their cybersecurity risk.
January 04, 2023
Technology is constantly evolving and companies must adapt to stay competitive. Unfortunately, with each change comes the risk of introducing vulnerabilities and new attack surfaces. Cybercriminals are always on the lookout for these vulnerabilities, and they're not wasting any time exploiting them with increased use of vulnerabilities becoming a trend in 2022. That's why speed matters when it comes to protecting companies from cybercriminals.
December 14, 2022
It’s 2023 and cybercrime is a growing concern for organizations of all sizes. A single cyber-attack can cause significant financial loss, damage to reputation, and a loss of sensitive information. One of the most effective ways to protect against such attacks is to have secure backups in place.
December 09, 2022
EDR is a vital tool for businesses looking to secure their networks and data. It provides a proactive approach to cyber security, detecting and responding to potential threats. Additionally, it is a requirement for many cyber security insurance policies, providing insurance providers with the necessary information to assess the risk of a cyber attack and determine the appropriate level of coverage.
December 01, 2022
ITIL, or Information Technology Infrastructure Library, is a framework for IT service management that provides a structured approach to managing IT services. One of the core components of ITIL is Change Management, which is a process for managing and controlling changes to IT services.
November 04, 2022
When you think of retail businesses, you probably think of customer service, sales, and stocking the shelves. But did you know that cyber security is just as important? With the rise of e-commerce and the increased use of technology in the retail industry, it's more crucial than ever to protect your business from cyber threats. And one of the most important ways to do that is through firewall management.
September 22, 2022
“Ballast Services is honored to be recognized by MSSP Alert as one of the TOP 250 MSSPs for 2022”, said Keith Archibald, CEO of Ballast Services. “Our team is humbled to be included with such an elite group of cyber security companies. Our success is the result of the Ballast team’s continued focus on solving the complexity of cyber security.”
September 12, 2022
Tampa Bay Tech CEOs’ August 2022 meeting, co-hosted by Dan Collins of 360 Advanced and Keith Archibald of Ballast Services, focused on the current market economy and how tech CEOs are responding. Collins said the TBT CEO happy hour meeting was productive, as leaders exchanged ideas on business sustainability and growth strategies amid the current economic climate.
June 15, 2022
Ballast Services has been selected as one of the technology industry’s top-performing providers of managed services by the editors of Channel Futures. For the past 16 years, managed service providers (MSPs) from around the globe have submitted applications to be included on this prestigious and definitive listing. The Channel Futures MSP 501 survey examines organizational performance based on annual sales, recurring revenue, profit margins, revenue mix, growth opportunities, innovation, technology solutions supported, and company and customer demographics.
February 23, 2022
Ballast Services, Inc. “Ballast” announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Ballast Services to its Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Security 100 category for 2022. CRN’s annual MSP 500 list identifies the leading service providers in North America whose forward-thinking approaches to managed services are changing the landscape of the IT channel, helping end users increase efficiency and simplify IT solutions, while maximizing their return on investment.
September 29, 2021
Ballast Services is pleased to be recognized as a member of the MSSP Alert Top 250 for 2021. MSSP Alert tracks and ranks the world’s top managed security service providers on an annual basis. This recognition is a testament to the cyber security capabilities and value that Ballast provides customers each day. Ballast offers a comprehensive security solution that enables businesses to effectively secure their information technology assets and protect their employees against complex cyber security threats 24x7.
August 04, 2021
Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Actors are targeting government agencies and businesses at an alarming rate. The attackers are focusing on agencies and companies that operate and service critical infrastructure (power, water, communications), supply chains (food, manufacturing), and technology service companies focused on keeping the US economy running.
March 21, 2021
Adsero Security and Ballast Services are pleased to announce their integrated partnership to provide comprehensive IT security compliance and managed services. Business leaders are challenged with complex and fragmented cyber security services, and this partnership enables customers to immediately benefit from a seamless service that significantly improves their on-going security posture. Together, this dynamic team delivers exceptional IT security and compliance services for customers across many verticals including retail, healthcare, financial, education, entertainment, restaurant, technology, transportation, manufacturing, distribution, energy and government industries.
February 24, 2021
There is no crystal ball, magic hat or single product that you can purchase to protect your business from cyber security threats. Anyone worth their salt, will tell you that if a sales guy is pushing their product as the end all be all for cyber security, they are blowing proverbial smoke up your kazoo!
June 10, 2020
Ballast Services announced the addition of secure remote monitoring and management "RMM" services to strengthen its service portfolio, enabling customers to improve and protect their vital information technology. Today's workforce is quickly evolving to "work from anywhere" and these critical 24x7 services are designed to identify and reduce the evolving risks facing companies and their employees. Ballast's secure RMM services include proactive infrastructure and security monitoring, security policy enforcement, critical vulnerability patching, anti-virus, malware defense, and employee security awareness training. These new services advance the company's mission to innovate, optimize, stabilize, and secure customer IT environments.
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