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A TikTok Guide to Improve Data Privacy for Employees in Higher Education

Mounting privacy and security concerns regarding TikTok’s collection of user data has those in higher education seeking to reshape their social media policies. In this article, we will explore the unique challenges educational institutions are facing and best practices to utilize when determining whether and what action(s) are necessary for the use of this platform within their communities.
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Privacy Concerns with TikTok

Numerous states have placed a formal ban on the use of the popular social media platform TikTok, leaving users to question its safety surrounding data and asset privacy.
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NERCOMP 2023 Annual Conference Recap

Last month, the Vancord team attended the NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) Conference, which annually brings together individuals in IT and higher education. From ransomware concerns to heightening security awareness and meeting compliance deadlines, many productive conversations took place.
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Understanding Data Breach Notification Laws

A data breach has occurred in your organization– what now? Who do I legally have to notify? What types of data require notification? There are many influencing factors in state data breach laws that organizations must consider regarding discloser requirements.
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Security Challenges Facing Operational Technology

As cyber threats increase, so does the importance of keeping your critical infrastructure systems secure. Inventorying your operational technology (OT), being aware of the risk, and implementing cybersecurity best practices are ways to maintain and assess these devices.

Vancord at NERCOMP Annual Conference 2023

This past March, the Vancord team had the opportunity to connect with New England’s broader community of higher education IT and library professionals at NERCOMP 2023 in Providence, RI.

Vancord Named on 2023 Tech Elite 250 List

We are honored to be recognized on CRN’s Tech Elite 250 List for 2023!
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Connecticut Data Privacy Act: Be Prepared

The Connecticut Data Privacy Act (or “CTDPA”) is going into effect on July 1, 2023, making Connecticut the fifth state to pass a comprehensive data privacy law that protects consumers. How will this new law impact your organization, and are there any obligations you should know?
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The Impact of Supply Chain Issues in IT

Over the past few years, supply chain issues have significantly impacted the IT industry. From extensive lead times to unfulfillable hardware needs, it is more important than ever to understand the risk, ensure you have a supply chain strategy in place and plan early and often.
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Introducing Vantage Protect

Microsoft is continuously developing its stack of security capabilities and staying innovative in the cloud space. Today, the team at Vancord is proud to announce a proactive approach they have adopted, utilizing Microsoft Azure Cloud to better manage clients’ data. Vantage Protect is a suite of services provided by Vancord’s expert engineers that maximizes the performance and reliability of security systems in an automated fashion.

Vancord Named on Managed Service Provider 500

We are honored to be recognized on CRN’s Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Security 100 category for 2023!
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How will ChatGPT Affect Cybersecurity?

OpenAI’s ChatGPT is an emerging phenomenon in the cybersecurity space. However, as Artificial Intelligence technology advances, so does the potential for misuse. From generating phishing emails to disrupting the academic environment for youth, ChatGPT can have different impacts, and it is critical to practice appropriate usage.

Will U Be Mine (victim)?

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s important to be aware of the increased threat of ransomware attacks. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts a victim’s files. Here are a few steps you can take to protect yourself and your organization from ransomware on Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Navigating Supply Chain Issues in IT

Recently, working in the IT industry has been challenging. From major layoffs in tech to processor and microprocessor supply chain shortages, maintaining a secure network and infrastructure is becoming increasingly difficult. Networking equipment has been hit the hardest, with no manufacturer remaining immune. Regardless, operations cannot stop due to supply chain shortfalls. In this article, we will explore a few strategies that Vancord utilizes to overcome supply chain issues, backups, and delays.

Are Hackers Targeting Your School?

K-12 networks and the vast amount of personal data they store can be an inviting target for black-hat hackers.  With the onslaught of shrinking municipal budgets coupled with over-worked or reduced IT staff, network security best practices can sometimes take a back seat on the proverbial technology bus.
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Growing Up Online Part 2: Exploring Technology

The ever-changing cyber world poses risks for children. It is critical to ensure they are using technology appropriately. As a parent, how do I address these concerns with my child, and are there any preventative measures I can take?

Data Privacy Day 2023

Data Privacy Day is an international effort to highlight the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust. It is also a time to assess the privacy risk that your organization is carrying. In this article, we will explore the impact of changing privacy laws and regulations on your operation, consumer trust, and the future of data collection and use.

WiFi 6, 6E & Multigig – How Can E-Rate Help?

Today’s classrooms and libraries depend on fast, reliable Internet bandwidth to provide essential education and communication needs. Read on to learn how the E-rate program supports schools and libraries and the 4 key areas that may require upgrades to keep up with the demand for faster service.
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Threat Hunting with Binary Defense

With the emerging cybersecurity threat landscape, it’s increasingly important to have a Security Operations Center (SOC) that can recognize and respond to attacks in an efficient manner. Understanding what attackers are thinking and how they plan to use malware ensures that as these new threats emerge, a defense against them is also being built.

Top 10 Tips Before You Call the Help Desk

It’s shaping up to be a typical morning at work when all of a sudden, your email freezes. When quitting Outlook doesn’t help, you try and load your mail in a web browser. That fails to connect as well. Panic ensues.
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E-Rate & School Reimbursement Funding

Managing and funding the operations of internet infrastructure in schools can be a difficult task. The Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries, better known as E-Rate, exists to help make it easier for these entities to get the equipment and services they need at an affordable price.
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2022 Security Year in Review

As we near the end of 2022, the team at Vancord looks back on their security predictions, shares optimism about the future of the cybersecurity and information technology industries, and encourages you to focus on the fundamentals for the upcoming year.
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eWallets: Approaching a Contactless Future

In recent years, purchasing methods of consumers have drastically changed. Relative to the security space, the introduction of Electronic Wallets (eWallets) and the need for convenience and safety has become crucial.
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Vancord Featured in The Channel Company’s 2022 Next-Gen Solution Provider Leaders List

We are pleased to share that earlier this year, Vancord was named by CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, on the 2022 Security 100, Tech Elite 250, and MSP 500 lists.