As an organization dedicated to supporting businesses of every size in our community, Ann Arbor SPARK has seen first-hand how challenging the rapid shift from onsite work to telework can be during the COVID-19 pandemic. Developing and implementing effective cybersecurity protocols is difficult—even for Fortune 500 companies with a fully staffed IT department—so it’s no surprise that identifying threats and translating cyberspeak to non-tech employees can seem a daunting feat for small businesses on a shoe-string budget.
TechStak, a company that provides personalized matchmaking services between business owners and pre-vetted IT partners, is taking the lead in hosting a series of discussions designed to support the cybersecurity needs of small businesses during the recent global pivot to telework.
“More than ever before, now is a crucial moment to stay connected and informed about the vast security needs of your business,” commented Nicol Pasuit, founder and CEO of TechStak. “Our expertise is in helping businesses find IT and cybersecurity solutions that fit their needs, and we’re translating that knowledge into actionable guidance that ameliorates challenges in the transition to telework.”
Collaborating with experts from organizations including the Michigan Small Business Development Center, Cyber Readiness Institute, Cybercrime Support Network, and Clinic IT, TechStak has been hosting live webinars on a bi-monthly basis to guide small businesses in their transition to working remotely. Through these webinars, the TechStak team has shared valuable insight on:
- The most common vulnerabilities for hackers and how to safeguard against them;
- Spotting the real from the fake: phishing, smishing, vishing, and other social engineering attacks;
- Securing the home office with tips on protecting businesses, employees, and critical customer information;
- Emerging COVID-19 scams and new cybercrime support resources; and
- How to prepare, respond, and recover from a ransomware infection.
“Cybersecurity is an especially important and mission-critical issue in the current climate,” said Bill Mayer, vice president of entrepreneurial services at SPARK. “TechStak is connecting local businesses with the resources they need to operate securely, and we’re thrilled to work with organizations like them that support our community by sharing relevant and thoughtful content.”
To ensure that these resources are available to benefit everyone at any time, TechStak has created a dedicated page to house all past webinars for on-demand access as well as a schedule of upcoming sessions. Visit TechStak’s resource hub to learn more about upcoming discussions on newly emerging company cultures, effective leadership during the pandemic, and much more on keeping your business secure and safe.