Spring Cleaning is part of Cyber Security Best Practices

Client Cyber Security advice #3

Dear valued clients and parnters,

As your IT company, it is our honor to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of your network. In order to achieve this, we recommend that you schedule time to review and delete any old apps, programs, or files that are deemed unnecessary for business use.*1 For the best cyber security practices SofTouch Systems suggests at the very minimum quarterly clean ups but considering the amount of time it takes to detect a security breach, review as often as possible.

These unnecessary files take up space on your hard drive, slowing down your systems and potentially causing issues with different hardware or software over time. By regularly reviewing and removing unnecessary files, you can improve the performance of your systems, as well as ensure that important files are easily accessible.

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Also, keeping your systems free of unnecessary files will also improve your networks cyber security. Old programs and files that are no longer supported or updated can be a security risk, because they most likely will not have the latest security updates. So, deleting these files, you can reduce the risk of cyber attacks and data breaches. In 2022, 22 Billion records were exposed and the costs accrued from those beaches are expecting to be an upwards of 40B worldwide.

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Per AP News “The FBI, CISA, and the DHHS have seized the website of a prolific ransomware gang that has heavily targeted hospitals and other health care providers. The website of the group, known as “Hive”, was offline Thursday. It was not immediately clear how the seizure, disclosed in a take-down notice on the gang’s dark-web web page, will affect its long-term operations.

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Last year said Hive ransomware actors victimized over 1,300 companies worldwide, receiving approximately $100M in ransom payments. The ransomware gang targeted a wide range of businesses and critical infrastructure sectors. Their attacks included government facilities, critical manufacturing companies, but leaned heavily towards health care and public health.” (The largest generation is the one going out the door now, the boomers. The healthcare industry as a whole will be a very, very big target over the next 20 years.)

“The cost of a breach in the healthcare industry went up 42% since 2020. For the 12th year in a row, healthcare had the highest average data breach cost of any industry.”


We understand that reviewing and deleting unnecessary files can be time-consuming, but it is a necessary task to ensure the optimal performance and best cyber security for your networks. And spring cleaning isn’t just for your home, your files need it too. So, if you need assistance or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your support team.

Thank you for your continued business. We appreciate your efforts in maintaining the security of your systems.

Sincerely, SofTouch Systems

1* All client and partner accounts will have this customer service option included in your service plans.

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