And just like that, another year has come and gone. With the excitement of 2018 upon us, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the topics that mattered most to you. From data breaches to upcoming mandates, we hope you’ve enjoyed reading the BARR blog.

We’re looking forward to providing you with even more topics related to IT security and compliance. But in the meantime, enjoy reviewing our six most popular blog posts from 2017:

1. 4 Keys to Better Defend Healthcare Data Against Ransomware
With cyberattacks threatening lives and poaching profits, healthcare providers have an obligation to cut cybersecurity risks. Until they do, breaches will continue to grow in frequency and severity. Industry leaders can take these four steps to keep their systems secure.

2. How To Ease Executives’ Concerns About Moving To The Cloud
Today, 93 percent of organizations use cloud services, according to McAfee, and 80 percent of their IT budgets will soon be devoted to cloud computing. Despite the obvious and long-standing movement toward the cloud, some executives still fear off-site IT.

3. What Security Roles Should SaaS Providers Have on Their Teams?
Hackers know that crime pays when it comes to cloud data breaches. Unfortunately, they also know that plenty of SaaS providers and their clients are wholly unprepared to prevent attacks.

4. A Quick and Dirty Guide to GDPR Compliance
Set a reminder: On May 25, 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation directive from the European Union will go into effect. By following these straightforward strategies, companies can prepare themselves to be as compliant as possible, safeguard EU data, and avoid losing chunks of their revenue in the bargain.

5. How CFOs Can Partner With CISOs to Strengthen Cybersecurity
Preventing and mitigating breaches is the CISO’s job. But a CISO’s stated responsibilities and real duties rarely align. CFOs, in particular, need to realize that the CISO’s job isn’t to keep a particular financial figure in the black. It’s to prevent a catastrophe — and, if one occurs, to mitigate it — thereby keeping the entire company’s financial figures from running red.

6. New Whitepaper: With the Cloud Comes Great Responsibility — and ROI
Organizations are storing more data in the cloud than ever before. Perhaps unsurprisingly, malicious actors are also working harder than ever to access that data. That’s why we developed our latest whitepaper, “With the Cloud Comes Great Responsibility — and ROI.”

Didn’t see a topic covered you’d like to know more about? Email us at info@barradvisory.com, and let us know what interests you.