How To Protect Your Data
Cybersecurity technology starts with antivirus software. Antivirus, as its name implies, is designed to detect, block, and remove viruses and malware. Modern antivirus software can protect against ransomware, keyloggers, backdoors, rootkits, trojan horses, worms, adware, and spyware. Some products are designed to detect other threats, such as malicious URLs, phishing attacks, social engineering techniques, identity theft, and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
A network firewall is also essential. Firewalls are designed to monitor incoming and outgoing network traffic based on a set of configurable rules—separating your secure internal network from the Internet, which is not considered secure. Firewalls are typically deployed as an appliance on your network and in many cases offer additional functionality, such as a virtual private network (VPN) for remote workers.
Patch management is an important consideration as well. Cybercriminals design their attacks around vulnerabilities in popular software products such as Microsoft Office or Adobe Flash Player. As vulnerabilities are exploited, software vendors issue updates to address them. As such, using outdated versions of software products can expose your business to security risks. There are a variety of solutions available that can automate patch management.
Recent studies have reported that weak passwords are at the heart of the rise in cyber theft, causing 76% of data breaches. To mitigate this risk, businesses should adopt password management solutions for all employees. Many people have a document that contains all of their password information in one easily accessible file—this is unsafe and unnecessary. There are many secure password management apps available today. These tools allow users to keep track of all your passwords, and if any of your accounts are compromised you can change all of your passwords quickly.
Data encryption is also an important consideration. Encrypting hard drives ensures that data will be completely inaccessible, for example, if a laptop is stolen.
Essential Cybersecurity Training Programs for SMBs
One of the biggest cybersecurity threats often comes from the users inside a company. A lack of training often spells doom for any company. As trusted IT advisors, we have the responsibility to ensure our clients are protected from top to bottom from all threats. A great place to start is to ask us about regular IT security training & best practices for your team members.
These measures protect against a wide array of cyberattacks. However, because threats like ransomware are always evolving, security solutions are just one part of an effective defense strategy. You also need solutions in place that enable you to return to operations quickly if you do suffer a cyber attack. Data protection technologies are an essential second layer of defense against cybercrime. There’s no single product available today that will solve every cybersecurity problem. It takes many technologies and processes to provide comprehensive risk and security management. Instead, with IT Managed Services our team continually check their systems for vulnerabilities. If your organization needs IT assistance and could benefit from a layered security approach please contact us.