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82,000 NEW malware threats are being released every day— and they are targeting you, your business and your bank account.
These days, every business is under cyber-attack. Every day, every business. Think you are too small, think again.
Cyber-attacks are big business and they are targeting small and medium sized business more and more. You (and your staff) make it easy pickings for a simple ransomware attack, that without a good business continuity plan, can leave you out of business and left with no choice but to pay the ransom they are demanding.
The best defense is a good offense. Don't wait around to be a victim— instead take a few proactive steps to protect you, your business and your bank account.
It does not cost a lot of money to put protective measures in place, and it is almost always cheaper than the costs of getting hacked. Beyond down time, there is damage to your reputation, fines, lawsuits and costly litigation.
Our approach to protecting you involves:
- Education— First step is to understand how these breaches occur.
- Layered Protection— Simple virus software is no longer enough. You need a more sophisticated approach with multiple layers of protection
- Business Continuity— These days, the most common breach is a Ransomware attack. The best way to recover from this is to use your data continuity solution, restore to before the attack and get back to business (this can be done in minutes instead of days)
- Network Monitoring— Often the suspicious activity will throw up red flags that our monitoring systems will catch, giving us a crucial head start to stopping things before they get started.
We offer a security assessment of your network. It checks over 56 different aspects of your network, inside and out to identify weakness in your setup that could be exploited. We provide you with a compreshensive report with all the details, as well as a summarized action plan to get those issues fixed.
If you have not had an security assessment run on your network within the last 6-12 months, please contact us so we can help you get this done. It is a critical step to keeping your business safe and protected.
AndroPedia Tech Library
As part of our service, it is important to keep our client-partners well informed on IT developments, news, and best practices. Here is just a sampling of typical items from our AndroPediaSM library archive:
5 Cyber Security Features/Protocols Your Business Needs To Protect Against Scammers, Hackers & Cyber Criminals January 21, 2020
Sometimes it sounds like the news and cyber experts are on loop or a broken record. Every day there is a new report about cyber security, threats and the like. But while these stories and warnings may start to seem like white noise in the background, the threats are still here and they are very real.
The upside of all of this coverage and conversation is that business owners are wising up, and with the topic of cyber security taking center stage, users and business owners alike are being more proactive when it comes to protecting and educating themselves.
In the spirit of education we'd like to dive a little deeper into 5 features/protocols you can set up at your office to beef up your IT Security.
Top 5 Cyber Security Features/Protocols
Multi Factor Authentication
This feature is nothing new but it is becoming more and more common across all kinds of accounts. Financial services, email, social media and other applications/accounts are making use of multi or dual factor authentication. Essentially you have a password and second form of identification to prove your identity. Sometimes this is a randomly generated code—think Facebook's code generator.
Another type of multi or dual factor authentication uses biometric data for identity verification. Things like a fingerprint or a retina scan are examples of this type of security measure. In fact, last month we took a look at biometrics, integrated security and banking applications – read more about that here.
An Employee Training Program
Statistically over 80% of all breaches and intrusions occur after an employee error. Clicking a link in an email, downloading a malicious file, visiting an infected website . . . there are so many ways this can happen and most of the time it isn't intentional either. The best way to prevent this from happening is an ongoing security program for yourself and employees. A good program will have a varied focus: compliance standards for personal and customer info (commonly known as pii or personally identifiable information), strategies for recognizing and avoiding email scams, proper security protocols for best practices at the office and more. In 2017 Andromeda recognized this need and released our PII Protection/Cyber Security Training Program.
Business Grade Firewall
A good firewall is your first defense against intrusion. With proper intrusion detection and intrusion prevention settings you arm yourself against cyber criminals and hackers. On top of that, a business grade firewall solution is an important piece of hardware when you want to set up public and private networks. You definitely don't want guests at your building or passersby accessing company documents or networks because of low cyber security protocols.
Regularly Scheduled Updates/Patching
New viruses and threats hit the market every day. On top of that, hackers and criminals discover new vulnerabilities almost as fast as developers can protect against them. This is why keeping up to date and on top of patching and updates is so important. For instance, the WannaCry virus everyone heard so much about this year took advantage of a vulnerability that had already been addressed by a Windows patch. If companies had proactively updated and maintained their updates/patches, they wouldn't have been as vulnerable to an attack.
This ties into both firewall protocols and employee training but of course, the fewer random emails that make it into your employee inboxes, the fewer links and files you need to worry about employee's (or even yourself) clicking on. A professional spam tool can be configured to your liking and can do a whole lot to prevent content from making it to those that might accidentally infect your network. See the photos below for a few examples of emails that we protect clients (outsourcing IT with us in Chicagoland) from on a daily basis:
As always, Andromeda is here to help you protect yourself and your business from these ongoing threats. Take the first step today and sign up for a cyber security audit with our team of experts.
This post appeared first on Andromeda's WeNetwork.com/tech/ats-blog/ web page.