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With the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting communities across the US and the globe, more companies than ever are embracing telecommuting as a way to keep their businesses up and running during this uncertain time. The scramble to provide access to email, shared files, and maintain typical workflows can be daunting. But one of the most critical factors of remote work that a company should not overlook is the security of their data. Outside of the confines of your office’s secured network, new threats are posed to your confidential information.
The digital transformation has impacted every aspect of our lives, and that includes the way we do business. Unless you’re a group of neighborhood kids selling lemonade from a stand on your sidewalk, your company is at risk from cyber threats that can result in grave consequences. Responsible business owners are well aware of how important it is to mitigate these risks and protect themselves and their data against these threats. However, implementing a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy can be extremely challenging. Thankfully, there are a few key elements that all effective protection strategies have in common.
Since cybersecurity is a critical issue that will span your entire company, it must start at the highest levels. Your strategy should have a mandate from the senior level team members to ensure everyone is on board and knows how critical cybersecurity is to your organization. A high-ranking senior member of your company should be the lead, someone who has the authority to make important decisions and implement them. Ideally, you’ll have someone in a role such as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in charge of your security strategy, as they’ll have a solid understanding of both the needs of your company as well as the areas of risk and resources necessary to secure them.
Thankfully, phishing attacks are preventable, as nearly all email attacks require the recipient to physically click on a link or open an attachment. Cybersecurity provider Proofpoint’s ‘2019 Human Factor’ report states 99 percent of all cyberattacks relied on human interaction to execute. You can avoid becoming a victim through your actions—don’t click on a link or open an attachment in a phishing email. Here are some red flags to help you detect phishing scams:
Cybercrime shows no signs of slowing down, so it’s imperative that businesses take measures to protect their networks. However, many still fail to do so, despite the obvious and well-publicized risks. A plethora of companies don’t bother to implement basic defense measures to protect themselves from common cyber threats, such as malware, phishing, man-in-the-middle attacks, distributed denial-of-service, SQL injections, and zero-day exploits. Employees also shoulder a share of the blame by not complying with best practices when it comes to their passwords.
Despite the high cost of a cyberattack, many organizations continue to ignore a major security vulnerability that can pose a serious threat to their data: their printers. Modern printers have evolved into powerful solutions that can have a tremendous impact on workflows by automating manual tasks. These smart devices are essentially networked computers that serve as file servers in many workplaces. Like any other networked device, your printers must be protected against unauthorized access to keep your sensitive data out of the wrong hands. However, printers are commonly overlooked when it comes to security. According to a survey by Spiceworks, 43 percent of companies ignore printers in their endpoint security approach.
Ransomware is a scourge that’s been plaguing businesses and organizations over the past few years. It’s a form of malware, malicious software that encrypts your files or system, denying you access to them. The attacker demands money—a ransom, if you will—in exchange for restoring access to your data. These crimes are more common than you might think; according to cybersecurity provider Symantec, there were more than 1,200 ransomware detections each day in 2017.
Odds are, your company is more likely than not to be targeted by cybercriminals, according to “The State of Endpoint Security Today,” an independent study of 2,700 mid-sized companies in 10 countries sponsored by Sophos. According to this study, 54 percent of organizations polled were victims of ransomware in 2017. For many of those businesses, the damage can be debilitating.
Companies of all sizes rely on IT to do business. Unfortunately for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), it’s usually cost-prohibitive to have their own in-house IT team to support this technology. That’s why so many outsource the management of their IT to a third-party provider through Managed IT services. But it’s about much more than money—the benefits of partnering with a Managed IT services provider extend beyond your budget.
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