In terms of 2019, there are many cyber threats. Obviously, crypto lockers are well-known, but there are other types attacks, such as malware, phishing, man-in-the-middle-attacks, denial of service, SQL injections, and exploits of zero-day vulnerabilities inside software that most end -users aren’t even aware of, much less equipped to handle.
Cybersecurity is not fixed in one point in time. Instead, cybersecurity is an ongoing initiative.
Training your end users is essential, but you must also invest in vulnerability assessments and finding where you’re vulnerable and detecting the most common threats that you can close out.
It’s very similar to having an alarm system on your home. Most burglars are opportunistic, and so are cybersecurity criminals. They’re seeking the target with the least resistance.
So, if you have even some of the basic things covered and patched, they’re likely going to move on to the next, easier target.
How Can Businesses Protect Themselves from Cyber Threats?
You must start by assessing your cyber vulnerability, and on a constant basis.
Next, you should be remediating those vulnerabilities,
For example, let’s look at your network. When examining your network, you should understand what’s the ‘baseline’ or ‘normal.’ The key is to be able to respond to what’s out the baseline and what’s out of the normal — i.e., abnormal activity.
To achieve this, you need to have a security operation center that is watching your network 24/7, and ready to respond in real time, when a breach may occur.
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You can get many false positives, but you need to be able to respond to those immediately. If you wait until the next day or the day after, that data might be gone.
In this era of high-speed internet where everybody has gigabyte pipes in their office, it doesn’t take long for a cybercriminal to copy all your data and be in and out of your network before you even responded to it.
It’s also very important that you have secure facilities such as a SOC2 compliant data center on-premises or, as is more common now, a secure cloud facility like Azure or AWS. But you should secure those as well (e.g., by using multifactor authentication).
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How Managed IT Helps With Building Cybersecurity Capacity
One of the key things we do in managed IT is cyber policy review. While putting in firewalls and anti-virus software is essential, managing the policy of your company is equally vital.
We work to reduce the attack surface available to cybercriminals (the opportunities the attacker has available to attack you). For example, we reduce your exposure by restricting how many of your employees can access all of your company data. Not every employee needs access to all that data for their job. By reducing that privilege, we reduce your exposure.
This lowers your exposure if and when an attack occurs, and what data they might be able to access depending on how they’ve gotten in.
How to Get Started With Managed IT Security
The best way to start is with a free cyber security assessment.
Companies like Power Consulting will be able to come in give you a point in time snapshot of where you are in terms of your security.
They’ll do a general assessment of your policies, training, physical security of your facilities, external security, etc, and tell you where you stand. Understanding your vulnerability is a vital first step.
Unfortunately, some people would rather not know, but not knowing doesn’t change your cyber posture — you’ll have zero visibility about the problem.
You need to be aware of getting that baseline so you can determine the next steps. They don’t have to be catastrophic or unachievably expensive. In fact, there are basic things that you can do with a cybersecurity policy, a reasonable budget, and a little time and effort that will secure you.
It’s never too late. If you haven’t been breached already — and even if you have — there’s always another breach around the corner. But you can start with cybersecurity now, you don’t have to ramp up tomorrow. You can take one step, and then another.
Start with training your employees and do a network assessment, a vulnerability assessment, and implement a plan. Even if it takes three months, six months, a year, start moving forward.
Don’t wait until you’re breached. At that point, you’ll have to bring in cyber security consultants who will need to tear apart your network at a very high rate to try to remediate what could have easily been preventable — and most breaches are preventable.
Our cyber security team will equip your business to stop cyber threats right away, saving you time, money and energy that you can devote to getting more customers. Reach out to Power Consulting today to get started.
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