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8 Tips for Improving Your Business’ Security Posture

Cybersecurity doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated, but it must be given the proper attention. Security is no longer an optional service. It should be woven into every aspect of a business’ technology infrastructure and it requires attention on every level — from employees to c-level executives.

Implement these simple strategies to help protect your business from damaging security breaches.

  1. Promote a security aware culture 
    All employees, everyone with access to your technology, should be thinking about cybersecurity. Management should advocate for a cyber security culture that ranges across the entire organization.
  2. Keep technology up-to-date
    Hackers will exploit weaknesses wherever they can find them. It is crucial to stay on top of software and operating system updates.
  3. Backup, backup, backup
    Current (and regularly tested!) backups will save your business in the event of a ransomware attack. This is a business’ secret to recovering from a cyber attack.
  4. Limit admin access
    Employees should only have access to data and technology on an as-needed basis. Limit administrative access on employee devices and the applications your business uses.
  5. Use a modern firewall
    A firewall is usually your first line of defense from hackers. Next gen firewalls deeply inspect traffic for unusual behavior, malware, and can protect your users through content filtering.
  6. Use anti-virus, anti-malware solutions
    Modern anti-virus and anti-malware solutions help to protect your business against the latest viruses by using analytical and monitoring tools to identify suspicious network activity before it can harm your network. Use managed firewall solutions for the most reliable protection.
  7. Stay on top of emerging threats
    Knowing your enemy requires learning as much as you can about the new types of cybersecurity threats as they emerge. Threat intelligence is a key component to a holistic cybersecurity program.
  8. Passwords, passwords, password
    Password protect all mobile devices as well as Wi-Fi networks. Use strong passwords that can’t be easily guessed by hackers. Require password changes on a regular basis — every 90 days at the most.

Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework

Check out our Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework for more details on developing a robust cyber risk management program.

Contact ACE IT Solutions at 646.558.6358 to find cybersecurity gaps and vulnerabilities in your organization. We have all the tools you need to properly protect your business, and data, from hackers who want to steal your data.

 

What Businesses Can Learn from British Airways’ Technology Outage

British Airways’ massive technology outage that occurred over Memorial Day weekend is said to cost the airline $68 million and stranded over 75,000 people. The outage involved a power surge on Saturday morning that hit the airline’s flight, baggage and communication systems and left the airline scrambling to bring systems back online and appease frustrated customers. British Airways is… Continue Reading

ACE IT Solutions Recognized for Excellence in Managed Security Services

New York, NY,  February 15, 2017 – ACE IT Solutions announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named ACE IT Solutions to its 2017 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Managed Security 100 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed IT… Continue Reading

How to Test your Disaster Recovery Plan

It should not take an outage to compel your business to evaluate its business continuity and response strategy.  One should be in place long before disaster strikes.     The beginning of the year is a good time to test your disaster recovery / business continuity plan. (And put one into place if you haven’t yet.)… Continue Reading

ACE IT Solutions Nominated For 4 Prestigious 2016 HFMWeek Technology Awards

ACE IT Solutions is proud to announce that we have been nominated for several prestigious HFMWeek US Technology awards, rewarding excellence in hedge fund technology: Best Infrastructure Provider Best IT Consultancy Service Best IT Service for Small and Start-up Firms Best Security Solution The HFMWee​k 2016 US Technology Awards recognize and reward hedge fund technology providers as well… Continue Reading

Big Banks Spending Big Bucks to Fight Cyber Crime

The biggest banks in the U.S. are responding to the cyber crime epidemic by beefing up their cybersecurity programs to defend the financial industry. It is no secret that cyber criminals are winning. It is estimated that cyber attacks cost businesses as much as $400 billion a year, which includes direct damage plus post-attack disruption to the… Continue Reading

Data Backup or Disaster Recovery — Which is the best choice for your business?

What is the different between data backup and disaster recovery?  We get this question a lot from clients looking to find the balance between their budget requirements and making sure they can access their data and technology whenever they need it. Data Backup  Data backup is a necessity. Non-optional. Every businesses must have it. Data backup… Continue Reading

Questions to Ask Your Managed Services Provider About Cybersecurity

Can you trust your Managed Services Provider with your organization’s cybersecurity? Some businesses are lagging in cybersecurity protection because they cannot find a security professional with up-to-date security skills. The ever-changing nature of the cybersecurity threat landscape makes securing business’ infrastructures a struggle for CIOs. Often, cybersecurity measures are left to the managed services provider to… Continue Reading

Global Assoication of Risk Professionals Focus on Cybersecurity

Warren Finkel, Managing Partner of ACE IT Solutions, was recently featured in an article addressing cybersecurity for Risk Professionals. According to the article, “Regulators in the financial services sector have put cyber security front and center on their list of priorities.” In fact, a St. Louis-based investment advisor was recently charged with failing to ensure the… Continue Reading

SEC OCIE’s 2015 Cybersecurity Examination Initiative

On September 15, 2015, The SEC has issued another Risk Alert that addresses the SEC’s cyber security examination initiative. The key take away is that OCIE staff will continue its focus on cyber security by conducting examinations of registered broker-dealers and investment advisors. In sharing the key focus areas for the Cybersecurity Examination Initiative, the SEC… Continue Reading