September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, which Homeland Security promotes as “a good opportunity to assess your emergency preparedness.”

While general preparedness is essential to getting through an emergency related to a natural disaster, the same is true of preparing for a cyber-related event, such as data theft, phishing or a ransomware attack.

What does this mean for businesses?

  • Schedule a cybersecurity review/assessment with your technology partner to identify gaps in your current cybersecurity practices.
  • Be sure that all operating systems are kept up to date.
  • Remind employees about cybersecurity awareness, phishing and their role as part of the human cybersecurity shield.
  • Do a password review — Use strong passwords that are 12 characters or longer. Change passwords monthly. Use a password manager.
  • Install two-factor authentication.
  • Backup all data offsite on a regular basis and test those backups to be sure they are working.
  • Check to ensure antivirus solutions, malware, and firewalls are up to date.

ACE IT Solutions offers a comprehensive suite of customizable cybersecurity services to meet your organization’s specific risk profile and compliance needs. We’ve structured our cybersecurity program to stay ahead of — and effectively respond to — cyber threats and their diverse, multi-faceted attacks.​ Please call Warren Finkel at 646.558.6358 or Kelly Bruce at 646.808.2794 to schedule an introduction and free, no-obligation, preliminary assessment.

Read the Homeland Security Alert here.

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