Cybersecurity should be on every business’ front burner. Hackers aren’t letting up and we’ve seen some high profile and very serious attacks recently. Attacks on SolarWinds, Microsoft Exchange and Colonial Pipeline garnered headlines around the world. If criminals can breach those large enterprises, how does an SMB stand a chance?
Start with these essential and proactive steps:
- Application control
- Application patching
- User application hardening
- Restriction of administrative privileges
- Patching operating systems
- Multi-factor authentication
- Daily backups stored offsite and tested regularly
Security Awareness Practices
This means training your employees in security awareness protocols. Training initiatives should also include the executives in the organization — everyone must participate in closing the gaps in your human cybersecurity shield. Regular phishing training and testing will keep users on their toes when it comes to recognizing scam emails. Regular risk assessments help ensure that cybersecurity practices are properly disseminated throughout the organization and will help identify security gaps.
Protect your Remote Work Force
The rapid shift to remote work left a lot of firms with cybersecurity gaps. While businesses worked to plug those gaps, they started realize that remote work wasn’t going away. Even though some employees are returning to the office, some have continued to work remotely. Businesses should apply the same remote proper cyber hygiene while at home or on the road — for employees who have started to travel again. Here are steps you can take right now to protect your remote work force from wherever they are.
- Secure passwords and other data as you would in the office
- Increase the required complexity of passwords
- Make sure all devices are up-to-date and running the latest versions of all software
- Make sure your Wi-Fi network is secure and do not use open/free public Wi-Fi
- Confirm your Wi-Fi requires a password
- Use company-issued devices and systems
- Do not use personal devices for work purposes
- Use multi-factor authentication for secure access – trust and verify
Contact ACE IT Solutions at 646.558.6358 to schedule a complimentary cybersecurity assessment. We will assess your systems to discover gaps in your cybersecurity program, to ensure you can prevent and recover quickly from disruptions. We can also help you put in place essential security measures, including security awareness training, to be sure you are doing everything you can to protect your business and ensure continuity.