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Cybersecurity is a Multi-Tiered Process

Cybersecurity is a Multi-Tiered Process

Effective cybersecurity requires more than a cheap firewall and the outdated anti-virus software that came with your workstation. Protecting confidential and proprietary information demands multiple layers of security. Here’s how a multi-tiered approach to cybersecurity can mitigate the risk of a data breach.

Cybersecurity Is Critical for Rapid City Businesses

Cybersecurity protection should consist of multiple layers, the goal of which is to create a series of barriers slowing to prevent cybercriminal’s access to your network. As in the case with most criminals, the more difficult you make it for them, the more likely they will move on. Your goal should be to ensure your business is as hardened as possible. 

Cybercriminals are nothing if not creative and persistent, and while they expect some level of resistance, they also know that most businesses don’t fully invest in cybersecurity. Most of them expect to find a firewall and some form of antivirus software, certainly not a wide range of protections in place.

Fortunately, your business can be as clever and persistent as the cybercriminals who are targeting you when you invest in comprehensive cybersecurity. The ‘multiple layers’ approach is the best way to do this. Some cybersecurity practices you should employ include:

  1. Protecting your credentials using 2FA (two-factor authentication). 2FA is useful because it requires (as the name suggests) two forms of identification. The identification needed will be a combination of at least two out of three different factors:
    • Something you know: a password or PIN.
    • Something you own: a security key or your smartphone.
    • Something you are (biometrics): facial recognition or a fingerprint.
  2. 2FA is an effective cybersecurity method because it is challenging for a bad actor to bypass the verification process. Since most successful cyberattacks are made possible due to stolen credentials via phishing, 2FA is one of the best tactics you can utilize to protect your data and identity.

  3. Segregation & minimal user access: By only allowing your team, vendors, and clients minimum access to your data, you reduce opportunities for stolen credentials to be used to venture deeper into your systems. Access control works by keeping users and data within specific and separate “buckets.”

    For example, there is little reason a front line worker needs access to confidential  consumer information. Locking down information so only those who need it have access limits a lot of risk.

  4. The more sensitive the data, the more exclusive access should be, with the most robust cybersecurity protocols. Effective access control will have most users within the largest bucket, with only a select few within the smallest bucket.

  5. Follow best practices when backing up your data: These practices are encapsulated in the 3-2-1 method: You should have at least three copies of your data, stored in at least two different places (as in infrastructures), with one copy offsite. Moreover, each backup should have different credentials and access controls, reducing a cybercriminal's ability to gain access in the event of a credential compromise. As an extra protection level for your backup, you should consider 2FA, or utilizing a security key in addition to a password.

  6. Buff up your Email protections: As we noted earlier, Email phishing is a popular tactic to accomplish a data breach. As such, it is the primary method cybercriminals use to trick your team members into sharing their credentials or breaking protocol. As with all things cybersecurity, the best practice is to prevent the opportunity from presenting itself in the first place. This is where security awareness training, spam protection and content filtering comes into play. 

  7. Email phishing protection increases your team’s productivity by reducing the amount of malicious email that clutters their mailbox. In today’s environment, it’s essential to preventing ransomware attacks. By reducing the number of suspicious emails that reach your team, you limit a team member's opportunity to be tricked and expose your systems to attack.

    When you add content filtering into the mix, you prevent your team from visiting suspect websites, which can infect your system with malware. Content filtering also reduces productivity issues by preventing your team from accessing inappropriate websites during work hours.

It’s Time South Dakota Businesses Focus On Cybersecurity

With ransomware on everyone’s mind, businesses ‘in the know’ are focusing on cybersecurity to mitigate business risk and doing so requires access to effective security tools and the expertise to use them. This is where KT Connections shines; not only do we understand the exploits cybercriminals use, we know how to close them. 

However, the real value of partnering with us is that we can combine various services in one personalized solution designed for your business needs.

Are you sure your network is secure? Call KT Connections today at 888-891-4201 to schedule a free assessment and find out for sure.

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