Cybersecurity (or rather, the lack of a solid cybersecurity strategy) has been a major issue for small businesses and organizations over the past few years, and it’s only getting more important that business owners and management are aware of the risks and take the proper steps to prevent and mitigate cyberattacks. The truth is, it doesn’t matter how many employees you have or how much revenue you generate. If you have computers, and you store sensitive or personal information, you are a worthy target for cybercriminals.
Is Your Business Taking Cybersecurity Seriously?
As ransomware attacks, targeted phishing attacks, and data breaches hit both personal and professional users, targeting businesses large and small, organizations are becoming increasingly aware that they should do something. The question is; exactly what should they do to protect their data? For some users, the first and often only thing they do is renew the outdated antivirus subscription that came preinstalled with their PC.
If you're ready to treat cybersecurity as a threat to your business, here are three ways investing in Managed IT can boost your cybersecurity.
- 1. Phishing Training and Simulated Phishing Attacks: Cybersecurity is often successful due to your team's failure to recognize a suspicious email as an attack. The majority of your team may not be tech-savvy, and their own experiences will limit their level of expertise. If we have learned anything from the increase in the remote workforce, the average user isn't following best cybersecurity practices. Cybercriminals know this too, and that is why they target the weakest link in your business' security chain: your team.
The overwhelming majority of successful cyberattacks were made possible due to human error and often involves a person clicking a link, opening or downloading a file, or sharing something they shouldn't have. An email phishing attack is the weapon of choice by this generation of bad actors due to its high probability of success.
Even with the most sophisticated technology installed, all it will take is a team member to fall for a phishing attempt and share their credentials for you to lose access to your data. For these reasons, phishing training must be a priority and an essential part of your cybersecurity plan.
- 2. UTM Solution: A UTM solution, aka a Unified Threat Management solution (also known as a Next Generation Firewall), is a unique device in that it combines several cybersecurity services into one managed and comprehensive resource. Individually, these services are indispensable in helping to protect your business from cyberattacks, but when combined, they create a nearly impenetrable wall of data security. A UTM solution combines:
- Unified Threat Protection – Unified Threat Protection bundles are a basic suite of security services designed to extend your security infrastructure past the baseline of traditional firewalling. This entails 24x7 support, along with App Control, Intrusion Prevention, Advanced Malware Protection, Web Filtering, and AntiSpam.
- Enterprise Protection – Extend enterprise-grade protection to small and mid-sized businesses with services like Security Rating Services, Industrial Controls ideal for manufacturers, & services that detect unknown Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
- 360 Protection – This suite of advanced security intelligence services includes everything from App Control Service, intrusion prevention, web filtering, AntiSpam, advanced malware defenses, and much, much more. Ideal for businesses looking towards digital transformation thanks to the 360 Protection bundle’s many cloud features focused on Secure SD-WAN, management, and analytics services.
Finally, the content filter blocks inappropriate content or suspicious websites from being accessible by your team. This, in turn, prevents team members from inadvertently downloading malicious content if they visit a disreputable website. These features are only going to work for you if they are managed, monitored, and taken care of regularly.
- 3. Backup and Data Recovery: A BDR (Backup and Disaster Recovery) solution is an essential tool in your cybersecurity toolbox. With a BDR in place, you can resist and recover from nearly any type of data loss, including those caused by ransomware or the natural disasters caused by South Dakota's extreme weather. For example, backing up to OneDrive can help your team prepare for the winter weather. It's fair to say with the uncertainty surrounding the business environment, particularly with the increasing rate of ransomware attacks, backups leave your business secure.
Don’t Underestimate the Value Managed IT Brings to Your Business
Managed IT is more than "tech support"; it is a holistic way of thinking about business technology. Managed IT strives to consider how each piece of equipment benefits (or hinders) your productivity and bottom line. When it comes to cybersecurity, any gap in your security exposes your business to cyberattacks and the professional and legal ramifications that stem from having a data breach.
Organizations that treat cybersecurity as a "set it and forget it" process are setting themselves up for failure. At $10,000 per incident, very few organizations can afford to experience a data breach. Fortunately, your organization doesn't have to.
KT Connections is Rapid City's cybersecurity expert. As a South Dakota business ourselves, we are uniquely qualified to provide your business with the technical advice it needs because we've been in your shoes. Call 888-891-4201 today to learn more about Managed IT and request a cybersecurity audit. A cybersecurity audit is an effective method to measure your business' cybersecurity level and understand what you can do to reduce the chance of a cyberattack.