How IT managed services can stop Hackers damaging your business
Updated: Mar 21
Are you an easy target for hackers as a small business owner:
You, the owner or managaing director of a small business, are under attack. We as an IT Managed Services Provider, want to alert businesses to these real risks and help stop them. This can be done with adequate IT security measures and IT managed services.
Right now, dangerous, well-funded cybercrime rings in China, Russia and the Ukraine are using high-end software. They are using it to hack into thousands of small businesses like yours. We recently wrote about the dark web and the risks cyber criminals pose to small businesses here.
They do this to steal credit cards and client information, and swindle money directly out of your bank account. In fact, it was reported last year by Silicon Republic that cyber crime is growing faster in Ireland than anywhere else in the world- frigtening news!
Don’t think you’re in danger because you’re “small” and not a big target like a J.P. Morgan or Home Depot?
Think again. 82,000 NEW malware threats are being released every single day and HALF of the cyber-attacks occurring are aimed at small businesses.
You just don’t hear about it because it’s kept quiet for fear of attracting bad PR, lawsuits and data-breach fines.
What can your IT Managed Services Provider do for you to prevent being hacked:
We can do a number of key hacking and security preventative measures or advise you on how on best practice or implement measures for you.
1. Strong Password Policies: So many people are still using easy-to-guess passwords like “password” or other words or phrases. Guess what: hackers have sophisticated software programs that can try to log in to your PC, account, web site, etc. This at the rate of 8 million login attempts per SECOND.
If your password is easy, they’re in. Your password should contain at least 8 characters, uppercase and lowercase letters, a number and a symbol (! or #, for example). We can also install two-factor authentication to make dual login necessary for users periodically. We can also put a system in place whereby we ensure passwords must be updated at least monthly.
2• Install a “unified threat management” (UTM) system. Firewalls and antivirus aren’t enough to stop the sophisticated tools hackers now have. A UTM allows an IT administrator to monitor and manage a wide variety of security-related applications and devices to make sure you’re protected on all fronts.
3. Cyber Awareness Training for your employees- Educating employees is crucial for any small business in terms of their IT useage. An IT useage policy is highly advised by us at Cinnte Technologies.
Employees clicking on phishing e-mails or downloading virus-laden files is still the #1 way hackers gain access to and control of business networks.
Therefore, you need to outline an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) that details what employees can and cannot do with company-owned devices, files, software, etc. Plus, you need to make them aware of how to spot a phishing e-mail or attack so they can avoid it altogether.
Do you want to learn more about IT managed services, security and how to stop your IT systems being hacked?:
We want to help you to achieve ultimate security for your IT and your business. We have over 20 years’ Security and disaster recovery among our team here at Cinnte. You can sign up for a free Network security assessment here with one of our senior Engineers. All you need to do is fill out our Network Assessment form.