Top Ways to Protect Your Business From IT Security Risks during the COVID-19 Crisis
During the current crisis caused by COVID-19, IT Security has never been more important to your business. Today, cyber crime is more than a potential threat facing your business. It’s an unavoidable force of nature and has became ever worse due to the COVID-19 crisis.
It’s like preparing for hurricanes, earthquakes or any type of natural or man-made disaster that could create business survival and growth issues. It is the same thing with a digital cyber-event.For many of us, it’s easy to imagine these kinds of things happening to someone else and not us. The problem is that cyber criminals go after everyone ans especially now in a time of crisis.
IT security will be an area perhaps overlooked now with so many remote workers in Ireland and globally.
Hackers and cyber criminals will find ever more opportunities to breach IT security with home networks being more easy to circumvent and even lack of strong antivirus software, firewall or lack of IT Administrator control over downloads from home laptops, encryption or 2 factor authentication. To name but a few overlooked security measures for remote working. Cyber criminals cast a wide net because that gets results through relaxed or a lack of IT security policies during a crisis like COVID-19.
How seriously do I need to take the so called IT security threat during COVID-19?
Our team at Cinnte believes you should be taking this very seriously. We work closely with tech companies like Google & Microsoft who advise and research trends and keep up to date with their findings.
Indeed senior sources at Microsoft have said in recent times including Roger Grimes, that eventually every business will be hacked & that every company is completely and utterly owned by a nefarious hacker or easily could be.
Irish SME owners and senior management in Ireland might imagine that they are immune from cyber attacks or IT security breaches. This is a wrong assumption to have, however. You may be if the view that, ‘we don’t have enough cash to justify some faceless hacker’s effort.’ We would all be be wrong to think this way.
The reality is around half of cyber-attacks go after small businesses. These don’t really get reported by the media. They’re not as flashy as a cyber-attack against a big bank or retailer. But it’s the attacks against small businesses that do the most damage. One 2016 study found that 60% of small businesses hit with a cyber-attack closed within six months.
What proactive cost effective things can I do as a business decision maker to keep my company’s data secure during the COVID-19 crisis & beyond?
Thankfully, it’s not all bad news. While some business owners have no clue what cyber security they have in place, others are looking for ways to shore up their businesses. There are steps you can take to keep the bad guys out.
Two of the best ways to do that are to simply keep all your software up-to-date and keep your team educated about the threats.
The two most likely reasons you will get exploited are due to unpatched software or a social engineering event where someone is tricked into installing something they shouldn’t that may look legit but is actually ransomeware.
How can you keep your software up-to-date?
You can actually automate a lot of it. There are several easy-to-use tools built just for this to increase your IT security.
Many of them also let you manage your software across your entire network from one set location. Say goodbye to jumping around and coordinating updates. Even better, there are many platforms capable of updating themselves. You just want to keep a close eye on them.
Do I need an enhanced company wide policy for IT Security during COVID-19?
It’s always a good idea to put strong company policies in place aroudn IT security and common useage. You want to be clear about your security and help inform employees about the dangers posed by malicious files and e-mails, among other things. Take time to educate them on the threats that are out there. And keep the education ongoing, because the threats are ongoing. The bad guys are always looking for new ways to break in.
And don’t forget about accountability. Keep the conversation going and talk to your employees about what they know about cyber security. Some businesses go so far as including cyber security training in their onboarding. Education is everything.
What else can I do to improve my IT security that is going to be easy to implement & economical?
Finally, you MUST partner with a highly trained, security-focused managed service provider or other Managed Services IT provider.
They must be dedicated to keeping you protected from these constant threats. Some businesses try to do it on their own only to realize they don’t have the resources. Others think they need an entire in-house IT team to handle all of these threats.
But the fact is, by outsourcing the work, you save money while keeping out the bad guys optimizing key parts of your network and software. It’s a win/win. It’s all about being proactive. When you have a group of experts working every day behind the scenes, IT security stays top of mind in your organization, whether you’re thinking about it or not. Really, it’s one less thing you have to stress about.
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