Cybercrime is a serious risk, which is why you need to make cybersecurity a priority. A password is often the first line of defense. But a password alone isn’t enough to protect your business’s sensitive data.
Why? Because passwords are created by people and are easy to crack. We all know somebody who uses the same password over and over again or scribbles passwords on post-it notes to jog their memory. This is a data breach waiting to happen. For real peace of mind, you should consider two-factor authentication.
This adds an extra layer of security, making your data much harder to access. Of course, two-factor authentication is not the only solution. Security is a multi-layered approach. Here are a few more things to consider:
A necessary component in every network is a Business Class firewall with security software that is continuously monitoring traffic. As a bonus, you can also block your employees from accessing social media, gaming sites, etc.
You will need Antivirus and Antimalware software on each computer and server in your business.
Implement separate WiFi networks for devices that can’t be protected, like Google Home, Alexa and other IoT (Internet of Things) equipment. Something as simple as your NEST thermostat is a potential risk to your business. Yes, someone has figured out how to hack a NEST thermostat.
Security software is critical and often overlooked. Security software monitors your computers, servers and the network for malicious traffic. Once found, a SOC (Security Operations Center) responds, in order to slow and stop the spread.
SPAM filters that scan your email before it comes to your computer not only suppress those annoying spam emails, but can also stop that virus from intruding.
Last, but certainly not least, is a security training solution for you and your staff. It teaches them what to look for in suspicious emails and when to delete them. These training systems will also send fake phishing emails to see how your staff reacts without damage.
As you can see, the days of installing Antivirus software are long gone. You must have a layered security approach. With the increasing use of remote workers, we are now bringing in other private unsecured networks into the environment, further increasing the risk. QCBN
By Theo Soumilas
For additional information or to schedule an appointment to assist your business with a Cyber Crime defense program, call 928-719-7724 or visit northernazit.com.
Theo Soumilas is the owner of Northern Arizona IT servicing the Quad Cities, Phoenix and Northern Arizona.