In the early days of business networks, an anti-virus software was considered a cybersecurity plan, but today threats are infinitely more sophisticated and are evolving every day. There are approximately 360,000 new malware samples produced every day.
And, at the same time that businesses are faced with needing stronger data security, data privacy regulations are getting more rigorous with fines in the tens of thousands of dollars for a data breach that exposes personal customer information.
Cybersecurity isn’t just a good idea, it’s vital to the continuity of any organization.
70% of organizations believe their security risk increased significantly in 2017. (Prey Nation)
With hackers targeting small and medium sized businesses daily, how do you keep your network safe? Technical Evolutions helps businesses in Olympia Fields, Matteson, Flossmoor and the surrounding areas protect their networks affordably with a multi-layered cybersecurity plan.
There are several points of entry into any data network and a strong security plan addresses them all and layers multiple protections to create an impenetrable shield.
Layered Strategies to Build Strong Cybersecurity
From the human factor to patch management, layered IT security is similar to how your bank protects your money. They don’t just have locks on the door and leave it at that. They’ve got locks, security cameras, alarms, guards, and safes, all that make up a layered approach.
IT security is the same. You want to use several different security measures, each designed for a specific purpose to ensure long-term success in thwarting a multitude of online threats.
Perimeter & Network Security
Your physical network, servers, and router are all part of your perimeter and network security. You want to build a strong wall around your network that’s going to stop as many attacks as possible before they get to your users.
Layers included are:
- Next-Generation Firewalls
- Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware Software
- Updates & Patch Management
- Email Security/Anti-Phishing
Next-Generation Firewalls: They protect your network from unauthorized traffic by analyzing data packets and validating data as it enters your network. Firewalls are designed to distinguish between “good” traffic and “bad” traffic.
Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware Software: These applications are made to be updated often to protect against the newest threats out there. They look for known malware and viruses and quarantine them before they can harm your network.
Updates & Patch Management: Management of security patches and operating system/software updates is an important layer in your cybersecurity plan because if left unmanaged and unapplied, you can be leaving open network vulnerabilities.
Email Security/Anti-Phishing: This software helps protect against the number one cause of data breaches, phishing emails. They help your users identify and contain emails carrying malicious attachments or links.
User Behavior & Access
Your employees are often your last line of defense in protecting your company from a network breach. Training and user access controls are another vital par to any sound cybersecurity plan.
Layers included are:
- Employee Training
- Strong Login Enforcement
- Mobile Device Management
- Role-Base Access Applications
Employee Training: Regular training can help employees spot phishing emails and the newer social engineering scams before they click on a dangerous link.
Strong Login Enforcement: This includes measures such as a password management tool for creating strong passwords and use of multi-factor authentication.
Mobile Device Management: Controlling the access mobile devices have to your corporate data is crucial as mobile devices continue to take on a larger percentage of an office’s workload each year.
Role-Base Access Applications: Many cloud-based applications offer the ability to grant access based on roles, which can help you make sure certain data is only being seen by those eyes you want on it.
Policies & Procedures
To put a great plan into action you need to have it written down into a cybersecurity policy. This will also ensure your employees know what’s expected of them when it comes to mobile device use and how to implement a data recovery should they need to.
Layers included are:
- Cybersecurity Policy
- Backup & Data Retention
Cybersecurity Policy: A comprehensive cybersecurity policy will help your office maintain good cybersecurity practices and give them a reference to use in case of any IT security incidents.
Some of the things to include are:
- How to handle sensitive customer data (like credit card numbers)
- Locking of computers and devices
- How to report lost or stolen devices
- How often backups are done
- Access protocols for company data systems
- Compliance standards that a company is subject to (Like HIPAA)
- What apps or software staff are or aren’t allowed to download
Backup & Data Retention: A good backup procedure is one of the best security safeguards you can have against ransomware attacks or other malware that can cause loss of data. Make sure to include mobile devices in your back up plan to ensure all corporate data is being saved and stored in a way that it can be recovered when and where you need it.
Get a Security Checkup for Your Business Today!
The security of your data and network are just as important as that of your physical building. Make sure you’re not missing any of the important layers of cybersecurity.
Contact Technical Evolutions today and schedule a security checkup for your office. Call our team at 708-540-6201 or reach out to us online.