In today’s information-driven business environment, cybersecurity threats are multiple, varied, and often quite sophisticated. Hackers, phishing scams, malware, and ransomware can damage both your company’s reputation and its ability to function efficiently. And a catastrophic data breach or failure could cripple your business.
One way to address these cybersecurity threats is to assess the risks and vulnerabilities of your corporate data. Who has access to your company’s sensitive information? Are files secure while in transit? Do you have a disaster recovery plan in place? The answers to these and similar questions can help you identify key vulnerabilities in your IT network and close potential entry points.
Here are 10 IT security essentials your growing business needs:
1. Cloud Migration & Storage
By moving your company’s sensitive data to the cloud, you can archive documents, transaction information, and correspondence for easy retrieval, create a virtual backup of your OS and data files, and unburden in-house servers.
2. 24/7 Network Monitoring
Whether you rely on an in-house IT staff or partner with a managed IT consultant, round-the-clock monitoring of your network can help identify minor problems and potential security threats before they become costly headaches.
3. Disaster Planning
A catastrophic data loss or breach can be devastating to your business. By creating a disaster recovery plan now, you can respond quickly in a worst-case scenario - minimizing both business interruption and revenue loss.
4. Data Backup & Recovery Services
Creating a backup of your company’s structured and unstructured files allows you to quickly recover and restore your original data in the event of a breach, hardware failure, or catastrophic data loss. Backup can also extend to the devices your workers use daily, such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
5. Email Encryption
A company’s success can depend on the security of its communications while in transit. Today’s cybercriminals can intercept emails, generate fake documents, and even convince authorized users to share sensitive data. Email encryption can add an extra level of security to safeguard important communications and attachments while in transit.
6. Access/Password Protection
Are your passwords robust enough to discourage cybercrime? And how do you determine who is authorized to access sensitive material? By tracking and controlling access to devices, files, and servers, you can be sure that only authorized personnel are able to access vital data.
7. Antivirus Protection
It seems as if computer viruses are evolving as quickly as attempts to stop them. If your antivirus protection program relies on a single software package, you may be leaving yourself vulnerable to attack. Staying abreast of the latest cybercrime techniques and tools can help your business build an antivirus strategy that evolves to address the changing nature of cyber-threats.
8. Malware Protection
Malware introduced to your system by s third party can significantly impede your company’s ability to do business. Investing in sophisticated anti-malware software can significantly reduce your risk.
9. Ransomware Protection
A particularly damaging form of cybercrime, ransomware allows criminals to hold your company’s key files hostage, threatening to release the data unless a ransom is paid. When dealing with ransomware, prevention can prove far more economical than taking your chances negotiating with a criminal.
10. Employee Training & Education
Your team members are your greatest asset, but if not properly trained to identify and address potential cyber-threats, they can also leave your business vulnerable to attack. That’s why it’s essential that your team members are properly trained and educated to spot the signs of a potential cyber attack now, before it happens.
At Iconic Technologies, our skilled and experienced team members can assess the risks your business faces from cybercrime - identifying potential vulnerabilities, assisting with cloud migration, creating a backup and recovery plan, and educating your team members on ways to improve cybersecurity. By partnering with Iconic Technologies, you’ll have on-demand access to the expertise you need, both for the short- and long-term. Contact us today, and learn what we can do for your cybersecurity profile.
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