The top cyber security measures every business should adopt
The new decade is here, and cyber security is a bigger issue than ever before. Sure, modern businesses are well and truly aware of the dangers posed by doing business online, but threats are evolving at such a pace that many are struggling to keep up.
In fact, many businesses – particularly small businesses – are leaving themselves dangerously exposed to the possibility of a cyber attack, in spite of the warnings offered by government bodies and industry figures. Statistics released by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman found that small businesses are the targets for 43 per cent of such attacks, making this a seriously at-risk sector. Even more horrifyingly, 33 per cent of businesses with 100 employees or less do not take proactive measures to guard against breaches.
From as little as $10 a user a month we can significantly decrease the chances of a security breach in your organisation.
Lindentech has compiled a cyber security package, partnering with, Mailguard, Cisco umbrella, Usecure and Last pass to protect your business against ongoing threats.
With more than 293 billion emails sent throughout the world every day, that’s more than 2 trillion messages each week, and growing. Combined with more than 3.48 billion+ social media users throughout the world, and 4.49 billion+ internet users, the explosion in personal and professional data makes a hotbed for cybercrime networks.
MailGuard instantly protects your customers against:
- spear phishing
- CEO fraud (whaling)
- viruses, and
The MailGuard solution mitigates the threat of email phishing, spear phishing and malicious code attacks before they enter a client network and immediately blocks 99.997% of spam.
Cisco Umbrella offers flexible, cloud-delivered security. It combines multiple security functions into one solution, so you can extend protection to devices, remote users, and distributed locations anywhere.
To help organizations embrace direct internet access, in addition to DNS-layer security and interactive threat intelligence, Cisco Umbrella now includes secure web gateway, firewall, and cloud access security broker (CASB) functionality, plus integration with Cisco SD-WAN, delivered from a single cloud security service.
Even with the most advanced endpoint protection around, it only takes one unwitting user to open the backdoor to a cyber attack. Usecure provides online cyber security awareness training for all employees within your organisation.
By building an initial risk profile of each user, uLearn automatically deploys regular training courses that tackle individual cyber security knowledge gaps – all through the power of bite-sized video and interactive training modules.
Just remember your master password and LastPass remembers the rest! Simply install the Lastpass extension in your browser and this password manager does all the hard work remembering your passwords.
Your data is encrypted and decrypted at the device level. Data stored in your vault is kept secret, even from LastPass. Your master password, and the keys used to encrypt and decrypt data, are never sent to LastPass’ servers, and are never accessible by LastPass.Lastpass also utilises an extra layer of security by using Multifactor authentication before you are granted access to your account.
Backing up regularly and robustly
There are a number of best practices for dealing with data security, but there is one element that unites almost all of them: backing up. You need to back up all of your business critical data in 2020, and you need to be smart about the way you do it.
One of the key trends for this year is creating a backup calendar so each and every one of your team members knows what they need to do to protect your data. Aim to use a mixture of physical storage systems and robust, remotely accessible cloud structures to achieve real peace of mind.
Adopting tiered security clearances
2020 is the year of “the principle of least privilege.” This means your team members have the proper security clearance they need to fulfil their role – nothing more, nothing less.
While you certainly trust your employees, security clearances are a weak spot. An employee may inadvertently put your business in harm’s way, or – in very rare cases – they may intentionally cause damage. Take time to work out the clearance levels that each team member needs, and introduce temporary, project-based clearances when required.
Working with the right security partner for your business
Working with a managed services provider can take away much of the headache of overseeing your security. However, you need to find the right firm to partner with.
The right option will take the time to get to know your business and its needs. What’s more, they will work as a strategic partner to your operation going forwards, helping to safeguard your business in the long term.
Staying informed about evolving threats
Cyber attacks take many forms. From malware and ransomware that can leave your computer vulnerable and make you liable to blackmail and extortion to email phishing and denial of service attacks that steal your vital information or put your business out of action, there are a great many methods that criminals can use to harm you.
However, these threats are not isolated. New, increasingly frightening risks are joining their ranks all the time, including techniques such as a watering hole attack, in which criminals set up fake websites with the intention of trapping their victims.
As you can see, staying educated, informed, and up to date on these threats is the only way to remain protected in 2020. Do your homework, network with the right people, and stay ahead of the game.
Supporting your efforts with training
Even with the best security solutions in place, your business is still at risk if your team is not completely up to date on all that needs to be done. Communicate the duties and responsibilities of each team member, and conduct regular training sessions to make sure that everyone is capable of doing what is expected of them.
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