By: Eric Long
So, we head into 2021 with uncertainty, except for the fact that businesses of all types and sizes will continue to be a target for the next hack. Your businesses does not have to deal with this if you take precautions and implement a sound security (and recovery if necessary) strategy.
- Don’t ignore the problem. I hear many business owners say “we don’t need that level of protection” or “we are small and not a target”. Thats BS. Everyone is a target.
- Implement multiple layers of protection. Antivirus is not good enough. Yes, we still deploy and rely on endpoint security. With the current remote worker situation, which we are likely never will see a return to the way things were. We utilize intelligent endpoint monitoring, ransomware canaries, least user permissions, along with policy based controls and monitoring with AI that looks for login anomalies, suspicious behaviour, and many other triggers that are easy to detect, as long as you are looking for them.
- Train your end users. Set a baseline, simulate Phish campaigns and determine who your weakest links are. Then mandate security awareness training with gamification (keep your people interested) and reward good behaviour!
- Backup, backup, backup. Everything. Using Microsoft 365, Google or other Cloud apps? Guess what, they don’t protect your data, you need to. (Google Shared Responsibility)
As I said, everyone is a target. Get a professional to help you implement a sound security and recovery strategy. Get a free 15 minute Cybersecurity checkup by clicking here.