Companies are increasingly aware of risks for cyber-attacks. The escalation in their sophistication has sought to upgrade their cybersecurity efforts, and at the same time migrate from legacy on-prem (on the premises) to modern cloud data platforms.

IT Outsourcing can also come in the form of a Managed IT Security Service contract or IT Security as a Service. Your provider will then regularly assess your office environment and suggest improvements to further strengthen your IT security.

Below we have gathered some useful information to get you up to speed with the basics of IT Security. We welcome you to get in touch with us to further discuss how we could help your business.

What is a Cyberattack?

A cyberattack is an assault launched by cybercriminals against a single or multiple computers or networks. A cyberattack can disable computers, steal data or use a breached computer as a launch point for other attacks. Cybercriminals use a variety of methods to launch a cyberattack, including ransomware and phishing, which are the most common ones.

What is a Ransomware attack?

It’s a breach that infects and blocks a computer system, often encrypting valuable data. The attacker then demands money to free the system and decrypt the data.

What is a Phishing attack?

In this type of cyberattack, attackers use fraudulent emails or other messages to trick victims into taking an action such as revealing personal data or passwords.

The most important Cybersecurity actions to take

  1. To protect your company, we would strongly recommend to setup Multi-Factor Authentication (2FA) for all your employees, where a password needs to be verified on your device to be successful. It may be as hassle for some at first, but it will for sure protect your organisation and employees. against many possible threats.
  2.  Make sure all your employees have professional Anti-virus Protection software on their computers. Make sure this is regularly monitored and updated to the latest version.
  3. Make sure your employees are properly and regularly educated (cybersecurity awareness training) on how to spot and avoid fraudulent emails.
  4. Ensure there’s a back-up and recovery plan for data residing on your computers and server. In the unfortunate event a breach will happen, at least you will still have a copy of your latest data.
  5. Use strong passwords. There is a reason why larger companies force you to choose more complicated passwords with a mix of letters, numbers, symbols etc.
  6. Don’t use Public Wi-Fi.
  7. Don’t allow your employees to use their personal computers when working from home.

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