It is more important now than ever to have a secure cybersecurity infrastructure in place for your business. With the pandemic infiltrating our world, we have grown accustomed to relying on digital tools to help us work remotely which can raise the risk of cyberattacks and a data breach. These mistakes can cost businesses a fortune, and create lasting long term consequences that will take time and money to overcome. Our reliance on the online world has never been greater, and we are here to help you and your organization take control over your business and protect it from becoming susceptible to cyberattacks.
1. Start with a Risk Assessment.
During the last year, there has been an unprecedented wave of ransomware attacks, malware, and high profile corporate data breaches. According to a study done by the Ponemon Institute, two-thirds of companies with less than 1,000 employees have experienced a cyberattack. The best way to prevent these attacks is to see what are the weaknesses in your cybersecurity framework. This also includes being proactive with a plan to execute if a cyberattack were to happen, and what can your company do as the next step. These are all great implications that need to be set to protect your organization, and Cactus Technology Solutions can do it for you, to give you greater peace of mind.
2. Maintain Secure Password Hygiene
This may sound like a no-brainer, but just like how it is advised to wash your hands thoroughly, it is also advised to maintain secure password hygiene to keeping your remote office secure. All employees are strongly encouraged to use complex passwords and use multi-factor authentication when possible. This also includes changing these passwords frequently. Your at-home router also needs a routine check-up, and ensure it has a long, complex router password.
3. Update, Update, Update!
Ensure you install updates regularly, including any mobile devices and non-corporate devices that you may still use for work. Also, double-check that any security products are automatically updating. At the same time, you should uninstall any old programs that you don’t use anymore. Attackers are so good at what they do now, that having security software in place isn’t enough to protect your devices, but it’s better than having nothing at all. Cactus Technology Solutions has the tools and knowledge to secure your cybersecurity infrastructure so you don’t have to. If you’re unsure of what software or if your network is secure, reach out to us today so you can protect your office and organization.
4. Use a VPN!
A virtual private network is a trusted connection between your employees and the organization that enables access to corporate tools and can provide protection against phishing and malware. These VPN networks are similar to corporate firewalls in the office but can work for your remote office. If your organization doesn’t have an established private network, it is more important now than ever to obtain one.
5. Be Wary of COVID-19 Scams
The CDC has become very aware of the increase in scam calls that appear to be originating from the CDC through caller ID, but are scammers requesting donations. This is also a huge threat from phishing emails that contain links and downloads for malware that have been able to take over entire healthcare IT systems and steal their information. The threat is bigger than ever when it comes to cybersecurity, ensure you and your team do not open unsolicited emails from people you don’t know and hover your mouse over the links to see where they land before clicking on them. This also includes being wary of attachments in emails and never supply any personal information to anyone via email that is not in your network.
6. Try Not to Mix Personal & Work
If you wouldn’t install service at the office with a work device, make sure you do the same at home. Unfortunately, it can create a security risk, that may spark some additional costs for your organization.
Take a Zero-risk Approach to Cybersecurity
Be selective on who you give information to and what level of information that person may need. Just because someone might need access to a service, does not mean that they need access to the entire network.
Employee Feature of the Month: Miles Moore
Featuring our hardworking, dedicated, and passionate Project Manager, Miles Moore! Miles is from Abilene, Texas, and has been apart of the Cactus Technology Solutions Team for over 3 years. He has a very passionate drive to accomplish his daily tasks, execute any support our Client Solutions team may need, and be an all around helping hand.