So you’ve survived the first half of the year with no serious data breaches or other cyber security mishaps. That’s good news. The bad news, however, is that you’ll have to do it all over again to get through the whole year that way, and the second half of the year is a lot rougher. Here are five tips for getting through the last half of the year as safely as the first half.
1. Train employees to create strong passwords. You can have all the flashy technology out there, but if your employees compromise your network, it’s useless. Lead your staff through good password practices such as having separate passwords for different accounts, and writing down passwords for safe-keeping away from the computer.
2. Enable disk encryption. Disk encryption helps you protect your information by converting it into unreadable code should an unauthorized party attempt to access it.
3. Ensure you have a firewall. And test it. Nearly any internet connection can be vulnerable to hackers without some sort of protection in place, and firewalls are designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from private networks.
4. Install antivirus and malware defense agents. If an outside party makes it through your firewall, you’re going to need a malware defense agent. And if the malware agent doesn’t address the threat, the antivirus blogs the application from running.
5. Have a solid backup with off-site replication. Recover failed communications and protect data with off-site replication. Storing data off-site allows you to minimize the scrambling to retrieve your data should a breach occur. It’s the difference between a complete loss and a recoverable inconvenience.
So, How Do I Get Started with Cyber Security Protections?
Capitalize on your first-half success by contacting us at Copper State Communications. We have an extensive background in security operations, and our array of IT managed services from helpdesk to support will help provide the kind of security you need in your everyday IT operations. So if you’ve made it this far, congratulations. Now let us give you a hand for the second half.