Cloudica looks at some of the finer points of online safety this October during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
To mark this occasion, we would like to draw the spotlight on this topic which is very close to our hearts.
|of cybersecurity breaches are caused by human error||of business leaders feel their cybersecurity risks are increasing.||data breaches were recorded in 2021, surpassing the 2017 record of 1,506 breaches.|
|Source: World Economic Forum||Source: Accenture||Source: CNET|
As our companies become more dependent on technology, with a growing percentage of daily duties – Teams meetings, webinars, and much more being conducted online – the security of these businesses is more important than ever.
There are five basic and easy steps how to keep your users safe online, which we covered in a previous post. Here is a quick recap:
- Use Strong Passwords
- Set Up Two-Factor Authentication
- Update Software
- Be careful on public Wi-Fi
- Beware of suspicious links
Here is a short video explaining why 2FA is an important tool:
But how are small and medium-sized companies expected to protect themselves when we read of hacks, data breaches, and ransomware attacks on international conglomerates on a daily basis?
Cloudica suggests three basic steps to ensure that your company never makes the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Base your systems on the best industry standards
There are a handful of cloud solutions available to companies of all sizes. At Cloudica, we prefer to recommend products from the Microsoft portfolio to our clients. There are a number of reasons for this. Microsoft is a global leader in cybersecurity solutions and keeps a very close eye on the bugs and faults in its own systems as well as those of the competition. By releasing regular updates to their software, they ensure that clients running their systems will be a step ahead of the bad guys trying to infiltrate their network. Another plus of Microsoft solutions is that the company offers products for data administrators, network architects, as well as end users (with a solid suite of software including Office 365, Teams, and more). This is important because, since they are developed on the same platform, they are more compatible than using numerous other off-the-shelf components, which might have issues.
Educate your staff
Let’s face it! You employed a team of industry professionals who are experts in their fields and online safety might not be one of their areas of expertise. This can be as simple as getting your team to implement the five points we mentioned earlier in this article. However, there is much more that a company can do.
Cloudica offers workshops for companies on the best practices of how to stay safe online. Remember that your organization’s online security is only as strong as the weakest link.
We can always keep improving. And so does our software. As attacks on our systems become more and more sophisticated, we need to constantly improve, repair and fortify our defenses so that our data and business remain safe. This is where we come in. Cloudica takes all the thinking out of the equation. You can rest assured that you are secure and we will take care of everything else.
Coudica: Be Sure of IT