Right now, we are relying on CDC and government recommendations of social distancing and limiting non-essential activities to keep us safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. We also need protection in the online world from cybercriminals, hackers, and other security threats that are peaking during this crisis, to keep our businesses, data, and employees safe as well.
Here are the top security concerns you need to know and how your IT provider should be protecting your business and your employees.
Without the proper security measures, your employees’ at-home devices and your business networks are exposed and vulnerable to security risks. Your IT or managed services provider should be proactively offering measures such as encryption software, password protection, firewalls, and other security software, as well as anti-malware software, to ensure comprehensive protection is in place.
Now is the time to enforce strict protocols against opening emails and downloading attachments from unknown or unfamiliar sources. Sneaking in through an employee’s email or device is the primary way hackers gain access to your business information and networks.
If you have an IT provider, chances are they are already continuously monitoring your networks to detect potential breaches, malicious emails, and other threats. However, you’ll also want them to install security update patches, firewalls, and encryption software, as well as enact security protocols for authentication and safe locations to share files, documents, and more–especially while operations are most likely fully remote.
Fraudulent attempts to obtain secure data, such as passwords and usernames, credit card or banking account information, VPN login information, and other sensitive data, is known as phishing. We’re already seeing increasing phishing attempts as hackers and cybercriminals attempt to disguise themselves as legitimate sources.
Your devices must be secure to thwart critical data theft that could threaten your business stability, especially in this pandemic environment. It is more important than ever that remote workers also save and backup regularly or store files securely in your company Cloud. These measures will minimize data loss in the event of a security breach.
Creating a safe and secure cyber environment requires the right technologies, protocols, and support, and total security begins with your trusted IT or managed services provider. We’re here to help you as you work through this crisis. For questions, information, or support, contact MidnightBlue.
At Midnight Blue, we’ve been serving our customers for 15 years. While our 15th year anniversary is going a little differently than we expected, we’re still here taking care of our customers, and we’ll continue to be here for another 15 years–and many more. We look forward to keeping your businesses running, and we look forward to celebrating together soon.