It's a new year which makes it a great time to prioritize your technology initiatives. As technology changes dramatically, the headlines continue to focus on the same themes: Security, Cloud, and Digital Transformation. In this blog article, I will review important "to do's" within each category and offer ways you and your organization can achieve these important IT goals.
As we all work through our holiday gift giving lists this "Cyber Monday," it's important to be cyber aware of "the Grinch" lurking in the corners waiting to steal our confidential information. So, before you begin to cross the names off your list while experiencing that great sense of accomplishment, take a few moments to read through these "cyber shopping" best practices to protect yourself and your personal identifiable information (PII). Nobody wants to spend the holidays recovering their data or identity.
When it comes to good security practices, compliance and documented policies require a top-to-bottom effort from management, operations, human resources, and the IT team. After all, the right security practices and solutions can be created and when a business can prove that solid policies and practices are in place, it provides peace of mind to its clients, partners, and auditors.
So, let's start from the beginning.
At Systems Engineering team, we are very conscious about practicing good IT security measures. As such, it's important to remember that protecting confidential data spans from desktops, to the cloud, to mobile devices, and more.
Assuming you have your network security basics in place, there are a few cybersecurity solutions that are relatively inexpensive that many businesses have yet to include in their cybersecurity war chest. These tools help you stay ahead of the cyber criminals and provide additional protection to reduce your business' chance of a breach. If you do nothing else with your cybersecurity strategy in 2019, be sure to put these security safeguards in your budgets this fall as they will provide tremendous value for the investment:
In 2017 alone, $5 billion was extorted from businesses using Ransomware, software that encrypts your files until you pay the criminals off. In another attack that took advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT), cyber criminals were able to leverage 10,000 security cameras and DVRs to take down popular websites across the internet. Not scary enough? It is important to acknowledge that none of us are above these attacks and anything connected to the internet is a potential target for hackers.
When it comes to security risks and errors, businesses often fall victim to assumptions and oversights. The reality is that the protection of information and applications is always evolving and, as criminals find new ways to exploit weaknesses, it's tough to stay one step ahead.
Your organization’s data is in the cloud, so now what? Is it secure? Where is it? Is it readily available? Who is accessing it?
It seems we can’t go more than 24 hours without hearing about the latest and greatest data breach that affects millions. So we ask ourselves, “What can we do better?” After all, if the “bad guys” can hack into the federal government, Home Depot, and Target, what hope do small and medium-sized businesses have?