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Do You Doubt Your Cyber Security?

Cyber security is a buzzword in today’s business and for good reason. The right cyber security measures can protect your business from disruption and inconvenience and enable you to excel in your industry. Insufficient cyber security measures, by contrast, leave you vulnerable to data loss, breaches of trust, and litigation. The problem is knowing exactly where your business stands on that spectrum.

As a cyber security services provider for small businesses, we recognize that most businesses don’t have a good grasp on the basics of IT security. We get it. Security is a pain in the butt. But chances are that you’ve got a lock on the door to your office and probably an alarm as well. It’s likely monitored 24/7 to make sure that the police show up if someone tries to break in. You need at least an equivalent level of security for your company’s IT systems.

Cyber Security and What it Means for Your Business

Let’s start with a definition: what is cyber security? Cyber security encompasses the technology, processes, and practices required to protect IT systems and data. It involves systems designed to prevent intrusion which can also notify you when cyber attacks have been attempted or successful.

That may sound sophisticated and out of reach, but we like to think of it this way. Most people wouldn’t build a house without locks on the doors.  Yet still today, many small to mid-sized businesses build their IT systems without taking basic security precautions. Others install a security system on their IT “house” but leave the default alarm code as 12345. That doesn’t do much good either. Great security systems still need to be customized if they’re going to adequately protect your property.

Your business’s devices and networks contain a significant amount of data, and they’re generally your foundational tools for productivity and advancement. From mobile phone email to shared drives to entire servers, work today happens via technology. There’s no way around IT.

Protecting your technology and online security, then, is a major component of protecting your business.

At the end of the day, cyber security is an active task. It has to be actively monitored, actively updated, and actively deployed. Keep these three security essentials in mind:

  • Your IT systems need to be actively monitored for breaches. The best security systems in the world are no good if no one’s checking the metaphorical camera feeds.
  • Any security problems need to be addressed quickly and forcefully. If an intruder makes it through the front door, don’t wait until they reach the safe before calling for backup.
  • The job of keeping your systems secure must be left to trained professionals. Quality network security is far more than your tech-savvy internal employee can handle. Make sure you have the right experts equipped with the tools and techniques necessary to keep your business secure.

The good news is that Dynamic Computing offers an experienced cyber security solutions team to keep you on track and protected day and night.

Key Vulnerabilities Cyber Security Should Protect

Compromised computer security has major ramifications for your business. It’s important to know what to watch for and what you need to protect your business from.

Here are six major cyber security threats businesses face:

  1. Phishing.  A phishing attack is when someone sends a message (typically via e-mail) with the intent of either getting your credentials (username/password) or installing malicious software on your device. This the single most common type of cyber attack we see, and it’s an easy way for hackers to breach your business’s private information.
  2. Compromised credentials. Credentials are compromised when a user’s username and password are collected by an unauthorized outside party. This happens through phishing or when an individual uses the same username/password combination on multiple websites. This can end in a ransom request that disrupts your business operations and comes with a notable price tag.
  3. Theft.  We’re referring to the physical variety—the good, old-fashioned smash and grab job. This happens most often with laptops left in cars or residential burglaries. In some cases, this can include stealing the DVR system that was supposed to record the theft.
  4. Spoofing.  This is when someone sets up a fake e-mail address and sends out e-mails pretending to be you. Often times, these e-mails are sent to members of your team with the hope of getting them to wire money or buy gift cards. While most employees catch on to the fraud, it’s better to have systems in place to prevent spoofing from ever happening.
  5. Second degree hacking. Second degree hacking is when a business or individual is hacked in an effort to reach a connected end-target. This not only leaves your business compromised but it also puts your clients and professional partners at risk.
  6. Shadow IT. Everybody has their favorite collaboration tools. Simple things like messaging, file sharing, and task management can take place on an endless variety of personal platforms and devices outside of your IT team’s purview. This creates shadow IT, and it leaves your business and your employees’ work unprotected from your standard security measures.

Cyber threats disrupt and even cripple businesses every day, but that doesn’t have to include yours. You can take steps to implement cyber security solutions and prevent attacks.

  • We leave our IT in Dynamic Computing’s strong and very capable hands, so we can spend more time on our organization’s priorities.

    Linley Kirkwood, Operations Officer / Malaria No More

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Defend Against Cyber Attacks on Your Business

In today’s world, IT security is not a luxury and should not be a gamble. It’s a fundamental necessity. Cyber attacks lead to lost revenues, lost time, lost trust, and lost competitive advantage, but you can use two major tools to protect your assets.

IT Security Audits :

Cyber security begins with an inventory. An IT security audit explores your infrastructure, systems, and protocols and identifies exactly where your business stands in terms of IT security. It’s an important tool that allows you to be strategic in your cyber security approach so that you can tailor a system that fits and protects your unique business.

Managed IT Security Services :

The best defense is a good offense, and a good offense takes a team. Managed IT security services allow you to focus on your business goals, knowing that a team of cyber security experts is actively monitoring, updating, and protecting your systems from malicious attacks.

It’s time to stop wondering if your IT security measures are “good enough.” Contact Dynamic Computing to schedule your IT security audit today.

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