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Are You Worried About the Security of your . . . Stuff?

Businesses need to worry about their data. Between security breaches and ransomware, the layers of protection a business needs to keep its data safe is growing in complexity. With planning and security awareness, virus infections can be mitigated but the effort and time it takes is costly to businesses.

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Businesses need to worry about their data. Between security breaches and ransomware, the layers of protection a business needs to keep its data safe is growing in complexity. With planning and security awareness, virus infections can be mitigated but the effort and time it takes is costly to businesses.

With the best approach to ransomware and viruses being to KEEP THEM OUT, lay out your security plan and ensure it checks all the boxes of a comprehensive security model.

Layered Network Security

Your layered network security plan needs:

  • Updated network firewall protection
  • Firewall or network based Internet filtering
  • Managed computer anti-virus software
  • Managed server anti-virus software
  • Security update monitoring for operating systems
  • Local and cloud backups
  • Employee training

Network Firewall Protection

New viruses and ransomware are constantly being created so your firewall vendor is constantly putting out updates to meet the new threats. These updates typically do not install themselves. Ensure your IT support is monitoring your vendor sites for updates and is installing them at regular intervals.

Firewall or Network Based Internet Filtering

Most people think of Internet filtering as a nuisance that blocks Facebook and Netflix at the office; but Internet filtering also serves a security purpose. Used properly, Internet filtering blocks hacked websites with viruses and prevents your employees from hitting dangerous side roads on the web that are known to compromise your security.

Managed Computer Anti-Virus

They key word here is "managed". Just because anti-virus software is installed on your computer or tablet doesn't mean it is configured correctly or that it isn't broken. Properly staffed IT companies have full-time personnel whose job is to watch and review computer updates, like anti-virus, and ensure they are working properly.

Managed Server Anti-Virus

Your computers are the gateway to your server. An infected computer or laptop can hop your network and begin infecting your server. It is vital that your server have strong anti-virus software and, like your computers, that it is "managed". A human needs to verify it is being properly updated and protected every day.

Security Update Monitoring for Operating Systems

Whether you run Microsoft Windows or Mac OS, your computers and servers are targets. Those annoying Windows updates that interrupt your presentation? Well . . . they need to be scheduled for off-hours BUT the updates themselves are important to patch found holes and security issues within your operating system. These security vulnerabilities are what hackers use to gain access to your computer and infect your network. Like anti-virus, a properly staffed IT support provider has a full-time person managing and monitoring your security updates and resolving any issues that occur during install.

Local and Cloud Backups

Patient zero. The unfortunate one. The business . . . well businesses (plural) that are victim to the newest virus or hack that bypasses all your layered security. In this case, it doesn't pay to be number one.

Despite all the protections and monitoring put in place, sometimes you are the target, or random victim, of the newest virus. When this happens, such as during a new ransomware variant, you need to have good backups. The fastest way to get your server and computers virus free and back online is to restore them to the previous nights backup.

With a managed IT provider, who is aware of the security breach and helping you quickly contain and repair it, they will have team members whose job is to watch and verify all backups to ensure they are successful and can quickly isolate your infected machines and restore them to their previous clean state.

Employee Training

While this is last in the list, it isn't the least. The majority of your security "incidents" are caused by employee mishaps. Most viruses enter your network, not through a back door or hacking attempt, but are unknowingly invited by your trusted employee via their web browser or email.

When a suspicious email hits their inbox or a link is sent to an unknown website, your employee needs to be trained to be suspicious. Often, there are clues in the message or website that indicate a phishing attempt or trap that will compromise your network and cost your business in time and resources. Implementing an employee training program around email, web, and Internet security can be a big cost saver.

Isn't our company security worth a quarterly lunch and learn?

If your business needs help creating and implementing a security plan, give the experts at Server@Work a call at 337-313-2400 or send an email to sales@serveratwork.com.

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Topics: Managed IT Business Continuity Backup Antivirus Ransomware Technology Management