Fundamentals are always important. This is true regardless of what you seek to accomplish. In regards to business technology, having a fundamental understanding of the technology and strategies you use to get things done, can help you concoct a plan that will be effective in keeping that technology secure. Let’s look at what today’s cyberattack entails and what an organization needs to do in order to keep the threats from having an effect on their business.
Cybersecurity is the management of the security protocols of your organization’s computing endpoints. Since the endpoints are the ones that touch the Internet, keeping these machines clear from threats is extremely important. That is why when you talk about cybersecurity, you have to talk about the ability to sufficiently train your staff with the knowledge they can use to ensure they aren’t the ones giving hackers and other malcontents an avenue to infect your business’ network and central infrastructure with malware, spyware, or any other software that isn’t supposed to be there.
The first thing you’ll have to understand in order to successfully secure your business’ computing environments is that upwards of 94 percent of cyberattacks that affect business computing environments are made possible by the people that work for the company—trained or not—that do the wrong thing. It is astonishing that nearly all cyberattacks that have short and long-term effects on an organization’s ability to conduct business are completely avoidable. With this knowledge in hand, it’s up to an organization and their IT administrator to put together a strategy to take their organization’s security seriously.
For the company looking to secure their network, the first place they should start is to put together the resources that are needed to insulate their data, network, and infrastructure from the harmful elements found on the Internet. Software that supports automated monitoring, a firewall, a spam filter, antivirus, antispyware, an access control system, an intrusion detection system, virtual private networks, and a content filter all present value for keeping your IT secure.
This goes without saying, but if your people are sufficiently trained to be skeptical about where digital correspondence originates, your business’ chances of keeping unwanted code and users off of your network gets expeditiously better. How do you go about this? It’s pretty simple. First you should start with their email training. This is where most problems originate, after all.
Here is the strategy you should use:
- Promote awareness of phishing, social engineering, and cybersecurity.
- Continually test your staff to determine which users are susceptible to phishing.
- Re-train deficient employees and frequently test all staff.
These actions may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised how many organizations will ignore that their employees are the number one reason why they may deal with a major data loss disaster resulting from malware or a network breach.
Mobility is more important for businesses today than ever before. As a result, more data is being shared between people using mobile devices. Every phone, every smartwatch, every tablet is an endpoint, and needs to fit under the organization’s network security umbrella in order to be effective at securing these endpoints, and thus your central infrastructure, from threats.
Testing Your IT Security
Once you’ve got all the software, solutions, and other strategies in place it is important to test all of your network security platforms. This means testing your network devices, your servers, your DNS, and all other platforms for potential or active vulnerabilities and threats. The first set of tests should be aimed at your internet-facing systems. These include firewalls, web servers, routers, switches, and mobile platforms.
If these come back clean (they likely won’t), you want to make sure that your software, whether hosted locally or on a self-managed cloud server in a colocation center, is up to date. Developers are always releasing patches and updates that help their products be as secure as possible.
One way that many organizations work to secure their network is with the use of penetration testing. Essentially, penetration testing is an attack on a specific system (or your entire network) to find any vulnerabilities and security flaws.
The expert IT technicians at Reciprocal Technologies can help you find the right solutions, practices, and strategies to keep your network and infrastructure running efficiently, while still being secure against outside threats. Call us today to find out what exactly we can do for you at (317) 759-3972.