Cybersecurity as easy as 5-4-3-2-1
What is security these days? A scan that slows your system while you’re trying to stream a movie or play a video game? A superglue blockade overflowing from your modem ports? Cyberattacks can’t stop us from the new, remote ways of working together, especially in response to the pandemic. The future is remote. The numbers aren’t in yet, but some reports are claiming 1 in every 5 workers will continue on with remote access to corporate data, and others are saying nearly 100% of workers will now operate outside of business campuses in one capacity or another. Fortunately, there are many new ways to secure remote workers, in the woods or in the halls.
Ransomware isn’t a person.
Or a monster. Or a beast. The cyberthreats we face often feel nebulous, confusing, and perhaps a bit mythical to even the most uneventful personalities. The BYOD (bring-your-own-device) culture that’s boomed as a result of social distancing immediately increased the need for more sophisticated approaches to cyber warfare. The digital landscape is infected. New threats emerge daily as cybersecurity experts rush to cure compromised users before attacks infiltrate national and global networks.
One way to secure remote workers is to see circulating threats as something other than human. Malware spreads in milliseconds, often without the direct influence of people, and can take months to detect. A cyber threat often becomes a hidden danger and eventually attacks your entire network. You might unwittingly share it with your supply chain. Your malware isn’t a malcontent in a hoodie. It might begin with a human, but it jumps devices without direct guidance, as initially programmed to do, often causing more damage than the cybercriminal expected.
Security measures involve many layers of cyber defense, especially when addressing remote connections:
- Power in the Layers: This includes keeping your hardware strong and your network patched. Look for renowned technology solutions. Duct tape and magnets? Raspberry Pi backups? Look for the latest cybersecurity tools and save old tricks for the treehouse.
- Monitor the Monitor: A secret code is no longer enough. A username and a password was never enough, so we’ve developed advanced monitoring and management solutions for your business. Watching the watcher keeps your data on watch for on-guard and on-time productivity.
- Party with Your Partners: Celebrate your digital serenity with the calm crew of a trusted technology firm. The right managed IT alliance complements your core team, toasting cyberthreats so you have time for a toast.
- Click-a-Little-Talk-a-Little: Train your team to be careful with clicking tendencies and to communicate about potential harm to your data.
- Question Everything: Question us, question your team, question every click and download. Fill your day with virtual pauses, staying alert to cyber risks.
Your online safety is dependent on secure interactions.
Your financial data, your business strategy, your critical tasks and personal stats are all under attack. How can you keep everything secured when the digital landscape is always shapeshifting? As your business grows more complex, perhaps depending on a complicated ERP system, how do you keep IT safe? AI and automation create worlds of benefits for businesses, but these new technologies get in the hands of nefarious hackers, and suddenly your entire social chain, the very vitality of your company, is at risk.
Would you like to learn more about nomadic or stationary cybersecurity? Daryl Sirota, Director of Technical Services, will provide security tips for Microsoft 365 in the upcoming weeks. Meet him virtually on Fridays at 12 pm Mountain Time.
How safe are your friends and colleagues?