From businesses and government organizations to universities and healthcare companies, cybersecurity attacks continue to dominate the headlines. In a recent article from Forbes, it details many alarming cybersecurity statistics, such as cybercriminals having the ability to penetrate 93% of company networks and businesses suffering 50% more cyberattack attempts per week in 2021. What can we expect going forward into 2022? If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that all businesses can take impactful, strategic steps to improve their security.
What’s the best line of defense against cybercrimes? In our experience, it’s not just one security measure — it’s a multi-layered approach that protects businesses best. Here are several key action items you can act on today to protect your business regardless of its size or industry.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is an authentication method that requires you to provide two or more verification factors to gain access to an online application, account, or a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to best protect your internet connection. Rather than simply entering your username and password, MFA prompts you to enter additional information, such as a PIN, a confirmation on your smartphone, or even a fingerprint. Considering usernames and passwords are vulnerable to hacks, enabling MFA adds an additional layer of security. While implementing MFA might feel cumbersome, and your employees may initially have some pushback, it is a core component to a sound security posture. In fact, it’s shown to prevent 99.9% of hackers.
If you’re looking to implement MFA, LincolnIT can help! Through our core security offerings, we make it our mission to safely protect all your in-house and virtual desktops, servers, cloud applications, laptops, and mobile devices. Learn more about our security offerings.
Managed Firewall Systems
A network firewall is a system or group of systems used to control access between two networks— a trusted network and an untrusted network— using pre-configured rules or filters. Firewalls can be a single router, multiple routers, or a host system running firewall software and hardware. Every business, small or large, can benefit from firewall protection.
It can be difficult to figure out the right firewall solution for your business. That’s where LincolnIT can assist. Our engineers can provide a deep-dive network assessment to detect and protect your most vulnerable threat areas. Read more about our robust security services.
Data Backups & Encryption
When it comes to your data protection, you should never settle.
Backing up important data is another excellent strategy in the event of an unforeseen cyberattack. Having assets backed up will get your devices up and running in no time. Encryption is also an important step in securing your data. It allows information to be encoded and accessed or decrypted only with the correct encryption key. The Software Alliance details many benefits to utilizing encryption. When is the last time you backed up your devices?
Additionally, testing your backups at regular thresholds can reduce potential downtime or hiccups in the event of a breach or standard data loss. Understanding and defining your Recovery Point Objective (RPO) can help you architect a Backup and Disaster Recovery Strategy that is meaningful for your company and an in alignment with your budget and resources.
When it comes to your data protection, you should never settle. That’s why at LincolnIT you can receive 24/7/365 critical data protection and back up through our tiered solutions offerings, customized to your needs. This key feature of our security services is managed by industry-certified technicians who understand your network processes and tools.
Simply put, compliance ensures that your organization meets the standards for data privacy and security that apply to your specific industry. There are numerous benefits which include avoiding fines and penalties, enhancing your data management capabilities, supporting accountability, and more. When needs and requirements change, we help you adapt.
Regardless of the industry you serve, we can design and implement specific security components with corresponding compliance requirements. Our experience includes policy creation, management, and review in alignment with both the required governance and the intent to protect your valuable data. Learn more about our compliance experience.
Cybersecurity Awareness Trainings
Education is the best defense against cybersecurity, especially when it comes to your team. Considering that IBM found that nearly half of security breachers are caused by human error, this is one of the most important steps you can take! Your team is the first line of defense against an attack. Cybersecurity awareness training allows your team to become aware of your organization’s IT security procedures, policies, and best practices. Additionally, it institutes confidence among your team and ensures your most sensitive information stays protected.
Curious about starting a cybersecurity awareness training program with your team but don’t know where to begin? Look to LincolnIT to assist you in your cybersecurity training needs. We will never make exceptions when it comes to securing your data, systems, and programs. We can provide ongoing support and guidance for your team.
Connect With LincolnIT
As cybercrimes continue to rise, keep your assets secure with the strategies outlined here. If you’d prefer to have the extra security by partnering with trusted IT experts, let LincolnIT help. We’ll build a carefully integrated security platform for your business. Contact us to learn more about our custom security solutions. We’re here to help when you need it.