Cybersecurity is essential in today's work environment, and the use of managed IT services will give your company the ultimate protection against virtual attacks that might come its way. Cyber attacks can result from a variety of things, whether it’s a phishing scam, malware or even a simple employee error. In 2018 alone, more than 60% of small businesses were targeted in cyber attacks; a number that will only continue to rise in coming years. Fortunately, hiring an IT service company will significantly reduce the chances of being the victim of attacks like these—thus keeping your company free from the threat of countless hours of downtime.
Here are some of the cybersecurity measures a Managed Services Provider (MSP) can implement to keep your business protected:
#1 Secure Computers & Mobile Devices
Attacks like these are always looking for ways to penetrate weaknesses in employee devices; like computers and mobile phones, to name just a couple. A Managed Services Provider (MSP) will protect your technology by downloading the latest security updates and making sure each device is compliant with standard IT security protocol. Securing workplace devices is one of the most critical actions companies can take to avoid data breaches.
#2 Monitor & Protect Computer Equipment & Systems
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: around-the-clock monitoring services are critical. An IT provider will monitor and protect your entire network and computer equipment, at all hours of the day, for maximum security. These around-the-clock monitoring services will quickly identify any areas of suspicious activity, and prevent a cyber attack from spreading through your networks. Ultimately, proactive monitoring services like these are highly efficient when it comes to minimizing downtime.
#3 Create Effective Password Managers
Another way to incorporate cybersecurity into your everyday business operations is to develop a password policy for each employee. A weak password significantly increases the chance of a cyber attack and isn't worth the risk for any business. An IT provider will give your company added layers of protection by using multi-factor authentication and requiring strong passwords that must have multiple letters, numbers and symbols. A password manager will also store complex passwords and encrypt them, for added safety.
#4 Use Spam Filters
Spam messages pose a significant security risk to businesses of all sizes, and they can come out of nowhere. For example, an employee may open a spam email and accidentally expose your company’s entire network to malicious software. Luckily, an IT provider can help you avoid this situation by installing the latest spam filters for each email account, offering your network extra security by automatically filtering out spam messages from employee inboxes.
#5 Additional Employee Training
Human error is common in any industry; but when it comes to workplace technology, a simple employee error can have big consequences. Phishing schemes and malicious email attachments try to trick employees into releasing confidential information or unknowingly downloading malware, the result of which can cost your company a substantial amount of money or even lead to a data breach. Thankfully, a Managed Services Provider (MSP) can offer employee training on various cybersecurity topics to ensure that company employees know what mistakes to avoid.
Cybersecurity is a top concern for any organization, and partnering with a managed IT service company will give your company the best possible chance of avoiding them. At CompassMSP, a leading IT provider that understands the importance of cybersecurity in the workplace, we value our clients, and strive to provide the best customer support we can as we turn those clients into lasting business relationships.
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