There’s still an old-school thought that IT security is just about having a good firewall and antivirus. But the world of cybersecurity has gotten a lot more complicated. Small and midsized businesses like yours are now finding that they’re the target of cybercriminals. You need much more.
We know you have a lot to do and other things to spend your money on. But you can’t afford to put IT security on the back burner. You need Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. Not just for weather disasters, but also for security breaches.
Don’t put this off. Breaches are coming and they will happen. There’s nowhere to hide. All you need is an IP address that gets scanned, and your business is a victim.
Listen to your MSP. They’re your best friend where IT security is concerned. You can’t afford the big security companies that large businesses use. Your MSP is your cybersecurity expert and lifeline. Rely on them.
Ask them to develop a roadmap to help you develop a security posture. Your security needs are unique. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. You need a plan for today, tomorrow and for years to come. Plus, there’s no crystal ball where this is concerned. But, your MSP can establish a basic plan and tweak it along the way as your business grows.
Be sure to keep your patches up to date on software, hardware, applications and all your devices as soon as they’re released. Patching is a known exploit. When a patch is released, the bad guys go looking for those who haven’t deployed them. Don’t let that be you.
This is how the Equifax breach occurred, and look what happened. They lapsed on one patch and 143 million people’s data was stolen. Class action lawsuits will surely be the end of them. (Consider cyber insurance. The world is more litigious than ever. Your business can be sued if your clients’ or customers’ data is leaked.)
Ask your MSP to conduct a Risk Assessment to detect where vulnerabilities exist in your tech infrastructure. You need a comprehensive, customized solution that provides a layered, multi-faceted form of security. Intivix does this. We can detect and mitigate security threats before impacts are felt. Accept nothing less.
To up your security game, you need a 3-pronged approach:
- A People Solution (training your users)
- A Processes Solution (developing security policies and procedures)
- A Technology Solution (using the most up-to-date, next-generation technologies that can handle today’s threats)
You’re creating value for your company every day. Shouldn’t you protect it? We know you want the best security for your business. But you may have a hard time shelling out the cash. You’re probably asking yourself, “Can I afford to take this measure to protect our company? Isn’t there are a cheaper way of doing this?” Perhaps—But look at Equifax. They lost $6 billion in value due to their breach. You get what you pay for when it comes to security. Get the best you can buy.
Ask yourself “How much risk can we bear?” At Intivix, we have a security checklist to help you determine this, along with a measurement scale to assess how well you’re protected. And if you fall under a HIPAA or other regulatory requirements, you must consider this into your IT security value assessment. (Remember, if your business is in healthcare, your business associates must meet IT HIPAA standards as well. If not, your business is at risk.)
An EDR System Is a Must.
There’s a saying in IT security today, and it’s fitting: “Protection’s Ideal, but Detection’s a Must.” At Intivix, we employ an Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) System for all our clients. To fine tune a protection system you must go through a process where your MSP has to work out a lot of bugs and deny service to you and your employees to do it. You likely don’t have the time or money for this.
A properly implemented EDR system can provide the same level of protection without the cost and downtime. In this respect, every user’s device is protected. Firewalls are going to be a thing of the past in this respect. With BYOD and mobility, it’s the devices that need protection.
The security professionals at Intivix can complete a full review of your potential vulnerabilities and create a plan for remediation. We’ll “Up Your IT Security Game” and bring your security posture to a high level of preparedness.
With our ongoing support and multi-faceted protection, we’ll maintain critical patches to quickly detect any potential breaches so we can take immediate action. Contact us for a complementary Risk Assessment at (415) 543-1033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.