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Cybersecurity 101

Cybersecurity 101


Keeping your company’s resources and your clients’ data safe is an essential component in the success of your business. Cybersecurity may not be the first thing you consider when determining how best to advance your company. But not having definitive plans in place to safeguard information or failing to execute plans properly can bring your business to a grinding halt.

With more and more employees working remotely and the increased frequency with which information is being transmitted or stored on the internet, it’s no longer a matter of whether your business will be interrupted by cyberattacks, but when – and to what extent.

A dynamic cybersecurity system can help protect your assets against cyberattacks, educate employees on how to avoid being compromised, and reinforce your clients’ satisfaction by not only providing them with top-notch service but also ensuring that they can trust you with their data.

But what exactly does cybersecurity mean for you and your company?

Essentially, the ideal approach is threefold:

1) Ensuring that only those individuals who should see your data can see it.  Whether you’re discussing company procedures with an employee, communicating with a client, or sharing a document with a colleague, you want to make sure that confidentiality is maintained at all times.

2) Restricting access to data that’s subject to modification or deletion to individuals who are authorized to make these changes.  The last thing you want to face on a Monday morning is finding out that every product on your website was deactivated over the weekend due to an inadvertent keystroke by a well-meaning associate. Important data must be entrusted only to those individuals with the authority to alter it.

3) Allowing easy access to data that is needed whenever it’s needed.  Whether it’s a colleague seeking answers to business-related questions after hours, an employee working from home needing to access their assigned tasks offsite, or a client who just wants to buy what you’re selling, it’s essential that certain data is available and accessible to all who are seeking it.

So how can a solid cybersecurity system be implemented for your company?

For starters, consider the following:

1) Application Security.  You can improve the security of software applications by finding, fixing, and preventing common vulnerabilities, such as network eavesdropping, data tampering, or weak encryption. A variety of techniques can be used to detect and deter these vulnerabilities at the various stages of an application’s life cycle, from its design, development,deployment, upgrade, and maintenance to its eventual retirement.

2) Network Security.  This aspect of cybersecurity, which is typically monitored by the network administrator, concerns the prevention of unauthorized access to data within your network. Effective network security makes sure that only those individuals who should access your network can do so, and limits access within the network to only the programs or applications that each individual requires to perform their duties.

3) Endpoint Security.  Endpoint security helps protect your network against possible security threats related to electronics such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other wireless devices which are connected remotely to the network.

4) Cloud Security.  As more and more information and data are stored on the internet, it is essential for your company to work in conjunction with your cloud provider to prevent possible encroachment by outside intrusion. The provider ensures that their cloud infrastructure is secure and that your data and applications are properly protected, while your company takes measures to fortify your specific applications with the use of strong passwords and improved authentication procedures.

5) IoT (Internet of Things) Security.  One of the most vulnerable aspects of cybersecurity is one that you might not readily think about. In addition to your favorite electronic devices, many cameras, vehicles, appliances, and voice assistant technologies are now connected to the internet as well. Not only are these devices subject to cyberattacks, they may also be vulnerable to physical threats. For instance, a stolen or misplaced smartphone may be used to unlock the front door of your business and lead to physical loss of inventory or resources.

From distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks to social engineering, phishing, malware, viruses, and ransomware, cyberthreats can be an ever-present concern for your company. Often, particularly in the case of smaller or less-established businesses, the weight of both providing your services and securing your assets can be crushing. Some companies don’t have the benefit of an onsite IT department, or else their personnel is either unable or under-prepared to deal with a serious cyberattack.

When you partner with a DataGroup Technologies, we’ll provide you with a superior cybersecurity solution – customized to your specific needs – which will better prepare your business, your employees, and your clients in the event of a cyberattack. Call us today at 252.329.1382!

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