cybersecuritySome people think that having an anti-virus and firewall installed on personal computers and servers are enough to keep their businesses safe from data breaches, ransomware, and malware. These IT solutions are only parts of the layered strategy required to protect the company. Human factors have to be taken into account along with other technological aspects. Technological systems continue to improve at a fast rate and it has become harder for cyberattackers to bypass them and that’s why they have chosen to attack the human aspect. This has led to the rise of phishing phone calls, emails, and even impersonation just so they could deposit the technological attack behind the firewall and other security hardware.

Many government offices have made the headlines lately. Municipalities were forced to shut down because of ransomware encrypting all the files on their network. In certain instances, the victims pay the ransom. The attack started when an employee opened an infected email attachment. These messages often replicate a legitimate UPS or FedEx shipping email or notification.

 

 

Mitigating The Human Factor

Education and awareness. Remind and educate your staff regularly so they are aware of fake emails. Consider hiring training companies specializing in testing and educating employees on safe cybersecurity practices.

Assist your employees in identifying common malware and phishing techniques that hide malware as an ordinary task. For instance, UPS or FedEx won’t send confirmations unless a package is being shipped. In your company hasn’t shipped anything recently or isn’t expecting any delivery, it’s best to delete the message.

Inform your staff who their IT support teams are and how they could get in touch with them. This will help prevent impersonation. Cybercriminals do their research well and they will try to figure out which support company or staff provides IT support. Your employees should be aware that these impostors exist and they should know who their legitimate IT support team is.

Hover over links in your emails and be sure that they go to where they’re supposed to go. For instance, Microsoft 365 users might see an email about quarantine. The attached links should go to onmicrosoft.com, office.com, and Microsoft.com. They will never direct you to a random, unrecognizable, or unusual link.

It is also a good idea to validate requests. Get in touch with the sender and ask if they really sent the message.

Dealing With Technological Factors

Many companies already have an anti-virus or firewall installed as part of their cybersecurity Fayetteville NC strategy. These must be updated and managed properly. Workstations and servers must be updated proactively. But be sure to know how you can recover in case there’s a data breach.

If you have backups, make sure to test them regularly. Always remember that it’s not a backup if it can’t restore your files. The backups should also be encrypted. It’s best to have weekly, monthly, and yearly backups on a cold medium like a cloud.

Call SpartanTec, Inc. now and let our team of IT experts set up the most suitable cybersecurity strategies to keep your network and business safe from online threats.

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