October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)!
The US Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance launched NCSAM in 2004 and have dedicated the month of October to bring awareness to the importance of cybersecurity ever since.
Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.
This year’s NCSAM theme is Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.
We at Advance2000 want to join the DHS and National Cyber Security Alliance in encouraging personal accountability and proactive behavior in digital privacy, security best practices, common cyber threats and cybersecurity careers. We asked one of our own, Director of Support and Services Jim Szaras, what he recommends to protect businesses against cybersecurity threats in the first place.
What Three Things Can Business Leaders Do To Prevent Cybersecurity Attacks?
Properly Train Your People
Some companies seek us out because they’ve already experienced a cyberattack. Several data or system compromises Jim sees from these companies could have been prevented with proper cybersecurity awareness employee training. “Properly train your people on downloads, app usage, and identifying fishy emails or ads,” Jim recommends.
Oftentimes a well-meaning employee opens an “invoice” or “quote” attachment that is actually malware, spyware, or ransomware. Before you know it, the company network is completely compromised.
Educate your employees on a regular basis as cyberattacks are always evolving. A good way to ensure employees are engaging in safe computer usage is to hold a yearly training across all departments.
For handout material, see this Tip card from the US Department of Homeland Security: Identity Theft and Internet Scams Tip Card
Should a scam be unusually sophisticated and an employee accidentally opens a malicious attachment or website, Jim says an Anti-Virus is the first line of defense. Anti-virus software can help protect you against ransomware, malware, and spyware.
You’ll want to get the right anti-virus for your needs. Contact us at Advance2000 for a consultation and we can help you determine the kind of solution you need based on the number of devices you have and more. We help protect AEC firms, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, law offices, accounting firms, nonprofits and more!
When looking for an IT partner, be certain to ask these questions from the National Cyber Security Alliance: 6 Cybersecurity Questions to Ask When Choosing Business Technology Solutions
Firewall or Unified Threat Management (UTM)
Lastly, Jim recommends a Firewall or Unified Threat Management. These can tag or block incoming email spam, online pop-ups, and offer intrusion detection and prevention. This solution will usually include antispam services, antivirus, and application control to enhance network security. Web filtering can be set up to scan for security threats when visiting other websites to protect from phishing or more.
We understand that companies have intellectual property they need to protect. For over 30 years Advance2000 has been providing organizations the most advanced technologies to secure that IP and offering 24x7x365 IT support. We understand that different businesses, and particularly cyberattacks, don’t only operate 9 to 5, so neither do we.
To find an IT partner to help implement all these preventative measures, or to access your current existing infrastructure, contact us at Advance2000 today!
To learn more about how you can better protect your firm from cyberattacks, visit: Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect Small Business Resources Center.