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Ask the Expert: The best cybersecurity strategies to protect your business from cyber attacks

By Dan Smith
Director of Engineering Services

Having preventive measures in place on your network is one of the best ways to keep cyber attacks from compromising your business. As a managed service provider, we require certain cybersecurity measure to be taken to maintain the safest environment for clients. If you are unsure of where to begin when it comes to your cybersecurity, here are some of the best measures to start with recommended by our team of IT experts to implement to mitigate the risk of a successful cyber attack. 

Cybersecurity Insurance: 
Cyber insurance covers legal fees and expenses correlated to a data breach. Your cyber insurance will also help cover the following: notify clients in the event of a data breach, help restore and recover data, and repair damaged computer systems. You and your team should thoroughly assess the policy to ensure you are aware of what exactly is and isn’t covered in the case of a data breach. 

Multi-Factor Authentication: 
Multi-factor authentication, MFA, is a method that requires two or more factors verification factors to gain access to a resource, device, or application. MFA is now being required by most insurance companies to be eligible for cyber security insurance. MFA ensures that if you were ever to fall victim to a phishing scam or have your login credential compromised, the hacker would not be able to gain access unless they can get through the other level(s) of authentication 

Endpoint Detection and Response: 
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) is the modern replacement for antivirus software. EDR solutions actively monitor end user devices to detect and respond to cyber threats like ransomware and malware.

Firewalls are one of the most basic forms of protection that you need for your organization’s security. A next generation firewall provides deep packet inspection, intrusion detection and prevention, advanced malware protection and application, and user control. 

Cybersecurity Training: 
When it comes to cybersecurity, one of the most important things you can do is train your employees on threat detection best practices. So many cyber attacks occur simply due to human error. It doesn’t take a malicious person to accidentally click on an email hat’s embedded with a virus. Cyber-attacks happen very frequently, every 11 seconds to be exact.  

Penetration Testing:
Penetration testing is a proactive approach to improving your security year after year and threat after threat. It is a great way to test your current cybersecurity tools and enhance them based on your penetration assessment, which will come with recommendations labeled as critical, high, medium, or low. This is a great way to ensure that your business is constantly alert to any vulnerabilities that could open the door to a potential data breach. 

Managed IT Services: 
Hiring a managed IT services provider, MSP, allows third-party complete management of your network infrastructure, end-user support, backup, and security. When an MSP is chosen, they assume full access and responsibility to run diagnostics on your networks and monitor your environment for threats.

Cyber attacks are continually evolving and getting harder to recognize. You must have a variety of tools in place to ensure there are multiple lines of defense to keep your business safe.