With phishing attacks on the rise and hackers becoming more sophisticated in their attacks, businesses must make security a priority, regardless of size. There is a perception amongst many small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that they are too small to be a target – which makes them the perfect target.
If you glance at some statistics from 2018 on cyber threats, you will find that 57% of SMBs reported an increase in attack volume and only 36% of these organizations are showing in an increase in their security budget for 2019.
For those organizations that have not experienced a breach, it is important to view this as an opportunity to invest in security rather than thinking you are “not on the radar.” With so many solutions in the marketplace combined with budgetary constraints, it can be difficult to determine where to start.
The harder you make it for a hacker to penetrate your environment, the quicker they will move on. We recommend incorporating the following cost-effective Managed Security Solutions to get started:
1. Security Awareness Training
Phishing schemes are a scam and you are the target. How do you learn to recognize phishing emails? How do you, as leaders, identify users within your organizations that could really benefit from Security Awareness Training?
The answer is simple; you should implement a Phish Testing solution for all employees in your company to find out what percentage of employees are drawn to phishing emails. Simulating phishing attacks is an additional layer of security for your employees and is just as important as having anti-virus, anti-spam or a firewall. In today’s world, when you randomly phish your employees you are heightening their awareness to what they should look for in their inbox. In addition, you are implementing an effective cybersecurity best practice to protect your last line of defense: USERS.
2. Multi-Factor Authentication
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) provides an extra layer of protection by requiring two methods to verify your identity. These factors include something that you know (username and password) plus something you have (smartphone to approve authentication requests). A comprehensive solution confirms the identity of users before accessing the network, monitors the health of the devices and isolates devices with risky applications or outdated firmware.
With advancements in technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) productivity has grown but so has the risk of cyber-security threats. This change in landscape, makes MFA a viable, easy solution to implement to keep your company data safe.
3. Mobile Device Management
With the rise of mobility, telecommuting and BYOD in the workplace, the security of mobile devices has become a priority for business owners. What if your employee enjoys a night out in NYC and leaves their car in a taxi? Is there company data that is accessible or lives within email? Do you have policies in place to manage this?
Implementing a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution and streamlines the set up and device enrollment process to make it seamless. It provides users remote access to corporate applications from their mobile workspaces, including mobile devices, laptops and PCs.
The combination of MDM and United Endpoint Protection (UEM) technology, provides the ability to secure policies such as encryption, passcodes, data loss, prevention, remote lock and wipe and patch management to keep data protected across all users.
The deployment of MDM with UEM enables you to improve the user experience as well as tasks that were considered costly, complicated and time consuming. All employees and personal devices can be managed within hours and allows for automation capabilities across your digital workspace.
Contact The TNS Group today to learn more about implementing the solutions above into your workplace.