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A multi-layered approach to IT security is recommended, but what does that mean?

As the technology industry advances at a rapid pace so do the methods adopted by cyber criminals to develop different types of cyber crimes to attack your businesses through its use of IT. As a result of the sudden shift to remote working, many businesses managed their IT security to address their immediate short term needs, increasing their vulnerability. However, one year on, many have now had the opportunity to review and address these gaps but for those who have not yet done this, it is recommended that an IT security review is completed without further delay regardless of whether you intend to return to the office, full-remote or part-remote moving forwards.

Despite advancements in IT security services and general awareness, the 2020 Cyber Security Breaches Survey reported 46% of business and 26% of charities had experienced a security breach or attack.

There are many types of cyber crime, and we discuss the most common in our recent blog ‘Common Cyber Attacks You Need to Protect Against'. However, the survey also reported an interesting rise in the use of phishing attacks and a reduction in IT security breaches originating from a virus or other malware.

Regardless of the type of cyber crime, it is well known that IT security plays a pivotal role in the success of your businesses ability to maximise its IT and that it should form an integral part of your long-term strategic plans. Not only can individual attacks result in significant financial loss and a loss of productivity due to business downtime, but the reputation you have worked to build for your business can be damaged too.

Businesses of all sizes are at risk of falling victim to cybercrime. Recently, technology giant Acer was reported to have been targeted by a REvil ransomware attack, which held a ransom of $50,000,000 – the highest recorded to date. It is probably fair to assume that businesses of this size invest heavily in their IT and IT security, which highlights just how important it is that a thorough approach is taken to securing your businesses IT. Technology leaders Microsoft were quick to identify this risk, and ensure vulnerabilities could be detected and remedied promptly – working closely with an MSP who partner with Microsoft will ensure you are alerted to these risks as they happen. 

Employing a managed IT service provider for your cyber security is key to ensuring that your organisation is best protected against the risk of cybercrime. And, a multi-layered approach to IT security is widely recommended. To start with, this should include –

Email Security

Whether you have email on your own server or use a cloud provider such as Microsoft 365 of Google Mail, enhanced 3rd party email security is essential, since the security built into these tools is limited. Using a range of technologies, this will help detect spam as well as more sophisticated targeted phishing, impersonation attacks and malware and respond accordingly.

Web Filtering

Whenever your users work online they are a risk to your IT security. Visiting websites that aren’t considered safe for work might mean they are seeing content that isn’t suitable, or they may simply visit a page or click a link that looks authentic but isn’t. Such behaviours put your business at risk of being exposed to a virus, malware, ransomware – as we so commonly hear about in the news. A reliable web filtering solution will include multiple security layers and provides the ability to customise exactly how your staff access web pages, inspect those pages and take appropriate action – such as deny access or disable page components that may contain threats. New and known threats will be blocked to help secure your business.

Endpoint Protection

A good endpoint protection service ensures that no virus, malware or potential exploit is introduced to your organisation, using content and reputations to stop existing and new threats across email, browsers, files, URLs, ads, apps and more, in real time. Alerting will help identify risks so that your IT managed service provider can address them before they impact your business.

Training

Ensuring your staff understand how to help protect your business from different types of cyber crime is key to your success in keeping your business safe and their training should form an important part of your IT security strategy. Being able to identify a phishing email or false website for example reduces the risk of a member of staff mistakenly putting your business at risk. IT support companies provide specific security training and, can even run tests across your workforce to establish the knowledge gaps and your weakest links.

There are many elements to ensuring your IT security strategy is effective in protecting your business, and these needs vary depending on your business requirements. Now is the time to ensure your protection meets those needs so that your business is not the next victim.

As a Gold Microsoft partner, ITRM are quick to identify cyber crimes, and provide the necessary support to resolve security risks.  

To understand how you can improve your IT security contact a member of the team today for a free IT security audit and to talk about the different cyber security services available to you.

Visit our blog page for more articles about cyber crimes and the IT security services available to best protect your business from cyber criminals.

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