COVID-19 has been pretty rough on the small business. Millions of businesses have either been forced to suspend or alter operations. Today, we wanted to point out that you may be distracted with a lot of things, but your business’ cybersecurity efforts need to be a priority.
I’m confident that most businesses have some form of cybersecurity software in place. That solution will undeniably filter a lot of bad things that come in from the outside, as long as you keep its firmware updated with the latest threat definitions. Unfortunately, some equally terrible things get through. This happens almost constantly creating a perilous landscape where all of a business’ information systems need to be protected, from the servers to the switches.
Cyberthreats are coming in from all different directions, and could be costing businesses capital they don’t have when their revenue streams are compromised. As a result, you are seeing calls for cyber-clemency emerging. Unfortunately, hackers seek out opportunity; and now is their opportunity. Think about it, most workforces are now working remotely if they are working at all. This separates workforces from their security setups and forces them to try to maintain the same level of operational security while most (or all) of the workforce is working from different IP addresses. This makes endpoint security essential.
You can do all you can do to try to maintain security, but if you don’t have a well-trained workforce, your chances of getting hacked go up exponentially. All employees should be able to spot a phishing attack, they should use only directed authentication procedures, and should have remote or VPN access to ensure that information that is sent from their home workstation isn’t intercepted en route. Really, every worker you have should know these four things:
The pandemic has caused a lot of businesses plenty of headaches. Some are panicking, which is understandable considering what’s happening, but it really is the worst time for that. If you are able to stay calm, you may be able to endure this pause of everyday life and come back stronger than ever. Call the IT professionals at Citara Systems to help you keep your network and infrastructure secure during this difficult period.