Is your IT Super Secure?
Our in-house cyber security experts recommend that local businesses act immediately to secure their IT infrastructure and online services.
A highly complex password and multi-factor authentication are now just basic security measures all businesses should have in place. Here are the three items you need to enforce across all of your business devices and IT services:
Enforcement of strict cyber security policies in the Microsoft environment is now commonplace. This includes conditional access, which can be managed by your IT provider of choice.
In simple terms, conditional access is a policy that allows business-approved devices to access company data and cloud services.
In the past, conditional access was limited to only highly secure business networks; however, the ease of implementation and the ability to pre-approve personal cell phone devices using services such as Microsoft's Intune company portal service allow any size business to become super secure and keep the bad guys (or girls!) out.
Zero Trust Applications
Similar to conditional access, a zero-trust application policy does the same thing but for software restricting all applications from loading and installing unless on a pre-approved IT list. This is one of the most effective ways to stop viruses and ransomware in your business network, as nothing is allowed to load on your computer/laptop unless it's on the application white list.
When a new app or software is downloaded and required, it's just a case of logging a ticket with the IT helpdesk and going through the approval process for installation.
Monitoring of login locations
Finally, we come to location monitoring. Most online services, such as Microsoft 365, now offer reports on where your staff is logging in based on their "IP" address.
Cybersecurity experts will probably not be surprised by new data on global attack traffic in the last quarter of 2021, 41 percent originating in China, citing, among other things, a "sophisticated hacker network."
1. China 41 % (of the world's attack traffic)
2. U.S. 10 %
3. Turkey 4.7 %
4. Russia 4.3 %
5. Taiwan 3.7 %
6. Brazil 3.3 %
7. Romania 2.8 %
8. India 2.3 %
9. Italy 1.6 %
10. Hungary 1.4 %
Monitoring on a weekly basis where staff logins are occurring can help pinpoint potential anomalies and help inform when a possible account has been compromised.
It is prudent to inform staff that login locations are being monitored since implementing this service with another client highlighted a certain remote worker that was taking a vacation on company time. This was made clear due to the login location report.
If you are uncertain about your current IT infrastructure and online services and want peace of mind that they are indeed secure and following these best practices, then get in touch with us for an introductory meeting at (786) 621-8600 or send an email to begin a no-obligation conversation.
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