Even if your using a managed IT services provider, here are seven easy steps to keep your IT systems secure and avoid downtime or a security breach.
- Your Passwords are Assets
People forget to understand that their passwords are not a nuisance and rather a more important part of their digital security system online. Thin of them not different than cash, social insurance number or any other highly sensitive information. Protect them to protect yourself.
- Passwords Should Change Often
To compliment step 1 of protecting your password, you should also change your password every few months in case it has been stolen or compromised. You can also have your managed IT services implement an automatic policy that will lock your employees out of the system until they change their passwords according to company policies.
- Do Not Open Emails from Unknown People or Suspicious
Cyber security 101 has hackers send a malicious code to your computer via emails created to look like authentic business opportunities or from services that are known. If you do not recognize an email address, do not even open the email, let alone download any attachments. Hover you mouse over and if the link does not look right or something completely different, avoid it at all costs.
- Software Organizations Do Not Call You
Still an effective security breach to try and steal sensitive information via phone. The cyber criminals will call you and pose as a government official, software company, security company, or anything else that may scare you or get you to hand over information. If you get a call from an unfamiliar number and this happens to you, ask to call them back and find an official number to dial.
- Keep Your Employees Trained on Security Threats
Technology changes and for this reason you should keep employees up-to-date on security threats. Never assume that your employees understand the importance of IT security or that they know how to protect your systems from hackers and cyber criminals. By establishing an IT security best practices and training for your entire team, your greatly reduce the chances of a security breach.
- Keep It Updated
Software and hardware companies are always releasing new patches and drivers for their systems. It should be standard practice to include security patches and updates as part of your weekly maintenance and proactive management. Ignoring updates and patches will make your IT infrastructure vulnerable to cyber criminals.
- Pick Your Managed IT Services Provider Wisely
You need to think long term when picking an outsourced IT support team as it is critical for your IT security. Make sure that you only outsource to the best IT support team. It is important to remember that management tools have a cost and this is the way to properly manage your network and keep it safe. It is extremely important that you proactively work with your outsourced IT support partner.
In conclusion, running a business is no easy task but with these seven easy steps to keep your IT systems secure and avoid downtime or a security breach, your well on your way.
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