There used to be two certainties in life: death and taxes. We think it's time to update the saying and include cybersecurity breaches. While computers and the internet have undoubtedly improved our productivity, they have also made us more vulnerable to data theft. Here are some suggestions on how to best mitigate those risks.
AntiVirus & AntiMalware Protection
Our first line of defense is security applications like antivirus software. This is a baseline minimum that every business needs. These programs monitor, detect, and eliminate many of the threats to your system. These apps are fighting a non-stop battle as hackers continue to invent new ways to access your data. The key to your antivirus software's success is being up-to-date. If you are manually approving your updates, you may want to consider changing them to automatic. The updates include defenses for the latest attacks.
Backup & Recovery
The second and third lines of defense become relevant once an attacker gets passed your security and into your system. Automated, agentless backup is a great way to keep your data safe in the event of an attack. Regular backups ensure you don't lose data in the event of a system crash, ransomware attack, or data breach. Equally important is recovery. Your data needs to be available and reintroduced quickly and efficiently to get you back online as quickly as possible. Downtime is unacceptable - and costly. Read this case study about a ransomware attack and recovery.
Cyber Liability Insurance
Cyber Liability Insurance has been around for over a decade, but is just now getting mainstream attention. In a business environment where breaches are a certainty, it may not be enough to do our best to protect ourselves. We may need to decide just how risk averse we are. Cyber attacks can be extremely costly even if they're minor. The costs of restoring your data are obvious. But, what about the cost of hiring digital forensic investigators to identify the source and scope of the breach, or attorneys in the event a client takes legal action, or the cost of keeping your breach from becoming public? Cyber liability can help you with these expenses.
Great Lakes Computer can help protect you and your data.
We offer a full range of services and products that can address all these layers of protection. We can conduct a network assessment to determine weaknesses, build you a strong security infrastructure, and help you protect your company from the fallout associated with data breaches. Let us do what we do best so you can get back to what you do best.