Nowadays, cybercriminals are more capable and adept at covering their tracks, hiding in the cloud, and manipulating internal system infrastructures to exploit some often hard-to-spot vulnerabilities. Indeed, Onsite Helper is a firm believer that no business is too small to prioritise IT security solutions and support.
This blog summarises the significant takeaways into IT security or cybersecurity that every business should know. Consequently, we highly recommend that businesses of any size apply these IT security support and maintenance practises to their mindset coming into 2022.
Cybercrime in 2022
Studies suggest that by 2022, there will be about 28.5 billion networked devices around the world. This number increased significantly from 2017’s 18 billion networked devices. What does this mean for businesses around the world?
Businesses left, right, and centre will continue to face old and new threats on a regular basis. Two of the most common ones that businesses face are phishing scams and ransomware. Despite being old, cybercriminals still find a way to trick people who aren’t fully aware of the scam and how to best deal with it. The aforementioned threats can be threatening to companies with untrained personnel. Due to this, Onsite Helper has prepared this simple checklist of the best IT security solutions tips and trends. This will hopefully serve as a guideline for your business to better deal with the threats that cybercriminals have to offer in 2022.
Back in 2020, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, most businesses transitioned to a work-from-home model. This is true not only in Australia but all over the world. As a response, cybercriminals also moved to remote operations. As a matter of fact, a report suggests that about 20% of the cybersecurity incidents from that year occurred during the height of the pandemic.
Such high numbers should serve as a wake-up call for businesses. It’s about time that organisations understand cyber threats and risks. Moreover, they should learn to do everything in their power to prevent data leaks and breaches.
Best IT security solutions and tips for businesses in 2022
Layered Cyber Security
Small and medium-sized businesses are highly vulnerable to cyber attacks as they often only have 1 or 2 layers of IT security in place, this would be like leaving your house and only locking the door. It would be very easy for a criminal to break in, so to stay protected, you would want:
- Safe – any hackers or cybercriminals shouldn’t be able to guess or research your answer.
- Memorable – your answer should be something that is easy for you to remember.
- Consistent – your answer should be something that doesn’t change over time.
- Has a lot of options or answers – your answer should have a lot of different possible answers so any cybercriminal would have a hard time guessing it.
Backup your data
A data backup IT security solution is one of the best ways to protect your precious data from a ransomware attack. Ransomware is a form of malicious software. All it takes to set it off is an accidental clicking of a malicious link. This link targets any unsuspecting employee. Once deployed, all of your data is now taken hostage.
Regularly keeping an updated backup of your data protects you from ransomware attacks. In an event where your system falls victim to a ransomware attack, you can easily restore back your data thanks to your backup.
Conduct IT security training
As mentioned earlier, no business is too small to prioritize IT security solutions and maintenance. It’s a good practice for businesses to conduct IT security training and cybersecurity awareness workshops. This will better train and educate employees to navigate the internet and your system with more care. This practice will greatly reduce cyberattacks caused by human error and employee negligence. Overall, this will result in a significant improvement in your organization’s IT security.
How to improve your IT security solutions today!
IT Security Audit Services
Onsite Helper is a business IT support provider based in Australia that specialises in Managed IT systems, IT maintenance, security solutions, ransomware prevention, everything Google Workspace, and so much more.
We have developed a FREE and comprehensive IT Security Audit that will immediately show you any vulnerabilities in your system and how to properly address them. This FREE IT security audit service has helped businesses in Melbourne and all across Australia.
- Application Authorization – this means only selected applications can be used and no software or settings can be installed by staff. Additionally, this prevents Ransomware and other malicious software from infecting devices.
- Managed Antivirus solution – great for alerting IT if there are any issues.
- Patch Management -insures all operating system patches and 3rd party applications stay up to date and secure.
- Web Protection – will prevent malicious or inappropriate website access for staff.
- Mail Protection – stops SPAM and virus emails from being delivered to staff inbox’s.
- Monitoring & Alerts – to alert IT if there are any issues with the computers hardware, software or security.
- Multi-factor Authentication – will protect the cloud applications being used as it requires a code sent to a mobile phone for access. Far more secure than password only access.
- Password Management allows for shared company passwords to remain secret. It prevents you having to change all your passwords when staff leave, which often doesn’t happen and is a huge security risk.
- Backups – its important to backup your shared data as well as cloud applications like emails & docs in Google Workspace or Office 365.