IT Security

Cybersecurity threats today are increasing both in number and intensity. Leaving your network unprotected is an open invitation for these online nuisances and, once they make their way into your network, they can wreak havoc on your computer systems, cause you expensive downtime and, worse still, leave your data compromised.

Partnering with a Managed Services Provider (MSP) that focuses on IT security can bolster your cybersecurity defences. This is especially true when it comes to end user error. All the tools and solutions in the world won’t protect your business from every attack. Human error is still highly dangerous, and many employees grow complacent at some point as they fail to follow best practices.

An MSP that offers mobile device management (MDM) can be very helpful in deploying automatic and remote device-locate and device-wipe services in cases where mobile devices are lost or stolen.

MSPs also offer antimalware and antivirus solutions to keep data on mobile devices as well as desktops protected.

Partnering with an MSP makes sense because they serve as a backup for proactively preventing security leaks that employees might cause and mitigating damage when a leak occurs. Here’s a sampling of the benefits a mobile device management MSP can provide:

  • Keeps employee devices updated with the latest antivirus and antimalware software.
  • Applies updates to programs and applications when new versions and fixes become available.
  • Applies operating system patches when first available on a regular schedule that you can configure.
  • Provides security assessments to identify weaknesses in your existing mobile security program.
  • Offers guidance on how to mitigate any mobile security program risks

Viruses can also do serious harm to information, so consider MSPs that offer Webroot for complete endpoint management. The technology scans downloaded apps and devices for any threats. Equipped with Internet security, this defence provides a heads-up if it detects any malicious activity from the device browser.

Cyber Security Top Tips

  • Try to connect to Networks you know.  Public Wi-Fi at coffee shops can often be unsecure and expose your device to others.
  • When online shopping, look out for the ‘padlock’ symbol and ‘https’ at the start of the web address.  Stick to well known reputable brands.
  • Use secure passwords with a mix of letters, numbers and special characters.  Try to have different passwords for different sites. Being secure is better than having information or money stolen.
  • Lock your PC / Laptop when you walk away from it.  You wouldn’t leave your house door unlocked when you leave.
  • Do NOT click on unfamiliar links.  If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Close any pop ups.

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