October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. A collaborative initiative between government and industry, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is designed to build awareness and encourage best practices. Introduced in 2004 by President George W. Bush and Congress, this year marks the 20th anniversary.
Now more than ever cybersecurity is crucial for both individuals and businesses. Businesses are especially appealing to attackers given the massive amounts of private information they may collect. In this blog entry we share 5 ways you can protect your business.
Require strong passwords.
Passwords should be required to be several characters long, contain upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols and only be used for one account.
Require multi-factor authentication (MFA).
In addition to a strong password, require an extra step to login. A code texted to a phone is most common. Microsoft engineers predict MFA can block 99.9% of automated attacks.
Update business software.
Attackers love to exploit old vulnerable software. Enable automatic updates when possible and make sure you have the latest patches and updates installed. Software, operating systems and hardware that is no longer supported should be replaced.
Conduct training with employees on things like password best practices, online security and phishing emails. Employees should be able to recognize phishing emails and other suspicious communications.
Partner with Insight BTR.
Our team of technology professionals can evaluate your business and develop a customized plan that is efficient and effective for you. You and your business cannot afford to be operating without a professional security plan in today’s world.
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