Today’s topic will discuss Cyber Security and why you have to be careful in 2018. Recently, the largest cyber-attack in internet history stuck a company called GitHub, a web-based hosting service for computer code. The good news is that the attack was foiled in less than 10 minutes, thanks to the power of proactive security solutions.
So, what are “proactive security solutions”? This can include up-to-date security software on your computer and network, keeping critical servers behind firewalls, developing web filters, and many more. So, let’s talk about some of these proactive solutions.
First and foremost, you need to have up-to-date security software on all computer devices. This includes any device that runs electronic applications, including personal computers (PC’s), Macintosh computers (Mac / Apple), Linux computers, Windows Servers, Mac Servers, iPhones, Android phones, etc. I have heard the stories that Mac computers don’t get viruses. Unfortunately, that’s not true. We recently installed security software on a client’s MacBook Pro and we found that he had over 400 infections on his computer. The manufacturers of computer viruses are targeting Mac computers and devices, since this is an open market for them. So, you need to be protected.
Second, if your IT Professional has not yet done so, install a physical firewall device to provide added protection against attacks to your network. There are many manufacturers of firewall devices that are in the marketplace, including (not limited to) Cisco, Fortinet, Meraki, SonicWall, Sophos, & WatchGuard. Each has their own benefits to your business and your IT Professional can provide the best product to support your business.
Let’s go back to the headlines to learn about a business that wanted to test their employees to see if they would open an email and enter their data. Last week, as reported on ClickonDetroit.com, the State of Michigan conducted a fake “phishing” attack on 5,000 randomly selected state employees. Approximately 1,666 or 1/3 of them opened the email and approx. 1,000 entered their user ID & password. The topic of the email was about an expired password. Article can be found at this website: https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/michigan/1-in-3-michigan-workers-tested-opened-fake-phishing-email. Training staff is important as they can potentially cause a data breach or a massive infection.
So, what’s the best thing for you, the small business owner? Talk to your IT Professional on how to best protect your computer network and devices. If you don’t have an IT Professional that you are working with or don’t like that individual, please reach out to the staff at Elite Networking & Consulting for a free review of your technology. It’s hard enough finding the right employees and when you find a good one, you keep that individual. The same with your IT Professional. A good person is hard to find.
Elite Networking & Consulting offers their clients security software and firewall devices to protect their computers and their network. The security software has consistently ranked in the top 5% of all security software products for the past several years and in 2017 was awarded the best Anti-Virus software for Windows Client Business User. If you would like more information, please call us at 855-767-9685, ext. 700 or send an email to use at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Elite Networking & Consulting