A global shift toward remote working environments has created an open-season for cyber crime.

No business—regardless of size or industry—is out of the cross hairs. Small and medium businesses
(SMBs) are particularly at risk, so make sure your IT team is prepared and have implemented cybersecurity best practices!

Nine tips to help your IT team

There are ways to protect business data against ransomware attacks. Here are nine tips
to help your IT team boost your business’ resilience to cyber attacks:

  1. Renew your security risk assessment.
    Things change over time. If it’s been a while
    since your IT team has thoroughly assessed
    your information security posture, be sure to
    clear up some time on your schedule to get
    that taken care of!
  2. Train your employees. Because cyber
    security threats are constantly evolving, an
    ongoing training plan should be implemented for all employees. Your IT provider or internal team should be able to arrange such training.
  3. Get password hygiene under control.
    Implement a password policy that requires
    strong passwords and check for leaked
    employee accounts through dark web
    monitoring. For more comprehensive security, consider mandatory multi-factor
    authentication, ongoing network monitoring,
    and hard drive encryption.
  4. Keep all devices updated. Your IT team
    should already be taking care of patching and updating the devices — but that may not
    include all of your staff’s personal devices,
    laptops, phones, or even smart devices in the
    office. Be vigilant about patch management
    for these devices, and speak to your IT team
    about adding coverage as needed.
  1. Create straightforward cybersecurity
    policies. If your IT team hasn’t created
    internal information security policies, doing so should become a priority. Strict, documented policies are a critical part of an overall security strategy.
  2. Consider your data backup policies.
    You should already be running a data backup
    solution as part of your IT strategy. (If not, now would be a good time to start!)
    Review how your data needs may have
    changed since first implementing this solution and determine if you need more frequent backups or other recovery options.
  3. Conduct a cybersecurity practice restore. The best way
    to know if you have the right Backup and Data Recovery solution in place is to test it in a real-world scenario. If your IT team hasn’t
    conducted a practice restore to get a complete picture of what lies ahead in times
    of disaster, make it a priority.
  4. Know where your data resides. The more
    places data exists, the more likely it is that
    unauthorized individuals will be able to access it. Your IT team should help you use data discovery tools to find and appropriately
    secure data and implement Software-as-a Service (SaaS) applications that allow for
    corporate control of data.

9. Control access to computers. Use key cards or similar security measures
to control access to facilities, ensure that employees use strong passwords for
laptops and desktops. Administrative privileges should only be given to trusted

Your IT department or IT provider should be your source of up-to-date,
reliable cybersecurity information and cybersecurity best practices. Stay vigilant, stay informed, and always
err on the side of caution.

Xacent Global Cybersecurity best practices against cyber crime
Xacent Global Cybersecurity best practices against cyber crime

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