8 Steps to Protect Your Business From Cyber Attacks

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8 Steps to Protect Your Business From Cyber Attacks

How to Protect Your Business From Cyber Attacks

The landscape of cyber security has changed and continues to change. But you don’t need to feel overwhelmed! The Australian Government is committed to providing advice to help businesses stay safe online. See ACSC’s ‘Essential Steps to protect your business’ (Australian Cyber Security Centre).

The ACSC recommends eight essential steps as a baseline for businesses and Firms to protect themselves from cyber security incidents (refer ‘Essential Eight Explained’). These eight strategies cover three key aspects of IT:

Protection From Malware

(also referred to as Ransomware) being delivered or activated by;

    • blocking access to non-approved applications/programs
    • malicious macros designed to exploit the Microsoft Office macro environment (Secure your systems against malicious macros)
    • keeping computers updated with the latest application patches;
    • limiting or blocking dangerous web browser applications (eg, Flash, ads, Java script. Refer ACSC’s Guidelines for System Hardening).

Limit Risk and Extent of Cyber Attacks

  • Restrict and regularly review administrative privileges (limit who can access what);
  • MFA (multifactor authentication) for remote access of your network;
  • Keeping computers updated with the latest security OS patches.
  • Easy recovery of lost or stolen data and systems
  • Daily backup of information and systems that are imperative to your business’s operations, security and reputation.

If you don’t have these eight cyber strategies in place, you need to act!

Another huge advantage to combating cyber-crime is ensuring everyone in your agency, Practice or business, from owner to senior management, Partner to your newest employee, is committed to protecting your data.

Cyber security is a team effort because simple things are often the biggest ‘gateways’ for malicious attacks on your business and data, such as:

  • Poor password policies, or none!
  • Lack of knowledge/training across your team on how to identify and avoid malicious attacks or links.
  • Lack of device management: security updates, or unsupported operating systems.

If you don’t have the internal skills or confidence in your current IT personnel to implement these strategies, it’s a good time to investigate a new IT partner who can has the skills and experience to keep your data and systems safe.

Benefits of Outsourcing to an MSP

The obvious benefit from partnering with an MSP (Managed Service Provider) is that you get a team of IT engineers whose whole purpose is to maximise the efficiency and security of your devices and systems. They actually love working with IT.

Unlike your team, they don’t need to split their time and attention between keeping up to date with IT and running your business. As they focus on keeping your IT secure and operational, your team is freed up to focus on what they need to do to keep your business profitable.

Outsourcing IT also frees your business from incidental costs of maintaining your own team (wages, training, etc). In fact, outsourcing is an invaluable aid to help work through one of the biggest IT challenges that faces a successful, expanding business… if, when and how to transition to your own fully-independent internal IT team.

It’s generally an easy process to employ someone with enough skills to manage basic, day-to-day IT needs within a small business. However, trying to build a team that has the necessary skills to manage all aspects of IT and cyber security is difficult and undeniably costly!

The smartest way to mitigate wage and training expenses is to partner with an outsourced MSP. An MSP gives your business or Firm a wide range of engineers with different skillsets to handle matters as they arise, on request.

Depending on which IT Provider and Plan you choose, the monthly cost of a good, all-inclusive Plan will cover all IT costs to your business other than unique projects and new purchases.

The company I work for, itro, offers two Support Plans for Business IT, and one self-managed Support Plan for internal IT Managers:

  • itro Advanced – designed to reduce unforeseen costs.
  • itro Ultimate – designed to remove unforeseen costs.
  • itro Self-Serve – designed for inhouse IT Managers with limited tools and team resources.

itro’s team will work with you to ensure you have all 8 essential cyber security strategies recommended as baseline protection by the Australian Government. And once we ensure all potential cyber ‘gateways’ into your business have been secured, our team will ensure your devices and systems always remain updated for maximum protection and operational efficiency.

If you’d like to know more, but not yet ready for a conversation, please check out our website to see how we can look after your essential 8 strategies.

Protection From Malware

Limit risk and extent of cyber-attacks

Check out these links on how you can limit your risk:

Easy recovery of lost or stolen data and systems

Check out our backup solutions for easy recovery of your stolen or lost data:

Why We Are The MSP For You

itro has been managing IT for businesses and Firms for over two decades. We do not lock our clients into Fixed Contracts as we want our clients to stay with us because they love the service we give, not because they are contractually trapped.

We have noticed a growing trend amongst IT providers to lock-in businesses with 12, 24 or 36-month contracts for Managed IT Services that incorporate outrageous legal fees, caveats and hidden costs for any requests deemed to fall outside the contractual definition of ‘support’.

Being cyber safe isn’t an impossible task, nor should it be ridiculously expensive!

Simple things such as password policies and training will make a big difference to your team’s focus on working safely online. Implement ASCS’s 8 essential cyber strategies, and partner with an MSP that will complement your team and proactively manage operational efficiencies and security of your data and systems. And please, give itro a call on 1800 10 3000 or email [email protected] today to find out how we can help you manage your IT.

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