If you’ve stumbled into bad luck when it comes to your technology, expert support from a managed IT services provider can help you get back on track. Many small businesses have been in an unlucky data security situation because of a successful phishing or ransomware attack. Because of the increasing number of cyberattacks, it might be time to take proactive steps to make sure luck is on your side.
Seneca wrote that “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” You can take steps to try to increase your good luck with your cybersecurity. Of course, you may stumble into bad luck first. No matter what your situation is, take a look at what could happen – and what you can do to protect your data security.
Unlucky Data Security Situations
It was bad luck that a phishing email made it to an employee’s inbox, they opened it, and they responded with sensitive information. It was bad luck that scheduled maintenance didn’t happen as planned and a gap in network security was breached.
These events do happen, and it is always bad luck when they succeed. Unfortunately, hacking attempts aren’t going away anytime soon. Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report found that 43% of cyberattacks targeted small businesses.
Hackers know that many small businesses don’t have the same resources to invest in cybersecurity that large corporations do. These bad actors target small businesses and use increasingly sophisticated strategies in their attacks. When an attack is successful, the reason can sometimes boil down to bad luck.
If your small-to-midsize business has been a victim of a cyberattack, you’re not alone. Take a look at what you can do to increase your cybersecurity to the level you need.
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Starting Your Data Security Journey
Trying to untangle security can be overwhelming. Managing your cybersecurity defenses may seem both daunting and extremely expensive. You can simplify the process by finding a managed IT services provider you can trust with your cybersecurity.
A managed IT services provider will protect your entire organization by comprehensively integrating security measures into your entire IT environment. By combining multiple solutions – from security software to employee education – a managed IT services provider will help you rely on more than just luck for your security.
To protect your network, you need to focus on identifying weaknesses and fixing them. An expert managed IT services provider will start by developing a comprehensive security plan with you. Your plan should address:
- Identity management (logins and roles)
- Cybersecurity awareness and training
- Mobility and security
- Computer security for remote workers
Your security software should include firewalls, antivirus, and antispyware programs on every device used by your business. It’s also important to make sure that your data is backed up regularly and that all employees change their passwords on a consistent basis.
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Keep the Good Luck Rolling In
Once you’ve established a plan for your cybersecurity, it needs to be implemented effectively and monitored. Making your own luck doesn’t stop after the initial push.
Nortec provides a monthly strategic review where we evaluate your security posture and make recommendations to help you continuously improve. Those recommendations can range from requiring all employees to use multifactor authentication (MFA), to adopting advanced threat protection (ATP) measures and other protocols in between.
The security software you installed, including firewalls, antivirus, and antispyware programs, should be updated as those updates become available. It’s important to test your backup systems as well.
Staying secure means putting in the work to keep your good luck rolling in. By consistently performing check-ins on both your security and your long-term strategies, you’ll set yourself up for success – and more luck.
If your small business operates in an industry governed by compliance regulations, choosing to partner with an expert IT team can help you rest easier. We have experience preparing our clients for audits such as CMMC assessments (including NIST 171), NIST-based audits and general security audits required by insurers and other parties.
Make Your Own Luck with The Help of Our Managed IT Services
Running a small-to-midsized business is hard work. Sometimes luck is on your side and sometimes you have to face bad luck before the good will come. With the help of an expert managed IT services provider, you can be confident that you’re doing everything you can to increase your luck.
Nortec has earned the status of Certified Microsoft Gold Partner by proving our proficiencies. Our staff includes Certified Information Systems Security Professionals who have passed a rigorous regimen to earn this renowned independent designation.
We’re confident that we can help you tackle your cybersecurity issues – whether or not luck has been on your side.