Jacqueline Langen

April 18, 2022

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Cybersecurity solutions every business should know about

Did you know that 60% of small businesses go out of a business after they are victim of a cyberattack or data breach? In 2022, cyber, malware, phishing attacks and more are all too prevalent. With cybercrimes on the rise, businesses should be constantly monitoring their networks and have robust cybersecurity measures in place to keep attackers at bay.  

Not only can cybercrimes cause serious financial implications, being hit with a cyberattack can also greatly tarnish the reputation and trust customers have for your organization. Continue reading to uncover some of the most common cybersecurity gaps that all businesses should know about.  

1. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

In order to take charge of your cybersecurity efforts, businesses must be proactive and protect all applications and devices within their organization. Strong passwords are a good start, but they will not keep out experienced hackers. By incorporating Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to applications such as cloud platforms, web applications, social media accounts and more, hackers will be less likely to pursue you as a target. 

2. Business continuity and disaster recovery 

Do you have a proactive plan in place that details what your business should do in the event of a data breach, IT malfunction, manmade or natural disaster? Although it is highly important, many organizations do not prioritize creating a strategic business continuity plan. By strategizing and creating a response plan for potential IT pitfalls, you and your team can minimize the financial and reputational damage caused to your business in the event of a cyberattack.  

3. User training and awareness

Believe it or not, many cyberattacks occur due to lack of internal training and awareness. By educating your team on what to look for when it comes to identifying potential cyber threats, staff will be aware of their severity and how to recognize them, such as the common email phishing attack, which needs an insider to fall victim before attackers can gain access. By partnering up with an IT provider, you can request cybersecurity training for your team and get them educated on how to identify and respond to cybercrimes. 

4. Regular vulnerability assessments

By assessing your network security and applications regularly, you can identify security gaps and fix them before they become a real threat to your business. By understanding your weaknesses, you can make better informed decisions when it comes down to protecting the integrity of your business. Cybercriminals prefer an easy target, so if you put in the effort to identify holes in your security and adjust them, they will likely move on to the next victim. 

5. Vendor partnership security 

Beyond your internal security measures, it’s crucial that third parties and vendors you work with also have well-rounded cybersecurity measures in place. If a hacker can infiltrate a third-party vendor’s network that you work with, your organization’s data may also be at risk. When beginning a new partnership, organizations should implement a standard protocol to review the security measures third parties have in place.  

Ensure your business stays secure 

From securing important data to maximizing your network security and training your staff on the importance of cybersecurity, ALPHA’s IT experts are here to protect your business 24/7. Lock your virtual doors, eliminate up to 99% of potential cyberattacks and mitigate cybersecurity gaps starting with booking your free discovery call with an IT expert today.