All businesses worry about data security, and those that must meet compliance requirements even more so. It can be overwhelming to read through the articles and ads, warning that a single data breach could both financially cripple your business and ruin your reputation. With a significant rise in the frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks, now is a better time than ever to get secure.
As a business leader, your problem isn’t a lack of awareness of threats, but a lack of resources to help get secure and stay compliant. We recommend working with an IT provider and adopting a security-first mindset- ingraining cybersecurity methodologies into your business strategy.
What is a security-first mindset?
Having a security-fist mindset means you consider the security implication of every decision. Security becomes top of mind and your first question when evaluating a decision becomes “how does this impact our security?”. It also means to take into consideration any of your compliance requirements. Do you have any contractual obligations as well as legal ones to ensure you are propely protecting your revenue base? Have you audited your systems against your compliance requirements? Though you might not always know the answer, asking the question and leveraging an IT partner’s advice is the first step towards creating a culture of security.
Security-first helps you take a holistic approach to your business’ security and never make it an afterthought. Compliance standards and regulations attempt to establish best practices for data security, but you will constantly be behind the ball if you are just working to meet them.
It can be tough to adopt this mindset and put it in action. We can help.
We created our Sensible Security solutios: Sensible’s Essential 8 Cybersecurity System, Sensible Advanced CyberSecurity System, and Sensible Compliance Audit Service to provide businesses with the IT support and resources necessary to stay up and running, secure, and compliant. We specifically help with ASD Aussie Essential 8, NIST SP 800, ISO 27001. Here are some of the strategies we utilise:
Compliance Audits are used to ensue you are protecting your income stream.
Do you have any contractual or legal requirements that require you to manage your data or systems in a particular way ?
By performing regular compliance audits you can ensure you don’t put any of your revenue at risk because you did not implement security systems in the right way.
Unified Threat Management
UTMs, which are typically purchased as cloud services or network appliances, provide firewall, intrusion detection, antimalware, spam and content filtering, intrusion prevention and VPN capabilities in one integrated package that can be installed and updated easily. We can implement and configure a UTM to fit your business’ security needs.
Firewalls & Security Software
We practice what we preach and then some. Just like how we outfit our clients with top-notch security solutions, we have fortified ourselves as well. Our Firewall services also include intrusion protection and prevention as an added layer of security, and manage updates to the firewall software.
We also utilize anti-virus and anti-malware software and review the logs from our systems and thousands of client systems daily, taking action as necessary.
Endpoint security solutions help firewall connected systems monitor and update antivirus software and restrict access to websites in order to maintain and comply with the organisation’s policies and standards. This allows us to ensure devices are staying updated and secure, and minimizes risks posed by your employees.
Multifactor authentification is an important security measure that can help keep cybercriminals our of your accounts. We frequently force the reauthentication of a user via multifactor authentication so that if a password becomes compromised, we can still block access.
A preventive maintenance program establishes consistent practices designed to improve the performance and safety of the equipment at your property. We want to continuously test and maintain your IT infrastructure so we can avoid prolonged downtime and reduce threats to the device’s integrity.
Cryptographic transformation of data (called “plaintext”) into a form that conceals the data’s original meaning (called “cipher text”) to prevent it from being known or used is encryption. When sharing sensitive information, encryption helps protect that information from falling into the wrong hands. We can help configure your email to allow you to send encrypted messages.
Intrusion Prevention & Detection
Intrusion prevention and detection gathers and analyes information from various areas within a computer or a network to identify possible security breaches, which include both intrusions (attacks from outside the organisation) and misuse (attacks from within the organisation). This constant monitoring alerts us at the onset of a potential attack and allows us to prevent it from causing extensive damage.
Quarterly Security Audit & Best practice Realignment
Practice makes perfect. Every quarter we revisit our security efforts, check their effectivness through testing, and make sure cybersecurity protocals are being followed. Employee cybersecurity training and education is often an overlooked security strategy- but it is incredibly effective. Teaching your employees how to be more secure and creating a culture of cybersecurity is essential to the sustainability of your business.
These strategies are just components If you’re ready to stop worrying about your business’ security and compliance, give us a call. You can book an introductory call with us anytime here. We can help remove the guesswork from security and compliance and give you back time to devote to growing your business.