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Preventing Malware Attacks 101

Posted by Tim Stanley on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 10:40 AM

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The threat of malware attacks is not expected to slow down; on the contrary, vicious malware attacks are expected to amplify over the coming years.  The sophistication of this type of malicious software has made it very difficult to detect and block.

To keep yourself and your business safe, here are some basic tips:

  • Update or install security software – Make sure your security software detects and blocks malware and it is kept up to date in order to prevent new versions from penetrating your network.
  • Links and attachments – Whenever you or any of your personnel receive a link or attachment in an email be sure to verify before opening.  Confirm the link is from a trustworthy source that you know. The attachment should be scanned for viruses and malware even if it has come from a reliable source.
  • Educate your employees – Hold periodic training sessions with your staff to make sure they understand the dangers of malware and how they can help keep the company safe from attacks.
  • Bringing outside devices – USB drives, laptops, tablets or other devices could easily transmit malware onto your network once connected.  Reduce the chances of transmitting these viruses by having strict security policies in place for connecting these devices.

For more information on how to prevent malware attacks, work with a knowledgeable Managed IT professional who can objectively review your current security capabilities and provide insight on ways to improve.

Here are some additional blogs you may enjoy on ways to keep your company's data secure:

The Ultimate Guide to Password Security

10 Easy Ways to Protect Your Data

Six Areas to Consider When Drafting Your IT Security Policy

 

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Six Areas To Consider When Drafting Your IT Security Policy

Posted by Tim Stanley on Tue, Sep 08, 2015 @ 02:32 PM

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In today’s hi-tech world, IT security is an issue every company needs to address. An IT Security Policy can help mitigate threats and reduce the impact of a breach. The result can be increased productivity, less IT downtime and the ability to reassure customers and vendors that any personal or financial information is safe and secure in your hands.

Many larger businesses draft IT security policies using in-house IT management and legal staff. Smaller companies without such resources may find it beneficial to work with a Managed IT Services provider to help create an effective policy.

Here are six areas to consider when drafting your company’s IT security policy.

1.  Acceptable Use - Misuse of digital assets can be a major security issue. You need to have a plan; make it plain, simple and easy to understand. Your policy should outline what’s allowed, what’s not allowed and the consequences of any violations.

2.  Passwords - A strong password is one of the best security measures you can implement. Create guidelines for your employees and explain the dangers thoroughly. Weak passwords are a common cause of compromise.

3.  Use Real World Scenarios - Real world scenarios are an effective way to train and prepare your employees and can help make recovery quicker. Spell out the different types of breaches that may occur and how to combat them. Identify common employee behaviors that can increase risk such as transferring data from an unsecure device to your office network. 

4.  Have a Plan - Taking a proactive stance can lessen the impact of any breach. Make sure employees know their role in the event of an attack and are prepared to take swift and effective countermeasures.

5.  Training - Have a training policy. It should include ongoing training to keep up with rapid technological changes.

6.  Enforcement - Employees should be clear on what’s expected and the consequences of policy violations. Brief new employees upon hiring and have them sign a statement of understanding regarding your policy. Penalties should address everything from unintentional breach or willful violation, to malicious acts like data theft.

A solid security policy can protect your business against unnecessary threats and potential liabilities, prepare staff to move quickly when disaster strikes, and train your employees to help make your business more secure!

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