KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE? How well is your business protected from the onslaught of Cyberattacks? It’s a tough question to answer. And one that many small business owners just aren’t qualified to answer. According to a report published by Vistage in 2018 called “Cyber threats and Solutions for Small and Midsize Businesses,” 62% of small businesses don’t have an up-to-date or active cybersecurity strategy in place. One reason is that many small businesses don’t have the time, personnel or skills to take on Cybersecurity.
The number one recommendation from Microsoft to secure your tech environment is multi-factor authentication. Multi-factor authentication or MFA for short, is when you login to an account using your username and password another factor for identification. This can be using something like using an Authenticator app on your phone, a text message, or a hardware device to allow you to login. But it’s not just Microsoft that recommends you use multi-factor authentication to protect your company data
Ask any tech guy out there what antivirus software they like and be ready for a dissertation ad nauseum. If you attend any tech conference at some point someone will ask you the age old question… What antivirus software do you use? For most techs what antivirus software they recommend is akin to religion. They’ll fight tooth and nail to prove that they’re right. Why?
Every business in the world is being attacked right now. Yep. Everyone. Don’t believe me? Check your tech telemetry. You do have tech telemetry in place don’t you? Now just because you’re being attacked doesn’t mean the hacker has entered your environment. But eventually an attack will get through. You see, hacking is a numbers game. It may be as simple as an email than lands in your co-workers inbox. Or someone clicking on a web link.
Yesterday I was doing a security review and for a company that had just been used as a player in a phishing scheme. Here’s how it went down. The Start. One of the employees clicked on a phishing email message. This took the person a phishing website. The person then entered their login information. The cyber crime was now half done. Fast forward to the future.
I work with a handful clients that use single sign-on. What is single sign-on you ask? Single sign-on is an access control process where you the end-user uses a single user ID and password to access a multitude of apps and services. In other words... You just need 1 username and password to access all of your business apps wherever they are. Single sign-on also known as SSO can help your business in the following ways.
Antivirus software is dead. What used to be a huge global market of antivirus software vendors like McAfee, Symantec and others is now down to a few players left over. I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of flack for this. Especially from those who work in the tech space. But here it goes. Antivirus software is dead.
I got a privacy update notice from Night Ranger of all bands. Night Ranger for all you young-in’s is a band that was big in the 80’s for songs like Don’t Tell Me You Love Me, You Can Still Rock In America, and of course Sister Christian. With the last minute push for GDPR a few weeks ago everyone and their brother that does business in the EU were updating their Privacy and Use Policies on their web sites.
There’s a lot of buzz in the Manage Service Provider industry about security. It’s been going on for a few years and now it’s finally starting to take some shape. Companies that formerly called themselves Managed Service Providers or MSP’s are quickly changing their tune and re-casting themselves as Managed Security Service Providers or MSSP’s.