The Internet as great as it is can ruin the viability of your IT, and destroy or disturb your business operations. Why?
PROBLEM: Cyber attacks and computer viruses are becoming increasingly fierce, sophisticated and destructive. Hackers and cybercriminals from inside and outside the U.S are a constant threat to an organization’s IT and communications infrastructure.
SOLUTION: You must ensure your IT infrastructure is protected against these threats. Plus, you need to protect your physical IT assets as well. Developing and implementing an IT Security Action Plan with a qualified technology expert is the solution. Don’t attempt this without the advice and/or a consult from an IT expert. It takes all the skill and expertise of a Certified Managed Service Provider to help you develop a comprehensive Security Action Plan for your particular organization.
Here is how to secure and protect your IT infrastructure in 7 steps:
1. Implement a security policy
Develop and Implement an IT Security Policy that makes it clear to your staff, vendors, and clients what steps you will take in the event of a disastrous cyber attack or computer virus. This will give you and them the peace of mind knowing that your business and client data and IT assets will be protected and confidential no matter what takes place.
2. Conduct a Security Assessment
Assessing the vulnerability of programs and implementing a risk-management strategy, ensuring anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, firewalls and application updates are always taken care of is an important step in your action plan.
3. Protect your network
Plan, implement and deploy security measures to protect your business IT Systems and Networks. Keep proper real-time monitoring, and ensure ongoing maintenance.
4. Protect your data
Protect and securely backup your business data with series of solutions such as encryption techniques, remote and automated backup, and data replication in a safe, off-site location.
5. Ensure proper physical access to network
Protect your IT equipment and limit Physical Access to IT Devices such as your servers and computers using locking racks, passwords, and other security processes and strategies.
6. Ensure and follow the principle of Least Privilege
The principle of least privilege (or least authority) is an important concept in computer security. It promotes limited, minimal user profile privileges on computers systems, based on users’ job performance requirements. Ensure you and your employees only using complex passwords, multi-factor authentication processes, and privilege models with specialized access modes.
7. Test, monitor and maintain
Test and Monitor Your Internal and External Systems to Detect Vulnerabilities and Weak Spots with solutions to fix and proactively monitor them for future vulnerabilities.
It’s common to fall into “it is not going to happen to me” trap and to put off preventive measures until an actual crisis occurs. But a natural or human-made disaster wreaking havoc in your unprotected network could destroy your business. Without a viable IT infrastructure, you certainly wouldn’t be able to compete in today’s technology-driven marketplace. Without a protected and secure IT network, you’re setting yourself up for failure. By following the seven steps above, you’ll at least know that you’ve done all you can do to protect your business.
Conduct a security assessment now, and create a proper IT Security action plan for your organization. Let’s have a conversation about your IT infrastructure – the backbone of your business, today.
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