Better Cybersecurity: Tech Gifts for Your Business – Tech Tip for December 22, 2020
2020 is quickly drawing to a close (thankfully). We have already received our best possible holiday gift… a COVID-19 vaccine and the hope of returning to some level of normalcy in the spring or summer. As we look toward 2021, we wanted to turn our holiday tech gift recommendations to a more serious topic: cybersecurity. As you may be aware with recent news, cybersecurity threats are increasing in frequency and are becoming even more harmful than in the past. Remote work is increasing the level of risk.
For those interested in learning more about the SolarWinds attack, Microsoft has released some important information. You can read about it here:
- Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) blog
- Microsoft On The Issues article, which outlines dynamic threat landscape and the principles with which Microsoft is approaching the investigation into the SolarWinds Attack
- Microsoft On The Issues article with technical details of the attack will be updated with new information as the investigation continues.
This holiday season, our recommendation for the best gift to give your business is better cybersecurity. Here are our top recommendations:
- Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): If you don’t already have MFA in place, do it and do it now. If you have Microsoft 365, there are affordable options available to protect your cloud investment and your on-premise infrastructure. Several alternatives are available, depending upon your situation.
- Invest in cybersecurity awareness: The best defense against ransomware and other cybersecurity threats is education. Make sure your organization can recognize a possible threat, including malicious emails and phishing.
- Expand endpoint protection to mobile device management: Don’t stop your endpoint protection at laptops and desktops. Include all devices that might access your corporate data, including mobile phones and tablets.
- Protect your corporate assets: Hackers are targeting more than credit card information. They are looking to gain access to high value intellectual property. Again, if you are using Microsoft 365, there are features that can be enabled to protect specific documents and also prevent email with sensitive information from leaving your organization.
- Backup everything: Besides backing up on-premise servers, consider backing up your Microsoft 365 environment to speed recovery in the event of a ransomware attack.
Along with our top recommendations, there are a number of additional security features that your organization can take advantage of in Microsoft 365 to secure your business and your data. Please contact us to learn more.