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How to Outsmart a Cybercriminal
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How to Outsmart a Cybercriminal

If you think about your day, you do a lot to ensure the security of your person and your belongings. Leaving the house? Lock the doors and windows, possibly set the security system. Leaving your car? Always make sure to hear that beep as you walk away clicking the lock button on your keypad. Going into the office? Probably need that key fob to get into the building. These actions are so simple that we sometimes don’t even realize we’re doing them – and that’s how simple securing your company’s data from cybercriminals should be.

Outsmarting Cybercriminals
The last year has set and broken records in terms of data breaches. Since the pandemic began, the FBI reported a 300% increase in reported cybercrimes. On top of taking advantage of a disruption in society, hackers also took advantage of work-from-home employees. The quick shift from the office to working at the kitchen counter left no time for addressing cybersecurity concerns. In fact, remote workers have caused a security breach in 20% of organizations.  Let’s face it. It is now more important than ever to make sure that wherever your employees are working from, they are keeping your company data secure.

So… how do you outsmart a cybercriminal? The answer lies in implementing multi-layered security to protect your network, servers, desktop and endpoints:

Network, Server and Desktop Security

A multi-layered security approach safeguards your devices, servers, and network. This approach provides protection across all stages of an attack, preventing unauthorized access that can lead to ransomware and phishing threats. Dark web protection, training and password management, email and DNS protection, server monitoring, spyware protection, and real-time analysis of security alerts, all play a part in providing a proper line of defense to help stop attacks before they hit your network. To get smarter about where your company may have security configuration gaps, complete this 15 Ways to Protect Your Business From a Cyberattack checklist.

Endpoint Security

Another part of multi-layered security is protecting the doorways to your network. Endpoints, including laptops, desktops, mobile devices, servers, and even printing devices are all open to cyberattacks. Actually, IoT devices experience an average of 5,200 attacks per month. Anything that connects to your network counts. Copiers and printers should include security features such as firmware attack prevention and recovery, confidential printing, user authentication and an end-of-lease data erase feature. Laptops and PCs should be built with tamper resistance, secure pre-boot TCP/IP communications, optimized system performance and the ability to customize settings and information. And to address those remote workers, consider deploying an antivirus solution that can manage the dispersed endpoints in your workforce.

Simply Smarter Security

To outsmart a cybercriminal, just like personal protection, data protection needs to be simple and second nature. Putting the proper tools in place will help you stay ahead of intruders. It is daunting to go at it alone, and according to a recent survey, 85% of organizations have none, or only one, full-time cybersecurity employee. If you need a network health check, our security experts can help. By assessing your cybersecurity risk, you can make more informed decisions about company-wide changes and improving your overall security behavior to protect your business from most data breaches.

It’s impossible to foresee how cybersecurity will continue to evolve, but if the last year has proven anything, it is that we must prepare today for anything tomorrow. Elevate your workdays with technology that helps keep your data safe, your network protected and your employees productive. Watch our video to learn more.

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