Reviewing cybersecurity risk management

As a small business ourselves, Computer Services Unlimited knows that protecting your business from network attacks, data theft, and inside security breaches is essential to your success. According to CNBC, online network attacks on small businesses make up 43 percent of all cyberattacks. These attacks are in part due to informal, relaxed, or non-existent security policies.

No matter the size of your company, we have network security solutions for you—starting with this blog about how to protect your company with cybersecurity training.

Train Your Most Valuable Assets

You hire your employees to be an integral part of your business. Because of the work they do, your company can grow and succeed. But, what if they are holding your company back without even realizing it?

Phishing emails, insecure passwords, and connecting an unsecured device to your network are just a few of the ways your employees may inadvertently open up your company to hackers. You can avoid these security breaches with cybersecurity training for your employees.

If you don’t know where you should start with developing your cybersecurity training, our experts here at Computer Services Unlimited can help! We have more than 25 years of network security experience that you can trust, and we will work with you to customize a program for your company. Reach out to us today for a FREE 30-Minute Network Audit to get started.

Understand Who Needs Access and Who Doesn’t

Not every employee needs access to your entire network or library of business programs. Determine which programs your employees need access to for their everyday tasks. You should also determine which employees might need additional network or program access. Include access review as part of your cybersecurity training. This will help you gain a better understanding of how your employees use your company’s technology for their jobs.

You limit the risk for unwanted access or cybersecurity threats by reducing the number of employees who use a program to only those that need it. This applies to your network and remote access as well—only those who need remote access should have it.

Our managed IT services can help you limit access to your network and enable constant monitoring for unwanted access or data breaches.

Update Your Technology on a Regular Schedule

Your company’s technology requires regular security updates to close any gaps in protection. Creating and maintaining a schedule for updating your technology is crucial to limiting vulnerabilities in your network. By regularly installing security patches and software updates, you take charge of your risk management and eliminate network vulnerabilities.

As part of your cybersecurity training, you should make sure your employees know how important it is to install those prompted security updates instead of just passing them over. Do you want to make sure your technology receives regular security patches and software updates? Computer Services Unlimited’s remote IT services can help design and implement a regular update schedule.

Secure Your Data

For many businesses, a significant or total loss of company data could put you out of business. Having a data backup and recovery plan in place will give you peace-of-mind that your data is in trusted hands. Talk with your employees about the importance of securing your company files and customer information through protected solutions as part of your cybersecurity training.

You may already have a data recovery and backup service in place, but if not, contact us if you’re interested in receiving a FREE 30-Minute Network Audit and see how we can help.

Protect Your Wi-Fi

Protecting access to your Wi-Fi may seem like a no-brainer. However, many companies never change the pre-installed Wi-Fi password, which leaves you open to network breaches. If you never change your password, a disgruntled employee may continue accessing your Wi-Fi and network after they’ve been let go.

Another concern with Wi-Fi usage at work is unsecured personal devices that do not have any of the protection that your company’s devices have. If you do allow your employees to bring personal devices, be sure to include Wi-Fi security precautions in your cybersecurity training.

Find the Vulnerabilities in Your Network

Have you ever thought about how a hacker gets into your network? Hire a professional IT company to try and “hack” your system to look for vulnerabilities in your network. They will perform a penetration test—using “hacking” techniques to test your network’s security—and a malware analysis—to see how the vulnerabilities may leave your computer open to malware.

Create an Attack Plan

So what happens if an attack does occur? Can your team handle it? Do you need professional assistance? Will your employees know that they have been infected or attacked?

No matter what form the attack comes in, create a plan for what happens after an attack. By creating a business continuity plan, you are investing in the future of your business. Whatever strategy you develop, make sure it becomes part of your employee’s cybersecurity training.

Want Help Developing a Cybersecurity Training Manual?

Computer Services Unlimited has been serving the DC Metro and Fairfax, Va., area for more than 25 years. Our customers trust us to keep their businesses secure, and we offer that service to you. Download our report on other security measures, reach out to us for a FREE 30-Minute Network Audit, or contact us if you have any questions regarding your company’s network security.

Located in Chantilly, Va., Computer Services Unlimited has easy access to anywhere in the DC Metro area. We are prepared to be your IT resource any time you need help.