With Thanksgiving coming up this week, we have thankfulness on the mind, and there is indeed a lot for us to be thankful for, including our exciting merger with MicroIntegration! One of the major talking points in our meetings has been the continued need for even the smallest of businesses to make cyber security a priority.
In the realm of cyber security, it can be easy to focus on the negative. But this year, we are choosing to focus on the positive. With the growth in cyber threats, the number of resources available to help organizations take preventative measures to protect their data has expanded significantly over the past few years. Here are the top five cyber tools we’re grateful for this Thanksgiving season:
Patch Management Software
Given the breadth of software systems in any given organization and the volume of patches being released by software vendors, patch management software is a critical capability for organizational IT. Patch management software helps IT departments acquire, test, and install code changes for the software that powers the enterprise. Patch management programs can also assess vulnerabilities within software and prioritize patches. Patch management software provides reliably consistent, critical updates to help prevent.
At KINETIC IT, we swear by the three pillars of backup: live, local, and remote. We’re so grateful for the cloud and the resource it provides in terms of backups, but it’s also critical to regularly run backup software on your hard-drive and to have a third copy on an external hard drive or network attached storage device in case of a cyber attack.
Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware Protection
Ideally, organizations should have both anti-virus and anti-malware protection. Anti-virus tools typically protect users from older, more established threats like Trojans, viruses, and worms; anti-malware tools, on the other hand, focus on emerging threats. In addition, many tools have resources to help you manage a crisis situation if a threat gets through the protective tools.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
An issue that seems to be on the minds of all the business owners we meet with is identifying an effective password security solution that will protect their network without complicating their lives. While password managers can be a solution to this challenge, we recommend MFA security systems that require users to present two or more “authentication factors.” These systems create a layered defense structure that can be readily managed when employees come and go from the organization.
Remote Access Providers
As the workforce becomes increasingly mobile, it is critical for organizations to ensure reliable and secure access to corporate files. There are several ways to effectively do this. Virtual Private Networks (VPN) are a tried and true method to mask your IP address, thus making it difficult for intruders to gain access to your enterprise’s information when an employee is using it from a remote location. There are also a growing number of cloud-based applications that provide secure remote access to corporate data. Which tool you use will depend on your industry and the nature of your business, but it is critical to make sure you have something in place in this arena.
Are you missing any of these tools in your IT arsenal? Contact us today so that you can head into this holiday season with a little less stress and one more thing to be thankful for!