October is Cybersecurity Month and a good time to talk about cybersecurity for your business. Some people think that having antivirus software is the answer to cybersecurity threats, but if you want to keep your business’ sensitive data secure, much more is involved.
Three Components of Cybersecurity
At SkyViewTek, cybersecurity is a collaborative effort between a business and its employees and our expert team. SkyViewTek’s cybersecurity model is comprised of three vital parts: People, Processes and Technology.
People are the most important part of cybersecurity. They hold the keys to the castle and can be your best or worst defense against intrusions. Therefore, the education of the staff is a business’ first line of defense against cybercrimes. A careless employee can easily undermine the best security process, so we provide initial and ongoing training for our clients’ employees. They need to be informed about a variety of issues, including:
Hackers can steal sensitive data from your computer in seconds, so make sure that all employees know how to keep their accounts secure. Use strong passwords and two-factor authentication whenever possible and avoid sharing passwords with others.
Social Media Use
Employees need to understand the risks involved with using social media at work (or on remote work devices). Many companies have policies restricting their employees from using social media while at work because they can click on links or attachments in emails that can infect their computers with malware or viruses.
Social Engineering Scams
Social engineering is a type of hacking that uses psychological manipulation and technical subterfuge to obtain sensitive information or bypass security measures. Social engineering attacks are often successful because they rely on human interaction and trust. They may also be combined with other types of attacks. Some common examples include:
Hackers send an email that looks like it comes from someone you know but which actually contains malicious links or attachments that allow malware to be installed on your computer or device.
Hackers target specific individuals within an organization instead of targeting everyone at once with mass emails and spam messages.
Hackers may leave a USB stick or CD containing malware in an area where they know people will pick them up, such as in an open corridor or even on top of someone’s desk.
Processes and procedures need to be developed that take into account the role people play in an organization’s security.
We send out a weekly training video and monitor the dark web for employee accounts, but if a person is careless, a security breach is more likely to occur. We also tell our clients that remote worker systems need to be as secure as those in the workplace. Employees should have dedicated systems with VPNs (virtual private networks) that should be protected from access by children and other family members.
A process should be in place for employees to report signs of suspicious activity on company computers or networks (such as strange emails). Employees also need to know that if they ever find themselves accidentally in possession of sensitive data (for example, passwords), they should delete it immediately and report it to management so that steps can be taken to prevent future incidents from happening.
SkyViewTek’s comprehensive cybersecurity service offerings are offered as a supplement to our proactive monitoring. Our first step involves assessment and training of the team and company processes. We offer
- Annual Full Security Training
- Security Risk Assessment
- Continuous Training
- Multiple Simulated Phishing
- Continuous Dark Web Monitoring
- Personal Dark Web Scans
- Employee Vulnerability Assessment (Dashboard)
- Sample Policy Documents
Technology tools are also an important part of an overall cybersecurity strategy, but they are only as good as the people using them and the processes they follow to use them correctly. We can advocate for and install firewalls, antivirus, content filtering, intrusion prevention software and more, but without the cooperation of the business team members, the company’s data and systems are still vulnerable.
- 24/7 Monitoring of client Microsoft environments by a fully staffed security operations center (SOC) to detect unusual user activity, correlate events, and alert about real threats. The monitoring team looks out for leaked credentials, sign-ins from anonymous IP addresses, atypical travel, and more.
- EndPoint Detection and Response (EDR) – continuous monitoring and mitigation of threats by SOC
- Advanced AI enabled antivirus
- Secure DNS for internet browsing
- Microsoft 365 Backup
Collaborate with SkyViewTek for Comprehensive Cybersecurity Processes
SkyViewTek takes cybersecurity seriously. When you partner with us for proactive monitoring, we set up a process to work with you, train your staff, and implement the necessary safeguards to help you protect your valuable business data and networks. Contact us to learn about how we can help you.