Cybersecurity Awareness: How to Get Started

Embracing cybersecurity awareness is a necessary step for any company aiming to thrive in today’s digital landscape. It’s not just about safeguarding sensitive data, but it also strengthens the company’s reputation, builds customer trust, and ensures smooth, uninterrupted operations.

A company with strong cybersecurity measures is a company ready to take on the future fearlessly! Why is this so important? According to the 2020 Cost of a Data Breach Report by IBM, human error is the cause of 23% of data breaches.

1. Engrain Cybersecurity into your Employees Job Responsibility

Your employees must embrace and willingly participate in the proactive approach of cybersecurity awareness. Think of it as cybersecurity being everyone’s responsibility. Regularly training your employees about safe online practices and how to recognize phishing emails. Here are some signs to watch out for:

  • Suspicious Email Addresses: The sender’s email might look similar to a real company’s email, but often contains subtle misspellings or extra characters.
  • Urgent Language: The email may create a sense of urgency, demanding immediate action like updating account information or verifying your identity.
  • Unrequested Attachments: Unexpected or unrequested attachments can contain malicious software. It’s best not to open them if they’re from an untrusted source.
  • Spelling and Grammar Errors: Professional companies usually proofread their emails. Multiple spelling or grammar mistakes could be a sign of a scam.
  • Generic Greetings: Phishing emails often use generic greetings like “Dear Customer” instead of your name.
  • Requests for Personal Information: Legitimate organizations won’t ask for sensitive information (Passwords, Banking Information, Social Security numbers, etc.) via email.

Remember, when in doubt, do not click on links or download attachments. Instead, contact the company directly using verified contact information to confirm the email’s legitimacy.

2. Implement MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication)

StoredTech can implement MFA for all of your employees. MFA is like a security checkpoint that requires more than just a password to access your information and accounts.

Here’s how it works:

Implementing MFA significantly increases the security of your account. Even if someone else knows your password, they won’t be able to access your account without the second form of identification. It’s like having a double lock on your door; even if a thief has one key, they still can’t get in without the second key.

3. Email Filtering

StoredTech offers email filtering services that work like a protective shield for your email system. When an email is sent to your account, it first goes through our filtering service that checks for any signs of harmful content such as viruses, spam, or phishing scams. This helps to protect your computer and your data from potential cyber threats.

In simple terms, it’s like having a security guard for your emails. The guard checks every email to make sure it’s safe before letting it into your inbox. If it’s not, the guard takes appropriate action to keep your system safe.

4. 24/7/365 Monitoring & Management of your Network

Consider managed services from StoredTech. You get comprehensive protection against cyber threats, providing a robust shield for your company’s digital assets. StoredTech continuously monitors your systems, can promptly detect and block any potential threats. Managed services also includes regular system updates and patches, ensuring your defenses are always up-to-date against the latest known threats. With a focus on proactive prevention, StoredTech’s managed services not only react to threats but also anticipate them, employing predictive analytics to identify potential vulnerabilities. By integrating cybersecurity best practices into daily operations, StoredTech ensures your company’s technology infrastructure remains secure, allowing you to focus on your core business confidently.