Never underestimate the importance of cybersecurity. The work environment is evolving quickly. Today, most work is done on a digital level requiring employees to use a minimum of one device for work, though most use more. Although Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies have increased productivity they have also increased the risk of cyber threats. With more work being done on the go, employees need a way to use the network from home with their devices as well.
There is a lot of work that goes into securing your business and it’s important to make sure you have a plan in place. A Managed Service Provider (MSP) will collaborate with you to implement a plan that is tailored to your security needs all while staying within your budget. With an MSP the security possibilities are endless.
First and foremost, one of the greatest security benefits of working with an MSP is that your cyber environment will be monitored 24/7. All environments have many different areas that hackers can penetrate, but an MSP is there to make sure you’re not vulnerable. If there are any issues or irregularities, they will handle them without you having to worry. An MSP protects your data by assuring you have the correct infrastructure in place and it is up to date. This includes your firewalls as well as software applications, such as anti-spam and anti-virus.
Mobile Device Management
Referring back to BYOD, this policy allows employees to bring their own mobile devices (phone, tablets, laptops and wearables) to work for use with company systems, software, network and information. According to Forbes Magazine “61% of Gen Y and 50% of 30+ workers believe the tech tools they use in their personal lives are more effective and productive than those they use in their work lives.” Along with that, “companies favoring BYOD incur an annual savings of $350 per employee per year.”
Although convenient, this policy gives team members access to sensitive company documents and information from their personal devices so it’s important to make sure all precautions are taken. Mobile Device Management is one of the best ways to make sure your team members are functioning safely on the network. Working with an MSP on a MDM solution allows a company to reap all the benefits of a BYOD policy without the concern of security threats.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a cost effective way to add an extra layer of security in your environment by requiring multiple methods to confirm your identity. It includes something that you know, like a username or password, and something that you have, like a device, to approve the authentication requests. This will verify the identity of the user before they can access the work network. MFA will also isolate any device with questionable applications or firmware that’s out of date, keeping everything as safe as possible for your business.
Security Awareness Training
Security Awareness Training is also among the many services offered by an MSP and is in high demand. Phishing attacks are more frequent than ever before and will only continue to rise. Your employees are the most vulnerable access point for hackers, so if these schemes are not on your radar, you are a high risk for a cyber attack.
It is important to train and test your employees regularly. This only way to know for sure if your employees are able detect phishing attempts and is a great way to educate them on what to look for. During this process, a fake phishing email will be sent out to all employees and your company can track what percentage of people are drawn to this kind of email, by clicking on links they should be avoiding. This kind of service will heighten your company’s awareness of potential threats. Phish testing is another important line of defense that protects your end users.