At Computer Systems Plus we want every business big or small to be prepared for any cybersecurity attack. That’s why we partner with great companies like Datto, who believe there are no limits to what businesses can achieve with the right technology. They are the leading global provider of security and cloud-based software solutions. Because we want your business to succeed we wanted to share nine quick tips we think everyone should follow, especially our local Knoxville businesses.

There are ways to protect business data against cyber-attacks.

Here are nine tips to help your business boost resilience to cyber-attacks:

    1. Conduct a security risk assessment. Understand the most critical threats to your business, like system failures, natural disasters as well as malicious human actions, and determine the impact they may have on your company.
    1. Train your employees. Conduct employee awareness training across your entire workforce to educate users on common scams and phishing techniques. Also, because cybersecurity threats are constantly evolving, make sure your training curriculum is relevant and updated frequently.
    1. Use multiple layers of protection. Implement a password policy that requires strong passwords and monitor your employee accounts for breach intel through technologies to ensure your network and endpoints are not vulnerable to attacks. Consider mandatory multifactor authentication, ongoing network monitoring, and hard drive encryption.
    1. Keep software up to date. Unpatched or out-of-date software will allow some kind of threat to breach your security. Cybercriminals exploit software vulnerabilities using a variety of tactics to gain access to computers and data. Managed service providers (MSPs) can automate this for businesses just like yours, with a remote monitoring and management tool. Don’t forget to keep your mobile phones up to date as well.
    1. Create straightforward cybersecurity policies. Write and distribute a clear set of rules and instructions on cybersecurity practices for employees. This will vary from business to business but may include policies on social media use, bring your own device (BYOD), authentication requirements, and more.
    1. Back up your data. Daily (or more frequent) backups are a requirement to recover from data corruption or loss resulting from security breaches. Consider using a data protection tool with your MSPs help that takes incremental backups of data periodically throughout the day to prevent data loss.
    1. Enable uptime. Choose a powerful data protection solution that enables “instant recovery” of data and applications. In fact, 92% of MSPs report that clients with business continuity disaster recovery (BCDR) products in place are less likely to experience significant downtime from ransomware and are back up and running quickly. Application downtime can significantly impact a business’s ability to generate revenue.
    1. Know where your data resides. The more places data exists, the more likely it is that unauthorized individuals will be able to access it. Use data discovery tools to find and appropriately secure data along with business-class. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications that allow for corporate control of data.
    1. Control access to computers. Each access point poses an individual risk, so limited employee access to specific data they need to perform their jobs. Plus, administrative privileges should only be given to trusted staff.

    If these tips overwhelm you or you feel like you don’t know where to start have no fear. That is exactly why Computer Systems Plus is here. We can certainly alleviate your concerns by guiding you and your company toward the best ways to better secure your data. Give us a call today or email us at to learn more about our services.

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