It’s Cyber Security Awareness Month…Are You Prepared?

Are You REALLY Secure? Follow This Checklist To Know For Sure

When everything is going well, the last thing you want to do is think about what will happen when something goes wrong.

It can be easy to think that just because you’ve recently bought some new hardware, or updated your security software, or simply the fact that it’s been a while since you had to deal with a major issue.

Don’t let that give you false confidence.

We don’t have to dwell on the potential for disaster though – you and I know that it’s a possibility, so let’s just leave it at that. What’s important about this is that you know to cover your bases. No need to assume the worst – just plan for it, so you know you’re covered.

What Are The Main 3 Areas Of Cybersecurity That You Need To Verify?

As important as cybersecurity is, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Follow this checklist to ensure you have all your bases covered:

  • Do you have the necessary range of cybersecurity solutions?
    This is easy – do you have a firewall? Do you have antivirus software? Do you have a spam filter for your email?By investing in these solutions, you can eliminate a vast majority of common cybersecurity threats.
  • Does your staff follow cybersecurity best practices?

The next step is to make sure your staff is contributing to your cybersecurity, not hurting it. Especially when it comes to their email practices.

Cybercriminals often use email as a way to transmit viruses, ransomware, and other malicious software. Give your staff the following list and have them walk through it when they’re unsure about an email:

    • Do I know the sender of this email?
    • Does it make sense that it was sent to me?
    • Can I verify that the attached link or PDF is safe?
    • Does the email threaten to close my accounts or cancel my cards if I don’t provide information?
    • Is this email really from someone I trust or does it just look like someone I trust? What can I do to verify?
    • Does anything seem “off” about this email, its contents or sender?

  • Do you have an effective backup plan in place?

Cyber Security Awareness Month

While these other two points are preventative, in this case, you’re ensuring you have a viable response to when something breaks through your cybersecurity.

In the event that your data is stolen, compromised or encrypted and held at ransom, a recent and regular backup will keep you protected.

And that’s it! Does that sound like a bit too much to handle? The good news is that you don’t have to deal with IT security on your own.

As vital as each one of those tasks is for your security, there is still the problem of making sure they are all done on a regular basis. That’s where a trusted partner in IT support can be so helpful.

By having an expert team of IT security professionals assess your network and manage its many aspects, you can ensure that your technology is secure, without having to see to it yourself.

Be sure to partner with a reliable IT support provider like OffSite IT to make sure all your bases are covered when it comes to your cybersecurity.


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