The unprecedented circumstances of the Coronavirus have taken the world by storm. Businesses are closing, more employees are working remotely, and many organisations are having to adapt in ways they have never considered before. It is a harsh reality that many organisations are not as well equipped as they would like to be for when things go wrong. But that doesn’t need to be the case if you work with a Managed IT Security provider.
Why working with a managed IT security provider is important
Let’s look at your business and how you store information. Many businesses store not only business-critical data such as customer proposals, project work etc. but also sensitive data such as employee information, customer bank details, credit card details etc, which is why this is almost the highest priority target for any cyber-attacker.
Our aim in this blog is to create awareness of the most common security flaws and to help businesses protect their data from cybercrime. While the below is not a complete list of how to protect your business data, these few small changes can help to make your business more secure. However, if you are struggling with keeping up to date with your IT security policies and identifying security threats, partnering with a managed IT security provider allows you to outsource these issues.
Common Database Security Issues
Weak passwords & default account settings
It’s an obvious one, but it’s also one of the most overlooked aspects of security in a business. Weak credentials and passwords are a problem for every organisation and system which do not enforce a strong password policy and can easily be compromised by cyber and phishing attacks. If you don’t have a strong password policy in place, it may indicate that other areas and systems within the network have weak credentials too, which can expand the attack.
As a part of a strong security policy, it is always recommended that default accounts are renamed and locked where possible. These passwords and default settings may be easily guessed and may allow an attacker privileged access to the database.
Excessive permissions may be an issue when accounts or systems have default privileges. There are many systems that allow for database roles to be assigned but when employees are granted roles that have access to functionality that is unnecessary, it results in the easier spread of information, opens up gateways for security threats and can make system entries more complex and confusing, due to the availability of information to the user that is not required.
SSL Not Enabled
SSL is the most widely deployed cryptographic protocol to provide security over internet communications, however many websites and networks don’t have this. If an attacker has access to the network and is able to roam around your network, then the confidentiality and integrity of this transmission could be affected.
Clickbait & phishing
Again, this one may sound obvious, but you have to remain on top of your game when it comes to phishing emails and click bait articles. Attackers are focused on how to break through your security, so you should be too. They can be very clever and can simulate work, personal and lifestyle emails to replicate gym memberships, bank emails, online shopping, and work emails. If anything looks suspicious, do not click on the email. Report it and dispose of it. The best advice is to disallow personal emails at work altogether to reduce the security threat even more.
Why now is the time to partner with a managed IT security provider
Before Covid-19, businesses were and still are becoming increasingly mobile and have more people working on the go, working remotely and businesses are now required to have more disparate network systems so the business and its employees are still connected. Just because you’re working at home or at a different location shouldn’t limit your working capabilities and it most definitely shouldn’t reduce the level of security you have. It is easy to dismiss working remotely or on-the-go, especially if your business doesn’t need to. But what happens when you don’t have a choice?
As a managed IT security provider, we deliver IT security and management that include virus and spam blocking, intrusion detection, firewalls, and VPN. We have a model that understands the value of technology investments and how long those investments have a useful life for your organisation.
Working with Amitech IT; A managed IT Security Provider
The first and most important aspect of our process is to ensure you remain in full control of your business and its networks. However, when you work with a managed IT security provider like us, our pro-active maintenance goes way beyond the first layer of permissions like passwords and account settings. With a security solution from Amitech IT, it allows you to spend more time on business and less time on manual burdens of continuously checking your security measures are running effectively.
We believe in the motto that prevention is better than a cure. This means you can focus on other areas of your business. We work alongside you and can provide you with a solution that is powerful unified threat management for your entire network, with end-user protection for PC’s, high-performance security for your business servers and mobile and web security. This provides your business with a complete IT security solution that is designed to manage all levels of business security requirements. As your managed IT security provider, we will do the hard work for you.