By Aaron Woods, Chief Technology Officer
It’s hard to believe we’re coming up on the first anniversary of the disruptions at workplaces worldwide.
Many employees are continuing to work from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, getting used to this “new normal” of working from home has been a transition for everyone.
For employees, it’s finding a more permanent place in the home to work, being mindful of work/life balance, and potentially balancing virtual learning with their children while juggling their jobs.
For employers, it is making sure that virtual workers feel connected, projects continue to run on time, and figuring out new ways to achieve profitability.
However–one area that small to medium-sized businesses are not paying nearly enough attention to is the security of their data, their email, and their network.
Security breaches abounded with 2020’s remote worker
Did you know that remote workers have caused a security breach in 20% of organizations in 2020? Moreover, a quarter of survey respondents said their companies incurred expenses they hadn’t anticipated to address cybersecurity breaches or malware infections after shelter-in-place orders were suggested.
These are not insignificant numbers. And with the work from home habits of 2020 turning into longer-term, more permanent work situations, the need to lock down remote employee security breaches grows exponentially.
Many companies turning to outsourced IT solutions
One solution is to outsource your IT infrastructure to a Managed Service Provider (MSP) such as Integrated Solutions. We can provide IT support to your organization’s data, network, systems, and email and monitor against cybersecurity threats. Not every MSP offers cybersecurity protection, however.
A must-have when dealing with cybersecurity is near-constant monitoring of your systems and data for any potential breaches. You should be working with an IT company that operates a Security Operations Center (SOC). A SOC monitors your systems and data 24/7, 365 days of the year. They then identify security threats, repair them, and execute mitigation strategies if a cyberattack happens.
Cybersecurity: a more significant issue than you think
Cybersecurity has become such an issue that the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) came up with a set of standards for how cybersecurity ought to be managed.
These standards are a cybersecurity framework under which businesses should address threats. Reliable cybersecurity companies follow these standards carefully and monitor updates to the recommendations of the NIST.
While remote working might remain a constant for your organization going forward, you must put processes and procedures in place to ensure the security of your assets and protected data. Some of those processes include:
- Encouraging employees not to share passwords with one another. Enlist the aid of your MSP in quickly and efficiently getting other employees up and running with their own passwords to preserve the integrity of password “hygiene.”
- Frequently reminding employees not to click on suspicious links in suspicious emails that might contain malware. Your MSP should be monitoring email for these types of suspicious emails coming through the email server and will most likely be able to delete them before they ever become a problem.
- Ensuring that employees only use devices supplied by their employer to access valuable company data. This way, your IT teams can ensure that the proper security measures (such as firewalls and encryption) are in place to guarantee the safety of your data and systems against unwanted attacks.
IT issues your organization not equipped to deal with
We recognize that dealing with these critical IT issues isn’t necessarily something your company is equipped to do alone.
And while IT issues and data security should be a top priority for you and your organization, you’ve got better things to do than worry about whether or not your network, email servers, and essential systems are running in the most optimal way possible. Integrated Solutions can make all of this go away for you, leaving you with peace of mind without the hassle of constant IT problems.
Need help managing your company’s IT challenges but are reluctant to hire more employees?
At Integrated Solutions, you get an entire team of IT specialists’ expertise without dealing with new employee benefits and salaries. We offer our services at a low monthly fee, and when a problem does arise, our team of experts has the required skills to deal with it expertly and swiftly.
With the benefit of managed IT support, you and your team can focus on the work you do best and leave your worries at the door. For more information or a free analysis of your current IT infrastructure, visit us here or give us a call at (205) 314-3444.