With the increases in cybercrime, security is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. The digital age has helped to transform the face of business, providing significant benefits such as increased efficiency and accelerated growth. The downside to this same technology is the risk for data theft or ransom, which accounts for annual losses in revenue totaling billions of dollars.
In an effort to eliminate or reduce the risk of a security breach, businesses of all sizes have had to rethink their security strategies, including measures such as:
A firewall is not a standalone solution, but it is a great first line of defense against a breach. A firewall monitors all incoming and outgoing traffic across your network, and assesses the information for risks to security. Firewalls are available as hardware or software, and businesses are encouraged to utilize both types for maximum protection.
Antivirus software provides real-time protection for devices connected to your network, through the scanning, detection, quarantine, and deleting of ransomware, rootkits, Trojan viruses, adware, spyware, worms and more.
Routine Patches and Updates
It’s imperative that you install updates and patches as they become available, to keep your network current on the latest threats.
System Recovery and Backups
In the event of a security breach valuable data may be lost, stolen, or held for ransom. In addition to the losses in revenue, this may cost your organization the loss of reputation. These can be avoided through regular backups to secure storage in the cloud, and a comprehensive plan for system recovery.
When it comes to the office multifunction printer (MFP) they are often overlooked when it comes to putting together a security strategy. In fact, 53% of IT managers acknowledge that their printers are vulnerable to a data breach. If you include your print devices as part of your cyber security policy and protect them just as you do any other computer on your network, you’ll reduce your risk of being affected by a print-related breach.
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