As the reliance on technology increases, the volume and intensity of cyber-attacks is also unfortunately rising. In 2021/2022, the cost of losses caused by cybercrime was £3 billion in the UK alone. Organisations of all different shapes, sizes, and industries are all vulnerable to cyber-attacks and falling victim to one can be fatal, so it is essential that every company has security measures in place to prevent attacks and protect their systems and data. The security of our client’s IT architecture and systems is a top priority for us, and with our ISO27001 certification, you can be assured that we have the best possible systems in place. Here are three measures that we recommend to our clients that will help minimise the risk of falling victim to a cyber-attack.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a simple solution that adds an extra layer of security to your organisation’s systems and data. Once MFA has been implemented within your organisation, users will be required to verify their identify through two different methods before they can access the system. The most common first barrier is still username and password, which is unfortunately not enough against advanced attacks. MFA then adds a second barrier such as an authenticator app (we recommend the Microsoft Authenticator app), text message, or fingerprint.
Learn more about MFA here.
Cyber Essentials Certification
The Cyber Essentials Certification is a UK Government-backed scheme that has been designed to help organisations learn how to prevent and protect against basic cyber threats. To achieve the Cyber Essentials Certification, organisations must demonstrate that they have a foundational level of security in place within its IT architecture. Many cyber-attacks are very juvenile in nature and can be thwarted with basic protection, the Cyber Essentials Certification ensures organisations have the knowledge that they need to recognise these threats. It is also increasingly becoming a requirement from organisations within the public sector, that they will only work with organisations that have the certification.
Learn more about the Cyber Essentials Accreditation here.
Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365
Microsoft provides many powerful services within Microsoft 365 (M365), but a comprehensive backup of M365 data is unfortunately not one of them. As confirmed in the Microsoft Shared Responsibility model, the backup of data is the sole responsibility of the organisation. Unprotected data is at risk of security threats, accidental or intentional deletion, and retention policy gaps. To keep your data safe, we recommend implementing Veeam Backup for M365. This eliminates the risk of losing access and control over your organisation’s data, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft Teams.
Learn more about Veeam Backup for M365 here.
If you would like to learn more about any of the solutions discussed above or would like to arrange a chat to find out how we can help your organisation specifically, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0141 280 2882.
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