No matter what industry your business is in, if it uses technology in any way, it can face threats from cybercriminals. Therefore, it’s important that you have a cybersecurity plan in place to protect it. An effective framework that can be created by a managed IT provider that will give you the peace of mind that you need. Guaranteeing IT support 24/7, you can focus on other aspects of your business knowing that your network is in safe hands. A custom made plan will have actionable intelligence that will inform your business who is attacking it, how they are accessing your data and why you are being targeted.


Key Elements of a Cyber Security Plan


Risk assessment

In order to prepare for a potential cyberattack, the first step is to determine which threats to prioritize. By using your in-house IT team to assess potential threats, it’s clear that not all threats can be monitored –which is why so many people are now turning to managed IT providers. They have entire teams of cyber security experts that monitor your network, creating a list of threats and the likeliness of them occurring, a plan can be created in order to determine how to treat them. 


DNS Filtering

DNS filtering is a technique used by managed IT providers to keep a business protected from potential cyber threats. Adjusted to suit your business, it will offer advanced network configuration controls so that your company is protected from ransomware, phishing attacks, vicious malware and other online threats. It’s a  powerful resource that works alongside web content categorization and is an essential element within a cybersecurity plan.


Employee Awareness Training

Even though a managed IT provider can assist with the protection of your networks, it’s important that your staff are aware of the best online practices. Investing in employee awareness training can help to eliminate the possibility of security breaches and can help to reduce human error. By training them, they will know what not to click on, to keep a clean desk free of sensitive data, to not install software from unknown sources and to understand the significance of data management (amongst other preventative measures). 


Endpoint Protection

Endpoint protection is important for businesses who implement a BYOD (bring your own device) policy. Protecting your business’ network when it is accessed by remote devices (such as laptops and smartphones), it’s a key element of a cybersecurity plan. It will monitor the software and other activities. It is installed on all of the endpoint devices as well as all of the network servers and will also ensure that if the device is stolen or lost, no sensitive data can be accessed.


Laying Out Defense Measures 

A cybersecurity plan will also include defense measures that you can take within your business. From ensuring that all of your desktop computers/laptops are password protected to implementing two-factor authentication, there are small changes that you can make to protect your business. Two-factor authentication requires users to provide two forms of proof – for example, a code and then a password. You can also implement access controls within your business which will allow employees to only view information that’s relative to their role. Reducing the risk of internal breaches, it’s a level of security that’s essential.


Final Thoughts

It’s important to know that no company is safe from cybercriminals. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have an efficient and effective cybersecurity plan in place. It’s a must for any business that wants to protect their sensitive data and reduce the possibility of a security breach. Often, breaches occur due to human error, so not only do you need to ensure that your employees are fully trained in the correct practices, but you should also lay out appropriate defense measures. Before setting up a full cybersecurity plan, however, you work with your managed IT service provider and their cybersecurity experts to conduct a thorough risk assessment. Once this is completed, a suitable plan can be created. No matter what your custom tailored cybersecurity plan includes, it’s good to know that you have an efficient safety barrier protecting your business from external threats and internal negligence. 

Contact Prytania Today

Prytania can create a bespoke, efficient and high-quality cybersecurity plan for your business. If you want to find out more about our managed IT services and how we can collaborate with your business, get in contact with us today. You can either call us on (504) 380-9920 or contact us here.