With the spread of the Coronavirus (or Covid-19), it may become more evident that most businesses may force their employees to work from home as part of voluntary and mandated quarantines. For those businesses that are not already working remotely, here are some items to consider.
These are just a few items to consider to get prepared for your staff working remotely. Please contact us if you have any specific questions you have about this or any other items we missed.
At Precision IT Consulting, we deploy a multilayered approach to IT Security. This involves making sure our users have the right EndPoint Protection on there computers and servers that protects them against the latest virus and ransomware threats. This also includes making sure our clients have the best network security in place to help protect them from network security threats. We also make sure the right security policies are enabled on our client's network and that documented policies are in place for end-users.
But, technology alone can not prevent all of the threats small businesses face today. Today ransomware is the most dangerous IT security threat that oftentimes gets companies and government agencies in trouble and on the news for all the wrong reasons. Ransomware uses phishing emails to target end-users so this makes end-users the most vulnerable to IT security threats. Whatever technology you implement with anti-ransomware protection, it is not 100% full proof and there is always going to be an email that gets by your security defenses.
One way how phishing attacks work is an email is sent out with a link to a website that has a virus on it. Once your end-user visits that site, it then now has access to your end-users system and then eventually your network where they can do damage. They often times will encrypt your companies data and make you pay a ransom to decrypt this. Hopefully, your company has a good backup system so you do not have to pay any bitcoin to the hackers but if you do not, then training can help reduce the risk you get ransomware in the first place.
Awareness and End-user training
The lack of awareness by businesses that they are not a target for IT security issues is one of the first steps a business has to overcome to reduce the risk that their business will be hit with ransomware. End-user security training is key to building awareness. For end-user training, you do not have to pay for expensive training, you can implement a solution that is cost-effective and does a good and fun job of training your end-users.
Sophos Phish Threat
Precision IT Consulting is a Sophos partner so the training program we provide our clients is Sophos's Phish Threat solution. Along with complementing the security features of Sophos EndPoint and Network security, what this program does is send out emails to your end-users that resemble phishing emails. It will send them out randomly and keep sending them making them out to your users and if they click on it, it will notify a supervisor and automatically enroll them in online training. See below a video about Sophos Phish Threat in more detail.
The SANS Institute is an excellent resource to learn more about end-user security awareness. They have courses you can pay for or you can just bookmark there resources section. Here is a newsletter they wrote with more information on email phishing and how you can protect yourself against it.
Also, bookmark their video of the month as well.
To learn more about end-user IT training, contact us at (877) 800-6710 Option # 2.
Quick Reminder that we are less than 2 months away from when Windows 7 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. This could leave any businesses still running PC's with Windows 7 vulnerable. Below is a link to a video and some FAQs about about what to expect when the end of Windows 7 comes.
If you need any help with planning, purchasing or migrating to new PC's, contact us below.
When Does Support End for Windows 7
January 14, 2020
What Will Happen When Support for Windows 7 Ends
Your PC will no longer receive any software or security updates from Microsoft.
Will My Windows 7 Computer stop working on January 14, 2020?
No, Windows 7 will continue to function but will not be able to get any new updates.
If I Upgrade to Windows 10, Which Version Should I get for My Business?
You should purchase a new PC with Windows 10 Pro as it will have the needed features to connect to your businesses network.
What should I do?
If you are on a PC that is still using Windows 7, most likely that PC is really old. You should replace the whole PC as it will help by you be more efficient and it will perform better.
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