By August 23, 2018 October 26th, 2018 For Business
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Five Ways to ‘Layer-Up’ Your IT Security

In today’s IT landscape, businesses face threats from all directions—email, browsing, files, URLs, ads, social media and connected devices. Advanced malware and vulnerabilities in networks and software are raising the stakes—and the need for multiple layers of protection that guard your network through all stages of an attack.

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Here are 5 ways to build a multi-layered IT security strategy.

1. Don’t Miss the Basics
The first step to a multi-layered defense is to make sure you are protected at the ground level. This includes intact firewalls, up-to-date software and the latest patches and current anti-malware software that can detect and neutralize the latest malicious software.

Almost a quarter of cybersecurity professionals (23 percent) assess the probability of future attacks to their organization as very or extremely likely.

2. Educate Employees
Education is an effective approach to mitigating the effects of cyber attacks. Without education on IT security threats, a business can invest in software and hardware security but still fall prey to a simple mistake by an employee.

More than 90 percent of cybersecurity issues originate from human error.

3. Create Backups
Business should have a backup and disaster recovery plan. Backups should be managed and tested regularly to ensure data is accessible and can be recovered in the event the network compromised.

60 percent of businesses will go out of business within six months of a data disaster.

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4. Use Strong Passwords
Password managers are a must. Use two-factor authentication for your accounts. It’s important also to know when passwords are being shared and with whom.

The top three most hacked passwords in 2017 were: 123456, Password and 12345678.

5. Protect Your Email
Strong email security should include anti-spam and spam filters. Encryption software that secures both the email and the connection between servers can prevent your emails from being intercepted and read by hackers.

91 percent of cyberattacks begin with a phishing email.

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