Ely MN and Iron Range Computer Security Services

Ely MN and Iron Range Computer Security Services

Computer security, also known as cybersecurity or IT security, is the protection of information systems from theft or damage to the hardware, the software, and to the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. As the cyber threat landscape evolves with escalating speed, it takes smarter cybersecurity services to successfully protect your home or organization. With the right combination of cyber defense solutions and information security technology, you can operate more safely in a world where everything is increasingly linked together. Whether you're thinking of adopting cloud computing or just using email and maintaining a website, cybersecurity needs be a part of the plan.

Ransomware, cryptojacking, destructive malware, and the rest of the arsenal used in cybercrime will gain momentum with the increased connectivity of devices, especially as 5G cellular networks are deployed. While spyware, ransomware, and other forms of malware still proliferate, cybercriminals are augmenting their activities by stealing computer resources. With the exponential growth in the value of cryptocurrencies, crypto mining is now a lucrative pursuit. As the current U.S. administration moves to ease restrictions on the military’s use of offensive cyber weapons, businesses could find themselves in the line of fire. If the U.S. openly attacks other countries using cyber capabilities, it will set a precedent for others to do likewise.

There has also been an explosive growth of Microsoft Office exploits. Office documents have been at the center of attacks for several years, but most of them require the user to activate the macro scripting code embedded in the documents. Attackers over the past several years spent a considerable amount of effort to craft and refine documents that prompt victims to take specific steps to disable protections designed to thwart malicious macro scripts. Even though the Office suite throws several cautionary prompts in the user’s path, people can still be convinced to enable scripting or turn off "preview mode" for Office documents that originated in an internet download or an email attachment.

You also need to be aware of cybersecurity regulation, with a proliferation of rules and standards being applied and enforced by international, national, and state agencies; covering sector after sector; and emanating from private industry associations and public-private partnerships. There is no end in sight to the measures aiming to protect data, critical infrastructure, and consumer privacy.

To help you protect your business, I offer the following services:

✔ Device and software inventory so you can take the steps to secure them.

✔ Provide layered security, inlcuding top-line antivirus/anti-malware/anti-ransomeware software, two-step authentication and password-security software to reduce the likelihood of password cracking, ransomware-proof backups.

✔ Establish basic security practices and policies for employees, such as requiring strong passwords, and establish appropriate Internet use guidelines that detail penalties for violating company cybersecurity policies. Establish rules of behavior describing how to handle and protect customer information and other vital data.

✔ Set up email authentication technology that makes it a lot harder for a scammer to send phishing emails that look like they’re from your company.

✔ Create a device and software inventory so you can take the steps to secure them.

✔ Set up security policies, including Authentication Policy, Patching Policy, Software Installation Policy, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Policy, USB Use Policy, Technology Equipment Disposal Policy, and Website Privacy Policy.

✔ Provide employee security training on the different ways cybercriminals can infiltrate your systems, advise them on how to recognize signs of a breach, and educate them on how to stay safe while using the company's network.

✔ Provide training on data privacy laws in the United States and how they affect your business, and provide actionable steps to meet your obligations under them.

✔ Help you secure your website.

Improving your company’s cybersecurity doesn’t have to be overwhelming or costly. Contact me and get more secure today!