Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Tip #11: Keep An Eye On Permissions

#CybersecurityTip: Keep an eye on privileges and permissions. You have the control to give access at various capabilities. When using an privileged access management system, the organization administration can restrict access of users from clients, folders, documents and passwords. Entire groups of users to be easily be added or removed from accessing specific records. This provides a convenient way to add new users to a previously setup access pattern.

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Cybersecurity Tip #10: Pay Attention to Access Management

#CybersecurityTip: Have you paid attention to who has access to what in your MSP? Are there limitations set amongst your employees and your networks? Privileged access management helps organizations reduce the risk of security breaches by controlling user permissions. It also helps consolidate identities and control shared accounts by allocating role-based permissions to users. In return, this streamlines technician time and allows for auditing capabilities in order to provide access visibility.

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Cybersecurity Tip #9: Keep Cybersecurity on Your Agenda

#CybersecurityTip: Being aware of your MSP's cybersecurity protocol is necessary to maintaining good security practice. Start with a risk assessment for your MSP's internal systems. Do you have answers for questions such as:

  • How do you protect your data?
  • How confidential is it?
  • Are limits or permissions set for all levels?
  • What is your password policy?
  • How often do you change your passwords?
  • Do you use multi-factor authentication?

There are many more questions you can ask to assess how secure your MSP is. A cybersecurity breach can be a terminal event for C-Suite executives that are not aware, presenting a huge risk to the targeted organization, it's revenues, and most of all, it's reputation.

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Cybersecurity Tip #8: Cyber Assess Your MSP Business

#CybersecurityTip: Have you assessed your cyber resilience in your MSP business? The Cyber Resilience Review (CRR) Assessment on the Department of Homeland Security website is a no-cost, voluntary assessment to evaluate an organization’s current operational resilience and cybersecurity practices. The assessment provides a gap analysis for improvement based on officially recognized best practices. This is a good starting point to ensure your MSP business complies with current security protocols. Access the assessment below.

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Cybersecurity Tip #7: Protect Against Common Threats

#CybersecurityTip: Protect yourself and your clients from the most common types of threats such as phishing or social engineering attacks. Such attacks cause businesses to lose billions of dollars each year. A recent survey estimated that in 2017, 74% of threats initially entered organizations via email. Use good judgement and train your network on not to open suspicious emails from untrusted sources. Tell your SMBs to report such instances.

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Cybersecurity Tip #6: Do Not Wait for a Breach

#CybersecurityTip: Do not wait until something goes wrong in your MSP or your network. Don't let a breach be the deciding factor to get on top of your security. Prevent it from happening in the first place. Be proactive to educate your clients about current threats their business is susceptible to such as phishing or stolen credentials. Train them on how recognize a potential threat and how they can protect themselves.

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Cybersecurity Tip #5: Schedule On-Site Client Meetings

#CybersecurityTip: It is important to stay on top of your SMBs. Make a point to schedule recurring on-site meetings with your clients. During these meetings, you will be able to check if all their safeguards and security protocols are updated and working properly.

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Cybersecurity Tip #4: Update Your Devices

#CybersecurityTip: Stay on top of your hardware and do necessary updates. All SMBs should be migrated to secure and recent operating systems. All internal or external devices should comply with current security protocols and official software updates. If any of your clients are still running outdated server configurations, it is now time to create a new service opportunity for them. Failing to update will pose a serious risk to your MSP and your network. 

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Cybersecurity Tip #3: Do Not Solely Rely on Firewall or Antivirus Software

#CybersecurityTip: Do not solely rely on firewall or antivirus software to detect a breach. Consider taking more proactive security measures such as phishing simulations or dark web scans.

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Cybersecurity Tip #2: Keep Up with Current Cybersecurity Threats

#CybersecurityTip: Stay informed with the available cybersecurity resources, research, or news specifically designed for MSPs and SMBs that advocate cyber safety. All MSPs can be cyber resilient against threat activity by keeping up with current advisories.

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