Cyber-attacks are on the rise in private and public organizations.    This includes data loss, data theft, ransomware, and loss in productivity and revenue due to downtime. 

There are a few things that can improve your IT Security without much effort.  Promoting IT security is an ongoing process that is never complete.  The key is to remain proactive and be consistent in your effort to improve your organization’s security posture.  Having a quality Managed Service Provider can take help you achieve this. 

Update your software and Operating systems regularly 

Simply said, get those windows and mobile device updates downloaded and installed at regular and frequent intervals.   Let’s face it software is still buggy.  Those bugs include both usability and security.   Bad actors are always trying to find the path of least resistance.  They will different attack scenarios to find flaws in software and hardware.  Once done, they can replicate attacks on end users and organizations in much greater volume.  Most of the patches are released do to software vulnerabilities and the exploits that expose them. 

Employee Training 

Employee and end user training is the foundation of any security strategy.  Without basic IT security protocols organizations are often exposed to nefarious activity.    First, make sure you have set up strong and secure password requirements and that employees are prompted to update passwords at minimum quarterly.  Second, make sure they understand the risk of connecting to free wi-fi at coffee shops, hotels, restaurants and airports.  If they are in a position that requires travel, make sure that they have a data plan that allows them to perform necessary job requirements without having to use wi-fi hotspots.  Train employees not to open attachments or links without knowing exactly the intent and sender of the message. 

Default Passwords 

Nearly all network hardware devices or IoT devices are set up with a default password.  Any bad actor with a quick google search can find the default password of most OEM devices.  Take a moment to consider what the ‘internet of things” means and what types of devices fall under this category.  Things like routers, echo dots and smart appliances like the ‘smart doorbell’ come out of the box with a default password.  Change these to a strong password asap. 

Are you looking at outsourcing IT Support and security for your business?  TrueITPros service area includes the metro Atlanta area including the following cities: Dunwoody, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Marietta, Norcross, Decatur, Buckhead, Kennesaw, Duluth, Snellville, Brookhaven and Lilburn   Many of our clients have multiple locations and out of state locations too.  

If you are looking for IT Support in Atlanta please call us at (678)534-8776 or email us.

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