Increase Your Cybersecurity
Cybercriminals can ruin in seconds the company you’ve taken years to build. The following information will help you strengthen your defences and keep criminals away from your systems.
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Welcome to a hyper-intelligent world
The digital and computing sector is undergoing a period of technological upheaval. The Cloud changes how companies use computing resources. Indeed, mobile Internet usage has exceeded fixed connection usage. Video has become the preferred method for communication, and social media are growing in influence. With the multi-dimensional Internet, inanimate objects are “waking up” to communicate and transform how data is used: mobile computing, collaboration, virtualization, convergent networks, cloud computing, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), the explosion of Big Data… all business sectors and companies should take notice.
In addition, the global network is on the verge of becoming even more powerful. It is quickly morphing into a multi-dimensional Internet – a global platform for data, communications and actions – that will have enormous economic consequences on professionals, consumers, companies, municipalities and countries.
Economic impact of the IoT
Projections of the economic impact of the IoT are based on a constantly-growing adoption rate in both the private and public sectors over the next decade. This growth could be compromised if security technology is not combined with policies and procedures designed to protect the confidentiality of business and personal data.
With This Opportunity Come New Challenges
Getting hacked results in lost clients, lawsuits, downtime and tarnished reputations.
Protecting your company from cyberattacks should be seen as critical, not discretionary.
An effective cybersecurity plan costs money, and should be taken into account when preparing business plans and annual budgets. Luckily, some services, tools and advice are available for free. What’s more, policies and internal documents can often be prepared by companies themselves at minimal cost. However, some crucial elements, such as the services of specialized firms, quality equipment and trustworthy safeguards must be purchased, and may also require yearly subscription fees. For example, unlike most software, which you purchase outright, anti-malware software must be renewed yearly for a fee.
Avoid unpleasant surprises
Plan ahead for:
- The initial cost of security software and the cost of updates and upgrades
- The cost of outside services, support, consultancy and training
- A contingency fund. Contingency funds are crucial for dealing with emergencies such as malware infections.
Some insurance plans cover losses in connection with cybersecurity incidents. It’s important to discuss cybersecurity implications with your insurer before an emergency occurs.
LET’S TALK ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR SENSITIVE DATA.
Your company’s network is exposed to risks. Businesses are increasingly required to open up some or all of their computer networks to the outside in order to respond to new realities, including travelling consultants, the need to give partners and clients access to enterprise computing systems (e.g. via an extranet) and network access by staff personal smartphones, laptops and USB keys.
When companies open up they expose themselves to additional risks due to improper network use by employees, individuals with malicious intent who try to access your company’s line-of-business applications, enterprise computing system attacks aiming to steal confidential company data or viruses that spread through your company’s computing system via your network in order to damage the system or allow hackers to access it.
Securing mission-critical systems
Proper network security avoids productivity loss due to viruses, etc. and ensures that a business’s vital applications can be accessed at all times. It also protects critical data and applications, guarantees data confidentiality, provides a safe digital environment for employees to work in and detects network vulnerabilities in order to lock out intruders.
Can I create my own cybersecurity plan and if so how?
- Provided you are highly skilled in information technology, we suggest you follow the steps below to develop your company’s cybersecurity plan:
- Download and complete our Cybersecurity Self-Assessment Tool http://us.ecosysip.com/ecosysip-services/auto-evaluation/?lang=en. to identify your company’s weaknesses and cybersecurity options.
- Make a list of your business’s assets (e.g. computers, corporate information) and determine their importance and value to the company.
- Discuss cybersecurity threats with staff or, if needed, outside experts, and identify what property could be damaged should one or more threats occur.
- Prioritize threats by ranking them high, medium or low.
- With the help of staff or outside experts, determine what can be done to reduce risk.
- Assess threats, risks and possible safeguards and decide what action to take to improve your company’s cybersecurity protection over the course of a year. Often, improvements can be made together to reduce the total cost. For example, when you install a firewall on your network, you may choose to include malware and spam protection options as well.
- Set realistic deadlines for all cybersecurity-related tasks and safeguard purchases.
- Calculate the resources (people, time and money) necessary to implement the plan in its first year.
- Make a list of issues that may hinder your ability to carry out the plan (personnel shortages, insufficient budget, etc.).
- Begin implementing your plan.
- Repeat step three (threat assessment) at least once a year.
Take note of any changes to the plan and inform all relevant parties, including suppliers, of the changes to avoid confusion. For example, if you hire an expert to help you install a firewall but then realize that spam protection is a more urgent issue, it may be necessary to modify your plan to prioritize spam protection or incorporate spam protection into your plans for the firewall.
You should also assess your progress at each year end and make any necessary modifications. In most instances, a multi-year cybersecurity plan requires yearly updates to be fit to respond to a company’s changing priorities and resources. Whatever the case, if protecting your sensitive data is important:
YOU NEED A SOUND CYBERSECURITY AND PRIVACY PROTECTION STRATEGY – ALONG WITH THE SKILLS AND RESOURCES TO MAKE IT WORK.
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Through our combined areas of expertise, we build an evolving ecosystem within your business, in close collaboration with your people, by providing responsible guidance, designing and implementing industry-leading IT solutions, and offering unrivalled disaster recovery time to mid- to large-sized companies across a wide range of industries, including transport (storage and logistics), finance and insurance, manufacturing, wholesale and retail, and the professional sector.
WHO WE ARE
EcoSysIP is a team of experienced IP (Internet Protocol) consultants and business solution integrators. Our team is multidisciplinary, organic, agile and efficient, with a proven track record in the areas of operationalization, customer service, reliability and sustainability. Our certified and accredited EcoSysIP professionals can also be called upon to collaborate with your own team, using your own methods and specifications.
HOW WE HELP
EcoSysIP provides solutions and services that optimize the secure exchange of relevant data between partners and customers to drive efficient interactions and increase business performance.
WHAT WE DO
The services we provide on a daily basis include: Requirements analysis, IT solution design and architecture, operationalization/deployment, optimization, education and transfer of knowledge, recovery support, network infrastructure application readiness assessments, information security reporting, secure next-generation cloud computing, LAN/WAN networking, telecom infrastructure, quality of service (QoS).