Cyber Attacks are Spooky

October 13th, 2017
Cyber Attacks are Spooky

Cyber Attacks are Spooky

In honor of Cyber Security Month, I decided to write an article on what we recommend you do to protect your business from cyber attacks. I don’t pretend to know how to eliminate all threats, but I have learned a thing or two from industry experts on how to keep you from being a sitting duck. There is no silver bullet, but there are a few things you should implement that are pretty simple to help you sleep at night.

1. A Managed Firewall – This is something like a WatchGuard, SonicWall or Cisco device that will help defend your network from potential threats.

2. Managed Antivirus – Although not as good at protecting us as we would like, this is still a necessary evil. It won’t catch everything (like if you click to download a zip attachment in your email or plug in a USB drive with a virus on it), but you got to have it.

3. Monitoring on your computers – This is something your Managed Service IT provider will have installed on your machines so they get alerts if anything weird is happening. It also allows them to make sure your computers security patches are up to date.

4. Content Filtering on your Firewall/network – This is the thing that keeps you from going to potentially malicious websites. Your Manned Service Provider will set this to constantly update the list of potentially bad websites and block you and your staff from accidentally going to one of these pages.

At DPC we like to call these the “four legs of security”. These are some basic steps to help you keep the boogie man away and to keep you safe from cyber attacks.

Written by: Christina Archer, VP, DPC Technology