What is Cyber Security?

Many people think that cyber security refers to the software and monitoring that protect their email, operating system, network, and printing devices from malicious attack or data theft. True, this is a large and important part of cyber security for business. But employees also play a significant role in making sure your company is protected. The proper training and awareness of best practices can help prevent many major security breaches. In this guide, you’ll learn about the many areas of your organization where cyber security is needed and how to keep your business protected.

What Does Cyber Security Mean for Businesses?

Business data is more vulnerable than ever before. Cyber security is necessary to efficiently operate your business—but it’s also critical for protecting your customers’ information. Following IT best practices goes beyond using the latest technology at your company; it’s about staying ahead of risks and disasters that have the potential to bring your company to a screeching halt.

When creating cyber security procedures, it’s helpful to use a layered security model. This model begins with the internet and ends with your employees. Use this guide to determine how well your current IT security procedures are working in your organization.

Employee Education

Employee Education

Most major security breaches involve an employee action that enabled hackers to gain access to the system. Employees must be educated on network security best practices. Your employees should be your human firewall.

Email Filtering

Email Filtering

The filtering of spam and virus infected email should occur outside your firewall. Not only does this reduce the amount of traffic on your internet connection, it ensures that email-based malicious code never enters your network. Additionally, you can set up your firewall to only accept email from a known source, your email filtering service.

Web Filtering

Web Filtering

Employees should be prevented from accessing websites that are known malicious sites. This is not simply a matter of making sure that users are not wasting time or exhibiting questionable taste. This is about real threats to your network.

Firewalls

Firewalls

This is the cyber front door to your organization. Just like your physical front door, it should be locked down and only authorized traffic should be allowed through.

Network Access Control

Network Access Control

Only authorized devices should be allowed to connect to your network. In the case of wireless devices, access should be limited to only resources necessary to do business. For example, wireless guest access should only allow users to get to the internet but not have any visibility to internal network resources.

Network Security Monitoring

Network Security Monitoring

Just like you might have motion sensors in your office to detect suspicious movements when you are not there, you might have monitoring on your network to detect suspicious traffic. Similar to your physical security, this may be a service provided by a third party.

OS Security Patches

OS Security Patches

Operating Systems (OS) are constantly being updated with security patches as vulnerabilities are discovered. Failure to apply these patches and reboot systems regularly leaves an organization vulnerable to exploits by hackers. Once a patch is released, the entire hacker community is aware of the vulnerability.

Anti-Virus/Malware Updates

Anti-Virus/Malware Updates

New viruses are deployed every day. Your antivirus and antimalware software needs to be kept up to date. If your AV/AM software has not been kept current, it will be unable to detect and protect your system from new viruses.

Application Security Patches

Application Security Patches

Similar to an OS, applications are regularly updated to address newly discovered vulnerabilities. Something as simple as opening a PDF file can put an organization at risk if the application is not up to standard.

Multifunction Printer Security

Multifunction Printer Security

Printers are so ubiquitous that many companies don’t realize they are also a security risk. But today’s printers are advanced, and many are fully-fledged networked computers. Be sure to configure the proper settings as well as complete necessary firmware updates and patches.

The Layered IT Security Model

Cyber Security Strategies You Need: The SmartSecure Suite

IT assessment, MFP security, and employee training for your business

IT security vulnerabilities could be lurking within the walls of your company. It will be your responsibility to prevent a major cyber threat from breaching your network and your data.

SymQuest’s SmartSecure Suite offers three basic areas of IT security coverage to assess your IT infrastructure, protect your connected document output devices, and train your employees on IT security best practices. Whether you need to pass compliance standards, secure your printed documents, or train your team on how to prevent a phishing scam — the SmartSecure Suite has you covered.

The SmartSecure Suite

3 Basic Areas of IT Security Coverage in the SmartSecure Suite

Security Vulnerability Assessment of Your IT Infrastructure

Security Vulnerability Assessment of Your IT Infrastructure

Through our state-of-the-art technology and trained engineers. A SymQuest security consultant will review your network infrastructure against industry best practices. Using innovative tools, our consultant will compile a high-level report on your network security, the gaps in your framework that need to be addressed, and even identify vulnerabilities associated with your networked copiers and printers.

Multifunction Printer Security

Multifunction Printer Security

Through the Bizhub Secure application on all Konica Minolta MFPs. Change administrative passwords, encrypt hard disk drives, enable audit logs and more with the Bizhub Secure application on your MFP. Make certain your valuable data is safe from theft – and prevent it from being stolen from your MFP by an unauthorized user or extracted if the hard disk drive is removed from your multifunction device.

Comprehensive IT Training for Your Employees

Comprehensive IT Training for Your Employees

Determine the percentage of your employees that are prone to falling for a phishing scam. Test your employees on basic and advanced IT security best practices and review whether your teams have successfully completed their training. Design unique or popular email phishing tests to find out exactly when your employees become vulnerable to a phishing attack.

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