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December 31, 2020

Why Adopting A Security-First Mindset Should Be Your 2021 Resolution

Why Adopting A Security-First Mindset Should Be Your 2021 Resolution

All businesses worry about data security, and those that must meet compliance requirements even more so. It can be overwhelming to read through the articles and ads, warning that a single data breach could both financially cripple your business and ruin your reputationWith a significant rise in the frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks, now is a better time than ever to get secure. 

As a business leader, your problem isn’t a lack of awareness of threats, but a lack of resources to help get secure and stay compliant. We recommend working with an IT provider and adopting a security-first mindset: ingraining cybersecurity methodologies into your business strategy.

What is a security-first mindset?

Having a security-first mindset means you consider the security implication of every decision. When the question “how does this impact our security?”, becomes your first question when evaluating a decision, then Security has become “top of mind”.Though you might not always know the answer, asking the question and leveraging an IT partner’s advice is the first step towards creating a culture of security. 

Security-first helps you take a holistic approach to your business’ security and never make it an afterthought. Compliance standards and regulations attempt to establish best practices for data security, but you will constantly be behind the ball if you are just working to meet them.

It can be tough to adopt this mindset and put it in action.We can help.

We created our Attentus Security solution to provide businesses with the IT support and resources necessary to stay up and running, secure, and compliant.  Here are some of the security strategies we use: 

Unified Threat Management

UTMs, which are typically purchased as cloud services or network appliances, provide firewall, intrusion detection, antimalware, spam and content filtering, intrusion prevention and VPN capabilities in one integrated package that can be installed and updated easily. We can implement and configure a UTM to fit your business’ security needs.

Endpoint Security

Endpoint security solutions help firewall connected systems monitor and update antivirus software and restrict access to websites in order to maintain and comply with the organization's policies and standards. This allows us to ensure devices are staying updated and secure, and minimizes risks posed by your employees.

Preventative Maintenance

A preventive maintenance program establishes consistent practices designed to improve the performance and safety of the equipment at your property. We want to continuously test and maintain your IT infrastructure so we can avoid prolonged downtime and reduce threats to the device’s integrity.

Encryption

Cryptographic transformation of data (called "plaintext") into a form that conceals the data's original meaning (called "cipher text") to prevent it from being known or used is encryption. When sharing sensitive information, encryption helps protect that information from falling into the wrong hands. We can help configure your email to allow you to send encrypted messages.

Intrusion Prevention & Detection

Intrusion prevention and detection gathers and analyzes information from various areas within a computer or a network to identify possible security breaches, which include both intrusions (attacks from outside the organization) and misuse (attacks from within the organization). This constant monitoring alerts us at the onset of a potential attack and allows us to prevent it from causing extensive damage.

These strategies are just components. If you’re ready to stop worrying about your business’ security and compliance, give us a call. You can book an introductory call with us anytime here. We can help remove the guesswork from security and compliance and give you back time to devote to growing your business.