Did you know October is National Cybersecurity Month? Dating back to 2003, National Cybersecurity Month is an initiative from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity.

At High Touch, we know cybersecurity threats are constantly evolving, becoming more difficult for users, software developers, and even firewalls to detect. We also know that protecting your business and sensitive customer data is one of your top priorities.

Cybersecurity and Physical Security Go Hand in Hand.

Just because your front door is safe, doesn’t mean hackers can’t access your network and workstations remotely. Likewise, just because your computer has the latest in cybersecurity protection, doesn’t mean you’re safe from someone breaking in and walking away with your data.

In developing a total security solution, High Touch works closely with you to engineer a customized plan in line with your business’s security goals and budget. If you’re ready to beef up your cybersecurity solution for National Cybersecurity Month, here are seven tips you should consider:


Upgrade to Cloud-Based Microsoft 365 Products

If you’re not already on Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 platform and you’re still on the old on-premise version of Windows, now is the time to consider an upgrade. With an Office 365 subscription, you get smarter security capabilities like file recovery from ransomware attacks, information security tools, and advanced threat protection from viruses and cyberattacks. That’s just the beginning — to learn more, click here to read about the robust security features available to Office 365 subscribers.

As an added incentive, Microsoft recently announced a new pricing model that makes Office 365 look even more attractive. On-premise products will continue to get more expensive over time. For example, Office 2019 commercial prices already increased by 10 percent for October 2018. As a Microsoft P-Seller, High Touch can help you understand your Microsoft licensing and pricing options.


Invest in a Quality Firewall and Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)

A quality, sophisticated firewall is the first line of defense when engineering an effective, multi-layered cybersecurity solution. With a properly configured firewall, you can prevent incoming security threats with automatic remediation, sandboxing, anti-virus, intrusion prevention, content filtering, and advanced threat detection (ATP).

If you’re unfamiliar, ATP employs advanced techniques, such as machine learning, code analysis, and sandboxing, to keep your company’s data safe. Including ATP in your company’s security solution is a proactive way to help protect your business against sophisticated attacks.


Own Your Domain Names

Do you know who owns your business’s domain name? If it’s not properly secured, your valuable domain portfolio could fall into malicious hands. Through High Touch’s domain management services, we can help you select and secure domain names relevant to your brand. Once secured, we can help maintain your domain, including DNS changes, transfers, and renewal processes.


Educate Your Employees

You could have the finest security solution plan in place: top-of-the-line firewalls, night vision security cameras, and the best security software money can buy. On paper, it’s a security solution that makes your business seem impenetrable. Consider the traffic your business has, and how one flaw could throw a wrench into your finely tuned system.

A good security plan doesn’t work without employee education. It’s important to continually remind yourself and your employees about safe IT practices, such as internet browsing protocol, email safety, peripheral device usage, password management, and data control. If it’s been awhile since you did a security check-in, now is the time to do it.


Install Access Control

Can anyone walk into your business off the street? Sure, old fashioned keys are great, but with access control, you can determine who’s accessing areas of your business and when. Using keycards, fobs, or badges, you can protect your employees, property, and customers by restricting access to unauthorized areas. Oftentimes, just seeing an access control mechanism can deter thieves looking for an easy target.


Install Surveillance and Monitoring Equipment

We understand that every business has unique needs when it comes to surveillance. The easiest way to see who’s at your door is to monitor who’s walking up before the doorbell rings.

Many business owners are surprised to learn how affordable surveillance can be. We work with you to understand your personalized business needs before engineering a secure, dependable, and cost-efficient solution to your problem. When determining the cost of a business surveillance system, we assess multiple variables when constructing your quote, including your business size, required equipment specifications, and desired features.

High Touch partners with EverFocus, Speco Technologies, and Vivotek to offer quality and affordable surveillance solutions.


Back Up Often and Regularly

With new threats popping up every day, cybersecurity is a 24/7, 365 day per year job. Despite the advancements in technology, cyberattacks still happen. As an added threat, physical disasters like flooding, hardware failure, file corruption, theft, or human error could happen anytime. Is your business prepared to handle a data disaster?

Data backup and recovery is an important part of any security solution, often overlooked when businesses construct in-house security solutions. Your business’s data is a financial asset that you need to protect.

Does Your Business Need a Security Solution Checkup?

Whether it’s surveillance, cybersecurity, or updating to the latest and safest Microsoft 365 product, High Touch can help keep your business safe. Fill out the form below to contact us today to learn more about our security, data backup and recovery, and Microsoft services.

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