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6 Steps to Protect Your Business From Malware

by Todd Stanton - December 27, 2019 - Managed IT Services

6 Steps to Protect Your Business From Malware

Unfortunately, having antivirus software is no longer enough to protect key business infrastructure from malware. Not even the latest Next-Gen Antivirus programs are enough to protect businesses by themselves.

Securing infrastructure today requires a layered security approach that covers vulnerabilities in software and hardware as well as the psychological vulnerabilities of human employees.

Here is a checklist we use to make sure we’re covered all of our bases when making a business security plan.

It starts with training training employees...

1. Cybersecurity Training and Awareness

Employees are often a primary target for malicious attackers looking to gain access to mission-critical business systems. Regularly training on how to avoid phishing attacks and enforcing best security practices, including effective password management and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies plays a vital role in mitigating cybersecurity risks.

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2. Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

Multifactor authentication is a secondary layer of login protection that requires additional verification from another device before an account is accessed. Enabling MFA or 2FA on all applicable accounts reduces the likelihood of credentials becoming compromised and prevents intruders from gaining access to critical systems.

3. Firewalls

Establishing firewall protection across your entire business network helps to detect and block malware before it enters and spreads into your business systems. Firewalls are designed as active security monitoring solutions and are the first line of defense when defending against security threats.

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4. Regular Software Patches

Keeping all of your software and firmware up-to-date is one of the most effective ways to avoid malware attacks, most commonly found in zero-day exploits and ransomware. This includes keeping networked devices secured, including multifunction printers, scanner, and fax machines.

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5. Next-Gen Antivirus (NVAV)

Next-generation antivirus, or NGAV, is a more advanced form of antimalware protection that goes beyond traditional cybersecurity techniques. NGAV uses advanced machine learning capabilities and data analysis to proactively identify dangerous malware signatures and counter them before they infect your system.

6. HTTPS-SECURE BROWSING

Businesses should ensure they are only browsing websites that use HTTPS (HTTP over encrypted SSL/TLS connections). This modern form of site encryption combats against malware code injections from fake websites and is another way to ensure safe data transmissions.

7. (Bonus step) MANAGED IT SERVICES

One of the most effective ways to prevent malware attacks is by hardening all layers of your IT infrastructure. Managed IT service providers enable companies to offload all aspects of their security planning, including hardware security, network configurations, and disaster recovery planning, to trusted industry experts who can advise on all aspects of effective cybersecurity.

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