A starting guide on Cybersecurity
Bytagig operates as an MSP which specializes in a variety of IT-based services, and among them is cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is a critical component of the digital age, a major foundation in running a secure, efficient enterprise. Naturally, you’ve heard the term in both media and probably among your own staff. But what does it mean? What does cybersecurity really entail?
Traits of Cybersecurity
When it comes to protecting personal or professional devices, there are several aspects to be aware of. Cybersecurity isn’t only about hardware and software, it’s also personal knowledge and policy.
A good cybersecurity strategy involves:
- Trained, knowledgeable staff or individual expertise of safe digital practices
- Anti-virus software/addons on all relevant devices
- Backup strategies and recovery options in case of intrusions doubled with good policy
We’ll go into more detail covering each point.
Whether for individual or business, understanding the nature of digital security and malware attacks is an important part of robust protection. This trait of cybersecurity involves information and awareness surrounding the best modern practices.
For instance, how information is handled, stored, and transferred. It also entails how one understands the use of anti-virus software, the types of malware, and who should access what tier of data.
Naturally, protecting devices and systems goes hand-in-hand with good anti-virus programs. Addons too, like script blockers for browsers, are fundamental parts of stopping malicious attacks. Typically cybersecurity involves setting up nuanced programs for in-depth protection to any system or device.
Policy and Backup
Even the most expensive and complex forms of cybersecurity infrastructure can be undone by a single factor: the human element. Therefore, this phase of cybersecurity handles the management, processing, and transfer of data – either on a network or with an individual device. Guidelines are typically implemented to assure proper procedure is followed for all types of data and digital information.
Now that you have a brief understanding of each “pillar” to cybersecurity, how can you use it for yourself or business?
One way is by setting up infrastructure “in house.” For individuals, it means installing antivirus software, keeping diligent backups of your data, and knowing good practices for staying safe online (and what to do in case of malware). For an enterprise, the premise is the same, just on a larger scale.
Staff should be trained on cybersecurity policies, unique to each business (including how to handle messages, data, information, and who can access what). Networks should also be “tiered” (layered) to mitigate damage caused by intrusions. Anti-virus is a given, and backup options can be handled in multiple ways – such as through cloud vendors, data centers, and MSPs.
Lastly, if all else fails, a managed service provider can offer infrastructure when there are shortfalls in IT. They handle all cybersecurity measures depending on what an enterprise needs.
If you’d like additional information about an MSP or would like cybersecurity services, contact us at Bytagig.