The Importance of Network Security and Digital Safety for Businesses

Did you know that up to 43% of all cyberattacks are aimed at small businesses? But in comparison, only 14% of these businesses are adequately prepared to defend themselves if they face a cyberattack. Even more alarmingly, up to 60% of small companies that suffer from a cyberattack have to shut their doors within 6 months of the attack!

With statistics as dire as these, the importance of having computer network support cannot be downplayed. If you’re an SMB (Small and Medium-sized Business) that still does not have an effective network security solution in place, now’s the time to secure your company and your future with the help of our trusted and highly experienced IT technicians.

Why Having a Secure Network Design is Crucial

The first thing to understand is that the secure network design made for your business will differ from one made for a business in another industry. It may even differ from other businesses in your own industry!

This is because our trusted experts tailor a network security solution purely for you, based on the type of business you are in, your specific needs and the network infrastructure you are using.

But all computer network support consists of different combinations, which may include but are not limited to:

Ransomware protection

Ransomware attacks have been on the rise for a couple of years, with a report in 2019 predicting that a ransomware attack will occur once every 11 seconds in 2021. Ransomware attacks work by encrypting company data or locking a user from accessing sensitive files until a fee is paid to the hacker for the release of the files. This fee is usually demanded in the form of Bitcoins.

Antivirus and anti-malware software

A catch-all term for any kind of malicious software, malware is software that is designed to damage, disrupt or gain unauthorised access to a computer system. A virus is a type of malware that multiplies and self-replicates and infects all other computers connected to a network. When left undetected, they can cause hundreds of thousands worth of damage, put companies at risk of data loss and even complete shutdowns. This is why having an up-to-date and superior antivirus and antimalware software is a necessity.

Filtering phishing emails

Phishing emails are a type of cyberattack that targets and tricks people into providing sensitive information by posing as an employer, colleague, official government body, law enforcement body or police institution. Not only can they compromise company data, malware may also be installed into an employee’s computer using the links in the phishing email. These emails can be very difficult to recognise by the casual and less tech-savvy user, which is why they are so dangerous. In fact, almost 56% of IT decision-makers claim that phishing attacks are their top security threat.

Using spam filters, each email that passes through the computer network gets filtered and any email that is deemed suspicious will be denied entry into an employee’s inbox.

Vulnerability reviews and risk assessments

Our managed IT service providers conduct a full review of your network system to discover areas of vulnerability, identify any weaknesses in the network solutions and notify a company about what they can expect in the event of a cyberattack. Depending upon their findings, they can customise, recommend and implement an IT solution tailored around your needs.

In the event that a cyberattack has already occurred, the MSPs can help you with rapid incident response services. These services involve analysing all the infected systems and design and implement a counteractive plan to help you recover your lost data and take relevant safety measures to prevent future attacks.

Cloud-computing

The professionals on our team will also help you come with an effective and efficient cloud-based storage solution so data is not stored on employees’ computers but in a single space accessible by everyone in the company. This prevents data losses through malware on the employee’s computer, their departure from the company or even from a lost or stolen device.

VPNs

VPNs or Virtual Private Networks are especially important for organisations implementing work-from-home policies, either during the pandemic or even after it. A VPN creates an end-to-end encrypted tunnel for data sent and received that cannot be exposed to cyberattacks. It also redirects your internet traffic, disguising your location and identity, further increasing your online security.

Next-generation firewalls (NGFW)

While traditional firewalls work by analysing and inspecting all incoming and ongoing network traffic to keep malware and cyberattacks out of a system, next-generation firewalls (NGFW) go one step further. They combine traffic inspections with features like cloud-delivered threat intelligence, integrated intrusion prevention and application awareness and control.

Why Choose Intellect IT

With decades of experience in the IT industry, our IT specialists have seen the technological revolution unfolding before their very eyes. They have seen the rise of the traditional firewall and then its fall, only to be replaced by a stronger, more efficient next-generation firewall. This means that they know exactly how the digital space works and how effective computer network support can help mitigate risks and increase cybersecurity.

Get in touch with our team today for a managed IT solution, specially tailored to your needs!

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