June 10, 2022

Why IT security is more important than ever

Endpoint infrastructure is more important than ever for corporate networks. Work-from-home models and cloud computing have transformed how businesses conduct their daily operations. Companies have gained more flexibility and operational efficiency as a result of the shift to remote access.

When companies reshape their digital architectures, they gain a competitive edge. They have the ability to recruit new talent both locally and abroad and the ability to access corporate resources from anywhere increases productivity and collaboration.

Companies become more agile and innovative when they apply these changes to their digital strategy. These changes have resulted in a tremendous increase in endpoints, including cloud-based apps, employee devices, servers, routers and other devices that connect to the company network. This is why, in today's world, IT security is critical.

What makes IT security so important?

Corporate networks are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber security threats as the number of endpoints grows. Unprotected devices, sensors and personal computers are vulnerable to a wide range of threats. Employees may unknowingly download malware apps by simply clicking an email link.

Customer credentials may be exposed or modified as a result of phishing attacks on unsuspecting clerks. A hacked password could result in a large-scale ransomware attack on a company's network. A company's network becomes more vulnerable to attack when more users and endpoints are added.

In the coming years, most companies will continue to use a combination of remote and in-office work. Security teams must accommodate dispersed teams operating from remote locations, because of this hybrid workspace. IT security is becoming increasingly crucial as international business trips are once again becoming possible.

How does cloud-based software protect against cyber-attacks?

IT security has evolved into a sophisticated system that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). The most cutting-edge solutions are cloud-based, providing 24/7 monitoring and threat databases as a reference point. This global threat intelligence is the best defence against cyber attacks, especially as hackers are always looking for new ways to infiltrate networks and extort funds.

A complete analysis of device-level behaviour, both historically and in real-time, is required for effective network protection. Previous breaches are investigated using forensics and analytic tools so that systems can improve and adapt to an evolving threat landscape. They ensure the high-speed processing of large data volumes, so cloud-based solutions deliver the most accurate real-time insight into devices.

Which cyber security policies help to secure the network?

Password policies must be included in basic cyber security policies. Employees should use strong passwords on all of their home office devices and change the default ones. Many remote workers forget to change the passwords on their home routers, sticking with the one they were given at the time of installation.

Employees should be taught how to recognise phishing attempts as part of their basic cyber security training. Customers who make urgent demands to change their account details or withdraw funds should be regarded with suspicion. Employees should call the customer or client to confirm that the demands are legitimate.

Endpoints, such as company apps and devices, require multifactor authentication (MFA). It increases IT security and employees should be made aware of the benefits so they don't disable MFA or use their devices' "Remember Me" function. Secure log-on procedures and information access restrictions can help protect all devices linked to the company's network.

How can employees connect safely from any location?

Employee cyber security training should also include raising awareness of the dangers of using public WiFi in places like coffee shops, airports and shopping malls. Hackers can easily gain access to endpoints via open hotspots and infect connected devices with malware. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) encrypts data, ensuring that no one can access a corporate network through an employee's internet connection.

SEACOM Business provides enterprise-grade IT security solutions to protect corporate networks and devices, allowing your employees to securely connect to your company's network from any location.

Our cloud-based solutions are simple to deploy and manage, providing security teams with complete control and visibility over the business network. For more information or to get a quote for our IT security solutions, email us at marketing@seacom.com or leave us a message.

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