Cybersecurity: How to Protect Your Business
Charles IT offers an exclusive and comprehensive Security Awareness service
April 5, 2018 - Middletown, CT - For small and mid-sized organizations that use the Internet as part of their daily operations -- that is to say, for anyone doing business in 2018 -- comprehensive cybersecurity policies and procedures are critical.
To keep your business safe, you need a program that informs employees about the unceasing stream of Internet threats swirling around them, and that protects them with firewalls, vulnerability analysis software, and intrusion detection applications.
Hartford-area technology solutions provider Charles IT helps business owners succeed on both fronts with their two-tiered Security Awareness service. There’s a comprehensive testing and training piece that teaches users about all the dangers lurking online, and a "Managed Security" piece called Security Awareness PLUS.
"For us, the name of the game when it comes to cybersecurity is awareness," said Foster Charles, founder and CEO. "If your employees can't identify obvious threats, then there’s a high likelihood they'll fall victim to a phishing scheme or ransomware bug."
But for cybersecurity to really work right, experts agree it has to go beyond simply educating employees and installing antivirus on their PCs. Hence Charles IT’s inclusion of a fully-managed element in the Security Awareness suite.
"With Security Awareness PLUS, we're offering high-tech tools and analyses to complement the testing and training services." According to Charles, "Since almost every business owner has to protect their onsite servers and computers as well as a highly mobile workforce, we focus quite a bit on MDM."
MDM, or Mobile Device Management, is something many organizations overlook, as they typically don't have the time or expertise to inventory, configure, and protect a fleet of smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers. And it can be even more challenging for companies with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies or high rates of turnover.
That’s why everything is fully managed by Charles IT’s mobile security team, starting with the MDM feature set. Clients receive detailed reporting on their entire mobile hardware & software inventory; optimized privacy and compliance settings for sensitive company and personally identifiable information; and enhanced security restrictions for mobile apps, emails, contact lists, calendars, and WiFi access based on individual users’ roles and responsibilities.
There’s also a Device Encryption component to the service that includes a broad range of automated and administrator-enabled responses to security threats. This protects not only the business data housed on smartphones and tablets, but also on servers, desktops, and USB drives that mobile devices connect to -- and it’s available for both PC and Mac.
Finally, subscribers benefit from routine Vulnerability Scans & Remediation Reports to appraise the performance of the firewalls, antivirus software, and intrusion detection applications they have in place.
“Security Awareness is a holistic solution - you get the employee training, the inventory & device management, the protective measures, and the analytics and reporting. Plus semiannual Policy Reviews, Security Summaries, and Best Practices Evaluations, which are crucial for keeping business owners aware of their whole cybersecurity situation,” noted Charles.
For more information about Security Awareness, Security Awareness PLUS, or any other technology solutions & services for small and mid-sized businesses, contact Charles IT today.