2021 Cybersecurity Resolutions for IT Departments
January 7, 2021
Cybersecurity is as important as ever, and with a more mobile work force, now is the time to increase the security of your organization’s network. Here are some recommended resolutions for those with responsibility in IT:
I will review and update my firewall.
- Upgrade to next-generation active firewall
- Ensure firmware is up-to-date
- Monitor activity regularly
- Close all unnecessary open port
I will ensure secure access for remote employees.
- Access through an encrypted VPN
- Close all other remote access methods
- Implement multifactor authentication
I will implement strong password policies.
- Require strong passwords
- Incorporate a required password change policy
- Implement incorrect login lockout policy
- Disable standard accounts like “Administrator”
- Do not allow users local administrator rights
I will automate backups and patching.
- Automation ensures the process is completed timely
- Mitigate risks to data and intellectual property
- Critical and security patching reduces vulnerability
I will educate employees about Cybersecurity.
- Email is the primary way ransomware enters a network
- Any employee who clicks on a bad link negates the protection of the best security technology
- Implement regular training for all employees
- Execute regular testing with simulated phishing messages
I will replace out of date equipment.
- Old equipment can be a drain on productivity
- Out of date operating systems cannot be patched and therefore multiply risk
- Regular investment and planned obsolescence/replacement is less costly in the long run
I will investigate managed services.
- Delegate and automate maintenance and security functions
- Access to technical resources for specialty needs
- Focus internal team on core competencies for business
If you have any questions on implementing these important resolutions, give Deltec a call today!
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