There is no one size fits all solution for all businesses when it comes to stopping cyberattacks, and it is no longer enough to rely on one single layer of security. Between exponential leaps within technology and more sophisticated systems comes the need for versatile solutions. Good cybersecurity has several aspects that make it a sound system; a combination of education for people within an organization, processes that are sound and configured properly, and technology that blends those two defenses together. Implementing endpoint detection and response (EDR) systems, anti-virus platforms, and multi-factor authentication, are some of the tools available to safeguard digital assets.
What is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)?
Multi-factor authentication is an extra layer of defense which requires the user to provide more evidence of their identity, before having access to a webpage or application. When implemented in addition to requiring a password, there are more requirements that an attacker needs to navigate through, making it less likely for the user’s data to be compromised. Typically, multi-factor authentication falls into one of three categories:
- Something You Know: A password or a PIN.
- Something You Have: A smartphone or access card.
- Something You Are: A fingerprint or facial recognition.
If you can implement two or more of these methods while you navigate the digital realm, attackers are less likely to access your accounts.
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
EDR solutions are designed to monitor, detect, and respond to threats on an individual computer or mobile device. Since EDR tools utilize real-time visibility into what activities are occuring, there are quick responses to threats. Some of the important aspects of Endpoint Detection and Response include:
- Threat detection: EDR systems can identify and alert you to suspicious activities or potential security breaches.
- Incident response: EDR tools enable you to isolate compromised endpoints, investigate incidents, and remediate threats.
- Behavioral analysis: EDR solutions can analyze endpoint behavior to detect anomalies, even if traditional signatures don’t match known threats.
If your business has many endpoints, EDR is critical for helping both detect and mitigate threats fast. As a result, potential damage is lowered significantly.
A cornerstone of cybersecurity for several decades now, Anti-virus software is now more than just a basic tool. It is absolutely necessary to implement anti-virus solutions as they do more than just signature-based malware detection, because they often utilize:
- Real-time scanning: Constantly monitoring files and processes for signs of malware.
- Behavioral analysis: Identifying unusual or malicious behavior by applications.
- Firewall protection: Preventing unauthorized access to your system.
- Automatic updates: Keeping the software’s virus definitions up to date.
Education and Cybersecurity Awareness
Most cyberattacks occur as a result of human-error. With that in mind, training programs that aim to educate users on how to be aware of cyberattacks is a critical element of overall defense. Proper education ensures that people understand risks, threats, and scams in the digital realm; making them more proactive and less likely to fall victim to an attack. This can range from recognizing phishing attacks, practicing good password hygiene, and reducing the information they share online. Additionally, good education makes sure people are up to date with latest threats and types of attacks, so they can adapt their cybersecurity measures to combat risks effectively.
How PCS Can Help
Pittsburgh Computer Solutions has been in the business of protecting their clients for over 25 years. We implement a wide array of security measures, dependent on your organization and tailored to your specific needs. Whether it is one of the solutions mentioned above, cybersecurity awareness training, or disaster recovery plans; our team at PCS leaves no stone unturned in ensuring your business is protected. Call us at (724) 942-1337 for a FREE IT audit at your business so we can let you know how we can help!