We were delighted to receive the SME PARTNER OF THE YEAR AWARD for Security from Exertis Ireland and Fortinet Ireland. It has been a challenging year in many ways and to have the hard work of the HSC team recognised by our partners is much appreciated. We have worked closely with Exertis and Fortinet on several Security projects this year. We look forward to more in 2021 and to hopefully celebrating our joint success together in person.
Organisations are rapidly adopting digital innovation (DI) initiatives which often involve moving applications and workflows to the cloud, deploying Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices on the corporate network, and expanding the organisation’s footprint to new branch locations. More recently the move to a remote and distributed workforce has meant some organisations have had to rapidly adapt their infrastructure.
With an evolving infrastructure comes security risks. Organisations must cope with growing attack surfaces, advanced threats, increased infrastructure complexity, and an expanding regulatory landscape.
On Wednesday Nov 18th at 12pm we will be hosting a webinar with our partner Fortinet who are the world’s leading IT provider of Enterprise Security Solutions. In this webinar we will explore how The Fortinet Security Fabric enables desired DI outcomes while effectively managing risks and minimising complexities.
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Dan Hegarty, HCS Director was interviewed by The Business Post on why businesses must make security a matter of undivided attention. Dan explains how HCS, as Ireland’s leading Select Partner for Fortinet, delivers not only world class security solutions but the expertise to build on every deployment to make the most of the right technologies for different situations.
In his article Dan suggests that for organisations looking to respond to evolving challenges effectively, there can be a financial barrier to invest in professionals with security skillsets. Managed services can offer an alternative route to achieving comprehensive security, compared with the need to invest in individuals.
“Covid-19 has seen businesses face a steep learning curve to secure productivity and that extends to providingscalability for growth in an unusual time. Providers like HCS are well-positioned in the industry to address these evolving needs.”
With tens of thousands globally working from home and likely to for the foreseeable future IT Security is more important than ever. The FBI have reported a staggering 400% increase in reports to their cyber division since the pandemic began. Cyber criminals use a variety of methods to gain trust and entry into inadequately protected networks. Hackers frequently exploit Office 365 via known weaknesses in the out-of-the-box security configuration and with more sophisticated and convincing phishing emails they can lure people to enable their attack attempts.
Cyber protection measures are varied and can be overwhelming. This guide simplifies what you need to do to step up your IT Security. First here are some real life examples of how attacks happen:
Scenario 1. A hacker sends a cleverly compiled email with an attachment or link to a file loaded with Malware and before you know it, you’ve been hit with Ransomware!
Scenario 2. A hacker sends a very official looking branded email, containing a link for you to login to Office 365, but it wasn’t Office 365. Now they have your login credentials and they can login to your account from anywhere in the world. We have seen hackers setup inbox rules to forward emails containing IBAN etc. out to a Gmail account. This can go completely undetected.
Scenario 3. Once a hacker has access to your Office 365 account, they can intercept routine emails e.g. for accounts payable invoices and then change the target bank account numbers to their own and seek payment.
Here is how to reduce your risks by 99%!
1.SETUP ADVANCED THREAT PROTECTION EMAIL FILTERING
Bad actors are constantly finding ways to get in front of your users. You need an email filtering system that evolves as the threats do and filters out all of the bad emails before your users even lay eyes on them. The best email filtering systems use “sandboxing” so that if your users open attachments or links they are first opened or “detonated” in a safe environment before actually opening for the user on their screen.
Advanced Threat Protection should be added to each Office 365 user subscription.
2. SET SECURITY POLICIES & MONITOR COMPLIANCE
It’s worth sitting down thinking about who needs access to what, from where and when. Segregate your users into logical groups e.g. Static Office User & Mobile Users. Then create policies for each logical group. Once these are configured in Office 365, we can monitor them and report on them and be alerted of any changes to them. Unfortunately, it’s not a case of “set and forget”. Settings can change for various reasons and you can’t be sure your policies are enforced if you don’t audit them frequently.
Restricting access to Office 365 from within Ireland and/or setting up multi-factor authentication are two of the most effective things you can do to eliminate hacked accounts.
365 Protect is a management tool that enables us to manage, monitor and report on your Office 365 tenancy as well as enabling us to respond to preconfigured alerts.
3. BACK UP YOUR OFFICE 365 MAILBOX, ONEDRIVE & SHAREPOINT DATA
Many people assume that saving their data into their personal OneDrive means it’s backed up. But that’s not strictly true. Even though it’s in the cloud, Microsoft only replicates your data for availability purposes. This means that it takes the most recent file version and saves a copy. If your files were locked for ransom or they were infected with malware, the replicated copies may not be retrievable, or at best, it could take up to 6 hours or more to retrieve just one file. Think about how that may affect your business.
HCS Managed 365 Backup automatically backups up data in your mailbox, your OneDrive and SharePoint.
4. PROTECT YOUR ENDPOINTS
Once the perimeter has been breached, your last line of defence is generally the anti-virus software running on your desktop and server. Traditionally, these solutions work from a known list of virus signatures and rely on a central database for updates. Such solutions have been poor at preventing ransomware attacks and result in significant disruption and cost.
Modern Endpoint Detection and Response solutions are an upgrade from traditional antivirus and incorporate Al learning to detect abnormal activity on each Endpoint. They also incorporate features to “rollback” a ransomware attack and automatically disconnect a PC/Laptop from the network.
5. TRAIN YOUR USERS IN CYBER SECURITY
The bad actors are always looking to be one step ahead. They do this by exploiting the habits of your users and vulnerabilities in the software systems. There is always a chance that they will circumvent the security measures you have in place. Therefore, making your users cyber security aware, is an important part of your strategy to catch what all else fails to.
In addition to all this above you should setup internal controls to follow before making payments online.
Our team of security experts can help you determine what solutions you need to put in place. They will review what you currently have, identify where the gaps are and make easy to digest recommendations to reduce your cyber risk. We speak your language, we don’t over do the tech talk. We understand what businesses need and we partner with the best in IT Security to bring enterprise level, tried and tested solutions that fit businesses of all sizes within their budgets.
It is expected that the Covid-19 outbreak will increase the amount of employees who are impacted by cyber threats. As businesses react to significant environmental challenges, hackers may use this opportunity to infiltrate systems and steal essential data.
It has been noted that in recent weeks Phishing Attempts have increased, with hundreds of Covid-19 themed emails being sent daily. These phishing emails may contain false bank information, links to false VPN or Video Conferencing software and more.
With this in mind, how can you protect your staff?
Three Ways To Manage Covid-19 Cybersecurity Risks
1. Ensure Your Team Can Work Remotely Securely
Covid-19 has forced businesses to embrace remote working. Due to this your business’ IT infrastructure and requirements may have evolved, because of this your business’ vulnerabilities may have changed.
During times of crisis such as this, businesses must:
- Advise employees that cyberattacks are more likely to occur and their role in maintaining security.
- Advising staff to only use company-approved solutions
- Ensure remote access systems are fully patched and security configured
- Review key security controls which may have been overlooked
- Ensure employee training is up to date. Remote cybersecurity training is a fantastic resource to ensure your team are aware of modern threats and how to manage them
2. Ensure Functionality of Critical Systems
As the Covid-19 outbreak develops, businesses need to be strategic and resilient. Ensure that your IT systems are managed and maintained and that your cybersecurity systems are monitored and updated where necessary.
3. Train Your Team
Cybersecurity threats are ever-evolving and your team should be updated on potential threats that they may encounter. Businesses should be prepared for loss of data through cyberattacks such as Phishing Attempts and Brute Force, but also through Human Error.
How can we help? Secure your data during the Covid-19 outbreak by contacting our Expert security Team today!
2019 has seen cybersecurity awareness increase, primarily due to increased threats and updates. Although the majority of businesses are now more aware of the importance of cybersecurity, most are struggling to implement appropriate protocols internally. However, in 2020, cybersecurity will continue to be an important aspect for businesses worldwide. Data breaches, automation and integration will all impact cybersecurity within 2020.
As 2019 was a time of growth for cybersecurity awareness, 2020 is expected to continue this trend.
Data Breaches Are A Major Cyberthreat
Data breaches are expected to continue to be the most common cybersecurity risk in 2020, with data being set to remain as a valuable commodity for hackers and cybercriminals around the world.
In recent times, legislation, such as GDPR has helped put Data Security to the forefront of cybersecurity concerns, however, businesses must think about the other various risks that a data breach can present to a business and not just legislative issues.
Throughout 2020 it is expected that businesses will continue to migrate their processes, infrastructure and data to the cloud. Because of this, protecting data and critical infrastructure requires a proactive approach from Managed Security Partners.
Due to the popularity of the cloud, cybercriminals will continue to create sophisticated threats with the aim of infiltrating your business’ cloud systems. If your cloud is not secured properly, this could lead to major data breaches.
Growing Awareness Of Data Back-Ups
Digital Transformation is an ongoing trend within businesses and has raised awareness of cybersecurity issues. This affects businesses of all sizes, from SMBs to Enterprises.
Businesses have realised that cybersecurity and backing up data is not a luxury but an essential aspect of any business.
Mobility Can Hamper Cybersecurity
With the rise of cloud computing, mobile use for work purposes has also increased, with many employees accessing data and documents through devices such as mobile phones and tablets.
Due to this, 2020 is expected to see an increase in data breaches through mobile devices. Every device that is used to access company systems is another endpoint to secure to ensure vulnerability is minimised.
Phishing Attacks are set to remain as a common cyber threat, as it is seen by cybercriminals is an effective method of obtaining user credentials, distributing malware, cryptojacking, stealing money, etc with ease.
The most effective way to counteract Phishing Attacks is to train your team to recognise these attempts. In 2020, cybersecurity training should be a key aspect of your cybersecurity strategy.