In today’s technology-driven society, data has become an integral part of business processes. CEOs and managers rely on data analytics for decision-making. Salespeople and cashiers pull up customer information to process transactions and refunds. Online stores record the buyer’s billing and shipping information to ease the checkout procedure.
Given its importance, business data should be protected against loss or theft caused by malicious attacks. The effects of missing data can range anywhere from slightly inconvenient to catastrophic.
Thankfully, there are different cybersecurity tools available to help safeguard your precious data. You can even get some of them for free, although paying extra for premium protection is definitely worth it.
Operating System and Productivity Toolkit
As long as it’s a legal and updated version, your operating system already has built-in cybersecurity tools that give fundamental protection. Windows 10 and 11, for instance, already come with Windows Security, an app with antivirus, firewall, browser control, and account protection. Make sure you download the updates to protect your system against the latest threats.
A productivity toolkit like Google Workspace also has security and privacy features, such as data-loss prevention, client-side encryption, and malware protection. It’s nice to know that we are protected by what we already have, isn’t it? Still, it is best to supplement them for maximum security.
Secure Email Gateways (SEG)
An alarming number of cybercrimes happen via email. Why? The widespread use of email in the business world makes it the favorite channel of cybercriminals. Their popular methods include phishing and malware distribution.
SEGs were developed to prevent malicious emails from reaching your inbox. An SEG is usually comprised of spam filters, anomaly detectors, and IP address reputation lists. Some of the most popular SEGs are Cisco, SpamTitan, Proofpoint, and Mimecast.
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
A set of cybersecurity tools that continuously monitor endpoint devices (such as laptops and tablets) to detect threats and respond to them is called an endpoint detection and response (EDR). Its key functions include:
- Monitoring signs of an impending attack
- Searching for suspicious endpoint activities
- Identifying threat patterns
- Containing or removing threats, and alerting the IT security personnel
The top-rated EDRs to date are Cynet360, Huntress, Sophos Intercept X, and SentinelOne. What makes them popular is their being SMB-friendly.
Domain Name System (DNS) Protection
In a nutshell, DNS security filters out unwanted content and blocks access to potentially malicious websites. This mitigates, if not eliminates, the risk of getting infected by malware or ransomware. Cisco Umbrella, DNSFilter, and WebTitan are prime examples of DNS security solutions.
While cybersecurity software are widely available, it is still advisable to have a professional IT services provider assess your risks and implement the security measures. For Total Secure IT solutions, contact Preferred Computer Services in Huntsville, AL.