Cyber Security for Your Business: Who’s Watching the Farm This Summer?

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Noticing an extra skip in your step this week? That’s what the arrival of cabin season does to us here in Minnesota. The kids are barely out of school, and all we can think about is casting a line and enjoying a cold one up at the lake. And after this winter (and April!), who can blame us?

It’s becoming more typical for businesses to give their teams Friday afternoons off during the summer. If you’re a business owner, maybe this has been your tradition for years. While we hope you enjoy your well-deserved time off, please remember that your business is still up and running without you. And so are the hackers.

Cyber Security Is a 24/7 Job

The internet gives bad actors round-the-clock opportunities to attempt to invade your networks and cloud-based systems. Fish may be the only things awake at 6 am out on the lake, but it’s midday across the world. Hackers are trying to invade your network and your cloud-based systems on their lunch breaks.

Just because there are people out there who want to steal your data or hold your network ransom doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take vacation. But you should invest in cyber security measures that will keep your business’s data safe while you’re out-of-office.

To Stay SaaS-y, Stay Safe

Cloud-based software-as-a-service, aka SaaS, is a large and growing part of the IT industry. It’s revolutionized how we work and where we can access the tools we need to collaborate with our teams and complete projects. But if one or more of your SaaS applications are compromised, so is the rest of the data you store on the cloud. What’s more, most SaaS providers are not responsible for securing your user data (that’s why it pays to read your terms & conditions!).

We think SaaS solutions are great, and we encourage you to stay SaaS-y if you’ve found tools that work well for you. Just be an aware consumer. Invest in an extra layer of encryption, and keep your anti-malware tools updated regularly. Be vigilant with monitoring your activity logs. Take note of any changes to access permissions to users, admins, and third-party APIs. If something looks fishy, call in the IT pros.

Get Help So You Can Relax Up North

Cyber security is incredibly important. But it shouldn’t get in the way of you enjoying your summer. Now IT Connects is here to help.

We offer managed IT services, network security, cloud solutions, and email and spam protection for small businesses who want the peace-of-mind knowing someone is minding the farm while they’re out. Our sister company Secure Net Pros can help with cyber-specific threats to keep your data safe, too. Contact us today to learn more.