It goes without saying that 2020 has been a whirlwind of a year for every industry. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected every economic participant – including municipalities, hospitals, universities, and small businesses - each in different ways. One New Year’s Resolution that can significantly benefit all businesses irrespective of size or industry at the start of 2021 is improved cybersecurity.
Is Your Business Ready to Take On 2021?
It is important to take a look at your business’s cybersecurity practices and protocols as we head in to 2021. Cyberattacks and breaches are ever increasing. In 2020 cybercrime was up a whopping 600% due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cybercriminals have taken advantage of the pandemic in more ways than one. Millions of malicious phishing emails were sent this year disguised as emails from reputable COVID-19 sources like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Cybercriminals will continue to take advantage of the pandemic in this way and with likely scams portrayed as correspondence from vaccine manufacturers like Pfizer and Moderna. 92% of malware is distributed through email, an amount that has been consistently increasing over the past twelve years. Hackers have also taken advantage of increased remote work and employees who expose sensitive data from VPNs that are not secure. Cybersecurity is more important than ever as we ring in the new year. Make sure your business is prepared.
How Can NXTsoft Help Your Business Take on Proper Cybersecurity Practices for 2021?
A crucial step in protecting your business from a harmful cyber event is educating employees on cybersecurity basics and equipping them with the right knowledge and skills to successfully battle cyberattacks. Employees may be the most significant threat to your cybersecurity, but with proper cybersecurity training, you make them your strongest defense against cyberattacks.
NXTsoft’s ThreatAdvice Educate provides your employees with the necessary cybersecurity knowledge and skills to thwart cyberattacks and is a top-of-the-line, easy to use program. ThreatAdvice Educate’s micro-learning, video-based cybersecurity courses and tests are easy for employees to understand. The courses encourage engagement and completion, and are ongoing with real world test simulations. The ThreatAdvice Educate Company Threat Plan provides a high-level overview of the risk and health of the organization so you can address the vulnerabilities found in both your workforce and your systems. Administrators can easily and effectively track progress of employees in courses. Compliance and oversight are ensured with management and awareness tools. Twelve new courses have been now been released for ThreatAdvice Educate. With an ever-changing cybersecurity landscape, our team is always working to keep you and your employees on top of the latest cyber threats. With ThreatAdvice Educate, courses and training will never be outdated and will always be relevant, as NXTsoft has been persistently working in 2020 to guarantee best-in-industry cybersecurity for your business moving into 2021.
One step your business can take to take the reins on proper cybersecurity management and protocol in 2021 is hiring a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to oversee your businesses’ cybersecurity threats and planning. The only drawback to hiring a CISO? The average CISO salary according to Salary.com is around $250,000, and is just not an option for many businesses, especially after a year like 2020. Data security can be difficult to manage, but it is crucial that there is proper planning and oversight.
Not to worry, NXTsoft’s ThreatAdvice Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) takes the data security burden off your shoulders and provides an overarching solution to oversee all of your business’s cybersecurity efforts. ThreatAdvice vCISO includes governance, compliance management, policies, and assurance services with additional options also available to customize your vCISO to your business’s specific data security needs. Your vCISO alerts and advises you if there is a security issue and ensures that proper policies are in place to significantly decrease the likelihood of a cybersecurity event. ThreatAdvice vCISO provides employee cybersecurity training and education, intelligence on potential cyber threats and a comprehensive cybersecurity monitoring solution delivered through our proprietary dashboard. Security information is warehoused in one place and ThreatAdvice vCISO’s dashboard allows you to securely communicate with your vCISO team, access reports and policies, view tasks, and more. You can rest easy when it comes to your cybersecurity in 2021 with ThreatAdvice vCISO.
An important part of being prepared with a cybersecurity plan is detecting cyberattacks and breaches. Often times an organization has been breached and is not even aware of the breach until it is too late and valuable data has been lost or stolen. Being able to properly monitor your business’s systems and detect cyber events is pivotal to your cybersecurity going into 2021 and beyond.
NXTsoft’s ThreatAdvice Endpoint and SIEM will deter a cyber breach and alert you about suspicious cyber activity. Implementing ThreatAdvice Endpoint and SIEM can help you to stop a cyber breach before it happens, and damage is done. ThreatAdvice Endpoint and SIEM includes on-demand security operations, always-on threat coverage, 27/7 security operation center (SOC) services, next-generation endpoint security, compliance, and ThreatAdvice SIEM technology. The ThreatAdvice team of experienced cybersecurity engineers and analysts work around the clock to take care of your cybersecurity needs so that you can focus on your business.
Something we all may have learned in 2020 is that things hardly ever go as planned. It is important to properly respond to the unexpected moving forward. You may have done all the right things when it comes to your business’s cybersecurity plan. You have well-trained employees, top-tier policies and procedures, proper systems in place, but alas, your business experienced a cybersecurity incident or data breach because something failed in the process. Where do you go from there?
Your business needs an incident response plan when a breach has occurred. NXTsoft’s ThreatAdvice Incident Response is a phone call away and can be onsite swiftly to navigate this process and restore your normal operations while minimizing damage and disruption. ThreatAdvice Incident Response will respond quickly, investigate the incident, map and document damage, perform remediation including containment and eradication, restore systems back to normal operations, perform a forensic data analysis, deliver a comprehensive report, coordinate with legal counsel to handle breach notification. ThreatAdvice Incident Response is more than prepared to help you to fight back against cybercriminals in any kind of cyberattack or breach.
Ring in the New Year with NXTsoft
It seems everyone is excited to leave 2020 behind. While this year has been filled with many challenges, NXTsoft has been working harder than ever to make sure that you and your business can implement proper cybersecurity protocols from training and education, to comprehensive oversight and endpoint solutions, as well as carefully handling cyber events that occur. Make cybersecurity your business’s New Year’s Resolution for 2021 with NXTsoft.