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Why managed IT services is best for SMB cybersecurity

Without technology, businesses cannot compete and succeed. But with the advancement in technology comes the ever-constant threat of hackers and cybercriminals. That’s why small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) need to protect themselves with robust cybersecurity solutions managed by reputable managed IT services providers (MSPs). The numbers Through the years, the number of SMBs falling victim […]

Top 5 benefits of using softphones

With remote work becoming crucial to business survival, it’s more important than ever for companies to have a reliable communication system. One option is to issue company phones to remote workers so they can communicate with clients and colleagues. But the ideal solution for most businesses is to use phone apps or softphones, and here […]

The newest updates in the Microsoft 365 Apps admin center

For most businesses, surviving the pandemic depended largely on being able to deploy cloud-based solutions that can support remote work setups and connect multilocational workers. This put the burden of operations on IT administrators, whose roles became more crucial and demanding. Microsoft hopes to ease that burden with these new Microsoft 365 Apps admin center […]

A closer look at fileless malware

To avoid detection by anti-malware programs, cybercriminals are using fileless malware to initiate attacks. Fileless malware is used to infiltrate trusted applications and issue executables that blend in with normal network traffic, IT processes, and system administration tasks while leaving fewer footprints. Learn more about fileless malware and how they threaten your business. What is […]

The Five Controls of Cyber Essentials – Malware Protection

It is important that you do everything you can to prevent Malware from penetrating your systems. The consequences of not doing so could be dire and will see you fall short of the standards required to achieve Cyber Essentials Accreditation . For those that don’t know what Malware is, Malware is software that was constructed with the sole intention of causing damage to computer systems, servers, or an entire network.

The Five Controls of Cyber Essentials – Access Controls

Having Access Controls will ensure that user accounts can only access the networks, computers, and applications that that user needs to perform their role to the best of their ability. ‘Need’ is an important word here – the Cyber Essentials Accreditation requires that user accounts are only assigned to authorised individuals and not just anybody.

The Five Controls of Cyber Essentials – Secure Configuration

The second of the five controls we are going to explore is Secure Configuration. This involves making device and software settings as secure as possible. To achieve this successfully you must have a proactive approach to your IT management.
The default security settings on the system are never anywhere close to ensuring your system is as secure as it could possibly be.

The Five Controls of Cyber Essentials – Firewalls

Firewalls are the first of the five key components that are required to successfully achieve the Cyber Essentials Accreditation. We will now take a look at how Firewalls work, the different forms they come in, and – most importantly – the various ways to configure them to be sure that they meet the requirements outlined by Cyber Essentials.