Why two-factor and two-step authentication matter

Two-factor authentication and two-step authentication are both vital for data security. But what’s the difference between them? Is one authentication process better than the other for your business? In this blog post, we will break down the differences between two-factor authentication and two-step authentication to help you decide which is more suitable for your needs. […]

Why your business needs an IT security audit

Over the years, the online business landscape has evolved due to rapid advances in computer technology and the introduction of cloud-based resources that have provided organizations with a viable IT environment to help them manage online operations efficiently. However, as companies build their online infrastructure, they open themselves up to various cyberthreats that can adversely […]

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 […]

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.

The Five Controls of Cyber Essentials – An Introduction to Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is a government backed scheme, designed to not only help businesses protect themselves from online threats that jeopardize the very survival of their organisation, but also to project a cyber security focused mindset to their clients. It was introduced in 2014 and many businesses up and down the country have since achieved the accreditation.