Cyber Protection in the “New Normal”

Categories
Cyber Security

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, employers offered only select individuals the ability to work from home, but with the pandemic, it has become expected that more employees may continue to work remotely for an extended time or permanently. This means many will be using their personal computers and mobile devices to access needed documents on company servers or to share information with their coworkers.

Cybercriminals are starting to take notice of these opportunities and are turning their attention away from protected company networks to home offices and other offsite locations that can lack sufficient protections to prevent cyber-attacks. This can:

· Put a company’s private information at a greater risk of being compromised or stolen.

· Increase the risk of fraud.

· Hackers and Phishers prey on people’s insecurity and confusion regarding standards and policy.

· Create a greater risk of Identity Theft due to remote work making impersonation easier.

· Increase the threat of phishing attacks, malspams, and ransomware.

To defend themselves from these increased assaults, companies must be prepared to help their employees set up a secure remote-working environment that makes sure sensitive documents and files remain safe and confidential.

A lack of IT resources can be a burden to many smaller companies as they move to enable remote strategies and protections. MainStreet IT is here to provide support through these challenging times and to keep your company’s network safe and secure. Here’s how we can help:

· Our highly responsive team is ready to handle urgent requests, as well as help you plan ahead for the New Normal.

· We have extensive expertise with setting up and maintaining systems for a remote workforce.

· One of our specialties, which is very important in these changing times, is deploying and maintaining security for remote work.

We will be publishing more information about security, so please sign up for our newsletter or follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

If you have questions about remote working security or want to partner with MainStreet IT to keep your business and employees save, give us a call at 717-354-8385 or email solutions@mainstreetitsolutions.com.

Remote working challenges and benefits

Categories
Cyber Security Mobile Workplace Configuration

In 2019, a survey of employees found that 81% felt they would be happier with the opportunity to work from home. Now, with businesses having to scramble to set up their employees to work remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers get to see how this will affect their flow of business. Beyond their employees’ happiness, it also brings to the front the pros and cons of team members working remotely.

PROS

Flexibility:

· Your employees will have more say in their work and life balance.

Comfortable work environment:

· Employees tend to be more comfortable in their own space.

Greater productivity:

· One study found that employees working remotely can work 1.4 more days per month. Part of the reason is not having to struggle with commute times.

Employees feel like it is a benefit:

· This can’t be overstated. Most employees, if given the option, will feel being able to work remotely is a major job perk.

CONS

Lack of security:

· When your employees are located in one central location, security is easier to maintain. This is much more challenging when everyone is spread out across different networks.

Difficulty passing information:

· While systems like OneNote, Google Docs and Dropbox have grown in popularity, each has its advantages and disadvantages in sharing information between your workers.

Online meetings can be more tiring or frustrating:

· The need to be constantly focused to retain information can be stressful.

· It is also easier for employees to be sidetracked while on a meeting by checking email, working or just their surroundings.

· Home internet is sometimes not as stable and there can be frustrating lags or drops during online meetings.

Here is how MainStreet IT Solutions can help set up your employees for successful remote working:

· Develop a mobile IT infrastructure at a cost effective price through our HaaS program.

· Set up your network and devices to accommodate secure remote work.

· Standardize file sharing by establishing uniform file sharing solutions with configurations that allow for passing and backing up the appropriate file types.

· Provide recommendations for hardware and software that can help address sub-optimal online meetings.

There is no question that recent events have changed the workplace and increased the need for and interest in working remotely. Feel free to give us a call and talk about your remote working challenges. We are happy to help.

What Is Malware?

Categories
Cyber Security

We’ve all heard of it before, but what exactly is malware?

Malware is any software intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer, server, client, or computer network once it is embedded into a target’s computer. Malware can take the form of codes, scripts, active content, and other software.

Malware attacks can be harmful to all companies, but can be especially devastating to smaller businesses. According to SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses. At MainStreet IT, we provide enterprise-level anti-virus protection at an affordable price for small and mid-size businesses. Learn how to keep your small business secure from attacks by calling us for a free consultation today.

Ransomware Attacks Increase

Categories
Cyber Security

Did you know that ransomware attacks have increased over 97% in the past two years? According to a recent survey of cybersecurity experts, 81% believe that there will be a record number of ransomware attacks in 2020.

Mobile malware, banking malware, and ransomware are the primary threats to expect this year. Here on our own site, we’ve outlined some questions you can think about to see if your company is protected.

https://www.mainstreetitsolutions.com/ransomware/

Almost always, there is room for improvement and we’re happy to answer questions about ransomware and cybersecurity. You can get ahead of hackers and attacks by putting proper cybersecurity measures in place. If you’re ready to protect your business from online threats, give MainStreet IT a call at any time.