Businesses rely on the INCTech team to keep their network and business safe from the full range of technology-related threats.
Technology is an important part of success for small and midsized businesses. Cloud computing helps teams share data and collaborate, mobile devices are paving the way for better responsiveness and business agility, and next-generation data analytics and artificial intelligence are poised to be a major disruptive force in 2020.
Unfortunately, each of these technologies also present serious liabilities. There are hackers that want to infiltrate your business and steal data, new malware variants that emerge every day, phishing attacks that are growing in complexity, and government compliance regulations to contend with.
The number and complexity of these threats is a major reason why businesses are now turning to cybersecurity service providers like INCTech for help.
Hackers and the New Forms of Cyberattack
In recent years enterprises have continued to pour millions of dollars into their security. This has caused hackers to focus on small and midsized businesses as a source of revenue and led to a dramatic increase in the cyberattack on this under-protected sector of the economy.
This uptick in attacks is compounded by a nationwide lack of cybersecurity talent. Today, security professionals are in very demand and command premium salaries for their services. This puts them far out of reach of most businesses.
For almost two decades, INCTech has provided businesses in Southern California and Northern Michigan with comprehensive cybersecurity solutions that help them close the skill gap and feel more confident. Armed with the latest tools, our team of security experts will help you holistically address the full range of cybersecurity vulnerabilities in your network
- Network perimeter defense and firewall configuration
- Vulnerability scanning and penetration testing
- Next-generation malware and ransomware protection
Addressing the Threats Inside Your Business
In 2020, employees continue to be one of the primary sources of cybersecurity vulnerability. Employees create weak passwords and then misplace them, they lose mobile devices and company laptops with valuable information, and they fall for phishing attacks at a persistently high rate.
There are two major categories of employee-related threats that small and midsized businesses often face:
- Insider Threats
The term insider threat is used to describe anyone who uses their privileged network access to steal company data. Insider threats can be permanent employees, contract workers, or even suppliers in your supply chain who’ve been given network access.
- Employee Error
Your employees don’t have to be malicious in order to do damage to your business. Most of the time, it’s simple inexperience or negligence that leads to damage at your business, such as sending company data through Facebook, Twitter, or other unsecure social media channels.
Thankfully, there are many steps a business can take to protect itself from malicious and non-malicious staff. Front-line measures include cybersecurity awareness training, which can greatly improve your team’s ability to notice cybersecurity red flags early and conduct themselves with proper digital hygiene.
For businesses with more advanced needs, like regulatory compliance requirements, the INCTech team can design a system that uses firewalls and other security techniques to isolate sensitive data, keeping it separate from vulnerable applications and users.
The Ongoing Challenges of Regulatory Compliance
Today, most businesses have at least one regulatory compliance requirement to meet, while those in the healthcare, finance, and the financial services field are often trying to manage several compliance requirements at once.
As the number of data breaches continue to increase, government and industry regulators are intensifying compliance requirements, while increasing the size of penalties for failing to meet those standards.
INCTech has a solution for all the popular regulatory compliance solutions:
- Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS)
This common standard applies to any business that accepts credit card payments, no matter the number of transactions they process. Enforced by the credit card companies themselves, PCI-DSS non-compliance is a serious issue that can lead to stiff fines and the removal of credit card accepting privileges in extreme cases.
- Healthcare Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Achieving HIPAA compliance is a major hurdle for healthcare providers, with 51% of them still not achieving full compliance, despite years of notification and preparation time. Last year, this non-compliance helped the U.S. government collect the largest number of HIPAA fines in history, proving that providers can no longer rely on their size or relative obscurity to keep them safe.
- Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Along with the securities exchange commission (SEC), FINRA is the organization most responsible for regulating the financial services and securities industry. Both organizations have detailed requirements for the administration of technology systems, including tracking personally identifiable information (PII), identifying and assessing third party access to financial data, encryption and decryption of data, and more.
Maintaining the Integrity of Your Business Data
Researchers predict that soon, the world’s business data is going to be more valuable than even oil. In light of this information, businesses must redouble their effort to safeguard and protect this valuable asset. Not doing so can be ruinous, says information from the Federal Government. According to the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), 40% to 60% of businesses who experience a physical disaster will close permanently.
While natural disaster, poor IT maintenance, and cybersecurity infiltration are leading causes for catastrophic data loss, less dramatic losses can still have a major impact on your business, including:
- Accidental deletion
- Hard drive failure
- Power outages and failure
- Computer theft
- Spillage and water damage
INCTech has been designing customized backup and disaster recovery solutions for almost two decades, helping businesses mitigate the danger of data loss in its many forms. Our expertise helps companies embrace the latest technologies, like cloud and mobile computing, with confidence that their data is being protected by the best solution for their specific business and needs.
Take the Risk Out of Your IT, Partner with a Veteran Technology Services Team
The INCTech team is proud to have served the business communities of Southern California and Northern Michigan for over 17 years. As a seasoned provider of cybersecurity and disaster recovery solutions, our passion is using our expertise to help businesses mitigate threats and approach their IT with greater confidence.
If you want to optimize the security and stability of your technology, and want a seasoned partner to help you do it, we’d love to talk! Our friendly team of experts are happy to answer any of your questions at 800.333.2989 or INFO@INCTECH.NET.