Let’s Talk About Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity provides protection for any internet-connected device from threats such as hackers, malware, phishing, ransomware and more. Every organization needs to address the growing and evolving threat of cyberattacks. Measures can be as simple as the passcode lock on your phone, or as complex as a full-scale program for your network. You can configure cybersecurity at the network and the device levels.

What are the biggest threats to cybersecurity?

The biggest threat to cybersecurity is organizations that don’t think they need it. You may think that your business isn’t big enough or that your information isn’t valuable enough to be enticing. However, hackers aren’t choosy—and once you’ve had a security breach, it’s too late. Another common threat we see is organizations with cybersecurity measures that they do not test or enhance regularly. Hackers are constantly finding new ways to obtain sensitive data, so it’s critical to stay on top of changes in potential threats.

What is device hardening?

Device hardening is the process of eliminating or reducing vulnerabilities. Any device internet-connected should have some form of device hardening in place. This includes firewalls, servers, workstations, laptops, iPads, phones, POS systems, and vulnerability scanners, to name a few. Clients often come to Scantron and say, “We know we need cybersecurity, but we don’t know where to start.” Our team assesses their needs, their threats, where the loss of data could come from, and what solutions provide the best protection.

How can device hardening protect business data?

Device hardening is just one layer of a multifaceted approach. When it comes to device security, there’s no silver bullet or golden shield. You need to implement multiple processes that provide a framework of total security. Device hardening is a fundamental step in that process.

What type of businesses need device hardening?

All businesses need to be doing something to protect their data. Those in the financial and medical sector are particularly prime targets for hackers and scammers. If your organization is responsible for sensitive data, whether it’s your own or that of your clients and customers, there are tools available to keep that data secure. Don’t wait until you have a data breach; it will be too late.

What services does Scantron offer to help keep businesses safe from cybersecurity threats?

At Scantron, our solutions are fully customized according to our clients’ needs, and scalable to any size or type of business. Our process involves analyzing five security fundamentals. The first is a security assessment that establishes a baseline of an organization’s current cybersecurity measures and provides recommendations for better protection. The second security fundamental is a policy review to determine if the necessary procedures are in place in the event of a cybersecurity threat. Third, Scantron looks at hardware, software, users, and any security mechanisms that are available to make sure everything is being leveraged appropriately. The fourth step is continuing education and strategic security planning that provides a roadmap on how to respond in the event of a cybersecurity attack. The fifth step is vulnerability scanning, which is a device that constantly scans for network and software related threats and helps mitigate as much damage as possible.

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