What is synchronized security and why do SMBs need it?

What is synchronized security and why do SMBs need it?

When it comes to cybersecurity, more is better. Cybersecurity measures like installing security software and putting up firewalls are essential, but they’re not enough to fend off multiple attacks.

As a business owner, you probably think that synchronized security (SS) is something you must have. But what exactly does synchronized security entail? And how can it benefit small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs)?

Multiple threats require synchronized protections

A synchronized approach to security (also referred to as “defense in depth”) entails matching multiple threats with multiple protections. Having SS strengthens your protection against “blended” attacks by coordinating defenses and guarding multiple platforms and applications.

In addition, synchronized solutions are designed to be more attuned to new cyberthreats and offer a more holistic approach to protection. When IT specialists take a synchronized approach to cybersecurity, they take into account the complexity of different malware and the many ways they can infiltrate IT systems. They put up defenses from attacks that can come from adware, malicious files and links, apps, and more.

Since cybercriminals are ingenious and can easily bypass basic IT system security, it's even more crucial to consider SS. Many online thieves will use several techniques to succeed, including tricking users into providing their info (via a “phishing” scam) and stealing passwords by installing software keyloggers.

Why SMBs are particularly vulnerable

The bottom line is that hackers will try anything that promises the slightest chance of success. After all, they have little to lose and a lot to gain. Meanwhile, businesses that get hacked have plenty to lose: the trust of their customers, a sizeable income due to halted operations, and in the case of regulated businesses, money spent on huge compliance fines.

Unlike large corporations, SMBs risk losing everything because they typically have fewer resources to spend on IT. They are a prime target precisely because they’re easier to victimize.

Cyberthreats nowadays are multiplying fast and becoming increasingly sophisticated. For this reason, SMBs — especially those in Florida and other states that are highly vulnerable to cyberattacks — need to beef up their IT security. Based on a recent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, Florida is among the least cybersecure states in the US. The study revealed that the Sunshine State ranked low in the organization’s Cyber Hygiene Index, which measures people’s ability to protect themselves from cyberattacks.

If, like most modern businesses, yours operates using multiple systems and devices, there are important endpoints you need to secure: data in both your local servers and those in the cloud. You must also secure all devices used across the entire organization, for which one layer of security is not enough. You need synchronized protections to protect multiple attack points. But where should you start?

Areas to secure

Emails – this is one of the most commonly used communication and productivity tools in the workplace. Hackers know that, which is why email remains one of their primary entry points — the reason you need comprehensive security defenses that can effectively detect and block phishing mail, malware, and other threats.

Outdated software and systems – Remember the WannaCry ransomware attacks of 2017? It affected hundreds of thousands of computers largely because the cybercriminals behind it used multiple components to launch the attacks. But a huge factor in its success was organizations’ failure or inability to apply software patches on time.

Websites – According to Menlo Security, 42% of the top 100,000 sites on the web are risky to visit or have already been compromised. This shows how crucial it is to implement rules about visiting websites that are cleared for security (e.g., sites that are least likely to have malware lurking), especially when using office resources.

One successful attack on your systems could mean irreversible damage to your company. One or two layers of protection won’t do. inrsITe’s IT experts in Brandon, Tampa, and Plant City can help boost your IT security. Get in touch with us today.

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