We have all taken a hard hit in 2020 with businesses being forced to operate remotely and cybercriminals capitalizing on a global pandemic. With everything that organizations have endured, most of us are ready for a fresh start, however, with 2021 just around the corner, it’s safe to say that we don’t know what to expect. The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) will continue to introduce concerns for various industries and smaller businesses, while cyberattacks will remain a growing issue, with hackers finding more intelligent ways to infect companies everywhere. Attaining a fresh start means preparing your business now for whatever lies ahead. Here are five ways to protect your business in the new year.
1. Security for Laptops
Mobile workforce became the norm in 2020 and will continue in 2021. This means employees will continue to work on laptops that are connected to multiple networks, increasing cyberthreat risks. With this being said, Security for Laptops is an effective way to protect your business. Laptops directly correlate with networks and the more networks organizations operate on, the more options they give to hackers.
Security for Laptops is a NewCloud solution that falls under Security as a Service (SECaaS). It combines the power of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with NewCloud’s Security Operation Center (SOC) expertise and 24x7 monitoring. The SIEM tool uses data logs to look for vulnerabilities, network trends, which then gets sent to NewCloud’s SOC to mitigate any possible threats. Laptops are typically open doors that invite hackers into networks, if businesses aren’t careful. That’s why NewCloud created Security for Laptops, to help increase the longevity of these devices and keep infections out.
2. Email Security
With more businesses working from home, email traffic naturally increases. Email is the number one cause for cyberattacks like phishing, ransomware and malware, among others. These attacks typically stem from human error and not knowing what red flags to watch out for. Fortunately, Email Security is yet another way to secure your business in 2021. By protecting your inbox, you’re also protecting your network. Email Security acts as shield, defending against spear-phishing attacks, spam and viruses, malware attachments, infected URLs and impersonators. Above all, it improves user security awareness and protects employees. This is especially critical for mobile workforce, as working from home makes businesses more vulnerable and susceptible to outside threats.
3. Desktop as a Service (DaaS)
Like Security for Laptops and Email Security, Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is another virtualization service that is ideal for corporations working from home. More companies are embracing the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model and DaaS helps to seamlessly and securely enable mobile workforce. This solution allows companies to reduce desktop support, management hours and increase multi-device functionality companywide. DaaS comes equipped with top-of-the-line anti-virus, secure data transfers and NewCloud’s ultra-low latency network for the best performance. Additionally, businesses can steer clear of IP theft and easily control employee applications installations.
4. Cloud Backup & Disaster Recovery
Cloud backup and disaster recovery are timeless cloud solutions that should be instilled into any organization in 2021. This includes Backup as a Service (BaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Office 365 Backup, powered by Veeam. They all serve specific purposes in the protection of your critical data. Backup as a Service (BaaS) offers easy restoration of desired data while reducing upfront capital costs. It comes with a user-friendly interface and supports large volumes of data while providing 99.99% uptime reliability. Managed services are also available, which is ideal for many businesses who carry the weight of maintaining their mobile workforce.
Additionally, the uncertainty and vulnerability that working remotely comes along with makes it imperative to have a disaster recovery plan in place. This means including Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) into your plan. It allows for rapid recovery, has secure data transfer and storage, ease of deployment and much more.
Finally, if you’re like most businesses, you’re likely using common Microsoft applications like Teams, SharePoint, Exchange and OneDrive. This especially applies to organizations that are operating out of their homes. That’s where Backup for Office 365, powered by Veeam comes into play. Microsoft Office offers all these helpful tools that make working remotely seamless, however, a flaw in their system is that they don’t back up their products, which puts the responsibility on the user.
As we collaborate via email, Teams and upload documents to SharePoint, we are also exchanging important information. In a nutshell, if you aren’t backing up your Office 365 products, you’re at increased risk of data loss, downtime and security concerns. As many corporations work remotely, they rely on these platforms to communicate and complete projects, but it’s important to remember that working remotely also makes companies more vulnerable. Protect some of your most valuable assets in 2021 with Office 365 Backup. Learn more about why you need Office 365 Backup.
5. Cybersecurity Training
We’ve discussed the necessary and essential cloud solutions needed to protect your business in 2021, however, remember that strong company protection also starts internally and organically. This means a couple of things. First off, assign roles to individuals within your company and complete cybersecurity checklists to learn what areas of your business are most vulnerable and need patching. This also means conducting cybersecurity training across your organization to ensure that employees know what certain cyberattacks look like and that they understand the importance of cybersecurity. Administer regular cybersecurity courses that employees can simply complete at home while they are on the clock. This not only instills a powerful cybersecurity culture within your company but helps with the overall protection of your entire network.
Protecting your business should be top priority regardless of what year it is, however as we approach the end of yet another year, which has been a difficult one to say the least, now is the prime time to prepare and strategize your security plan for the coming year. We can’t control what 2021 will bring, but we can control being proactive. Contact NewCloud Networks to get your 2021 plan going.