One of the most pressing tech issues for businesses, especially in Australia, is cybersecurity.
Therefore, assuring your organization is working with an MSP or IT team with a keen focus on cybersecurity should be a top priority. The individuals comprising these teams should be subject to some rigorous scrutiny from your end. You need to make sure they have the right mindset and capability to handle your business and know what it needs in line with the risks that are out there.
Unfortunately, Australia – in particular – has been subject to asignificant influx of cybercrimes. More specifically, businesses have seemed toface the brunt of these attacks, which are people-based.
Through such methods, Australian small businesses experienced a total of 516,380 cyberattacks between 2017 and 2018.
Furthermore, Australian businesses could end up losing $29 billion per year because of cybercrimes, according to a Microsoft commissioned report.
If your MSP/IT team isn’t up to par in preventing these crimes, andyou’re not willing to spend for quality, it’ll lead to a tremendous financialblow. The digital “streets” are now hazardous in Australia, and the only way torespond is with beefed up security.
With your business subject to such risks, ensure 100% that your MSP/ITteam doesn’t display these four red flags.
1) Not Having “The Talk” With You About Cybersecurity
Managing your data is more than just setting up your backup, theinternet connection, or installing key antivirus in your units. MSPs should beproactive when it comes to raising awareness of the threats that play thenumbers game. Because it doesn’t matter how big or how small the business canbe, as long as they grab your data.
The right MSPs treat your business as equally valuable as theirs, if notmore, and ensuring you are aware of what to do or how to get your systemsdefended from threats is now more essential than before.
So when your MSP has yet to start the conversation about keeping your data cyber safe, you might want to check if they have the necessary tools or strategies in place.
2) Not Using Their Own Products
Even a dedicated, expert team can’t make up for a product that isn’t upto global and institutional standards.
Though, it’s going to be hard during the vetting process to discernwhether the product if its part of their package.
One way to cut through the bluster and savvy marketing talk is to findout one crucial fact. That being, do they use their own products throughouttheir organization?
If not, your potential MSP/IT team shows a distinct lack of faith intheir own product.
3) No Cybersecurity Culture in their Workplace
Using their products is one thing, but the MSP’s executive team should be able to take the charge when it comes to ensuring their whole organization follows the culture of securing the client’s and their own personal data.
Ensuring certain processes and preventivemeasures in place such as multi-factor authentication across all units (mobileand desktop) are some of the first few things to check.
You can also ask for a tour in their workplaceso you can meet the team and see how the business is run to see where yourinvestment is going to.
Having key processes shows they takeCybersecurity and your safety very seriously.
4) Their Training and Support isn’t Up to Par
To securely utilize MPS and IT solutions, the entirety of your own teammust take the time to learn the ins and outs of the technology.
Many of these solutions can be quite complicated. But it doesn’t have to be for you and your employees. Your marketing team, all the way to your in-house IT staff, will, however, need regular guidance and training for the essentials.
For technology to generate the best possible return and make the mostpositive impact in your workplace, everybody needs to properly use it and beaware of how to lessen their risks in their role. Just because someone’s skillset doesn’t align with tech, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have product knowledgewhen they work for an MSP/IT organization.
Ensuring that your potential MSP/IT team offers essentials training,they must also be able to train them without the information overload. Thatmeans being able to do create a program fit for every employee and businessowner, practically created based on their business needs.
You might think you’ll be able to skate by without a reliable technology vendor who provides an array of services. In 2020, with the security risks mentioned above, as well as the fast-paced demand of today’s tech-driven world, you need experts at your side that understand your business and creates a culture of Cyber Safety in and out of their company.
The right MSPs give you that secure, sure hand that streamlines youroperations and brings everything to a new level.
With all the risks we’ve discussed, it’s time for your organization toshore up on your cybersecurity.
This week, we have an event on the 21st of February aboutCybersafety as a way for businesses to learn the essentials of cybersecuritywithout spending a fortune.
Where: Mantra, Chatswood 10 Brown Street
When: February 21 2019, 9am -12 pm
When you attend, you’ll receive a secure and encrypted scan thatexplores all users and domains related to your business and whether or not isbeen exposed to the Dark Web (valued at $499)
Click on the link below to register: