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Tips from Forsyte's technology team to keep your organization safe

What is national cybersecurity awareness month?

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and our experts are here to help you stay safe!

Established in 2004, Cybersecurity Awareness Month has served every October as a reminder for individuals and organizations to protect themselves online as threats to technology and confidential data become more prevalent. The National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) join forces to raise awareness about digital security between government and private industry.

While cybercrime cost U.S. businesses nearly $7 billion in 2021, only 50% of U.S. businesses surveyed today have a cybersecurity plan in place. “The number of threats out there is larger than ever before. And everyone’s a target – regardless of size or industry. You are a target of someone, somewhere.” says Shihan Wijeyeratne of Forsyte I.T. Solutions.

October is dedicated to creating resources and communications for organizations to educate employees and customers about staying safe online. Forsyte’s Chris Irwin, Chief Technology Officer, and Shihan Wijeyeratne, General Manager of Managed Services, share their top security tips for organizations like yours.

Check out these tips from award-winning Microsoft Gold Partner, Forsyte I.T. Solutions!

6 Security Tips from Forsyte’s Technology Experts

  1. Utilize multi-factor authentication (MFA). Also known as two-factor authentication, MFA is a security measure that requires users to prove their identity when logging into an account, often through texting or emailing a PIN code to your mobile device, or accessing an authenticator app.
  2. Keep all software and operating systems up to date. Updates fix general software problems and provide new security patches to protect your device from cybercriminals. The bad guys are always looking for new ways in, routine updates will keep you one step ahead!
  3. Avoid and report suspicious emails. Be #CyberSmart — think before you click! Look for discrepancies in email addresses, links, and domain names. If an email looks suspicious, report it to your security team as soon as possible to mitigate risk.
  4. Prioritize end-user security awareness training. 95% of cybersecurity breaches are caused by human error – proper cybersecurity training can dramatically reduce this number for your organization.
  5. Understand the security tools included in your licensing. You may already have advanced security tools available through your Microsoft 365 A5/E5 license. Contact our team or your Microsoft representative to learn more about what’s included in your subscription.
  6. Have a disaster recovery plan in place. Prepare for the worst! It’s important to have a plan in place to ensure that all critical information is backed up in the unfortunate event of an attack.

Forsyte’s CTO, Chris Irwin says, “While it’s hard to quantify, the time and effort it takes to recover from an attack is far more than it would be to prioritize security from the start.” If your organization is looking to harden its security stance with cybersecurity training, MFA, or managed security services, look no further than award-winning Microsoft Gold Partner, Forsyte I.T. Solutions.

Forsyte’s purpose-driven approach can secure your organization’s cloud infrastructure with a 100% funded Microsoft SIEM Plus XDR Security Workshop. Apply now to take advantage of this all-encompassing security workshop!

Please contact Forsyte’s CTO, Chris Irwin, at chris.irwin@forsyteit.com for more information.

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