Cybercrimes aren’t going away in 2022, and cybersecurity for small businesses is a pressing issue. Is your business ready? Is your IT department setting up the necessary cybersecurity measures?

Your business will need to be even MORE vigilant in 2022 as you seek to protect yourself from bad actors in cyberspace. 

In this post, we’ll discuss how your business can take a proactive approach to your IT security services in 2022. 

Make Remote Work More Secure

The COVID-19 pandemic hastened the move to remote work. But even after the pandemic finally subsides, many businesses will continue to provide hybrid work options

  • This means your company will need to be even more aware of the security needs of remote workers.
  • In particular, you should strongly consider cloud solutions for remote workers. Not only do they provide 24/7 access to work materials, but they also make remote offices more secure.
  • Your IT department should also educate remote workers on the problems that occur when they access work materials on their personal devices. You may want to install software to limit or completely prohibit using personal devices for work.

Use a Managed Service Provider (MSP) or Software as a Service (SaaS)

Enabling multi-factor authentication. Adopting an identity management solution to protect against rogue identities. Practicing log monitoring regularly. Installing a firewall to protect against bad actors.

These are all things you should be doing to make your business and network more secure. 

But why do it yourself when you could get a third party to set up an MSP or SaaS to do it for you? 

  • SAAS provides your company with the ability to access the cloud on any device, and they will also provide security on that cloud. 
  • While SaaS focuses on software, an MSP will help you with your security needs for both hardware and networking. 

Get a third party to worry about cybersecurity so you can focus on transforming the digital landscape with innovation. 

Educate and Protect Against Phishing Emails

Phishing emails have accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic and will likely only get worse. 

  • A phishing email promises something that seems reasonable and valuable to the recipient, but in reality, it can lead to serious malware problems. 
  • These emails will only become more common in 2022, especially as companies provide more and more hybrid work options.
  • Your IT department should be proactive in educating employees about what is a phishing email and what’s not. They should also build in better spam filters to eliminate the risk of an employee opening one.

Rethink BCDR Plans

Finally, it’s time to rethink your BCDR plans.

  • If there is a major disruption caused by cybercriminals, you’ll want to ensure your company stays alive.
  • In particular, consider adopting more and more automation into the plan so your employees can continue to innovate and work despite the upheaval. 

With all of these changes and innovations, your IT department will need new equipment. Consider buying this equipment before the end of the year in order to write it off for tax purposes. 

IT Solutions for Small Businesses

As long as we live in a cyber world, cybercrimes are not leaving us. As you prepare for 2022, don’t go it alone. Throttlenet provides IT solutions for small businesses like yours so you don’t have to worry about it. 

Get a free dark web scan today to get started on improving your business’s security.

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