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5 Ways to Avoid Falling Victim to Cybersecurity Myths

Cybersecurity Experts In New Orleans

Don’t fall for cybersecurity myths. Trust your New Orleans business to the IT security professionals at BIOS Technologies.  

There are always rumors and beliefs that spread from one company to another regarding security risks and how to minimize them. Hiring a IT managed service provider in New Orleans is one of the best ways to stay informed of the latest risks and to keep your network security on high alert.

What Are the Essential Cybersecurity Functions of New Orleans MSPs?

BIOS Technologies provides the following services to help safeguard your productivity and data privacy:

  • Comprehensive network security detects and deflects cyberattacks.
  • Strong firewalls, antivirus software and other tools form a vanguard against unauthorized access.
  • Web filters to ensure monitor individual threats.

During transit, email is vulnerable to interception. Your business electronic communication needs to be kept safe from prying eyes. Here are some of the ways BIOS Technologies’ professionals detect and prevent virus transmission via email:

  • Spam filters isolate dangerous messages.
  • Inbound virus blocking software keeps you safe from senders pretending to be someone you trust.
  • Education is the cornerstone of cybersecurity. It’s imperative that employees understand the threat posed by email attacks. Only one person has to open an infected email to put your entire system in jeopardy.

What Are the 5 Most Common Cybersecurity Myths?

These five myths could compromise your data security unless you debunk them in your business.

1. Cyberattacks only involve outside intrusion.

This isn’t true. More and more often, it starts with communication with an employee. Phishing deceives employees into giving away personal data about themselves. Smishing (sms + phishing) tricks users into following a malicious link within an SMS message, while vishing (voice + phishing) involves a phone call that tricks users into revealing personal and financial information about themselves. Your MSP can provide the first line of defense against cyberattacks through training materials and detection tools.

2. Digital and physical security are separate functions.

Many cyberattacks occur remotely, sometimes from the other side of the world. However, unauthorized access to laptops, phones and other devices can be just as effective. Some shoplifters have certain tells that alert security guards to their intentions. Similarly, employees and guests that act suspiciously or roam into sensitive areas need to be surveilled to contain security risks. Make this part of your policy and spread the word so that misunderstandings can be avoided.

3. Cybersecurity is a big investment.

There are many ways to address cybersecurity on a frugal budget. For small and midsize businesses, keeping systems and applications current ensures you have the latest security updates. Using the latest browser and operating system versions is a simple way to defend against malware and online threats. Many MSPs offer affordable services for a predictable monthly fee.

4. New software and devices are secure fresh out of the box.

Just because physical hardware is new doesn’t mean it’s safe. Doublecheck that the latest operating system, software versions and utilities are loaded. Be sure to change the manufacturer’s default login credentials.

Most software is downloaded online, so it’s important to use trusted sources for implementations and upgrades. MSPs use the manufacturer’s website to directly download software. If you’re using an application for the first time, install it on an isolated machine to ensure it doesn’t raise any security concerns.

5. Hiring a managed IT service provider transfers security risks to them.

While a vendor may be responsible for your security, it’s your customers, data and reputation that are at risk in case of a breach. A proactive managed IT service provider will keep you updated on new threats and ways to protect your systems to avoid that scenario. It may also be a good idea to purchase cybersecurity liability insurance to help you cover any losses.

How Can BIOS Technologies Help Protect Your Network?

At BIOS Technologies, we take a proactive, comprehensive approach to data and network security. We won’t scare you with the digital version of urban legends. Instead, you receive a straight answer to your concerns and questions, and we’ll implement robust firewalls and monitoring tools to protect your sensitive data.