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Tech the Halls: How to Secure Your Business During the Holiday Season

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December 21, 2023 | 2 Minute Read

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, but it's also a prime time for cyber threats. Let’s go through cybersecurity tips and best practices to safeguard your business during this festive season and beyond. 

'Tis the Season to Be Secure:

Update and Patch Systems

Make sure all software, including operating systems and security software, is up to date. Cybercriminals often target vulnerabilities in outdated systems. While we recommend doing this before the holiday rush, the best time to update is as soon as possible. 

Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Strengthen your login processes by implementing multi-factor authentication. This adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to verify their identity through multiple methods, such as a password and a unique code sent to their mobile device. 

Secure Your Remote Work Setup

With the rise of remote work, ensure that remote access to your business network is secure. Use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and secure communication channels to protect sensitive data. Doing this now will prevent issues in the new year. 

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Protecting Your Business from Grinches: 

Be Wary of Phishing Scams

Remind employees to stay vigilant against phishing emails, especially those themed around holiday promotions or urgent requests. Encourage them to verify the legitimacy of emails before clicking on any links or downloading attachments. 

Monitor Your Networks

Implement network monitoring tools to keep a close eye on unusual activities. Any deviations from normal patterns of behavior could be a sign of a potential security breach. 

Backup Your Data

Regularly backup your business data and ensure that backups are stored securely. In the unfortunate event of a cyber attack, having a recent backup can be a lifesaver. 

Limit Access Permissions

Review and restrict user access permissions. Not everyone in your organization needs access to sensitive information. Limiting access can minimize the risk of unauthorized data exposure. 

Spreading Cheer, Not Cyber Threats

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Encourage Safe Online Shopping

Remind employees to practice safe online shopping habits, especially when using work devices. Avoid using public Wi-Fi for transactions and verify the security of websites before making purchases. 

Have an Incident Response Plan

Develop and communicate a clear incident response plan. Time is of the essence in the event of a cyber attack, and having a well-defined plan can help minimize the impact on your business. 

This holiday season, give your business the gift of cybersecurity. By implementing these tips and best practices, you can make sure that your company stays secure and resilient. Want help with your security needs? Reach out to us!


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