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IT security is the buzzword when it comes to business success and IT investments. There are times where the threat of a ransomware virus or trojan can take down your entire network. IT and organizational security isn’t about outsmarting the B movie bad guys in the cybersphere.

Cybersecurity has a lot of puzzle pieces working together, and your foes aren’t necessarily malicious typing at a keyboard somewhere far away. Successful IT security is more than a program created by an ethical hacker, it’s a list of best practices ensuring you’re covered when things go awry.

If you’re building a new program check out these helpful tips to improve cybersecurity.

Ensure Your Data Backups Are Top Notch

Your data is valuable, and when an attack or disaster occurs, it’s that valuable data you’re struggling to get back. Maybe it’s confidential client records, or maybe it’s just sales records and marketing data to sell to your clients – it doesn’t matter, accessing that data again after an attack or disaster is going to be critical for getting your organization back up and running.

This is where effective data backup practices come into play – and an area where many organizations can take steps to improve their practices.

Traditional data backups may be a bit of a time-suck if you’re not in the 21st century technology-wise yet – and it’s also crucial to ensure you don’t have your data backups and data archives confused. Regardless, creating a plan is the first step you should take towards improving endpoint and overall security.

Depending on the data you have and how critical it is to keep up-to-date will affect how exactly you back it up, but the most common practices involve having data backed up regularly, and ideally offsite on the cloud to ensure your data backups are always secure regardless of what may happen in-house at your organization.

Have a Disaster Recovery Program? You Should

In line with data backups is how exactly you’re going to get that data back after a disaster – which can make all the difference for business continuity when the time strikes.

A proper disaster recovery program has many facets that include data backups and security practices, but for now, we’re going to focus on how you get your data back after downtime. Maybe it’s a hurricane, tornado or natural disaster, or perhaps it’s a massive hack or ransomware attack that leaves your organization at the hands of a cybercriminal. Either way, getting access to your data and getting your business back up and running quickly and effectively is priority number one because 40% of businesses don’t recover after a disaster.

If an earthquake or tsunami destroyed your office tomorrow, do you know how you’d get back up and running as soon as possible? If you have any doubts at all, it means you need to get a disaster recovery program in place ASAP. The future of your company could rely on it.

There Are Experts Out There Who Can Help

If a lot of this is going over your head, don’t fret. It’s not easy to understand the complicated requirements of IT security for an organization of any resize, let alone knowing backups vs. archives, understanding disaster recovery, and cybersecurity best practices, and how to manage every one of these tasks to ensure your organization remains safe and compliant every day of the year.

That’s where the experts come into play. Partnering with a local IT consultancy is the most effective way for business leaders of any field to ensure improved endpoint security is a priority for their business without the need to become an IT security expert.

Our teams at NENS have all the experience you need to keep your organization safe and secure – and we love partnering with local Boston-area businesses like yours. Contact us today, or visit our website here, to learn more about our services and how we can help keep your company safe and secure – and ready for the worst – this year.  

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