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Protection for your data and resources in the connected world
A realm increasingly affecting every company is the necessity to ensure that information and data are protected from unauthorized access and ever more complex cybersecurity threats. It is crucial that all employees receive appropriate access rights according to their responsibilities and roles. By implementing permission and access controls, companies ensure that sensitive information can only be viewed and edited by authorized individuals. This ensures the confidentiality and integrity of the data and minimizes the risk of unauthorized access from internal or external sources. Comprehensive access management is therefore an essential component of IT security to ensure the security of all interconnected systems in a company.
The continuous management and establishment of necessary measures or systems for IT security pose a significant effort for many companies, given the increasing frequency and methods of threats.
IT security involves protecting data against various threats and data loss. A recent survey conducted by Microsoft among SMEs revealed that 71% of companies consider themselves vulnerable to a cyberattack. This number rises to a staggering 87% for those companies that have already experienced a data breach.
Companies and organizations of all sizes and types face a plethora of new challenges when it comes to protecting their data from threats and safeguarding against cyberattacks. IT security refers to the implementation of protective measures to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive information and protect against viruses or unauthorized third-party access.
With the increasing use of various global cloud services and SaaS applications, as well as the storage of data on remote servers and systems, security becomes a fundamental requirement to build trust and minimize potential risks. Through effective IT security, companies can not only protect their own data but also preserve the privacy and trust of their customers. It goes far beyond mere technical safeguards—it is an essential component of every digital IT strategy to ensure smooth operations and success in an increasingly challenging and threatening cyber landscape.
IT-Security: 6 important points to consider:
Defense against Cyber Threats
Protect your company from phishing, ransomware, malware, and other complex threats. Implement robust security solutions such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and antivirus programs to fend off potential attacks.
We recommend using Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection for this purpose.
Protection of Business Data
Control access to sensitive information and ensure the confidentiality and integrity of your data. By implementing authorization and access controls, you ensure that only authorized users can access critical business data. A well-known tool for this purpose is Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) in conjunction with Cloud App Security (MCAS).
Securing Mobile Devices
Control the security of devices accessing your business information, such as smartphones (iOS and Android), tablets, PCs, and Macs. By implementing Mobile Device Management (MDM) and remote wipe features, you can secure lost or stolen devices and delete sensitive data to prevent unauthorized access. Classic MDM tools like Intune, Addigy, or other Endpoint Managers are recommended for this purpose.
Continuous Monitoring and Updating
Continuous monitoring is crucial to detect potential security vulnerabilities and threats early on. Regular updates of software, operating systems, and security patches help close known vulnerabilities and maintain the security of your systems. A well-known program for this purpose is Microsoft Defender and its associated Defender Security Center.
Employee Awareness and Training
Train your employees on security awareness and best security practices. Awareness programs and training help recognize and minimize the risks of social engineering attacks, phishing emails, and other fraudulent activities. We recommend using Microsoft 365 Security Awareness, which is already included in some M365 licenses.
Simplified Management and Cost Savings
By implementing a comprehensive IT security strategy, you can manage your security measures more efficiently and reduce costs. Centralized security solutions, automated updates, and monitoring tools enable easier management while providing comprehensive protection for your business. You can oversee all of this in your Microsoft 365 Admin Center.
By considering and correctly setting up the points and applications mentioned above, companies can establish a solid IT security foundation to effectively protect their data and resources and address the challenges of today’s cybersecurity landscape.
Why a Robust Security Concept is Essential: Protection Against Digital Threats
The benefits of a robust security concept are evident. It enables the prevention of security breaches by identifying and addressing potential vulnerabilities in the IT infrastructure at an early stage. This helps companies avoid financial losses resulting from data loss or the failure of critical systems.
Furthermore, a solid security concept protects the reputation of a company. It demonstrates to customers and partners that privacy and security are taken seriously. By safeguarding sensitive information and complying with regulations, the company regains the trust of its stakeholders.
Another crucial aspect is compliance with regulations and laws. Companies must adhere to specific security standards, especially concerning the protection of personal data. A security concept ensures that these requirements are met, helping to avoid potential legal consequences.
In addition to protecting data and information, a robust security concept also safeguards employees, suppliers, and customers. It ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information, minimizes the risk of identity theft and fraud, thereby protecting all parties involved.
Another advantage of a well-founded security concept is that companies can proactively respond to new threats. The threat landscape is constantly changing, and attackers are continually looking for new ways to bypass security measures. With a comprehensive security concept, companies can quickly identify new threats and take appropriate countermeasures.
Therefore, a secure and reliable security concept is essential in your IT infrastructure to protect your company from digital threats. It enables the prevention of security breaches, minimizes financial losses, maintains the reputation of your company, complies with legal requirements, and protects both employees and customers alike. Invest in a comprehensive security concept to ensure the security of your company and successfully safeguard your business activities.
NMS, Your Cloud Service Provider and IT Security Specialist: Professional Support for Cloud Computing, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Azure
IT Consulting in the Security Domain: We help you evaluate, plan, and implement Cloud Computing solutions tailored to your specific requirements. Our experienced team advises you on selecting the right cloud platform, implementing cloud security measures, and optimizing your cloud resources.
Microsoft 365 Security: With our expertise in IT security, we assist in securing your Microsoft 365 environment. We implement advanced security solutions to protect your data and communication, detect and combat threats, and meet compliance requirements.
Microsoft Azure Security: As an IT security specialist for Microsoft Azure, we provide comprehensive protection for your cloud infrastructure. We help you implement secure access controls, monitor resources, detect and respond to threats, and encrypt data.
Security Audits and Assessments: We conduct comprehensive security audits and assessments of your IT infrastructure to identify potential vulnerabilities and risks. Based on the results, we develop suitable security strategies and assist in implementing measures for risk mitigation. We also offer this as a managed service.
Training and Awareness Programs: We offer training and awareness programs for your employees to enhance awareness of IT security. This sensitizes your workforce to potential threats and imparts best practices for securely handling Cloud Computing, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Azure.
With our expertise as a Cloud Service Provider and IT Security Specialist, we stand by your side to secure your IT infrastructure to the best of our ability. Contact us today to learn more about our services and discover how we can assist you in the secure utilization of Cloud Computing, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Azure.
5-point checklist for secure IT on the topics:
Identity and access management
- Are effective authentication mechanisms implemented to ensure that only authorized users can access sensitive data and resources?
- Are access rights regularly reviewed and updated to ensure that only those with a legitimate need have access?
- Solution: Implement a Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for all users to ensure that, in addition to the password, an additional authentication method is required to access sensitive data.
- Is secure data encryption employed during transmission to ensure that even in the event of a potential data breach, the information does not fall into the wrong hands?
- Are established encryption standards and protocols utilized to ensure the confidentiality of sensitive data?
- Solution: Utilize SSL/TLS encryption for all data transmissions over the internet to ensure that the data is protected during transmission.
Security monitoring and incident response:
- Is the IT infrastructure continuously monitored to detect suspicious behavior or anomalies?
- Are there clear procedures and a well-defined Incident Response plan to respond quickly and effectively to security incidents and minimize damage?
- Solution: Implement an Intrusion Detection System (IDS) that monitors network activities and detects suspicious behavior to identify potential attacks early.
Compliance and data protection
- Is it ensured that the data stored in the cloud complies with legal requirements, especially data protection regulations such as the GDPR?
- Is there an effective compliance management system to ensure that all relevant regulations are adhered to and to prevent data protection breaches?
- Solution: Ensure that your data processing operations comply with the data protection provisions of the GDPR by implementing and regularly reviewing privacy policies and procedures.
Safety awareness and training
- Werden regelmäßige Schulungen und Schulungsprogramme für Mitarbeiter durchgeführt, um das Bewusstsein für Sicherheitsrisiken und bewährte Sicherheitspraktiken zu stärken?
- Werden Mitarbeiter über aktuelle Bedrohungen und Sicherheitsbest Practices informiert, um das Risiko von Sicherheitsverletzungen zu reduzieren?
- Lösung: Führen Sie regelmäßige Schulungen und Awareness-Programme durch, um Mitarbeiter für Phishing-Angriffe zu sensibilisieren und ihnen bewährte Sicherheitspraktiken beizubringen, z. B. das Erkennen verdächtiger E-Mails oder das sichere Umgang mit Passwörtern.