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When cyber security is breached, the impact on small businesses can be tragic. Your business might not have the time to set up in-depth security measures, but we can help. We know what to prioritise. We can make sure your sensitive information is safe from phishing attacks, malicious software and various other cyber attacks. 

Don’t wait until you have been breached to call for a specialist. Prevention is key. Be Prepared.

Better Secure Your Business

Why should small businesses care about web security?

Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility.

Australian law dictates businesses have to report theft, loss or mismanagement of private data via cyber incidents. Companies are held accountable. They have to inform both the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and any individuals that the breach may harm. Small Businesses’ reputation and financial safety are on the line.

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What companies require cybersecurity?

Every company should have a cyber security strategy because every company is at risk. The Australian Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds, declared on June 19, 2020, that:

All organisations in Australia should:

  1. Add multi-factor authentication to all cloud-based online platforms.
  2. Update all servers to the latest security patches.
  3. Tune into threat advice/news by the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

 

What are the security risks for small businesses?

The risks are the same for individuals, small businesses and large corporations. Though, small businesses are mainly targeted by cyber threats because they have little protection.

The most common cyber breaches take the form of:

  • Phishing emails
  • Hacked passwords
  • Identity theft
  • Malware
  • Ransomeware

All those breaches threaten the integrity of your small company’s personal and sensitive data, your financial health, your reputation.

Boost IT can help you prevent or reduce the impact of cybersecurity attacks. We make sure that your software, computer system, computer network, personal information, and sensitive data remain safe.

The right question to ask is: “How to protect my business from cyber-attacks?”. We provide advice on essential in-house security solutions for a small business here. But those are just the first step for a sound security system.

How to secure your small business?

The Australian government advises businesses to follow their Essential 8 Mitigation strategy. 

Covering those eight areas will ensure your business is safe from almost all exterior attacks.

If you want to know more in-depth about the essential 8, you can read our article here. It lists the applications necessary for the prevention of malicious software and phishing. It tells how to limit the extent and reach of breaches. And it explains the recovery process of your data and system. 

What is the Boost IT process? 

 

First, Boost IT will evaluate where you are at on your cybersecurity effort and ask How can your company improve its cyber-security?

The audit will judge your ranking on the essential eight factors scale and determine your business’s maturity level.

The next stage is to determine where you want to go and draft out the measures to take. 

We start with the essential protection, explaining the risks we are preventing. We help you plan internal efforts of employee education and guide you to reach your goal. 

Boost IT employs best practice and follows the government guidelines. We are expert cyber security professionals and have the certification and experience to lead you to a strategy fully aligned with the ACSC. 

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What are the components of cyber security?

Boost IT concentrates on four core elements to implement the mitigation strategy recommended by the government.

In each case, we set up tools and configure your system to protect you against cyber threats.

What are the different types of IT security in more depth?

  1. Device Configuration – This is the preliminary step. We configure all desktop computers, laptops, mobile devices with Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Microsoft Authenticator.
  2. Device Compliancy – It is put in place to ensure no unwanted users can enter the cloud space of your business. Software is put in place to check if a device meets a set of predefined criteria before they gain access. 
  3. Mail flow rules – Those check inbound and outbound messaging for the most significant security threats. They eliminate phishing emails and detect any unusual activity which might indicate a previous breach directing emails to an exterior account. 
  4. Identity Management Policies – Those policies secure employee accounts with multi-factor authentication across all devices and apply essential Office 365 applications and protocols.

 

What is the best security system for business purposes?

 

Azure Active Directory and Microsoft 365. Those are what we advise and what we use for our own business. We are Silver Microsoft partners and can recommend the right package for you, correctly set it up and manage your plan. 

We understand that all small businesses have different needs, technology usage and budgets. We can assure you that there is a fitting service for you, and we are delighted to find the solution to your cybersecurity issues.

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What technology is used in cyber security in more depth?

  1. Azure AD –  is Microsoft’s cloud-based identity and access management service. It allows employees to access internal and external resources such as Microsoft 365 and other apps on your corporate network. The team at Boost IT is here to help better secure your business and staff online. We can help you set up and manage your Azure Active Directory.
  2.  Microsoft 365 – is a bundled solution of existing products under one licence. It includes apps and cloud services (previously named Office 365). As a bonus, it offers pervasive and comprehensive security features. If properly managed, it is a highly efficient way to protect your business data, employee data, and customer information. Businesses save money from purchasing a bundled package, reduce the burden on IT and increase employee productivity. 

 

How can Boost IT help you protect your business from cyber-attacks?

With our 17 years in small business IT, we have encountered many different needs and always dedicated ourselves to finding the best solution for you. We have the experience to understand your business, audit your security level and needs, recommend a solution and implement it. 

We care about our partners and want you to succeed. Making sure you are safe to do what you are good at is extremely important to us.

Whatever the size of your business is, you need a cybersecurity strategy, and you need to know your weak points. We can offer cost-effective solutions for small structures and are large enough to accompany your business growth. We can implement more sophisticated security measures as your budget and company evolve.

Secure your data and information today with Boost IT.

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        Review from Sandra, " Sandra Fountain "We have been working with Boost IT for more than 15 years and us "gals" have moved office a number of times, each time employing the team at Boost to make our "IT" move seamless!! Richard & the team are extremely responsive and very knowledgeable with all our IT challenges and needs. I cannot thank Boost IT enough for the years of assistance and support they have given us. I would highly recommend Boost IT for all your IT support!"
        Neil Morcombe's review - "Boost IT have looked after our company IT needs for over 5 years now and we are very happy with their service. Whilst we are a small to medium sized company, we have multi sites Australia wide and require all manner of support as and when the need occurs. Boost IT have delivered promptly and professionally on all that we have requested of them and I am happy to recommend their services to others."