October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which gives managed service providers (MSPs) many opportunities to educate their customers about cyber threats. Which dangers should every customer know about? Here are seven of the biggest cyber threats.
Mobile adware, malware that illegally captures a smartphone or tablet user's personal information, is becoming increasingly problematic. However, educating your customers about mobile anti-malware software and ensuring they install it on their mobile devices can help them control this issue.
Are your customers willing to pay to recover their sensitive information after it is stolen? With ransomware, hackers are able to prevent users from accessing their data until a ransom is paid. Encourage your customers to back up their files daily so that they can minimize the impact of ransomware.
Cyber attacks on a customer's critical infrastructure can cause long-lasting damage. If your customers deploy multiple layers of security, however, they could reduce the impact of critical infrastructure cyber attacks.
With a social media attack, a hacker may be able to steal a user's login credentials, and eventually, his or her personal information. Helping your customers develop and deploy effective social media policies for their employees is essential.
A customer's cloud may contain extensive data sets, which makes it a major target for hackers. Offering cloud services that have reliable security systems in place can help your customers keep their data safe at all times.
Workers who carelessly roam the Internet can put a business at risk. Ensure your customers can control internal cyber threats by helping them find the right software to monitor and secure their networks.
Bring-your-own-device (BYOD), aka giving workers the ability to access critical data from their personal smartphones, tablets and laptops, is a top priority for many companies. But if an employee loses a device or a gadget is stolen, the entire company may be at risk. Educating your customers about the risks associated with BYOD and encouraging them to use mobile device management (MDM) software is key.
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