Small businesses have become prime targets for cybercriminals due to their often lacking robust security measures and management capabilities. Despite the prevalence of cyber-attacks and data breaches, many businesses continue to overlook cybersecurity, exposing themselves and their customers to significant risks. Albacore understands the need to safeguard its clients' data and maintain operations – after all, Albacore has been supporting systems and networks for more than 30 years. Albacore offer a range of services to help improve cybersecurity, including multifactor authentication, patch management, and antivirus software.

Antivirus software is designed to detect, prevent, and remove malware from a computer system. Malware, such as viruses, worms, and Trojan horses, can wreak havoc on a computer system, cause significant downtime, and expose sensitive data to cybercriminals. Antivirus software is an essential security measure that all businesses must adopt to protect their systems from malicious software.

Albacore provides antimalware protection incorporating real-time protection, automatic updates, and scheduled scans to all supported computers. The Albacore support team can help investigate, diagnose, and disinfect the network should an infection be detected. Albacore monitors supported devices and takes proactive actions to ensure protection is updated.

Albacore can help businesses implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). This is a security protocol that requires users to provide two or more pieces of evidence to authenticate their identity. Typically, MFA involves a combination of something the user knows (e.g., a password), something the user has (e.g., their mobile), and something the user is (e.g., a fingerprint or facial recognition). By using MFA, businesses can significantly reduce the likelihood of unauthorized access to their systems, applications, and data. Albacore considers the implementation of MFA essential for email accounts and highly recommended for remote access. MFA is enabled by default with Albacore's cloud-based email solution, and cost-effective solutions are offered to secure remote worker facilities.

Patch management is the process of updating and maintaining software applications, operating systems, and other devices to ensure they are free from known vulnerabilities. Cybercriminals often exploit security gaps in outdated software to launch attacks. For this reason, it is crucial to regularly patch and update all software and devices used within the organization. Albacore manages this process on behalf of its customers across their supported devices, using numerous tools to supervise the rollout of updates, patches, and security fixes to ensure they are installed promptly while minimizing any operational impact.

Firewalls are another key aspect of a secure network setup. They act as a barrier between the internal network and the Internet, preventing unauthorized access and blocking potentially harmful traffic based on predetermined security rules. Albacore's managed firewall products are customized to meet the specific needs of each customer. Albacore identifies potential vulnerabilities using scheduled third-party vulnerability scanning when its AEO pack offering is in place, and firewall configurations always provide the necessary protection to customer networks because Albacore utilizes its significant experience and careful consultation when a firewall change is requested. Along with continuous monitoring, change management, configuration backup, and express replacement, Albacore offers a secure and reliable solution for perimeter devices.

Regular data backups are essential to ensure that businesses can quickly recover from a data loss event and resume normal business operations. Albacore can assist in identifying critical data and configuring backup solutions to ensure that data is regularly backed up and securely stored. Additionally, backup tests can be performed to ensure that data can be recovered quickly and efficiently in the event of a data loss incident.

Drive encryption is another critical security measure to consider, especially to protect sensitive data on mobile computers.

No business is immune to cyber-attacks, and the consequences of a breach can be catastrophic. To mitigate the risks of cyber-attacks, all businesses must adopt a proactive approach to cybersecurity, deploying all the measures outlined above and keeping a keen eye on the threat landscape to safeguard their operations, gain the trust of their customers, as well as satisfying ever-increasing compliance obligations. Albacore works continuously to protect its customers.

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