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14 Ways IT Security Consultants Can Help Your Business

by Erik Briceno

As technology progresses, so do the variety of threats to your IT environment and sensitive information. Whether your organization is large or small, government or private, the threats are the same. They’re very real, and they can have very significant consequences for your bottom line.

You need to worry about:

  • Thwarting rogue hackers, corporate saboteurs and cyber vandals
  • Preventing viruses, spyware and malware
  • Complying with government regulations and corporate requirements

This is where an IT security consultant comes in — to assess every element of your IT operations, including software, computer systems and networks for vulnerabilities.

Once that evaluation is complete, they’ll design and implement the best security solutions for each organization’s needs. They draw on their expertise of databases, networks, hardware, firewalls and encryption. And they play the role of both the attacker and the victim, so they can locate and address your vulnerabilities.

Lock Your IT Doors

As the old saying goes, the best defense is a good offense. In the IT world, that means the best protection comes from safeguards that are an integral part of your network infrastructure, software and management right from the start.

In other words, keep the doors to your network and systems locked and monitored at all times. That’s what an IT consultant helps you do — secure your network and protect your information.

Small Biz Particularly Vulnerable

If you think IT security is only an issue for big business, think again. About two-thirds of all cyber attacks are now aimed at small businesses. The Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report found that 61 percent of breaches hit smaller businesses in 2016, up from the previous year’s 53 percent, according to a report in USA Today.

Another study found more troubling news for small businesses — and as a result, their customers — hit by cyber crime:

  • Cyber attacks cost small businesses between $84,000 and $148,000.
  • 60 percent go out of business within six months of an attack.
  • 90 percent don’t use any data protection for company and customer information.

Shore Up Your Cyber Security

14 Ways IT Security Consultants Can Help Your BusinessTaking the steps necessary to prevent that kind of situation is prudent — and surprisingly simple. Here’s what an IT security consultant can do for you:

  1. Analyze every aspect of your IT network security and assess your risks.
  2. Use that assessment to develop best-practice security policies and procedures specific to your organization.
  3. Build and manage the firewalls needed to maintain security.
  4. Provide round-the-clock automated monitoring of IT systems, including incident response.
  5. Install and manage a variety of network solutions such as a virtual private network (VPN) or Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
  6. Provide secure remote access for employees, clients and partners.
  7. Review your wireless security for vulnerabilities and address them.
  8. Secure your email systems.
  9. Protect against unwanted online spam.
  10. Help your organization avoid hackers or malware.
  11. Filter internet content for unwanted or objectionable content.
  12. Update firmware to ensure systems are running correctly.
  13. Conduct penetration tests to evaluate an IT system’s current state of security.
  14. Conduct threat analysis to remain proactive against potential cyber threats.

Years of providing security solutions have helped us build a team of professionals with in-depth experience in government and industry applications. We’re here to make your IT environment safe and secure, so you can conduct your business with confidence. Our expert engineers can design a successful IT managed services process specific to your needs.

 

Since 1995, Manassas Park, VA-based V2 Systems has employed local systems administrators, network engineers, security consultants, help desk technicians and partnering companies to meet a wide range of clients’ IT needs, from research, to implementation, to maintenance. Concentrate on your VISION…We’ll handle the TECHNOLOGY! 

 

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About ebriceno
Erik Briceño is the owner of V2 Systems, Inc., one of Northern Virginia’s leading Information Technology Managed Service Providers. He is an inspiring leader for its employees and instrumental business partner for its customers. He is passionate about V2’s purpose, dedicated to exceeding expectations and a consummate professional not afraid of jumping in and getting his hands dirty. Prior to joining V2 Systems in 2002, Erik was a co-founder and COO of Ampcast.com, a leading provider of online resources servicing over 5,000 independent musical artists. At Ampcast.com, Erik spearheaded all aspects of corporate development, funding, strategic vision, and business development for the firm. From 1997 to 1999 Erik held the position of Acoustic Systems Engineer for Electric Boat Corporation, a leading defense contractor. In this role, Erik was responsible for the acoustic fidelity of two noise critical systems and components in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine systems. Erik holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University. When not working, you will find Erik a dedicated family man, raising two young children with his lovely wife Karen. Together, they enjoy building legos, playing baseball, skiing, riding horses, swimming, traveling, and fixing up old Mopars.
14 Ways IT Security Consultants Can Help Your Business
14 Ways IT Security Consultants Can Help Your Business