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How hybrid working arrangements affect IT security

Companies have drastically changed their organization in the past year, as remote work is becoming more common in all organizations. In fact, according to a Gartner survey, 82% of companies currently offer a hybrid work environment of some kind. The increased use of laptops, remote cloud computing systems and centralized applications greatly complicates companies’ IT infrastructures.

Companies have adapted very quickly to this new reality, but we mustn’t forget to keep an eye on the consequences of this new reality for IT security. Why? Because it’s now easier for hackers to find IT security flaws and exploit them to steal or breach confidential business information.

Adopt a strong IT security strategy

Hackers are using more sophisticated techniques every day to steal valuable company data. This is why providing employees with basic training on this is no longer sufficient to ensure computer security at the required level. Whether via email, password theft, ransomware, viruses or malware, the vulnerabilities can be numerous, especially when activities are not centralized, as is the case with companies that offer hybrid working arrangements to their employees.

Monitoring your infrastructures at all times is the best way to have a proactive (and not reactive) IT security strategy. S3 can provide you with a service to quickly process all the alerts received in real time and to carry out the appropriate updates on all your devices. This is an excellent method to prevent computer security breaches and thus protect your data.

To learn more about the 7 essentials of corporate cybersecurity, read our blog post on the subject. 

Avoid losing confidential data

Hackers know that a successful cyberattack requires the destruction of data backups. Although this is a fairly common operation, its consequences can be very serious for the victim-company. This is why an IT security strategy that includes backing up your data is essential for any business. In particular, it’s possible to keep a copy of your data in external storage with unique authentication identifiers and passwords. This way, a hacker who has obtained access to your data won’t necessarily be able to access your backup. S3 Tech can help you choose the platform that best suits your needs and help organize your backups.

It’s also important to ensure that your employees have a clear data backup procedure and that it’s followed meticulously.

Additionally, we offer a Dark Web monitoring service. In fact, credentials are regularly offered for sale on the Dark Web, where hackers can buy them to break into your infrastructure and steal your data. The S3 service detects the presence of any of your passwords or logins on the Dark Web and enables our monitoring centre to react immediately. We alert the user, force a password change and block future use of the compromised password.

Choose an IT service that specializes in IT security for SMEs

S3 Tech can help you increase your company’s cybersecurity with state-of-the-art cybersecurity tools. Our experts are constantly updated on new techniques used by hackers and work to ensure your data is protected accordingly.

We offer a 24/7 monitoring service that helps us quickly detect an invasion attempt and stop it before it does too much damage. As soon as an intruder is detected in your IT infrastructure, their activities are observed in real time and a series of IT security processes are automatically triggered to limit their access until our team manages to neutralize them permanently. We also offer a disaster recovery service to limit the financial damage related to downtime and loss of productivity as well as the damage caused to confidential information.

Being able to rely on a team of IT security professionals for SMEs makes all the difference in the sustainability of your business. It pays off, since it has been reported that 76% of SMEs experience a cyberattack at least once in their existence.

Perform an IT security audit

Auditing your IT system is the first step to help you target your company’s IT infrastructure’s strengths and weaknesses. You can then develop an IT security strategy that meets your needs, especially if you’re an SME that offers hybrid working arrangements. 

S3 Tech is the largest managed services provider in Greater Montreal and our team of more than 100 employees is ready to support you in your IT security audit. We can then establish a cybersecurity strategy for your SME.

To some degree, our approach explains why our very first customers are still doing business with us today, and we want this situation to continue. 

Contact us to ensure your business is properly-adapted for hybrid work environments!

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