Guest Column | October 15, 2014

7 IT Security Best Practices For IT Pros To Protect Against Cyber Threats

By Scott Barlow, IT Security Community Chair, CompTIA, & VP of Sales & Marketing, Reflexion Networks

Scott Barlow CompTIA

Cyberattacks come in many forms, from nation-state hacking to ransomware. Malware like CryptoLocker, which netted the malware authors a reported $30M, doesn’t discriminate either — hitting the consumer, the small business, mid-market, and large enterprises. 

To combat these seemingly endless threats, IT security should be a multilayered strategy built on technology, processes, and human behavior. It’s not a brick wall, although many depict it that way. When IT security is done right, it sets the stage for a long-term business relationship that is lined with loyalty, opportunity, and recurring revenues. 

As a services provider, it’s important to go above and beyond the role of trusted advisor, and really work to become the customer’s virtual CIO. IT security is an area nearly every company struggles with, and if you can help them make sense of it and protect their data from cyber threats, the future is yours.

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