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The Essential 8 – Part 3 of 3 – Simple Tips for IT Security

Enhance your small business's IT security with these three simple, actionable steps. Learn how to patch operating systems, implement application control, and configure user application hardening. Discover the comprehensive protection offered by Simple Shift's Foundation IT product. Visit www.simpleshift.digital for more tips and to explore our range of IT solutions.
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Introduction

Strengthening your IT security is essential for smooth business operations and cybersecurity. Following the Essential Eight from cyber.gov.au, here are three simple steps to enhance your IT infrastructure.

1. Patch Operating Systems

Keeping your operating systems updated is crucial for protecting against vulnerabilities.

How to Patch Operating Systems:

  • Enable automatic updates for all operating systems.
  • Regularly check for updates and apply them immediately.
  • Use patch management tools to streamline the process. A good example of this is through our Foundation IT package.

2. Implement Application Control

Ensuring only approved applications run on your systems helps prevent the execution of malicious software.

How to Implement Application Control:

  • Create a list of approved applications.
  • Use application control solutions to enforce policies.
  • Regularly review and update the list to ensure it remains relevant.

3. Configure User Application Hardening

Hardening user applications reduces the risk of exploitation by cybercriminals.

How to Implement User Application Hardening:

  • Disable unnecessary features and services.
  • Apply security settings and configurations recommended by vendors.
  • Regularly review and update hardening measures.

Get Started with our Foundation IT package 

Our Foundation IT package is a complete, easy-to-implement solution designed to enhance your businesses device security. It contains:

  • Antivirus Software (BitDefender) for Desktop to protect your computers from malware, ransomware, and other cyber threats.
  • Proactive Hardware and Software Monitoring to detect and resolve issues before they impact operations. This minimises downtime, keeping your business running smoothly.
  • Automated Security and Application Updates to keep your software up-to-date with the latest security patches, mitigating vulnerabilities without manual intervention. Automation also saves you money by keeping all applications and operating systems current and reduces the risk of outdated software being used.
  • Security Event Monitoring which provides real-time monitoring and quick response to security events.
  • Automated Software Deployment to simplify the deployment of new software and ensure efficient and consistent installations, reducing IT staff workload and saving money.
  • IT Asset Management to keep track of all your IT assets efficiently.
  • Service Desk Access to you can log and track support tickets easily.
  • Remote Support. Get expert help where and when you need it without the need for an on-site visit, saving time and money.
  • Two Hours of Support / Per Licensed User / Per Month to ensure you have access to IT support when you need it.
  • Automated Backup for Microsoft Office 365 to protect your valuable business data.
  • Enterprise Grade Email Security – which protects your business email and Office 365 environment from advanced threats.
  • Office 365 Business Basic License to provide essential Office 365 applications for your business.
  • End Point Ransomware Prevention to safeguard your devices from ransomware attacks.

Alignment with Security Frameworks:

Our Foundation IT Package also aligns with leading security frameworks, ensuring you meet industry standards for cybersecurity, including the Essential Eight and the NIST Cybersecurity Frameworks.

For more information you can either reach out or subscribe to the package here.

Take Action Today!

By implementing these three simple steps, you’ll enhance your business’s application security significantly. Don’t wait until it’s too late – start protecting your business today.

If you need further assistance or tailored security solutions, we’re here to help. Contact us at www.simpleshift.digital/contact to schedule a consultation. Let’s make your business safer, together!

This article was co-written with Open AI.

by Scott Malpass

Scott is an outgoing entrepreneur with a passion for making a difference. He is the owner and CEO of two companies - Aquafruit Media and Simple Shift digital. He currently consults with The Australian Government in technical/business roles and has been active in the I.T. industry for more than 20 years. His approach to problem-solving is often outside of the box but backed up with sound industry practice and an outstanding work ethic. His motto is simple. "Life is short- make it count."