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Need a Vacation From Work?
4 Cyber Securities Before You Go.

Everyone needs a vacation, but business leaders are notorious for never actually leaving the office behind. I bet your internal dialogue sounds something like this: What if something goes wrong? It’ll be easier when I come back if I check email while I’m gone. If someone needs me, they can call me. I can work on that while I’m on the plane. STOP!

Your neurosis isn’t completely unfounded, especially when you consider the barrage of assaults taking place on your network and data at any given moment. But disconnecting from work, giving life your full attention, de-stressing, and recharging is vital to your success as a leader! It may help relax your mind to know that certain securities are in place, safeguarding the business in your absence. Before you book that trip to Hawaii, lay the groundwork for a stress-free break with these 4 cybersecurity measures.


A Risk Assessment

A risk assessment is like checking the pulse on your business security. This assessment will indicate any off-beat activity or vulnerabilities that could make your business an easy target. It will also help you prioritize any security needs that your business requires, which will help as you decide how to allocate your budget. If obtaining a higher budget from stakeholders has been a challenge, a risk assessment is a powerful way to illustrate the mission-critical needs of the business to increase spending.


Phishing Security Testing

It’s not easy to put your business in someone else’s hands. Organizations are doing a better job of putting the right infrastructures in place to protect data, but they’re missing their greatest security weakness — human error. Phishing attacks powered by social engineering trick employees into clicking malicious email links or offering private information by posing as a trustworthy or legitimate entity.

According to the 2018 State of Phish Report, 76% of organizations experienced a phishing attack last year.

To help build trust in your workforce, make phishing tests a regular part of your security strategy. A phishing test is a simulated attack that tracks which employees unknowingly fall for the tactic. In doing so, organizations create “teaching opportunities” to strengthen their defenses. By making phishing tests random and routine, you’ll also keep employees on their toes at all times. Click here to learn more.


Disaster Recovery and Contingency Planning

You’re on the beach, drinking a margarita and watching the waves dance rhythmically against a stunning backdrop. Meanwhile, your office is experiencing a catastrophic event or major outage. If you have a disaster recovery plan in place, there’s no need to worry (much). A disaster recovery plan will ensure that mission-critical infrastructures and applications stay up and running. DR plans are written instructions for how to respond to an unplanned event. This plan provides a detailed, actionable framework that covers hardware, software, network, processes, and people. Your risk assessment (above) will help you determine which systems and applications are mission-critical, and which can be worked around.


A Cybersecurity Partner

No, I’m not talking about your IT manager. In the event of a data breach or disaster, they will be plenty busy getting a read on systems and taking action to protect and maintain mission-critical business supports. A virtual CIO understands the business impact of such events and can quickly arrive on-site or manage from afar to orchestrate the roll-out of your disaster recovery plan, including communication with your recovery team and 3rd party vendors. Ideally, you’ve been working with a vCIO for awhile, and they helped plan your business technology infrastructure based on the operational needs and goals of the organization. In fact, they will likely know your infrastructure better than you!

Sit back, relax, enjoy the adventure. With the right security measures in place and the right people to manage them, your office will be in one fully-operational piece when you return from summer vacation.

To learn more about the difference between an IT manager and a virtual CIO, check out this short video clip!