Microsoft has launched an online test for businesses to check how secure their accounts and processes are.
The Microsoft Security Assessment is to emphasise the importance of account security and user process safeguards within business IT security.
While cybercrime can rely on complex malware and viruses to succeed, increasingly it’s the naivety of users that’s being targeted.
A weak password, or one obtained through deception, can be enough to give cyber criminals access to key company information. Alternatively, a compromised email account can make fraudulent payment instructions that look genuine. It can be months before the truth is discovered, by which time a business might have lost tens of thousands of pounds.
The Microsoft Security Assessment gets businesses thinking more about potential gaps in their IT security and processes. It achieves this by asking questions many businesses might not have asked themselves. This includes whether a business requires staff to use a unique, separate password for each system and account they access. At the end of the Microsoft Security Assessment, a report gives recommended improvements.
The Microsoft Security Assessment is free, by clicking here. Should businesses need assistance with IT security improvements following the assessment, please contact us to discuss our range of services and solutions.
Alongside IT security processes, businesses should also consider what devices have access to their systems. While businesses often secure laptops and PCs with solutions such as bit locker and two-factor authentication, they can neglect to secure mobile devices.
Mobile devices often have the same level of access to emails and systems as laptops. However, devices may not even be password protected. This makes them an easy target for cybercriminals.
Find out more about this from the Managed Endpoint Security section of our website.