Is Misconfiguration Making Your SMB Vulnerable?

Headlines about cybersecurity attacks on government agencies and big-name brands are all too familiar headlines these days. Millions of dollars are being lost, and millions of access credentials are breached due to ransomware attacks. Many think they are protected. However, all it takes is a single undetected bad configuration, and you are in trouble.

You know nobody is immune from these cyberattacks. If you have paid attention, then your business has been proactive by:

  • putting firewalls and antivirus protection in place
  • establishing a bring-your-own-device policy
  • educating employees about password strength, social engineering, and cyber hygiene
  • updating software promptly
  • upgrading end-of-life hardware and software.

The landscape of threats has evolved quickly. The quantity and types of devices connected to a company network are exploding. More and more, a significant number of employees are working remotely and on their own devices. And, as stated previously, the devices connected are all the different types. Thank you to the Internet of Things (IoT)!

You could end up having devices you are not aware of connected to your network if the wireless is left unsecured. However, it is not a simple matter to manually monitor every single device and configuration for security.

We are all already busy, and push notification comes in fast and furious advising to update software. We all have other things on our minds, and we do not always get around to these updates right away. Or, we clicked the “never show again” on that pop up, notifying us about an available update. Then we forget about the notification shortly after. Ultimately no action is taken and configurations remain the same.

That is, there is no action on the business side of the organization. But, out in the cybersphere, the bad guys are working hard to seek unpatched and unattended vulnerabilities.

What Can Be Done About It?

Think of risk like this: You would not install a reinforced door, and then assign guards at the entrances, then leave the windows open.

But, of course, an open window will be detected by your naked eye. A misconfiguration, on the other hand, is more difficult to detect. A scan for vulnerabilities will help detect insecure software and system configuration. Sometimes it could be a file share that is misconfigured. You think the connection is only shared with one person, but it is open to the public.

With an automated scan, you will proactively identify the application, network, and security vulnerabilities. This scanning process looks to find any possible points of entry. These scans can also predict if the countermeasures you have in place are effective.

These scans will detect and then classify the system weaknesses in your computers, networks, and communications equipment. The results and details of the vulnerabilities found are then compared to a database of known exploits. These known exploits could be coding bugs, packet construction anomalies, default configurations, and more flaws.

If you go with a managed service provider to assist you with these efforts, a thorough one takes several scanning approaches. The scan for the exposure from outside will investigate all the websites, services, applications, networks, ports, and systems facing the Internet. Their scan on the inside will identify the application and system security gaps that cybercriminals can exploit once they get inside your network. The environmental scanning will look at all websites, mobile devices, IoT, and cloud-based services.

It is critical to secure your business assets. Before the bad guys find the system security holes, you need to identify those holes with vulnerability scanning.

Partner with an IT consultant specializing in finding the right MSP at the right price, which provides the value required to review your security posture and configurations thoroughly. A good IT consultant can broker a deal with an MSP to thoroughly scan your network for bad configuration, known exploits, open reports, and malware. The IT consultant will ensure the MSP produces a report outlining the vulnerabilities and will recommend what can be done about them.

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