In today’s evolving digital world, the estimated global cost of cybercrime is expected to rise to $6 trillion by 2021. Cyber threats are only increasing, and the damaging effects of cyber attacks are unforgiving. All it takes is a single unsecure device with obsolete firmware or a default password to allow an attacker to compromise a network.

Cyberattacks can lead to the loss of private data, fines and lawsuits, operational disruption, and reputational damage. To mitigate these risks and ensure data remains protected, Convergint partners with Genetec to provide four tips for ensuring cyber hygiene throughout organizations. 

1. ENFORCE best IT practices in your organization

  • Change all default passwords and frequently rotate them.

  • Think before clicking a link or opening an attachment to avoid phishing scams. 53% of organizations confirmed at least one insider attack in the last 12 months. 

  • Keep information secure by locking devices when leaving the workstation.

  • Only export relevant data and avoid capturing personal information when it’s not necessary.

2. HARDEN your security appliance

  • Configure registry keys

  • Implement custom group policy object

  • Configure a Windows firewall and deactivate NetBIOS

  • Verify Windows updates, and keep it up to date

  • Force selection of a custom password for the first login on the machine

  • Implement endpoint protection, such as a machine learning antivirus 

3. IMPLEMENT multiple layers of cybersecurity and privacy

4. CHOOSE solutions you can rely on from vendors you can trust

Partner with organizations that have security and data protection in mind. Convergint partners with Genetec to provide secure, audited, and compliant security solutions to customers. Genetec adheres to cybersecurity best practices and offers solutions that meet industry standards. Genetec holds multiple certifications including:

Genetec Security Center, the unified security platform that blends IP security systems within a single intuitive interface, also offers built-in connected services to help maintain network security and keep systems running at an optimal level. 

Connected Services Available in Security Center:

  • Service Availability Monitor (SAM) keeps watch over the status of system components and gives alerts for events like devices falling offline

  • Genetec Update Service (GUS) informs when new product updates are available to provide the latest fixes and counteract known vulnerabilities

  • Health Dashboards and Security Score Widget monitors the security and health of local systems in real time

Contact Convergint today to find out how Genetec and Convergint work together to secure organizations and reduce cyber risk.