Family owned since 1987, SoftFlow is a managed IT services and IT Support provider for small to medium businesses worldwide. For more than 35 years, this IT company has proven to be an expert in Cybersecurity, IT solutions, IT services, IT support and IT consulting. Based in Montreal, this thriving team is composed of certified IT network and cyber security specialists providing efficient and reliable IT Solutions, IT Security and managed IT services.

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SECURITY

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We are proud to have SOPHOS as a partner in IT Security.

 

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Sophos is a global pioneer in next-generation cybersecurity, defending over 500,000 businesses and millions of consumers in over 150 countries against today’s most sophisticated cyber threats. Sophos supplies a broad spectrum of advanced solutions and services to defend users, networks, and endpoints against ransomware, malware, exploits, phishing, and a wide range of other threats, thanks to threat intelligence, AI, and machine learning from SophosLabs and SophosAI. Sophos Central is a single cloud-based management console that serves as the hub of an adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem that includes a consolidated data lake and a rich set of open APIs for customers, partners, developers, and other cybersecurity suppliers. Sophos sells its products and services all around the world through resellers and managed service providers (MSPs) such as SoftFlow in Montreal. Sophos is based in Oxford, England.

 

Sophos Email Appliances, part of Sophos Email Security and Control, protect the email gateway from spam, phishing, viruses, spyware and other malware, and employ effective content monitoring and filtering to prevent the loss of confidential or sensitive information via email. Built on an intelligent managed appliance platform, powered by Sophos Labs proactive protection and backed by Sophos’s unrivaled 24/7 support, Sophos Email Appliances deliver complete gateway security with less effort and greater peace of mind.

 

 

What are the Advantages of using Sophos?

 

  • *Blocks more than 99 percent of spam at the email gateway
  • *Provides industry-leading protection against viruses, spyware, and trojans in both inbound and outbound email
  • *Enforces acceptable email use and prevents information leakage with easily configurable inbound and outbound policies
  • *Updates automatically every five minutes with the latest protection from Sophos Labs, a global network of threat analysis centers
  • *Provides at-a-glance views of system performance via a web based dashboard
  • *Simplifies administration via a ‚Äúthree-clicks-to-anywhere‚ÄĚ management console
  • *Includes remote ‚Äúheartbeat‚ÄĚ monitoring and on-demand remote assistance
  • *Includes TLS encryption for enhanced security
  • *Integrates easily with a range of LDAP services
  • *Eliminates the need for additional storage, with a large onboard message quarantine
  • *Reduces help desk administration, through end-to-end message tracking
  • *Ensures maximum availability with built-in diagnostics and system redundancy
  • *Provides on-demand remote assistance via reverse-tunnel SSH connection
  • *Includes 24x7x365 support for the duration of the license and Sophos can be contacted for one-to-one assistance at any time

 

 

 

What are cybersecurity IT services?

 

A- Secure Content Management / Internet Security 

Complete web and email security solution with protection from spyware, inappropriate web content, viruses, spam, malicious code, and more…

 

B- Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems

Protects critical network systems and applications, thus preserving the availability, integrity and confidentiality of data as well as ensuring business availability.

 

C- Policies and Design

Defining the proper policies and procedures based on a specific environment by setting up the proper security features.

 

D- Managed IT Security Services

Optimization of the usage of security services to best meet IT needs and keep on providing the best IT security enhancements based on the latest security updates.

 

E- IT Auditing

Tracking of all ongoing operations in a critical environment and auditing all the events occurring¬†based on a given criteria. Identification of vulnerabilities as well as weaknesses within the client’s IT environment¬†and making recommendations accordingly based on best business & IT practices.

 

F- Security Hardware and Software

The use of a good anti-virus on the server, on all computers  and on the website is essential to a stable IT environment. The use of a good firewall for Small to Medium Businesses that have servers is becoming more and more popular and important to have as hackers are getting more advanced in technology.

 

 

 

Definition of Cybersecurity :

What is Cybersecurity?

 

  • Cybersecurity is the application of technology, processes, and controls to protect systems, networks, programs, devices, and data against cyber attacks.

 

  • ¬†It aims to reduce the risk of cyber attacks and protect against unauthorized exploitation of systems, networks and technologies.

 

 

Why is network security important? 

 

  • The cost of a cybersecurity breach is rising. Privacy laws like GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and DPA (Data Protection Act) 2018 can lead to hefty fines for organizations that violate network security. There are also non-financial costs to consider such as reputational damage.

 

  • Cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated and continue to grow in sophistication, with attackers employing more and more diverse tactics. These include social engineering, malware and ransomware.

 

 

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Cyber security is an important board-level issue 

 

New regulations and reporting requirements make it a challenge to monitor cybersecurity risks. Boards need management assurance that their cyber risk strategies will reduce the risk of attacks and limit financial and operational impacts.

 

 

 

Is Cyber crime a profitable?

 

According to the Hidden Costs of Cyber crime, a 2020 study by McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), based on data collected by Vanson Bourne decade, the global economy loses more than $1 trillion (about £750 billion) every year. Political, ethical, and social incentives can also encourage attackers.

 

 

 

 

Who needs cybersecurity? 

 

It’s wrong to believe that you don’t care about cyber attackers. Anyone that is connected to the Internet needs network security. This is because most cyber attacks are automated and aim to exploit common vulnerabilities rather than specific websites or organizations.

 

 

 

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Types of Network threats and common cyber threats include: 

 

1. Malware such as Ransomware, botnets, RATs (Remote Access Trojans), rootkits and bootkits, spyware, Trojan horses, viruses and worms.

2. Backdoor, allowing remote access.

3. Formjacking, inserting malicious code into online forms.

4. Cryptojacking, illegal cryptocurrency mining software installation.

5. DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks, flooding servers, systems, and networks with traffic to take them offline.

6. DNS (Domain Name System) poisoning attacks, which compromise DNS to redirect traffic to malicious websites.

 

 

What are the 5 types of cybersecurity? 

 

1. Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity:

 

  • Critical infrastructure organizations are often more vulnerable to attacks than others because SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems often rely on legacy software.\

 

  • Operators of essential services in the¬†energy, transport, health, water and digital infrastructure sectors in the UK, as well as digital service providers are affected and bound by the NIS¬†(Network and Information Systems Regulation 2018).

 

  • Among other provisions, the regulations oblige organizations to take appropriate technical and organizational measures to manage their security risks.

 

 

 2. Network security 

Network security is about addressing vulnerabilities affecting your operating system and network architecture including servers and hosts, firewalls and wireless access points as well as network protocols.

 

 

 3. Cloud security 

Cloud security is a set of security measures designed to protect cloud-based infrastructure the security of data and applications. These measures ensure user and device authentication, control access to data and resources and protect data privacy.

Types of Cloud Security :

Cloud security varies depending on the type of cloud computing used. There are four main categories of cloud computing:

 

A-Public cloud services operated by a public cloud provider – These include software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure ( IaaS) and platform services (PaaS).

B- Private cloud services operated by a public cloud provider – These services provide a dedicated computing environment to customers, operated by a third party.

C-In-house employee-operated private cloud services – These services are an evolution of the traditional data center, where in-house employees operate a virtual environment they control.

D- Hybrid Cloud Services – Private and public cloud configurations can be combined, storing workloads and data based on optimization factors such as cost, security, operations motion and access. The operation will involve internal staff and possibly a public cloud provider.

 

 

 

 4. IoT (Internet of Things) Security 

IoT security is concerned with securing smart devices and networks connected to IoT. IoT devices include things that connect to the internet without human intervention such as smart fire alarm systems, lights, thermostats and others.

 

 

 5. Application security 

Application security is the process of dealing with security vulnerabilities caused by unsafe development when designing, coding and releasing software or a website.

 

 

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Cybersecurity vs Information Security : What is the difference? 

 

  • Cybersecurity is often confused with information security. Cybersecurity focuses on protecting computer systems from unauthorized access or damage or inaccessibility.

 

  • Information security is a broader category that protects all information assets whether in paper or digital form.

 

 

 

 

Cybersecurity as an IT Security Service 

 

SoftFlow understands that cybersecurity is a very important aspect for any organization. Benefit from their unmatched 24/7 support, expert advice and ongoing protection to meet your

organization’s cybersecurity.

 

 

 

Cybersecurity challenges

 

  • Reducing the cybersecurity risks your organization faces can be a very big challenge. This is especially true if you’ve moved to remote working and have less control over employee behavior and device security.

 

  • ¬†An effective approach should cover your entire IT infrastructure and be based on regular risk assessments.

 

 

 

What are the consequences of a cyber attack?

 

 

  • Cyber attacks can cost organizations billions of dollars and cause severe damage. Affected organizations risk losing sensitive data, while also facing fines and reputational damage.Effective cybersecurity management must come from the highest level of the organization.

 

  • ¬†A strong culture of cybersecurity, reinforced by regular training, will ensure that every employee realizes that cybersecurity is their responsibility. Good safety and good practice go hand in hand.

 

 

Cybersecurity Approach 

 

  • SoftFlow’s risk-based approach to cybersecurity will ensure that your efforts are focused where they are needed most.
  • Using regular cybersecurity risk assessments to identify and assess your risks is the most effective and cost-effective way to protect your organization.

 

 

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Cybersecurity checklist :

 

 

SoftFlow suggests that you strengthen your cyber defenses with these must-have security measures:

 

  • Application security¬†

          Web application vulnerabilities are a common entry point for cyber criminals. As applications play an increasingly important role in businesses, it is essential to focus on web application                  security.

 

  • ¬†Network security¬†

            Network security is the process of protecting the usability and integrity of your network and data. This is achieved by performing a network penetration test, evaluating your network for                    vulnerabilities and security issues.

 

  • Leadership Involvement

    Leadership involvement is critical to resilience in cyberspace. Without it, it is difficult to establish or enforce effective processes. Senior management must be prepared to invest in the                        right cybersecurity resources such as awareness training.

 

  • Password management:

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Almost half of the UK population uses ‘password’, ‘12356’ or ‘qwerty’ as their password. SoftFlow suggests that you should implement a password management policy that provides¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†guidance to ensure employees create strong passwords and keep them safe.

           Human error is a major cause of data breaches. It is therefore essential that you equip your employees with the knowledge they need to deal with the threats they face. Employee                                   awareness training will show employees how security threats affect them and help them apply best practice advice to real-life situations.

 

 

 

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Start your cybersecurity journey today

 

514-858-0541 – 24/7 IT Support

 

 

*SoftFlow Informatique is a Montreal based IT security firm specializing in IT Services and IT Support since 1987.

 

 

 

*SoftFlow’s IT administrators have extensive experience in IT security. For over 35 years, we’ve helped hundreds of organizations with our deep industry expertise and pragmatic approach. All of our IT consultants are qualified and experienced practitioners and our IT services can be tailored to organizations of all sizes.

 

 

 

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