Cybersecurity Baseline Controls

According to Accenture’s study, cybersecurity breaches have increased by 65% over the past five years. Cybercriminals often target small and medium organizations because they lack proper cybersecurity measures. These attacks have had devastating effects on companies, such as:

  • Disruption of business
  • A damaged reputation leading to loss of clients and decreased sales
  • Lawsuits

Authorities’ guidelines often overlook the needs of small and medium entities. These institutions do not have adequate resources to implement advanced and expensive measures. Some managers neglect cybersecurity, making them soft targets for cybercriminals. 

Does your organization have a strategy to protect your IT infrastructure? Which areas should you prioritize? 

Canadian authorities recommend baseline controls to help small and medium organizations safeguard their infrastructure.

Clients often contact Fuelled Networks to develop a cybersecurity strategy that secures their small and medium organizations. Fuelled Networks provides IT services and support. This article will help you discover how we can help you protect your infrastructure using baseline controls. 

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What Are the Canadian Baseline Cybersecurity Controls?

Baseline controls are guidelines that the Canadian government recommends to help small and medium organizations protect their infrastructure. They address the unique needs of these entities. 

Fuelled Networks uses these baseline controls to help clients identify gaps, budget, plan, and prioritize their cybersecurity strategy to address vulnerabilities and close gaps. 

Baseline Controls

Canadian authorities acknowledge that small and medium organizations are more susceptible to breaches. These attacks have financial and privacy implications. 

We will use these guidelines to help you protect your IT infrastructure. These guidelines are affordable. They will help you get the most out of your cybersecurity investments, thwart attacks, and minimize your exposure to devastating breaches. 

  • Develop a Cybersecurity Response Plan: We will help you develop a comprehensive incident response plan. This guide will ensure you return to your optimum levels after cyberattackers breach your network.
  • Installation of Security Software: We will help you install and update cybersecurity programs, such as antivirus, anti-spyware and anti-malware software. These installations will help you detect and remove malicious programs.
  • Implementation of Strong User Authentication Processes: We will assist your organization as it adapts reliable cybersecurity processes, such as sophisticated passwords that include letters, numbers, symbols, and special characters. Our experts will guide your adoption of multi-factor authentication and biometric authentication to lock out unauthorized parties from your networks. 
  • Adopt Cloud-based Computing Solutions: We will help you enjoy cloud security, comprising policies, controls, procedures, and technologies that work together to protect cloud-based systems, data, and infrastructure.
  • Regularly Back Up Your Data: We will help you backup your data on an external hard-drive or the cloud to ensure your data’s safety. You will access these backups if attackers compromise your onsite data. 
  • Secure Mobile Devices: Mobile devices are at a higher risk of getting lost or stolen. We will help you secure your portable gadgets via encryption, passwords, and the ‘remote wiping’ option.
  • Implement Access Control and Authorization protocols: Access control and authorization methods will guarantee that users are who they say they are and have the appropriate authority to access company data.
  • Implement a Firewall: A firewall is a network security device that monitors incoming and outgoing network traffic and blocks data packets based on security rules. We will ensure you have a reliable firewall to help you establish a barrier between your internal network and incoming traffic from external sources and block malicious traffic like viruses.
  • Implement Cybersecurity Awareness Training: Employees are the primary targets for cyberattacks, primarily those involving social engineering. We will train your staff. These exercises will increase their awareness levels and give them the practical skills they need to protect your business from data breaches, network attacks, and ransomware threats.
  • Outsourcing IT Support Services: It is a more economical option for you to outsource IT services from us. We will provide proactive security solutions, technologies, and expertise that will help you secure your network.

Are You Ready to Enjoy Our Services That Follow the Baseline Controls?

Your IT infrastructure is crucial for your operations. Secure it from breaches that cause devastating damages. 

Let us help you safeguard it — the Fuelled Networks team can audit your security measures and make recommendations on how to improve following baseline controls. Get in touch with us to get started.

Ernie Sherman

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.