Northwest IT Company

Northwest IT Company has over 20+ years of Business IT Support and Business IT Solutions experience. We are a full service technology company. You get more bang for your dollar here as well.

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7 Cybersecurity Gaps That Can Harm Your Business

At Northwest IT Company, we understand the importance of cybersecurity for businesses of all sizes. Therefore, we strive to offer reliable business technology solutions that can fill gaps in your cybersecurity plans.

Our primary goal is to help you stay ahead of cybersecurity threats. For instance, your organization eliminates data breach threats with appropriate protective strategies.

We have compiled a list of the common cybersecurity gaps and how we can help you.

Lack of Business Continuity Plan

Every business should plan to keep the company running even after a significant cybersecurity breach. If not, you could face serious consequences, including loss of customers, revenue, and your reputation.

Moreover, if you don't have a plan, you may be unable to effectively respond to the breach, which could worsen the situation. You can count on us at Northwest IT Company to develop a comprehensive business continuity plan tailored to your organization's needs.

Lack of Multi-Authentication

Your employees should use multi-factor authentication (MFA) to access company systems and data. Otherwise, you will be opening room for unauthorized persons to access your valuable information, which puts your business at risk of cyberattack.

MFA is one of the best ways to protect against cyber attacks. It requires users to provide two or more pieces of information (usually a password and a code sent to a mobile device) before they can access company resources.

Without MFA, all an attacker needs is an employee's username and password to gain access to your systems. So, if you aren't using MFA, now is the time to start, and we are here to help. We offer a variety of MFA solutions that can fit your organization's needs.

Poor Password Practices

Are your employees using strong passwords and changing them regularly? If not, they could be putting your business at risk. Weak passwords are one of the most common ways attackers gain access to company systems and data. And, if employees use the same password for multiple accounts, it's easier for attackers.

We recommend that employees use strong passwords (at least eight characters long, with a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols) and change them every 30 days. We also offer a password management solution that can help make it easy for employees to manage their passwords.

If you aren't sure whether your employees are following good password practices, we can help. We offer a security assessment that includes a review of your password policies and procedures.

Lack of Cybersecurity Awareness Training

While antivirus software is valuable for protecting your business, it's not enough. You must regularly update antivirus software with the latest definitions to be effective. Additionally, antivirus software can only protect against known threats, meaning that new and unknown threats can still slip through the cracks. For these reasons, it's essential to supplement your antivirus software with other security measures, such as employee training and cybersecurity awareness.

Business owners and employees may not know the risks cyber criminals pose or the steps they need to take to protect themselves. Unfortunately, this can lead to careless mistakes like clicking on a phishing email or downloading a malicious attachment.

As a business owner, you should strive to ensure everyone in your organization understands the importance of cyber-security and the role they play in keeping the company safe. Also, check online resources to stay up-to-date with the latest threats so you can take steps to protect your business.

Businesses should also provide adequate training for their employees. The training includes teaching them about common threats, spotting them, and what to do if they encounter one.

You should also provide regular training on best practices for password management, data security, and more. Ensuring your employees are properly trained can help reduce the risk of a cyber attack.

You can count on us for comprehensive cybersecurity training to help your staff their roles in protecting your business from cyberthreats.

We also understand that most cybersecurity incidents result from human errors. Therefore, we aim to help your employees spot those errors and act fast before things get out of hand.

Unsecured Wireless Networks

If your business relies on Wi-Fi, it's essential to take steps to secure your network. Otherwise, anyone within range can access your data.

To keep your Wi-Fi network secure, use strong encryption and change the default password for your router. It would help if you also considered disabling remote access and hiding your SSID.

Most importantly, be careful when selecting a network provider. Make sure to choose a reputable company that takes security seriously.

Again, you can trust us for end-point protection when using the remote network. In addition, our technology solutions protect all your smart devices, such as smartphones and laptops, to allow your staff to work from wherever they are.

Not Having a Response Plan in Place

If a cyber-attack occurs, it is crucial to have a plan to respond quickly and effectively. This plan should include steps for containing the damage, restoring data, and more.

Suppose you are suffering a ransomware or data breach. In that case, you need an immediate plan to protect yourself from the hackers and get ahead of them. We will work with you to identify the steps to take in the event of an attack.

We employ reliable strategies and solutions to help you recover quickly. Also, we can provide you with the resources you need to prevent future attacks.

Failing To Test Your Systems

Business owners should entrust a technology solutions provider to test their systems for vulnerabilities and improve security measures.

By testing your systems, you can adequately protect them against known threats. Additionally, you can identify any weak points in your security so that you can take steps to address them.

We offer reliable penetration testing services to establish the strength of your cybersecurity. The goal is to know if your systems are adequately protected and take action where necessary.


Cybersecurity gaps are common among businesses of all sizes. So contact a reliable company to close any cybersecurity gaps in your organization. Our goal is to protect businesses and grow. Visit our website or contact us at Northwest IT Company today to learn more.