Best Practices

Cybersecurity can be a massive undertaking for businesses, let alone individuals. Aristo is committed to helping you understand what threats you’re facing and how you can protect yourself and your family.

Be Prepared

  1. Make a plan. Don’t wait until you’re a victim to act. Proactively develop and implement an incident response and mitigation plan for your home, network and devices.
  2. Know what you’re protecting. Keep accurate, up-to-date records of critical digital assets that you and your family use.
  3. Don’t rely on off-the-shelf security solutions. Partner with a professional security service like Aristo to develop a personalized strategy that relies on enterprise-grade software and constant monitoring of your digital resources by security experts.
  4. Regularly back up your data. Ensure the integrity of your proprietary information by backing up and storing all critical data in a physically separate, secure location. Test your backup and recovery solutions regularly to ensure they are working.
  5. Educate your family and staff. Make sure the people closest to you understand the threats they face and remain vigilant. Teach them not to open or respond to suspicious emails or texts— and make them aware that someone might impersonate you. Employ a training service that regularly tests them on threat detection and keeps them aware of the latest scams. Visit getsafeonline.org for more information.

Protect Your System & Network

  1. Keep your software and devices up to date. Endpoint, or personal device, protection, relies on tools like antivirus software to proactively block malicious activity. To ensure its effectiveness, use enterprise-grade software at all times, run scheduled checks for updates and immediately install all patches.
  2. Implement strict authentication practices. Always use strong passwords and multi-factor authentication—which adds a second login step such as a text message—for all of your accounts, including cloud-based apps. Restrict administrator rights in your network, and ensure users have the minimum level of access they need. Change the name and password of your router to make it more difficult to find, and consider creating a home “guest” network with separate login credentials.
  3. Block easy access points. Criminals can easily use public network connections or misconfigured smart devices like doorbells or TVs to access your personal devices or private network. Avoid using public Wi-Fi to access your home network through your laptop or mobile phone, and use a VPN (virtual private network) client to enhance your anonymity online.
  4. Harden your security with professional surveillance and oversight. Contact your IT provider to ensure they conduct network segmentation, vulnerability management and automated patching. Employ enterprise-grade firewalls and web proxy technologies to protect your digital systems and pre-empt malicious network traffic trying to breach you.

Protect Your System & Network

  1. Regularly assess your risk. Conduct vulnerability assessments and penetration testing of your IT environments. Deploy monitoring technologies that detect, analyze and report anomalies to identify active attacks, minimize intrusion and mitigate impacts on your family and assets.
  2. Plan and rehearse your response. Your cybersecurity partner can walk you through the appropriate response to threat actor activity or attempts to contact you or your family.