Disaster Masterclass at Windsor Castle Hotel: What you missed…

By claireLOGIC

The second of our three Disaster Masterclass events took place at the Windsor Castle Hotel – the first of which was held at Blenheim Palace.

This time around, we had Dave Morrow from Microsoft, who spoke about some impressive stats showing us how Microsoft works every day to ensure that your business is protected from any security threats, especially on the email front.

Complimenting, Mark Godsland from Thames Valley Police discussed the fundamental aspects of staying protected from email threats whilst working from home and what to do if a potential phishing threat is detected at your business.

Another treat was having Regina Johnys from Databasix speak about the importance of protecting your company’s data and what to do if a data breach strikes.

Let’s kick off with…

Is your Microsoft Defender switched on?

Since Microsoft Outlook is the go-to for most businesses, it was impressive to find that 32 billion email threats had been blocked by Microsoft last year.

Dave Morrow led us to understand the importance of having Microsoft Defender and Microsoft Sentinel working together.

  • Microsoft Defender: Helps manage threat protection
  • Microsoft Sentinel: Cloud security

How do Microsoft Defender and Sentinel work together and the importance of having them?

Without getting too technical, Microsoft 365 Defender’s incident integration allows you to stream all Microsoft 365 Defender incidents into Microsoft Sentinel – giving you the benefits of utilising both portals to identify and evaluate threats and incidents more comprehensively giving you the best of both tools.

The powers of Microsoft 365 Defender acts as a Threat Protector

Microsoft 365 Defender is a handy tool to have enabled on your system because it acts as a defence suite that detects threats, helps to prevent it from entering your IT system and even investigates the threat, determining the full scope and impact of the threat and how it entered the IT system, what areas it has affected and how it is currently impacting your business across devices and users.

The powers of Microsoft Sentinel acts as a Cloud Security

Microsoft Sentinel is a cloud tool that acts as a bird’s eye view across your entire business. It delivers intelligent security analytics and threat intelligence, giving you a single solution for collecting security data, detecting threats, investigating them and it responds by protecting and blocking out threats on your IT systems.

Having that additional layer from Microsoft Sentinel strengthens your security posture, helping you defend against evolving threats and giving IT teams control access to critical apps and resources.

If you would like any help or advice on this, please get in contact with our team.

Email Security: How to make yourself a harder target

Since we mentioned email security– it would be wise to touch on the Phishing attacks that Mark Godsland from Thames Valley Police spoke about and how to make yourself a harder target, especially working from home.

Key takeaways:

  • Don’t become a victim of cybercrime. Review your publicly available information on social media and on across the web, what is out there on the Web about you? ‘Review your privacy settings’ across all your business and personal social platforms. Alternatively, we can also help you with a free Dark Web scanning tool
  • Be aware of the information that is released about you online, as this can also be used as vital information to target you through ‘Phishing attacks’
Want to learn more about Phishing attacks, what they are and how they could appear in your inbox? Here is a resource to check out: Phishing blog: 5 common types of phishing attacks

Lastly, data!

If you have any employees or work with vendors or partners and have their details stored on your IT system – this is all data. We had Databasix in-house to discuss the essence of understanding data in a business.

Regina spoke about the importance of taking action around evaluating the current data that is stored, one of the ways to do this is by mapping data. Engage the key people that look after data and prepare the process by thinking and discussing – what type of culture the business has around data. She mentioned that it’s always, important to learn and improve that process.

Has your business ever considered data mapping?

Here are some thought-provoking questions that we got asked at the event. Have you considered any of the following?

  • Do you know what data exists across the business,
  • What is the importance of that data?
  • The why questions, what purpose does it serve?
  • Where is the data located?
  • Who manages and looks after it?
  • How much data is there?
  • How long is that data kept?
  • Most importantly what risk does it pose to the business if that data gets lost, hacked, or stolen?

As you can see, there was a lot for us all to think about…

What was terrific about this Disaster Masterclass?

It was great to see the lively discussion taking place at the event. There are many areas of the business that we could and need to be thinking about. What really helps is having a business continuity plan in place in case anything does go wrong. Whether it would be a data breach, cybercrime, or a natural disaster all these important elements in a business needs to be discussed and documented.

If you need help with building strategic business continuity plans or any assistance from our speakers, please get in touch with us today.

Here is a free source on budling a business continuity plan: Why do you need a business continuity plan?


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