Cybersecurity is one of the most important aspects of a business nowadays. Without it, your company is vulnerable to cyber-attacks and data breaches. Not having security models in place can cost your company millions of dollars and even put it out of business. Reports are showing that nearly two-thirds of companies have 1,000+ sensitive files open to every employee. Therefore, it is crucial that you take the necessary precautions, train staff, and invest in measures to protect your business and its customers from data breaches and cyber-attacks.
What can companies do to stay ahead of this cybersecurity “new normal” threat landscape?
Establish a cybersecurity first culture or policy
The best way to defend against cyberattacks is to have a cybersecurity-first culture. It starts with education, awareness, and training on the latest threats—including phishing attacks. Policies that mandate cybersecurity measures are also necessary to safeguard networks and data. Change your mindset from being reactive and be proactive instead.
Make cybersecurity a part of onboarding when you hire new staff, and continually review and exercise best practices to keep your company safe.
Examples of this include implementing:
- Long and strong passwords and passphrases policy. Make use of capital and lowercase letters combined with numbers and symbols to create secure passwords.
- BYOD privacy and security settings procedures to make sure all access points are safe. Small businesses are more likely to employ people who use their own devices for work, as it helps to save time and cost. Personal BYOD devices have a higher risk of introducing malicious software into your infrastructure.
- Public Wifi and Computer policies can protect your company. Inform staff to keep activities as generic and anonymous as possible when using any public technology offering.
Implement a sound cybersecurity strategy to protect your employees and customers
The first step of any cybersecurity plan should be to determine how you want your company’s cybersecurity strategy to look. There are two common approaches: centralized security and decentralized security.
Centralized security has one integrated team that monitors the entire network and responds when needed. In contrast, decentralized security breaks up this role across teams or managers who respond when they notice something suspicious happening on their network or system in real-time.
When planning cybersecurity frameworks, use these components followed by an implementation phase:
- Assess Cybersecurity Readiness to determine the current state.
- Create a Risk Assessment and Recommendations Report based on the findings of the assessment.
- Inventory all internal assets and always make sure to apply updates and security patches.
- Build IT Roadmaps to identify and address any gaps and deploy long-term maintenance plans.
Another best practice is implementing multiple layers of defenses and proactively developing policies, procedures, and plans for an attack. Collaborate with all areas of your company regularly and include any external partners to get input on how best to plan and prepare actions for attacks.
Malware Attacks are damaging for small businesses because they bring down all devices, require expensive remediation, and may cause loss of revenue until fixed. These backdoor attacks gain access to data that put your customers and employees at risk. Be prepared not only to defend against attacks but be ready to know how to communicate to clients. Even if an attack is quickly remediated, the news via the grapevine to uninformed clients may create more damage than the attack itself.
Take advantage of cybersecurity tools and solution providers so you can stay ahead of hackers
Invest in the ability to quickly detect all types of threats and have remediation plans in place. It is not easy to keep up with cybersecurity threats. The best way to prevent your company from being hacked or compromised is to trust first-rate cybersecurity solution providers. Cybersecurity solution providers that you choose should provide you with all of the tools and solutions you need to stay ahead of hackers.
Four key questions to confirm before choosing a CyberSecurity Partner:
Choosing the right partner is crucial to your company’s success. You want to be sure that you are safeguarding your data and reducing any potential risks.
- Do they have ample industry expertise and experience?
- How do they measure up to other partners in this industry?
- What does this company offer compared to others in their field?
- Does the price point cover what you need?