For businesses, the traditional approach towards cyber security is focused on defending against threats and prevention. As criminals become bolder and tactics grow in sophistication, defense and prevention aren’t enough. “Over 80% of businesses are looking for third-party help with cybersecurity,” according to Webroot’s 2018 Report. By following these practices, you can securely position your company from a secure data standpoint.
- Focus on Risk – Instead of achieving a 100% fully-secured business, shift the conversation towards how much risk to a business, and its data, each employee faces. Come to terms with the idea “100% Secured” is unattainable. Cybercriminals can and will always find new ways to attack. By implementing cybersecurity metrics that track logs and security patching and uncovering how many applications lack the latest security patching, your team can uncover any security vulnerabilities that have not been addressed.
- Prioritize the Data – Each business has information that remains at risk. For many of your businesses, it would be employee health records, customer information, bank routing numbers. This sensitive data should get the highest level of security. This ensures a harder time for hackers to access info. Work to educate employees on protecting these valuable assets.
- Cyber Clean-Up – It’s always good practice to stay vigilant about security maintenance to prevent commonly overlooked threats, such as ransomware and phishing attacks. These “housekeeping” tasks are typically strengthening endpoint security, administrative rights for hardware access, and folder structure, schedule and automate patching roll-ups, data backups, and overall response planning in preparation of an event.
- Security Stand Out – While it’s obvious for most businesses to leverage security as a differentiator, it might be less clear for employees, who interact with multiple businesses each day. From financial firms to outsourced HR, or even healthcare, all require strong security to protect employee data or their clients.
- Regulatory Churn – New regulations, such as Europe’s recently released General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), often cause concerns for businesses based in the United States but selling in Europe. Businesses are told to comply, but they lack the tools and know-how to bring systems and processes to standards. As a trusted IT service partner, we assist companies in the discovery and remediation of non-compliant networks to meet business needs and compliance standards, making for great security.
- Boosting Security Expertise – With a threat landscape similar to that of the wild west, cybersecurity must change with it. Shrouded in secrecy, the threat landscape has never been more open to knowledge sharing. If your company doesn’t have the time to research the specific threats linked to your business, maybe it’s time to meet with us or attend an awesome cybersecurity event.
- Build a Culture – Due to the constant threat of cyber attacks, security awareness training should employ best-of industry security habits, such as password changes, encrypting mobile devices, and avoiding public Wi-Fi, when accessing sensitive data. It’s ok to work while on the go, but use a VPN or a remote desktop receiver with 2-factor authentication.
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