Cyberthreats aren't going away any time soon. Cybercrime is a big business, and it's still growing. The need to secure your business will continue to grow. But you can adopt the mindset of the most resilient businesses by preparing for a security incident to reduce the likelihood and severity of an attack. If you follow the strategies shared in this blog post, you can minimize your risk and handle what comes your way.
The Most Effective Security Strategies are Often the Simplest
Tackling even the most complex security challenges often starts with very simple tactics. Some are easy enough to quickly and easily integrate into your daily work routine. And that's the key to the most effective cybersecurity: keep it simple for employees, keep them informed with basic cybersecurity awareness and education, and automate as much as possible.
- Don't be complacent - develop a basic awareness about overall security concepts and risks.
- Hire a partner with security expertise to identify and address your security needs.
- Prioritize what you need to protect most.
- Dedicate a budget.
- Schedule regular employee education on basic cybersecurity practices.
- Employ multi-factor authentication that requires users to provide additional verification beyond just a username and password to confirm their identities.
- Have all employees use strong, unique passwords, or consider taking a password-free approach by using fingerprints or PINs for secure sign-ins.
- Change usernames and passwords on Wi-Fi connected devices like routers and copiers.
- Use anti-virus software to provide comprehensive protection against malware, spyware, and viruses across emails, applications, the cloud and the web.
- Backup critical data, preferably in the cloud, and have a system in place to do so regularly.
- Information protection, including data loss prevention, document protection and data classification
- Conduct periodic review of access, keeping track of who is accessing and sharing information, and revoke access to documents, data, and apps when required.
- Implement a detection system to make sure that you are getting a comprehensive and real time view of useful security data and activity.
- Institute a process and dedicate staff to monitor alerts and respond as necessary.
- Have an incident response plan ready in case of a successful cyberattack and share it among employees prior to (not after) a possible attack.
- Use advanced threat protection solutions that provide response and remediation, so you can minimize damage in the case of a successful breach.
Unless your business happens to be a cybersecurity company, you probably didn't start or join your organization with the expectation that, among all your other priorities, you would also need to build defenses against cybercriminals or running training sessions about phishing and multi-factor authentication.
This is a new reality that small and medium-sized businesses are now confronted with. More and more small and medium-sized businesses are finding they can balance security with all the other needs and expectations of their business.
As a full suite IT and cybersecurity firm, Restech can help with your security needs. Contact us to learn more.