You can have all the security hardware and software in the books: firewall, backup and recovery, anti-virus; but your employees will still be the biggest vulnerability when it comes to phishing attacks. How do you mitigate as much risk as possible?
1. Create and Strictly Enforce a Password Policy
Passwords should be complex, randomly generated and replaced regularly. When creating a password policy, keep in mind that the most prevalent attacks are Dictionary attacks. Most people use real words for their passwords. Hackers will typically try all words before trying a brute force attack. Instead of words, use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. The longer the password, the stronger it is. While it's difficult to remember passwords across different platforms, try not to repeat passwords. This will protect all other accounts in the event of a breach on one of your accounts.
2. Train and Test Your Employees Regularly
Educate your employees on how they can spot a phishing attack. Then, use a safe phishing test orchestrated by your IT company to see which employees are likely to click on a bad link to see how well they do. If employees fall for phishing attempts, send them through training again. We recommend doing this on a quarterly basis to ensure that your employees stay on their toes and you always provide education on the latest attacks.
3. Create a Bring Your Own Device Policy and Protect All Mobile Phones
You can safeguard as much as humanly possible on your network, but your employees are all walking in with a cell phone. Are they allowed to get work emails on these phones? What about gaining access to the network remotely? Cell phones create a big black hole in security without proper mobile device management and mobile security.
4. Perform Software Updates Regularly
Make sure that your software is up-to-date with all the latest security patches. Holding off on updates means that you're leaving yourself open to vulnerabilities that have been discovered and addressed.
5. Invest in Security
Security isn't something for cost savings. Home-based hardware is not sufficient and you at the very least need a quality firewall and backup device for your business. Invest in your employees' training, ongoing security updates and maintaining a full crisis/breach plan.
There are two things that aren't going away in any business - employees and security threats. Make sure that you've taken care of everything to avoid falling victim to a data breach.
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