Organisations are always vulnerable to new cyberattacks. In 2020, the National Cyber Security Centre reported a 10% rise in the number of incidents, with a 33% increase in victims.
With the ever adapting and evolving threats, many businesses fall susceptible to breaches and cyberattacks. If a cyberattack is successful and gains access to your data, it creates long lasting damage. The reputational and financial loss is catastrophic, which can range from fines to loss of business. The below list brings to light methods and steps you can implement to improve your security posture.
1. Encrypt all data
The way we worked has revolutionised due to COVID-19. Now, employees work remotely on personal devices. This trend is here to stay. It’s vital that security is enforced on all devices, both in office and at home. All personal devices as well as IoT devices should have data stored in an encrypted format, meaning data remains protected. Setting up a VPN would further safeguard the security of devices and WIFI at home. This minimises vulnerabilities, ensuring your organisation remains secure in employee homes.
2. Strong password policy
It’s vital to have in place a strong password policy. Doing so costs your organisation little in time and money to implement and ensures security and protection for data. Passwords must be complex with a mixture of numbers, letters and symbols. It’s recommended that you change your password every 90 days.
3. Password manager
It’s confusing for us humans when there are multiple passwords to remember. Users often reuse the same or similar passwords, which in turn creates vulnerabilities to security. Password manager makes life easier; they create and store unique passwords & usernames that are safer for your organisation.
Multi-factor authentication ensures account protection. They work by making sure only the real owner of your username and account, can log on using the identity which matches your password. An MFA provides additional assurance that you are the genuine employee with permission to access your account, as passwords can be hacked into and stolen.
5. Check user permissions
Always check that users have the correct permissions, system privileges and data access rights. Any higher permission access should be carefully monitored to mitigate potential misuse. It’s also vital to remove old accounts that are no longer in use, as cyberattacks have been known to use redundant or compromised accounts. For instance, if an attacker gains access to a privileged system, they could change security controls, causing a larger breach later down the line.
Security standards must be established to manage accounts from their initial creation. User privileges should be limited, controlled and always monitored to ensure continual security.
6. Back-Up data regularly
With regular data backups, your business will survive any accidental file deletion, phishing or ransomware attacks. In order to do this, data must be stored in a secure remote location away from the place of business. With off-site back-up in place, you can be rest assured that if your business is attacked, you can recover lost data quickly.
7. Be wary of insider threats
Insider threats come in many forms. They can derive from simple accidents, by an employee clicking a link from a phishing email for example. To manages this, it is vital that employees are kept up to date with the latest cyber security training.
8. The latest training
Staff cyber security training can help illustrate the importance of this, especially with the increase in cybercrime during the pandemic. Securing data in any organisation is the responsibility of all your employees with a password and username. This login information should never be shared with anyone, including outside parties. Employees should update their software and programmes regularly to adequately protect their devices.
9. Don’t conceal mistakes
Acting quickly when mistakes are made is essential to ensure that your organisation can act immediately to limit any losses and any consequences this breach could bring to your business. Regular security tests are advised and install an antivirus and anti-malware system to protect your company from malicious attacks.
10. Invest in cyber security
Investment in you cyber security is on the rise with many organisations acknowledging the importance of cyber security and their role in advocating it. This protection guarantees your organisation is protected from cyberattacks, and that you have systems in place to mitigate the effects of any breaches.
It is important that your organisation is protected in general from cyberattacks and hackers. Company security audits, policies and procedures ensure that the repercussions of any breaches are mitigated immediately and recognising the importance of cyber security and protecting your organisation.
Our 24/7/365 cyber security solution will save you time and money giving your employees more time to focus on other priorities with the confidence that your organisation is receiving the best cyber security, as well as providing confidence to your board, stakeholders, and customers. All our cyber security analysts are fully certified and accredited experts with the ability to execute a deep analysis into your security to complete extensive examination of any weaknesses and vulnerabilities your organisation may have.
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