As new enterprise technologies spread, businesses across multiple sectors are coming to terms with a growing and rapidly evolving landscape of cyber-threats. How can you ensure that your company is protected against cyber-attacks?
Review your security policies
From email phishing scams to ransomware to malicious websites, it is important to stay updated on the latest types of cyber-attacks and scams that are going around, and to train your employees in how to recognise them.
A common problem is employees using the same password for all their different accounts, as it only takes one password being stolen to expose all of their data. Advise employees to take a sentence they find particularly memorable, and condense it into a sequence of letters and numbers that is difficult to crack.
Keep in mind that your IT security strategy affects everyone in the organisation. Therefore, staff training on cyber-security needs to address both external security threats as well as internal best practices relating to data security and privacy.
Regularly audit and update your systems
Simply ensure that your network and computing devices are kept up to date. Don’t ignore security notifications and alerts being sent from your operating systems, anti-virus software, web browsers and firewalls, as waiting until later to apply them can leave your data and networks vulnerable to hacks and malware.
A bring your own device policy that allows employees to bring their own laptops, tablets and smartphones to work creates significant security risks and challenges in terms of securing your corporate data. Providing employees with appropriate training on personal device security, alongside technology-based solutions such as maintaining an app blacklist and encrypting company documents, can help to mitigate these risks.
Enhance your cloud security
Reduce your risk by encrypting your data before uploading it to the cloud, or by using a cloud service that encrypts it by default.
Also ensure that you use strong cloud passwords that are changed regularly, and take advantage of two-step verification options – such as requiring an SMS code along with a password to log in at the beginning of each day.
Be prepared against cyber-attacks
Rather than waiting for a cyber-attack, it’s much more sensible to assume that one will happen, and plan accordingly. By having the right tools, people and training programs in place, your company will be much better prepared for the worst when it occurs.