Cybersecurity is daunting, and the risk of being hacked is ever-increasing. Whether your company has a remote office, one data center, or hundreds of clients, you will likely be cyberattacked without warning. Protecting a company’s cybersecurity should be an enterprise-wide effort, starting with you.
You need to use the same cybersecurity awareness training that all employees in the company should receive. Cybersecurity awareness training and drills should be an automatic process. For example, once a month, have a monthly drill whereby employees are on high alert for phishing attempts, malware infections, etc. You should regularly conduct departmental meetings with IT and cybersecurity staff members to ensure everyone is on the same page regarding vulnerabilities and potential remediation strategies.
1. Assess Data Threats
Information security threats are rampant. Cybercriminals can use any means possible to get the information they need. When considering the data threat landscape, it is essential to look at what type of data your company stores, where it is stored, and who has access to it.
2. Encrypt and Backup Data
If data is stolen, the company would be at risk of identity theft, damage to its reputation, and loss of customers. Data encryption helps protect the security of sensitive information such as social security numbers and banking details by scrambling data so no one can read it without a code or key. Encryption can be done at rest, saving data on encrypted drives, storage devices, or in transit by sending data via encrypted communications.
Furthermore, the company may use offline backups to store its backup copies. Organizations should also consider cloud storage services to store data offline. An organization can reduce the risks of data breaches by setting up firewalls, encryption, and backups.
3. Implement Two-Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication provides a means of preventing security breaches. It is when someone needs two pieces of information a password and something else to access your account. Two-factor authentication is essential for individuals with access to sensitive company data, such as employees and those with access to the company’s system.
For employees, the automatic login method will send a text message or an email containing a one-time use code they need to enter to complete the login process. An administrator can also generate recovery codes that will be included in the login email and may be included in a text message or sent to an email address.
4. Install Security Patches
Consider installing security patches as soon as the vendor makes them available. Most servers use Microsoft Windows Server, and the patches for Microsoft products are made available to organizations free of charge.
Over time, security patches become outdated and must be updated through version updates or a third-party vendor offering service support. Version updates include fixes that address vulnerabilities that existed before the release of an update and may include fixes that are not part of a specific patch release.
5. Hire an IT Company
Hiring a professional IT company poses the advantage of having a team of professionals with security and information technology skills, installing and implementing security measures, and having expertise in helping you avoid common pitfalls that may lead to a breach.
In conclusion, cybersecurity should be taken as seriously as a business’s financial management and operational functions. You are responsible for company data security by signing off on the overall security strategy and implementing cybersecurity measures in the company’s products, services, and infrastructure.