Ensuring a solid cybersecurity knowledge base and plan for your business and your employees is essential for avoiding cyber attacks that could have enormous costs to your organization’s resources. Don’t even know where to start on your path to securing your business? Read on:
First off, you would need to recognize why cybersecurity is important to your organization. Doing your research or employing the help of an IT services company, develop a list of different types of cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities. Next, describe the types of information that must be protected due to federal cyber and privacy law requirements and the consequences of not adequately protecting such data. Finally, describe the best practices you can use to reduce cybersecurity risks for your business.
Given every day cyber threats, it’s important to identify potential threats to your organization’s cyber and physical security associated with common, everyday devices. It’s important to ensure your business follows certain protocols when sending sensitive information by email, storing it on a shared server or maintaining physical copies. Ideally, you would set up trainings that would enable your employees to learn about situational awareness and best practices to keep their information secure when outside the office. They would also learn about the internet of things (IoT) and would be able to identify how the use of common, everyday devices can pose cybersecurity risks to themselves and their employer.
To keep your business safe, you and your employees would be able to identify potential phishing attempts. As a manager, you may need to explain why phishing poses a threat to you and your organization, explain why links and attachments can be dangerous and describe the different ways in which you could be targeted. Keeping your business safe is dependent on you and your employees recognizing common indicators of a phishing attack received by email, texts and social media and then being able to describe common signs that you have been infected by ransomware. If your business has suffered a cyber-attack, reporting it in a timely manner may make a big difference when it comes to the extent of the impact.
Outdated technology is easier to be targeted by hackers, malware and other cyber threats. Ensuring desktops and mobile devices have had their software updated is a first step in making sure you avoid unwanted attacks. You may also want to use analytics tools to assess your vulnerability to attacks and invest in automation software (e.g. SolarWinds Security Event Manager, Bitdefender and Malwarebytes) that helps you catch data breaches automatically to avoid human error. AI and machine learning is another technology that could help you automatically secure your systems and, if you have been attacked, aid you in getting your hardware and software back on track. Forbes recently noted that AI and machine learning is already allowing tech devices to “self-heal” and self-secure themselves. Finally, we suggest you reduce the risk of cyber threats by investing in relatively inexpensive solutions, like VPN and data encryption.