The cyber landscape is constantly changing. Between new threats, evolving security solutions, and changing attitudes inside the business world, staying on top of industry best practices and protocols isn’t always easy. But at this precise moment in history, it’s more important than ever. As we enter 2021, we could all use a little more strategic insight and planning.
6 Cyber Security Tips for Your Business
There’s nothing magical about the page turning on a calendar. It’s more symbolic than anything else. However, the delineation of a new year provides a perfect opportunity to discuss the future. So as we approach the end of 2020, here are some different cyber security tips and tactics you can use to prepare for 2021 and beyond.
1. Don’t Be Aloof
The worst thing you can do is ignore the challenges your business faces. Because no matter how much lip service people in your industry are paying cyber security, it matters. And the smartest thing you can is find out what’s on your network.
“Just know what’s on your network,”an ethical hacker writes for Mission Secure. “Have a good inventory of what is collected. Make sure that your segmentation is up to snuff and following the best practices. And patch your systems.”
It sounds simple, but it’s amazing how few businesses actually take the time to lay the proper groundwork. The more familiar you are with your network, the smoother things will go.
2. Use Multi-Factor Authentication
Multi-factor authentication is no longer a “nice-to-have.” It’s officially a must-have for every layer of your network. Every user account should be required to have at least two-factor authentication (and preferably three-factor). When combined with robust passwords, this investment will protect you from most threats and attacks. And if nothing else, it’ll mitigate risk to manageable levels that can be dealt with swiftly and appropriately.
3. Be Strict With Permissions
Setting up permissions for employees might seem like a painful and unnecessary step, but it’s one of the more critical steps in disrupting potentially devastating hacks and attacks.
As a general rule of thumb, an employee should only have access to files, folders, and systems that they need to perform the core tasks that they’re assigned. Grant access on an as-needed basis and be quick to revoke access the moment it’s no longer needed.
4. Train Every Employee
Many cyberattacks are actually insider attacks. Some are malicious, but many are accidental. By training employees to understand risks, they’ll be able to identify and avoid issues that could otherwise come back to hurt the organization.
Training isn’t an isolated event that happens when an employee is onboarded. It should be part of your company’s DNA – an ongoing commitment for every stakeholder.
5. Invest In Robust Security Solutions
Proper password policies, permissions, and training will provide ample protection against cyber threats, but they aren’t enough to completely secure your organization from an intricate attack. It’s also important to invest in various network security solutions, such as firewalls and threat detection/monitoring solutions.
6. Prepare For These Threats
Prognosticating about the future seems a little foolish right now. It’s always been a fool’s game, but 2020 has shown us just how laughable it really is. (Rewind to any predictions from January 1, 2020, and nobody would have suggested a global pandemic killing hundreds of thousands of people and shutting down the entire world economy for weeks.) Having said that, we’re going to break this rule and mention a few specific cybersecurity challenges we should all prepare for moving ahead:
● Data leakage
● Governments proliferating tools to criminal organizations
● Lack of internal understanding of cyber risks
● BYOD vulnerabilities (especially with increased remote working)
Cybersecurity threats will always pose a certain degree of risk, but with the right planning, you can offset the most glaring issues and position your business to be safe and successful in 2021 and beyond.
If you have yet to take a deep dive into cybersecurity, don’t delay any longer. The best time to invest in a robust cybersecurity strategy was last year. The next best time is today. It might seem expensive on the front end, but it’s far cheaper than the long-term cost of a cyber attack.
Be proactive and keep your business out of harm’s way.