Not only that, but cybercriminals can penetrate 93% of company networks. Is your business susceptible? The answer could be a resounding yes. And, without a proper cybersecurity plan, your business is bound to become a not-so-great statistic.
With many companies shifting their business operations to remote or hybrid environments, it’s imperative now more than ever to enhance your cybersecurity to protect your business. But it doesn’t stop there.
As a business that handles highly sensitive data belonging to your company—and to your clients—it’s your responsibility to implement a rock-solid cybersecurity plan to ensure data security.
In this article, I’ll cover five tips to improve the cybersecurity for your business, and it starts with implementing a security policy.
Whether your team is in-office, remote or a hybrid of the two, it’s important to create and implement a security policy that will protect your business, your employees and your clients. A policy sets a standard for critical business applications, data security and required network security tools needed to protect from both internal and external cyberthreats.
Implementing a security policy also ensures that your employees stay compliant with company and industry standards, have a point of reference for any security-related questions, and can access guidelines in case of an incident. Below are three must-have policies to include within your company’s overall security policy.
While this list isn’t exhaustive, having a security policy that outlines security requirements keeps employees accountable and promotes a work environment focused on minimizing risk. Make sure all employees, whether they’re in-office, remote or hybrid, agree to and sign the policy you create.
Do you know the biggest cybersecurity threat to your business? You and your staff.
Yes, that’s right: Human error accounts for almost 95% of all data breaches. That’s a pretty scary statistic.
So, what can you do to mitigate your biggest threat? Implement a security awareness training program that provides ongoing security training, including simulated phishing, vishing and smishing attacks, to keep employees vigilant and prepared to combat any intrusion attempts.
The Right Networks Security Awareness Training program is a fully managed solution that can help lower your business’s cybersecurity risk. Features include:
Consistent training ensures that employees remain attentive and aware of possible attacks against your company. Learning how to spot malicious intent will reduce security threats.
In case a cybercriminal slips through the cracks of your network, it’s important to have a disaster recovery plan already in place. This plan should be a documented and structured approach that outlines the steps for how your organization will respond—and how quickly you can get back to business—after a security breach.
A disaster recovery plan should include the following seven elements:
Without a disaster recovery plan in place, the chances of successful incident response are extremely low. Don’t let your company’s data (and your clients’ sensitive information) be at risk due to the lack of disaster recovery planning on your part.
While maintaining your company’s security is the most important, another piece of the cybersecurity puzzle is the vendors you work with. Do these companies have security protocols? Do they use data encryption when integrating with applications you use? Do they have documented processes in place in case of a security breach?
Before you partner with a new third-party vendor, review their services and assess whether they’re a suitable match for your company, especially if sharing data across platforms. When vetting a potential vendor, create a risk assessment questionnaire that includes the following:
With your data and your clients’ data at stake, it’s OK to be selective when choosing to work with a third-party vendor. Remember that when you decide to work with another vendor, the onus of security isn’t just on them—it’s on you, too. Monitor and conduct your own regular security checks and penetration testing to ensure there’s no unauthorized access to sensitive data.
One of the biggest steps your business can take to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive information is to encrypt data. It ensures that only those you intend to see and access the data will be able to read it; unauthorized parties will just see scrambled information.
Start with encrypting physical devices (e.g., laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets, removable drives) using file encryption and/or full-disk encryption (FDE). (FDE is highly recommended as it encrypts the entire disk instead of individual files.) This encrypts everything on a device and makes data accessible only with an encryption key. If a device is stolen, encryption works to dramatically reduce the chances of a thief getting their hands on sensitive data.
Next, make sure that any cloud storage being utilized is also encrypted, employees access only secure websites (look for HTTPS and not HTTP in the URL), and that all network and internet connections use end-to-end or VPN encryption.
Enforcing encryption can be a headache for businesses, so it’s best to partner with a company that offers all these capabilities, like Right Networks with its Secure Workstation. It’s a fully managed solution that ensures your organization’s computers are protected from cyberattacks using antivirus threat protection, automated file and folder backups, drive encryption, and security monitoring using artificial intelligence.
Cybersecurity should be top of mind for any business—large or small. And it’s up to you to make sure your data (and your clients’ data) is safeguarded from cyberattacks. Take the time now to up your cybersecurity game before it’s “game over.”
For more information on bolstering your line of defense against cyber predators, check out the Right Networks Cybersecurity Solutions.
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