Look around and take note of all the technology surrounding you. It’s in your office, your car, your home, and probably on your wrist. Most of us need technology to complete a normal day’s activities, and it most definitely makes tasks easier. However, this reliance on computers and all manner of digital devices means you need to improve the cybersecurity best practices for your business.
In this article, we’ll share seven crucial security practices you as a business leader should implement at your company and encourage in your employees. We want to help you understand how high-quality cybersecurity will protect your computer systems and data from cyberattacks.
The experts at Cisco Systems like this definition: “Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks.” The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency provides this one: “Cybersecurity is the art of protecting networks, devices, and data from unauthorized access or criminal use and the practice of ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information.”
But when talking to a client about cybersecurity, we simply tell them that it involves doing whatever it takes to protect their digital world. Our goal at EAG, is to be their trusted partner who will deliver the comprehensive services their company needs. Because there are no half measures when it comes to effective cybersecurity.
Whether you monitor the program yourself or hire an effective Managed Service Provider to handle IT outsourcing for your company, use the following seven best practices as your template for proactive digital protection.
As you’d imagine, cybersecurity keeps your business safe from digital dilemmas. Everything else flows from putting these protections in place, starting with what we call the “Big Three” here at EAG: Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), Firewalls, and Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR).
Nearly every service, device, and online account you sign up for requires a password for your protection. However, that sort of data security is only as good as your password policy. We recommend taking these two steps to help your company and people increase their security.
Simply put, you should back up your data across every possible device and cloud service on a monthly basis. Not only is this helpful for record-keeping purposes, but it also gives you a baseline from which your company can operate if the worst happens. It is also critical to periodically perform test restoration of your systems to ensure the right data is being backed up, and can quickly come back on line.
The aforementioned digital compliance for federal agencies is the bare legal minimum you should do, and it’s purely reactive — an “in case something happens” measure. Proper risk assessment involves pursuing the cracks and weaknesses in your company’s digital infrastructure on a proactive basis. Your IT people should actively look for places you could experience a cyberattack and fix that problem.
Now, we know what you’re thinking: “I only hire people I trust, people who will be good employees!” But while that’s certainly true, your people are your weakest links when it comes to effective cybersecurity. They probably aren’t looking for ways to sabotage the company, but their careless actions can be harmful if the business isn’t paying attention.
Once you have everything in place, it’s time to write everything down and codify your company’s cybersecurity efforts. You can’t enforce them if your people can’t read them when they need to learn about how to take care of the company’s digital assets. Along with what we’ve mentioned above, your company protocols should also include the following:
As we mentioned in tip #5, your people will always be the weakest link in your company’s cybersecurity efforts. This is not because they attempt anything malicious, but because they are imperfect and prone to error, no matter their best intentions. Thus, it’s up to you as the IT leader at your business to talk to your people about the importance of cybersecurity, focusing on what we call “The Three P’s.”
Cybersecurity has never been more important, no matter if your company invests in a full-scale IT department or you hire a top-notch IT outsourcing firm. In fact, recent industry research revealed four key trends outlining how essential it is for every company and everyone to pay close attention to their digital life:
This means that more cybersecurity problems are occurring, which can lead to terrible repercussions for companies and customers.
Additionally, cybersecurity analysts contend that small- and mid-sized companies are at greater risk because of their size. They think hackers will only attack big companies with big customer bases; hence, they don’t have to invest in protections. Unfortunately, hackers don’t go after big companies on a regular basis because they can afford to have lots of cybersecurity protocols in place.
Your company, your customers, and your employees deserve effective digital security protocols that protect their work, data, records, and funds. By installing these cybersecurity best practices, you’re setting everyone up for success