Do You Really Know How Vulnerable Your Business Is? Cyber Security Best Practices

Every business needs to be as secure as possible. No one would argue with that.  However, it’s not hard to push cybersecurity to the background, because let’s face it: Until a data breach happens to you, it’s easy to think it’ll never happen to you.

And unless you’ve experienced the after-effects of losing your data and brand reputation, ignoring your business’ cybersecurity comes naturally.

Out of sight, out of mind, right?

The financial losses that result from a breach are considerable, but aside from that, you’d be dealing with business interruption, reputation damage, stolen property, and more.

Obvious cybersecurity best practices include using firewalls and encrypting data.

But beyond that, there are other best practices you should be doing.

These include:

  • Monitoring applications. Using applications gives your business an edge in terms of productivity and functionality, but they also make your data vulnerable. To reduce risk, you’ll want to build a security infrastructure around the data you want to protect, because hackers will look for the data they want and then target the system that’s easiest to penetrate.
  • Controlling access. Often, security is breached not because of the actual IT network’s security, but because of who has access to it. You’ll want to limit access controls to specific individuals, which is one of the most effective ways to limit exposure and reduce risk.
  • Logging. A comprehensive record of who accesses the systems and how you use them is critical to managing cybersecurity. Your IT team should keep detailed logs of this activity and then analyze the data regularly.
  • Maintaining security. New techniques and vulnerabilities arise every day, and hackers are adept at finding them. Your IT team should ensure hardware and software security by regularly updating patches and anti-malware signatures.

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  • Using common sense. The best cybersecurity practices can come crashing down if your employees aren’t also using common sense to limit human error, as hackers can infiltrate your protected data through email or phone communications. Train your teams to follow guidelines for getting IT help and divulging critical information like passwords.
  • Educating. Users are the achilles heel to even the best cybersecurity measures. One wrong turn by an employee and your risk goes up incrementally. Educate your employees about best practices for addressing cybersecurity like phishing email, keeping data inside the company, creating effective passwords, and more.
  • Verifying activities. Your policies will help guide user behaviors and decrease risk, but don’t leave cybersecurity to chance. Actively verify that people are following good security practices, too.
  • Developing a plan. Even with all of these guardrails in place, there’s no foolproof way to prevent a data breach. Make sure you have a data breach response plan in place to deal with the possibility.

These cybersecurity tips will help you avoid a breach and keep your business safe. But you should also follow industry compliance standards appropriate for your organization, like HIPAA, ISO and others. These step-by-step best practices will guide your business to optimal cybersecurity.

Which cybersecurity best practices have your organization implemented?

 

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