From a major data breach involving the theft of thousands of business records to a crippling ransomware attack that brings your network to its knees, it’s impossible to deny that cybercrime remains as prolific and varied as ever. Despite major global enterprises making the headlines nearly every time there’s a serious data breach, it’s smaller organizations that present the favorite target for hackers.
So, what can your organization do to help stem the tide of cybercrime? How do you regain control over your data to safeguard your reputation and ensure that you’re meeting compliance and security expectations? It’s all about building a plan that helps you effectively manage risk and implement security measures that work with you rather than against you. That means being aware, organized and, above all, proactive.
One of the most common problems that smaller organizations, in particular, have with cybersecurity is that they’re simply not aware of the risks. Far too many people assume that cybercriminals generally prefer high-profile targets. In fact, this is the exact line of thinking that inspires cybercriminals to specifically target SMBs.
You can’t hope to effectively protect your organization from cybercrime if you’re not fully aware of the risks yourself. Furthermore, your employees also need to be aware of these risks, both for their own safety and for the good of the company. Some attacks that every employee should be aware of include social engineering scams and phishing attacks. Social engineering scams are delivered through email, instant messages or compromised websites, and they trick users into running a Trojan horse program. Phishing attacks are also delivered through email, but they trick users out of their login credentials.
Awareness is the foundation of any cybersecurity strategy, which is why many government compliance acts make it a legal requirement to train your employees in risk and security awareness. Furthermore, training should not only be offered to new employees, but also to keep existing employees up to date with the latest threats and trends facing your business.
Companies often go to considerable lengths to protect their physical assets, but they often turn out unprepared when it comes to keeping their digital data safe. However, all those ones and zeros amount to one of the most valuable commodities in today’s world, and that’s exactly why cybercriminals want a piece of the pie. Needless to say, you need to take an organized approach toward data security to make sure that nothing important is neglected.
Cybersecurity is something that should permeate every area of your IT strategy. It starts with a thorough risk assessment and a clear view of the existing infrastructure, including all networked computers and other devices, cloud-hosted applications, and mobile devices used for work. By maintaining a centrally managed inventory of your IT resources, you’ll be better equipped to create, manage, and enforce your security policies effectively.
The break-fix model of IT support is a dated concept that’s rapidly going the way of the dodo. After all, it’s far more efficient and effective to plan in advance rather than taking a reactive approach the moment the unexpected happens. Though you can never avoid being a potential target of cybercrime, there are plenty of steps you can take to help ensure that you don’t become a victim.
Proactive cybersecurity measures actively look out for potential vulnerabilities and threats instead of relying purely on mitigating the damaging effects of an attack in progress. Some measures that every organization should incorporate include employee training, clear and concise security policies, intrusion prevention systems, backup and disaster recovery, and a robust patch-management program.
When you’re running a proactive organization, you’ll always be at the cutting edge of technology, and that means better security and improved performance. By taking the initiative to implement a proactive cybersecurity strategy, you’ll also be able to prove to regulatory bodies and your customers that you take data confidentiality seriously.
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