While the digital world has allowed for unprecedented levels of newfound conveniences and expansion opportunities for businesses of any size – there’s inherent risk that goes along with it. Cyber criminals and hackers have the ability to infiltrate firewalls and get their grubby hands on precious information and sensitive data that could throw your company or life into disarray.
Taking your cybersecurity measures seriously is your best shot at keeping unwanted eyes and hands on your company’s data and information. Criminals are not against utilising various dubious methods to gain access to private information and compromise a company, extorting for money, or simply leaking vital aspects of your organization to would-be ne’er-do-wells.
It’s not just the big conglomerates that get targeted either. Small and medium sized businesses have been targeted in the past. Sensitive data is sensitive data – so there is no shortage of ways that cybercriminals can use it for their own devices. Luckily, there are some failsafe options and bolstering that you can do to prevent this from occurring.
These 13 tips serve to assist you in your journey toward a safer and more secure digital reputation.
13 Helpful Ways To Bolster Your Cybersecurity Protocols
1) Upgrade Your Cloud
The Cloud has become one of the more convenient and safety-conscious means of storing vital and private data. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you should blindly go to just any site. Look around at various offerings and always check for dubious looking suppliers of cloud platforming capability and storage.
Look for sites that have safety as a standard and underlying focal.
2) Step-By-Step Security
Any device linked to your network (mobiles, laptops etc.) are susceptible to hackery so each step of the network should be protected accordingly. Utilising strong Wi-Fi passwords is a great start to ensure that only employees are accessing the network. Securing each device with two-factor authentication is also recommended to ensure an added layer of security is present.
For passwords consider:
- Choosing easily memorized but unique word choices
- Not using hints that are simple or easily guessed
- Not using too many adjective characters or easily confusable codes
- Changing at least once a year, and if you forget – reset.
3) Install Fraud Deterrents For Cards
Check with your banking institution for advice surrounding particular software implementations you can consider for your payment processes. These will not only safeguard client data, but also ensure your information and reputation is well-protected.
4) Additional Measures
Some of the more common notions of cybersecurity should always be present in your day-to-day dealings (regardless of the type/size company you run).
Anti-virus software is absolutely essential for the modern workplace. Cybercriminals are getting craftier every year and finding new ways to circumvent security measures with malware attacks that can compromise your data. So, having a trustworthy program from a reliable provider is recommended.
Throwing a few more dollars into your firewall protocols is also heartily encouraged. Firewalls are an excellent way of ensuring that the sites you visit are scanned and do not contain malicious intent. Microsoft and Apple do have their stock standard versions of a firewall from the get-go; however, it doesn’t hurt to implement a bolstered version into the router for added defense.
Using VPNs are now quite common, virtual private networks disallow outside parties from looking into your browsing habits, get into your data, or establish where you are. Anonymity is difficult online these days, one never knows who is watching. So, consider a VPN as well.
5) Don’t Neglect The Updates
It is so tempting to press ‘snooze’ on the update icon, after all, who knows how long it will take right? We’re all guilty of it, however putting it off does lead to a less-protected system and network. Data shows that outdated networks and systems are wholly more susceptible to cyberattacks. So, ensure that all your devices and systems are up to date.
6) Incorporate Relevant Measures With Suppliers & Clients
Securing and keeping your communication measures and contents with suppliers and clients is also a consideration to make. Utilising direct contact where possible and perhaps even using codewords and phrases when referencing sensitive information like payments, terms, conditions etc.
Where possible, vet potential accessors to your network before granting.
Backing up your data and information is instrumental in keeping ransomware attacks in check. A ransomware attack usually involves a hacker taking your company’s data hostage and demanding payment for you to access your data once again. To alleviate this, ensure you have multiple platforms to house your data on and periodically back up to ensure consistency and reliability in the case of a would-be attack.
8) Use Applicable & Approved Devices
While WFH has cut costs dramatically for company’s and allowed them to encourage remote work for worker safety – there are some inherent risks associated. Notably, the remote work devices being used may not have the trimmings and measures you wish to have for your information.
To circumvent this, it is recommended that you distribute devices for remote work that are bolstered with the security measures that ensure your company is not compromised.
9) Similar Domains
Covering your bases is always a good way to enhance your cybersecurity. It can defer fraudulent mimics of your business as well as reduce the risk of spoofed or malicious emails being sent to clients who are looking for your site and finding a cybercriminal instead.
10) Efficient Training
A sadly overwhelming number of cyberattacks are a result of employee negligence and lack of training. Falling for phishing emails and falsities, or even giving out their password has been known to occur. To alleviate this concern, it is advisable to train up your team in identifying and avoiding these scams and malicious attacks.
As an added precaution, you can even restrict access for employees and only allow them certain ports that do not contain a wealth of sensitive information and data.
11) Restrict Where Necessary
While outside issues can cause a tremendous amount of woe, cybercriminals can also exist within your organisation. Keeping your company safe from within is as simple as vetting employees before granting access, as well as restricting them to certain sections of your system that do not contain sensitive information.
12) Foster A Good Environment
Ensure that you’re fostering and encouraging a ‘Safety First’ protocol in each department of your business or organisation. Encourage your workers to think twice before clicking on suspicious links, offer rewards for stomping out potential threats, or even hold seminars to educate them on the importance of cybersecurity.
13) Check For Yourself
Running tests to find the leaks in your cybersecurity measures should also be occurring if you want these tips to have any efficacy. Running an internal audit or hiring a company to run an external one can do wonders for your peace of mind. Finding leaks and vulnerabilities will allow you to fix them, patch up your system, and rest easy knowing your information is secure.
Keeping one eye on the cybersecurity measures can feel like a job that is overwhelming – there’s a number of software and multi-leveled platform protocols that must be double checked to have efficacy.
This added complexity can be difficult to navigate. If you require some assistance in knowing where to start, or have any questions about our process – we can organize a obligation-free chat and discuss your worry’s and find a direction that suits all.