Avoiding these 6 Cybersecurity Tips Might Harm Your Business!

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Cybersecurity tips article and permission to publish here provided by Claire Glassman.

With the rising incidences of malware attacks in business, you should put cybersecurity at the forefront of your operations.

Many cybersecurity practices have been developed, and they evolve every new dawn to prevent cyberattacks that might take your business through unfathomable losses. However, some firms aren’t taking this as seriously as they should.

This article will show you how failing to adopt cybersecurity practices will put your business at risk. 

Cybersecurity tips often avoided are:

1. Analyzing Security Risks

Analyzing the cybersecurity threats of your business is a critical step that you should take. This allows you to identify the risks likely to happen based on the operations of your business. The analysis becomes an essential guide on measures to take and tools to implement.

Failure to perform a risk assessment puts your company vulnerable since you don’t know what you’re up against regarding cyberattacks. Also, you might be implementing security protocols that don’t cover all your threats, making you partly susceptible and vulnerable to malware attacks. 

2. Outsourcing Security Providers

Outsourced security brings with them exquisite skills that your in-house team most probably doesn’t have. This team has gained experience in cybersecurity over the years from working with various clients from different industries. Therefore, you’re assured that your business is well-protected. 

Besides having the skills and experience, a managed security provider is well-equipped with the right technology for the task at hand. This technology is often the latest, offering maximum security. A contracted team will offer their services all through and in real-time since it’s their only job in your organization. 

Failing in choosing a Johannesburg IT service provider might be detrimental to your company’s security. You’ll fall back on using updated technology for your security. The reason behind this is the lack of knowledge of their existence or insufficient funds to keep up with the ever-evolving digitalization.  

As previously stated, an outsourced team has excellent skills that you’ll miss out on. You’ll also miss out on 24/7 monitoring of your systems for the recognition of any threat. This might put you at risk of cyberattack in the middle of the night, after business hours, when your workers aren’t in the office.

3. Data Protection

There are many data protection tips surrounding cybersecurity that you should encompass in your business.

Multi-factor authentication has proven to be a success in preventing malware attacks. This system protects your data by asking for more than one access key.

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The first and most basic one is requesting your login details. The second one might ask you to enter the code sent to your mobile device or ask for facial recognition for you to get full access to the data you’re seeking. Such a system is hard to be broken into. Failure to adopt such a method makes it easy for a hacker to gain access.

If all is required is login details, they’re easy to get. All the hacker has to do is study a small profile of the computer’s user and gain a little insight about them. This is all they need because you tend to set passwords associated with things in your lives more often than not.  

Another practice is reducing the number of people with access to specific data. This is implemented by giving your team access to the data they need to execute their daily tasks. Regarding overall data protection, it’s not wise to provide access to all your company data to one or two workers. If you deviate from these practices, the more people with access, the higher the chances of insecurity. This is because most data breaches come from within your organization. 

Also, it would be difficult to identify the source of a breach with unlimited access, unlike when access is given to specific individuals. On the other hand, giving all access to one member might make your company vulnerable if the person is compromised. Diversify your security portfolio.

With most of your platforms and data requiring passwords to access data and equipment, password management is an essential cybersecurity tool. This tool sets solid passwords for your team, and you can program them to update these passwords. It’s also good practice to inform your team not to use one password for all platforms.

Doing this is the same as not having a password in place. Failing to set strong passwords for your systems allows easy access by unauthorized personnel, putting your company at risk.

4. Adopting And Updating Security Software

Security software is available in the market for a reason. Therefore, you need not run your business operations from the point of ignorance by failing to adopt some of the available tools. Some of these tools are anti-virus and anti-malware.

Having these tools in your systems protects your data on their own without needing your intervention, which is quite convenient. Failure to adopt these tools might expose you to the most basic malware attacks that leave much damage to your business. 

Using security software shouldn’t end at implementing one. It’s of no use to have software that’s not updated. Developers do platform updates mainly to improve the security features that deal with current threats.

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The software might be having some vulnerabilities that are covered in new updates. By not updating your tools, you’re susceptible to attacks through the now-known weaknesses of the software.

5. Training Of Employees

Employees are the cornerstone in ensuring cybersecurity practices are implemented in your organization.

Based on this, you need to train them on any arising threats in the industry, including identifying and preventing them from occurring. Hence, the saying: prevention is always better than cure. Regularly remind them of your cybersecurity policies. On the policies, it’s essential that you clearly outline them, using understandable language. 

When you fail to train your employees, they’ll not handle new threats efficiently. In case of a cyberattack, they’ll not know what to do, with some of them just sitting and watching. Many trials and errors will be made, which might harm beyond the attack. This leaves your business in a very undesirable position safety-wise. 

6. Creating An Incidence Response Plan

Even as you strive to protect your firm from malware attacks, there’s a possibility that a breach will occur. Therefore, you need to formulate a plan to counter this. This is where an incidence response plan comes in. It aims to set out procedures to be followed during and after an attack by your team.

The incidence response plan should outline the first data that your team should recover, to the last, based on their importance to your business. Clear communication is an essential tool during a crisis. Therefore, the plan should include the communication channel to be followed.

The data recovery plan should stop a breach and prevent further data loss and unauthorized access. 

Failing to have a data recovery plan might cause panic among your members as they try to figure out what they need to do. Conflicts might also arise as they decipher whom to contact first and report the incident—all these wastes valuable time, allowing more data to be stolen by hackers.  

Conclusion

As seen, much harm can arise by failing to implement the cybersecurity tips given in this article. Please don’t let your business undergo any of the discussed unfortunates. Adopt these tips into your day-to-day operations for maximum protection.

Cybersecurity tips article originally written for Supply Chain Game Changer and published on January 24, 2022.
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