Protecting your business from security breaches should be your topmost priority, especially when every sector has been impacted by these incidents. Businesses need to be a step ahead in their approach to cybersecurity, and contrary to what many small businesses think, the risks and stakes are equally high for them. In this post, we are discussing what companies can and should do to prevent security breaches.
- Train employees. First and foremost, make it a point to ensure that employees are trained on cybersecurity. They need to know the kind of risks and threats they may have to deal with, and when or how they should report an incident. Discuss risks like social engineering, phishing, malware attacks, and credential stuffing.
- Install antivirus software. If your company hasn’t been using a suite for protection against viruses, trojans, malware, and ransomware programs, make sure to invest in one. Some of the advanced software suites are extremely useful for growing businesses.
- Patch everything. Browsers, operating systems, plugins, firmware, software programs – Everything should be patched to the latest version, as and when these updates are made available, so that hackers do not misuse the existing system bugs or vulnerabilities.
- Review your incident response plan. If something goes wrong, there should be a clear set of policies that must be adhered to. Let your employees know of the incident response plan and how they can act in time to reduce damage.
- Password protection is a must. Ensure that your employees know what it takes to create a long and strong password. They must also know the dos and don’ts of password management. If they are not using a password management tool as yet, make sure to suggest one.
- Reduce personal devices at work. When employees access company resources on personal devices, there is always a risk. We strongly suggest that you create a set of guidelines for BYOD.
- Use secure connections. It is absolutely necessary to ensure all connections that connect company resources and users to the internet are secure, safe, and encrypted. If your employees are working from home, they must have a VPN and secured Wi-Fi.
- Recommend using firewalls. Firewalls are handy for ensuring protection for networked devices. All devices that can connect to a network need to have a fire wall. Also, for large networks, network segmentation is a great tool.
- Use MFA. For certain critical resources and accounts, it is wise to use multifactor authentication, where a user must share more details, like answering security questions or entering a onetime password or pin.
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