Cyber security is not just a fad and shouldn’t be thought of as only applying to large corporations that rake in billions. The truth is that about half of businesses have experienced a breach in recent years. Since there is no 100 percent magic cure for cybercrime, all businesses are at risk of being invaded by hackers, who continue to find new ways to breach systems. Here are key moves for proactive businesses to explore to make their networks more secure.
Commit to Multiple Security Layers
The main concept that all businesses should envision is multilayered security so that if one barrier fails, there are still more hurdles for hackers to overcome. Virtualization is a growing type of infrastructure solution that allows for stacking separate operating systems on one physical computer, limiting access to specific departments for each employee. Other security layers include anti-malware software, encryption, multifactor authentication and complex passwords.
Firewall Software and Hardware
A firewall is a strong defense against cybercriminals as it creates a wall between the business and the outside world. Firewalls can either be in the form of hardware or software. The FCC has advised all SMBs to use a standard external firewall. A growing number of companies have taken a further step to install internal firewalls.
Make Cybersecurity Policies Clear to Employees
Cybersecurity policies define who can and cannot access a company’s network and what types of digital destinations employees can use. Many firms put restrictions on illegal sites that provide access to porn or downloads without permission from copyright owners. Not only can these sites hurt a company’s reputation if exposed, many of these sites are conduits to infected links.
Tighten Security on BYOD Workplaces
If a company implements a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, it should take extra precautions on cybersecurity. It’s imperative to use a solution such as mobile device management (MDM) software, which can detect unauthorized visitors on a network. This software allows managers to lock and wipe lost or stolen mobile devices.
Regularly Back Up Critical Data
All companies should make regular backups of all their data, or at least the most critical data that will still be needed for years to come. One of the biggest mistakes a company can make in the digital age is to neglect making backups and testing them. This neglect makes the firm extremely vulnerable in the event of an attack, which could lead to downtime and enormous data loss.
Educate Employees About Cybercrime
It’s up to every business to spread the word about the dangers of cybercrime. Most breaches are actually the result of employee error, such as clicking a suspicious email that infects the user’s computer and beyond. Employees should be trained to spot strange emails that may come in the form of an imposter posing as a friend or global brand.