7 Proven Strategies On How to Improve Your Cyber Security
By Kevin Gardner
Cybersecurity is gradually turning into a global disaster with such cases, as cyber bank robberies, data breaches, and identity theft on the rise. How then can you strengthen cybersecurity measures around your business and protect your online data from prying eyes? Here are seven actionable strategies to go about this:
1. Strong username and passwords
Passwords and usernames stand as the first line of defense for your company against cyber-attacks. Therefore you need to come up with strong passwords and hard to guess usernames for all your online login interfaces. Where you have different network access points ensure that you use separate and unrelated passwords and usernames for each of these ports. These logins must also be regularly and mandatorily updated for all individuals interacting with your business networks.
2. Decommission unused services
What happens to an employee's network access credentials after they retire or quit working for you? How often do you decommission such redundant logins and associated with them? To limit unauthorized access to your enterprise through forgotten entries, ensure you deactivate such credentials as soon as they turn redundant. Additionally, switch off all features that require a UC deployment like video chats after use.
3. Embrace fast threat detection systems
How and when you respond to a perceived organizational security breach determines the actual damage such a breach can cause your organization. Therefore, it is important that your business invests in a managed detection and response, mdr service that keeps an eye over your business networks 24/7 and alerts in case of potential cyber attacks. Such a service helps you respond to these threats in real time so that your security team can prevent their entry or at least salvage the amount of damage they can cause.
4. Use multi-factor authentication for sensitive data
Add another layer of protection over sensitive data by implementing a multi-factor verification access. In addition to passwords, add another entry verification tool for anyone signing into your network. This may be a text code or a biometric feature especially for access points that lead to sensitive business data.
5. Implement VPNs for mobile employees
Most mobile employees often tend to log into your networks remotely from public internet access points. Given the generic and easy to crack safety measures adopted by the internet providers, such logins may be intercepted and used by fraudsters to gain access to your network. Therefore, if they must access business networks remotely, make it mandatory that they not only use a safe browser but also route to the business through reliable VPNs.
Regularly scan connected devices
Enforce strict measures that restrict your company employees from connecting personal devices to the network assets like computers. Educate them on how hackers can target them with malicious codes injected into their devices like phones and how such actions may adversely affect the company's cybersecurity efforts. Additionally, invest in a reliable anti-malware software that scans a device every time it connects to the network.
Any connection to the internet adds possible exploitable vulnerabilities that hackers can manipulate to force entry into your system servers. To avoid this, update all software and applications used in your organization regularly. Keep tabs with the developer news as this helps know when they release patches and protective enhancements for the company software and applications. Updating the software as soon as the update becomes available is often free and helps limit your site's exposure to costly vulnerabilities.
Incorporating new software into your company network, allowing employees to work remotely, and granting then personalized access to the company network helps bolster productivity. However, appropriate security measure must be adopted to ensure that this quest for productivity doesn't cripple the company's cybersecurity. Such actions as secure access for mobile employees as well as real-time detection and arrest of intrusion attempts go a long way in balancing this productivity with security.