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Cybersecurity is the process of protecting and defending an enterprise’s use of cyberspace by detecting, preventing and responding to any of the malicious attacks like disabling, disrupting, injecting malware, or anything thing else aimed to harm the organization.
At its center, cybersecurity defends your organization from vicious and threat attacks aimed to disrupt and steal information from your organization. Cybersecurity risks are similar to financial and reputational risks as it could directly affect the organization’s growth, driving the costs up and adversely affecting the revenue.
If you’re a part of an organization, and especially, if your workplace stocks sensitive information of individuals or clients involved, then this is an ideal time to educate yourself regarding cybersecurity and ways to safeguard your organization against cyber attacks and threats with the help of professionals who hold cybersecurity certifications.
- Enable Firewall
In football, there’s a famous phrase- “Attack is the first line of defense.” and in the scenario of cybersecurity, the firewall serves the very same purpose. The firewall protects unauthorized access to your system, mail services, and websites. In addition to the external firewall, considering installing internal firewalls for the work network as well as on for your home network, in cases if employees decide to work remotely.
- Conduct Cybersecurity Awareness Training
According to a recent survey, 77% of those who took part admitted that they use free public WiFi networks to access work-related documents or have connected their corporate devices to such networks which are most often unsecured. Only 17% of them said that they use a VPN when outside the office.
33% of insider threat attacks have caused due to mistakes or irrationality from the employees; these mistakes are preventable. As per the SANS, cybersecurity experts have reported that their knowledge programs have made a tangible impact on the organization’s security.
- Back-Up Company Data
It is one of the prioritized security practices among cybersecurity professionals. Backing up your data could be a lifesaver. In the advent of Trojan horses and Ransomware, small mistakes could lead to complete data wipeout.
Handling the back-up data is also equally important. Make sure back-ups are thoroughly protected, encrypted, and updated frequently.
- Multi-Factor Authentication
MFA (Multi-factor authentication) is considered to be one of the prominent cybersecurity practices among professionals. MFA adds an extra layer of protection to any data that is protected by this means.
Even in an unfortunate situation if any malicious attack gets to your sensitive data, it would further require to pass additional authentication layers of security to get to the actual data and cause any harm. Also, these practices are notification enabled, and any susceptible attempt is reported to the user by multiple communication channels.
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policies
BYOD policies have been around since 2004, and ever since it has managed only to boom among the corporate culture. It is predicted that by 2022, the BYOD market will hit $367B. Also, research data has it that the companies who opt for BYOD, save $350/year for every employee.
Sure, letting the employees use their own devices for work increases their productivity, but it does make the organization’s data susceptible to cyber attacks. With the increasing use of the mobile device, smartwatches, and wearables, and IoT products companies that are serious about BYOD or using cloud storage, in general, should consider the security vulnerability and implement stringent policies to protect their valuable information. MDM (Mobile Device Management) software enables the cybersecurity or the IT team to implement security settings and configurations that let them secure all devices connected to company networks
- Manage Passwords
Changing passwords is a pain, and employees often distance themselves from such action unless the HR or the IT team forcefully sit next to them and make them change their passwords.
Password management is a critical part of corporate security, and in today’s BYOD world, it is essential to be extra cautious about data protection. Privileged access accounts are diamond mine for the attackers, and when it comes to the security of these accounts, unauthorized access could doom the growth of the organization.
- Document Cybersecurity Policies
Business often operates on verbal bases when it comes to security while ideally, they should be considering documenting every policy and training operations related to cyberspace. Multiple online portals like the Small Business Administration (SBA) & FCC’s Cyberplanner 2.0 Cybersecurity portal provides checklists, online instruction, and information distinct to protect online businesses.
Always remember the fact that one unsafe click could result in complete data wipeout or leak, and education yourselves about the cybersecurity practices that could help your organization prevent itself from threats. Not just to an organization’s security, it is also helpful to any individual who uses the internet. Keeping yourselves afloat regarding such practices is a part of the job as all kinds of engagement is slowly and swiftly happening on the cloud.
Gaurav Belani is a senior SEO and content marketing analyst at The 20 Media, a content marketing agency that specializes in data-driven SEO. He has more than seven years of experience in digital marketing and loves to read and write about AI, ML, cybersecurity and other emerging technologies. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and listening to music. Connect with him on Twitter @belanigaurav.