2020 has initiated a sea change into the way organisations of all shapes and sizes approaches business. The new normal is here to stay for a while even after the pandemic subsides and remote and anywhere operations will remain the new norm for companies across the world. To meet the new needs of remote consumers and clients, companies have tried their very best to leverage technological assets for seamless delivery of products and services.
However, security has remained a concern as data breaches have raised dramatically with 36 billion records exposed just in the first half of 2020. If there is a New Year’s resolution going forward for businesses, it should one of building resilience and a secure environment for our partners, customers, employees and the extended network. Keeping and building on their trust has never been more important than at this particular juncture in history.
With cybercriminals turning more sophisticated than ever and critical pressure to ensure governance on compliance, here are Top cybersecurity resolutions for your business in Near Future:
- Automated Backups
Settle on the most cost-effective and efficient backup system early in your business journey. You are free to take your pick from a vast array of choices including a backup system, cloud-based backup systems, data support center and more. You should carefully evaluate the merits of each system before choosing one best suited for your particular backup and recovery needs. Cleverly administered backup solutions can help you restore and forensically analyze data in case of an incident, but also help quickly restore business continuity to ensure a fluid customer experience even in the case of a breach or a natural disaster.
- Employ Hybrid Strategies
To maximize the efficiency of your cybersecurity outcomes, you need to invest in the right tools and technologies to build a hybrid security approach. A software-defined model can serve your needs well when coupled with external services, such as PenTesting-As-a-Service (PtaaS), Scanning- As-a-Service (ScaaS), Disaster Recovery-As-a-Service (DRaaS) and Backup-As-a-Service (BaaS). This ensures that internal teams are backed by the support of third-party cyber security experts and even law enforcement when the need arises. Contact your nearest and most reliable managed IT Service providers for details on these services.
- Control Administrative Privileges
Hackers are always on the lookout for lucrative administrative credentials that can unlock all of your organization’s data. This is why it’s so critical to raise awareness about password hygiene and sensitivity and frequently employed cyber-attack tactics among your employees. As a basic step, please ensure that all employees are required to use password managers, SSO, and multi-factor authorization. You should also have organization-wide policies in place that ask employees to change passwords periodically as well as require them to use unique and complex passwords.
- The rise of the Dark Cloud
Yes, you read that right. Hackers have now taken to the cloud for pretty much the same reasons as businesses do. They can avoid the ‘sunk cost’ of capital expenditure and infrastructure costs by going the cloud route and opt for a flexible, scalable mode of payment to grow and scale their business as per their need. With cloud, they also have the ability to access data from anywhere and enable a global remote framework for their operations. Sounds terrible, doesn’t it?
They are constantly on the lookout for vulnerable organizations to exfiltrate data from as these caches often contain highly valuable consumer data including email addresses, credentials, personal identifiable information (PII) such as scans of passports, social security numbers, bank invoices and more. Without an effective and regularly tested cybersecurity program in place, you now really run the risk of losing the scope of your business continuity for good as your infrastructure can only grow more vulnerable over time without proactive policies and actions to shore up its defences.
- Train your employees on cyber security practices
With remote operations likely to be the norm for a while, it’s never been more imperative for organizations to close their biggest security loop – human error. While we can never fully eradicate the scope of human error, we can certainly mitigate it through repetition, active engagement of employees in ensuring safety and safety drills. You need to ensure that your threat simulations remain realistic and your employees have a clear course of action in the case of a breach or a security incident. You should also try to instil confidence in employees that they won’t face any problems and in fact should be actively encouraged to look for red flags in day-to-day operations and monitoring. IT Support Providers can be a huge help in implementing regular employee training drills as well as conducting simulation threats.
- Maintain, Monitor, and Analyze Audit Logs
Audit logs can be valuable tools in your company’s arsenal that can protect you from successive future attacks. Apart from ensuring compliance, reviewing logs and analysing the data can reveal exactly where vulnerabilities happened and help you patch it up.
- Update your corporate website
Many attackers are starting to use publicly accessible information on your company website, such as details about particular team members etc., to mount highly sophisticated social engineering attacks and even whaling attacks. While branding is a necessity for all organizations, please review your website content to ensure that you are not revealing any information that could be potentially utilised by hackers. Try and limit the visibility of employee email addresses and links any personal data, including data related to social media platforms.
- Buy cloud-based anti-spam software
With 94% of malware being delivered by email, protecting your mail systems against the threat of email attacks, such as phishing, whaling and spoofing attacks can be one of the most effective steps in tightening your cyber security program. Humans will always be prone to error, especially in stressed out, high pressure work environments and anti-spam software can minimize the risk of human error by eliminating most of the spam messages before they ever enter your employee’s inbox. This also reduces the risk of them accidentally clicking on malicious links or downloading malicious content on to work systems thereby affecting the integrity of the entire network. IT Outsourcing Services should be able to provide you with effective anti-spam software as part of their cyber security package as well.
Author: Nora Erspamer
Nora Erspamer is the Director of Digital Marketing at New Charter Technologies, a group of companies specialized in managed IT support services. She is an experienced marketer and sales strategist with a demonstrated history of working in various technology industries. Skilled in strategic campaign development, lead generation, and marketing automation software. Her blog can be found at https://newchartertech.com/blog/.