October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which means technology service providers like Tallan are helping raise awareness of the rise and sophistication of cyber threats to our customers’ businesses. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to be diligent, as more employees use personal and company devices interchangeably. With new vulnerabilities emerging every day, your organization’s security infrastructure and culture is becoming progressively more critical.
Threats in 2021 include ransomware attacks, phishing attempts, AI used for malicious purposes, COVID-19 frauds, and vulnerabilities that can arise from the growing need for real-time data visibility. Because of the shift to remote hybrid workspaces, security professionals now have additional endpoints to manage and secure. Meanwhile, hackers are taking advantage of any gaps. Applying basic cyber know-how, such as software and app updates, is a simple method to strengthen your company, but that’s only the start.
Even though hackers are getting more innovative, it’s evident that many organizations aren’t putting up much of a fight when it comes to cybersecurity. You must protect your organization’s data and work toward a truly secure environment. Phishing scams, for example, continue to target employees at shockingly high rates. It’s not just smaller, under-resourced companies that are at risk. Larger, well-equipped enterprises are also vulnerable. Here’s an overview of what organizations can do to build an efficient, enduring, and robust cyber security strategy.
Defend your Data
Every business must have at least one efficient and effective data backup system in place. Teams should be able to walk through the full backup and recovery process, understand how it works, and estimate the time it will take to restore your company. However, the importance of backing up your company’s data is frequently overshadowed by the other tasks you must perform on a daily basis as a business owner. This is a critical misstep and one that can be corrected with the proper action.
It is essential that your team back up your data regularly, as financial and human resources information may be compromised, not to mention customer data. If possible, backup data automatically or at least once a week and keep multiple backups of your company’s data. If you ever become a victim of ransomware, a natural disaster, or another situation that prevents you from accessing your data, you’ll be prepared. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to be diligent, as more employees use personal and company devices interchangeably.
Because of the shift to remote hybrid workspaces, security professionals now have additional endpoints to manage and secure.
Trust the Cloud
Simple to use and inexpensive, cloud-based services are one of the most frequent strategies for data backup. Small and medium-sized organizations can save money by storing data in the cloud while reducing the risk of losing vital information. Cloud-based solutions can also easily scale with your business when you start to grow. Cloud storage and cyber security choices are always developing, ensuring that your company always has the most up-to-date options.
It’s important to choose applications and cloud platforms that have built-in protection against vulnerabilities. Securing cloud-based infrastructure, applications, and data will position your team for safe and managed company growth.
Establish Infrastructure from the Ground-Up
Unlike traditional administrative systems, which operate and enforce rules from the top down, a security system based on your human resources must be built from the ground up. This business security solution starts with protecting the devices that your employees use at work. The average cybercriminal will be deterred from harming your organization by firewalls, so ensure that your firewall systems are up to date.
Antivirus and antispyware software must also be installed, used, and updated on all computers in your organization. Most software packages now include subscriptions to “security service” apps, which provide additional layers of protection. Patches and automatic updates are released regularly by all operating system providers to fix security vulnerabilities and improve functionality.
Create a Security-Minded Culture
Because a single data breach could cost your company millions of dollars, it should be a top priority for all divisions in your firm, not just IT. Developing a security-conscious culture inside your organization will be a wise move both now and in the future. Start by developing an environment of accountability so that everyone can communicate when systems aren’t functioning properly. In 2020 and beyond, cyber threats have been able to access networks and compromise data thanks to full-time or hybrid remote work methods.
Most system intrusions occur due to poor employee habits, such as falling for a phishing scam, or choosing an easy password. Establish essential security policies and communicate them to all employees regularly to protect sensitive organizational information. Customer information management and protection guidelines must be established, with clear consequences for violating corporate policies.
Interested in learning more? Check out these recent posts on Microsoft’s Zero Trust approach to security.
Stay informed and follow Tallan on LinkedIn for more resources on cybersecurity throughout the month of October and beyond, and don’t forget to register for our virtual Cloud Security Workshop on October 14!