While October is coming to an end, our commitment to ensuring safety online will continue everyday. In review, this month has highlighted the need for cybersecurity to start with the individual. Below are four steps NCSAM highlighted for businesses of all shapes and sizes can take to better protect themselves against cyber attacks:
Identify Your Crown Jewels
Understanding what information cyber criminals are after most is essential to combating cyber attacks. Therefore, creating an inventory list of the valuable data and assets within your organization and understanding who has access to important data and information will ensure that business leaders have a track record of accessibility so that they know where to look in case of a vulnerability or breach.
Update and Authenticate Assets
At the end of the day, protecting your data and devices from malicious actors is what cybersecurity is all about. In order to accomplish this, make sure your security software is current. Investing in the most up-to-date software, web browsers, and operating systems is one of the best defenses against a host of viruses, malware and other online threats.
Monitor and Detect Suspicious Activity
Companies must always be on the lookout for possible breaches, vulnerabilities and attacks, especially in a world where many often go undetected. This can be done by investing in cybersecurity products or services that help monitor your networks such as antivirus and anti-malware software.
Investing in software that can isolate suspicious activity before it has the opportunity to access your network can be the difference between falling victim to a debilitating attack and continuing business as usual.
Have a Response Plan Ready
No matter how many safeguards you have in place, the unfortunate reality is that cyber incidents still occur. However, responding in a comprehensive manner will reduce risks to your business and send a positive signal to your customers and employees. Therefore, businesses should have a cyber incident response plan ready to go prior to a breach.
It has been our pleasure being a NACSM champion and participating in the mission to bring about awareness to best online practices. Conceal was founded on the desire to improve safety online and our mission is to think about how you choose to protect your enterprise’s web-based activity. By pushing the boundaries of cybersecurity, it’s easy to safe online. We would love to talk to you more about how we can elevate your organizations online safety, click here to schedule a demo today.