Information security is a key priority for all business types and sizes as a form of risk management for IT-based services and corporate data. In todays connected world businesses are more vulnerable to cyber attacks then ever before. The use of technology has provided many benefits and advantages to everyday business operations, but without the appropriate protection and security implemented, that same technology can be used by cyber criminals.
What is cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity is the practice of securing devices, networks, systems and any other digital infrastructure from unwanted attacks. The best strategy is a layered approach, similar to any good defense.
Prepare your team
The most common cause of data breaches are employees. Your team can become your greatest security risk without proper training. Employee’s often display risky internet behavior that result in cyberattacks because of the lack of awareness around cybersecurity efforts.
Small business owners should educate employees on all risk management practices including IT. Luckily, businesses can bring in specialists to detect the issue and teach employees about potential cyber threats before it impacts the business.
Perform an analysis on your security infrastructure early and often
A risk analysis would help your business identify, manage, and secure information that could be vulnerable to a cyber-attack. Additionally, a risk analysis can help construct a plan for security controls, which can help further protect your company. Identifying and working to prevent security threats early on will save your business money and reputational damage overall. Risk assessments should be a focus of your organization to understand where you may be vulnerable to security threats.
More importantly businesses must have a framework for how they deal with both attempted and successful cyber attacks.
Security by Design
A layered cybersecurity process is the best way to thwart any cyber attack spread across your entire infrastructure. A blend use of firewalls, DNS filtering, malware protection, antivirus software, and email security solutions. Implementing security features at all points is needed more now then ever before.
The cyber security landscape is evolving, and threats get more advanced every day. To protect your business, it is vital that all your employees make cyber security a top priority.