Reports are flooding the news about statistics for cybersecurity and what attacks have increased in the past year. In a report from spam filtering service AppRiver, their Cyberthreat Index rates businesses as Very High, with 60% of businesses leaning towards a complete absence of cybersecurity confidence and readiness. Does your business fall in that 60%? If it does, read on to see what you can do RIGHT NOW to beef up security in 2020.
1. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication across all available applications. This creates an extra layer of security for things like banking, email, and passwords to critical sites.
2. Create a cybersecurity outline for your business. It doesn’t have to be fancy and in-depth right now, but even just to begin thinking about it is a step in the right direction.
3. Check that your computers, laptops, routers, and all other devices connected to the internet are up to date and patched. Doing this prevents holes in your network that hackers can use to infiltrate your entire business.
4. Educate your employees on the latest cyber attacks. Keep your team up to date on the latest phishing email tactics and phone scams by implementing an End User Awareness program. Baroan Technologies uses 2-minute training videos, quizzes, and individual scores to keep employees aware of evolving cyber threats.
5. Have an internet use policy. Aside from the obvious lack of productivity that personal Internet use can cause for your business, it can often be too easy to click on websites that contain malicious software that could easily infect your company computers. With DNS filtering, you can decide which websites to block, and which ones to allow.
6. Have a data backup system. Be sure to have some type of data storage and backup system in place in the event that your current system goes down. Having all of your files readily available to you in case of an emergency can ensure that your business will retain customers and continue to run smoothly no matter what the disaster.
7. Consider outsourced help. Securing your business is a hard job, and is difficult to keep up with when you have other roles within your company. Managed Service Providers (MSP) can manage your IT, security, and tech projects with ease and allow you to work on your business, not in it.
The task of securing your business is a big one, but taking these steps can lead you in the right direction. If you have questions about where to begin, give us a call at (201) 796-0404.
To read more about how breaches will evolve in 2020, check out our free whitepaper, Under Attack: The Year in Breach.