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How Can You Make Your Company Hard to Hack?

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We are all aware—or at least should be—of the rapid rate at which cyber crime is increasing. If it wasn’t already on your mind, you should definitely be wondering how can you make your company hard to hack.

In a recent report from CTV News, it was revealed that in a period of only 8 months, 19 million Canadians had their data breached. While 22% of those breaches were accidental due to such errors as sending information to the wrong party, 59% came from hackers, phishing scams, and other unauthorized access. So, what can you do to protect yourself?

Here are some ideas:

Layered Security to Increase Online Safety

Also known as defense in depth, layered security is vital for the protection of your network, so you should be certain that it has been implemented by your IT department.

Although this is an older concept, it is still a valid defense today. Making proper use of this technique requires that you choose the correct layers to put into place. As the name implies, layered security works by setting up multiple layers of control across your system.

While layered security cannot guarantee an invulnerable system, it serves to slow down attempts by cyber criminals to hack your system. This will give you more time to respond to their actions, either blocking them or at least mitigating the damage done.

Proactive Protection

Proactive protection is another effective means of protecting your company. It requires network visibility, giving you the opportunity to detect anomalies and enact policies. In essence, it allows you to spot cyber criminals quickly, usually before they can even begin their hostile actions. Monitoring of this type can be very cost-effective and produces a meaningful analysis of your infrastructure and the data it holds.

Policy-Driven Web Protection

Your company’s web protection should always be policy driven. This important layer of security gives you the opportunity to control, monitor, and enforce web policies. A central policy can control all network devices, allowing you to scale things to cover a range of devices. This saves you the effort of controlling settings at a device level. Filter by time, web content, and bandwidth. This form of protection shields you from legal liability and exposure.

Proactive Patch Management

Apps and programs are constantly being updated in order to optimize performance and to increase security. Vulnerabilities are found daily, so maintaining a proactive approach to patching will help limit your exposure. Although this cannot protect you from zero-day vulnerability, it can help seal up any gaps.

Your IT department or managed IT services provider should be keeping your network up to date with all the latest patches after testing them for stability.

Data Encryption

Sometimes thought of as an expensive, extreme measure, data encryption is the most important part of your defense efforts. In fact, data encryption by itself is strong enough to deter most hackers and other cyber criminals.

Data encryption options include encryption built directly into tablets and smartphones, and websites using Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) encrypt information between the site and its visitors.

Use an Authenticator

While we are constantly reminded of the importance of a strong password, many users have difficulty remembering multiple secure passwords and as a result, create one and use it everywhere.

An authenticator can solve this problem by managing multiple secure passwords for you, and even generate passwords from the cloud.

Secure Erasure

There remains the common misconception that deleting a file can permanently remove it. This is not so. These files can be retrieved with little effort. Your data should be encrypted (Windows 10 offers a free feature called bit locker) and if you need to be certain that no data can be recovered, the hard drive should be shredded.

Although hackers and cyber criminals are continually stepping up their efforts and finding new ways to breach systems, by implementing the above, you can make your system much more secure, often giving you the time and opportunity to thwart those who would do you harm.

For comprehensive protection from hackers, contact Safe Harbour.