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Make Your Company Hard to Hack with These Helpful Tips

ways to make your company hard to hack

Protecting your company and its data has been a growing concern in recent years as cybercrime rates continue to climb. With recent reports showing that 19 million Canadians had their data breached in an 8-month period, starting in November 2018. Most of those breaches (59%) resulted from hacking or phishing scams.

With the threats to your organization becoming more prevalent and more dangerous, failing to take every possible step to protect yourself could prove to be a costly mistake. Here are some ways to make your company hard to hack:

Improve Online Security with Layered Security

 Sometimes referred to as defense in depth, layered security is not a new concept, but one that is still an important part of protecting your network, and your IT department or services provider should be putting it to use.

As the name implies, layered security involves multiple layers of protection. A hacker who manages to bypass your first level of defense will encounter a second wall. Breaking through that one will reveal a third. The number of layers would vary depending on the importance of the assets being protected and the anticipated threats.

Layered security is not infallible and does not guarantee that a determined hacker will be kept out indefinitely.  What it does do, however, is slow down hacking attempts, buying you more time to respond to the threat, either preventing the breach, or at least mitigating its severity.

Network Visibility for Proactive Protection 

A threat cannot be dealt with until it is detected, and as one study revealed, companies on average took more than 200 days to detect a data breach. This gives hackers more than enough time to cause considerable, perhaps irreversible, harm.

For this reason, network visibility is an important part of a proactive defense, by revealing hackers earlier and giving you the opportunity to thwart their efforts before they can get too far into your system.

Policy-Driven Web Protection

Rather than relying upon settings at the device level to filter websites, your web protection should be policy driven. This allows for network devices to be controlled centrally. In turn, this allows for greater control, monitoring, and enforcing of web policies. Websites can then be filtered several ways: by time, content, or bandwidth, for example.

Keep Up to Date with Patches 

New vulnerabilities are constantly being found, necessitating ongoing patches to seal these holes in your security. It is important to proactively monitor your updates to ensure that you have the latest protection. Your IT department or service provider should be testing these patches for stability and keeping you up to date.

Data Encryption 

Do not be fooled into thinking that this is too expensive, too complex, or simply too much. The fact is that data encryption is the most effective and important tool at your disposal. It is strong enough to keep most hackers and other cyber criminals out of your system.

Authentication 

Using an appropriate password is usually the first thing people think of when considering security, but when the average person is required to create a strong password, they tend to either use the same one time and again or create a series of passwords that they subsequently confuse or forget. Using an authenticator eliminates these potential issues.

Multi-factor authentication also offers greater security by requiring extra levels of authentication.

Fortunately, despite the growing number of cyberthreats, there are still several ways to make your business more secure. Most of these require a more proactive defence but can help protect your assets from costly breaches. Knowledgeable IT consultants like Safe Harbour can provide this kind of protection, often shutting down threats before they can do any lasting harm, thus preventing costly downtime.