Top Ways to Boost Your Cyber Security
Cyber security is an ongoing and growing concern among virtually all businesses, but especially small- to medium-sized businesses. But unfortunately, despite the threats that companies face, the 2017 State of Cyber Security Study by ISACA found that 80% of those responding were not prepared to deal with the various cyber threats facing their business.
It can be easy to dismiss cyber security as being the domain of your IT department, but a joint effort between all parties is much more effective and will do more to protect your assets.
With that in mind, here are some thoughts on how to improve your cyber security right now.
Put an Effective Security Policy in Place
It is important to develop and implement coherent employee policies to protect your company. The main purpose of these policies being aimed at protecting your company’s sensitive data.
Your policies should be clear and as complete as possible, covering such concerns as password protection, employee use of social media in the workplace, and actions to be taken should an employee feel that their cyber security has somehow been compromised.
Be sure to denote the boundaries of what is acceptable and secure, as well as the consequences that would be incurred by disregarding those boundaries.
Employee Training in Cyber Security
It only makes sense that once you have your policies in place, that you make sure that all employees are aware of them and fully trained in proper procedures. Your employees should receive up-to-date information regarding how to protect data and deal with any cyber threats that they may encounter. They should also be educated about how to avoid divulging private or sensitive information about your company online.
It is also a good idea to invest in a cyber security professional to handle the training and ensure that everyone is adequately informed.
Employees are often unaware that they themselves are contributing to the risks that a company faces. Some of the errors in judgment that an employee might display include failing to protect their password, using social media in the office, and not reporting stolen hardware, suspicious emails, or missing documents.
Ensure That Hardware and Devices are Secure
In some businesses, employees are permitted to take home laptops, or are provided company mobile phones, and in such circumstances, it is important to protect these devices. One manner in which to do so is to install a recording system to identify which employee has a given device. This should be updated routinely, by checking the ID codes on the devices in the employee’s possession.
Employees should also make use of individual accounts with multi-step identification for passwords. This means that employees would need to use more than a simple password to access devices. They may need to enter such information as their date of birth, their hire date, or their phone number. Keep a hard copy of this information in a secure location.
Make Use of Protective Software
Computer viruses are simply a part of modern life, and precautions must be taken to avoid potentially catastrophic damage to your system. However, simple anti-viruses are no longer sufficient; you should be protecting your data on multiple fronts with the use of the following:
- Access Control
- Anti-tamper software
- Cryptographic software
- Anti-subversion software
Your IT department should be able to tell you which of these are most appropriate for your company’s situation. You may also wish to make use of the most secure computer systems possible. As suggested by the MIT Information Systems and Technology program, these include Apple, Dell and Lenovo computers.
Protecting company assets is the responsibility of all. By ensuring that you have proper safeguards in place and well-trained, knowledgeable employees, you can go a long way toward improving your cyber security, starting right this week.
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