An increase in the number of reported cyberattacks in 2016 indicates that businesses still need to do a lot more to minimize their security risk. As data breaches continue to surface and cybersecurity incidents grow exponentially in frequency, size and cost, being prepared is the only effective strategy. So what should businesses be doing to improve their security in 2017? Here are five ways to strengthen your organization’s cybersecurity this year:
Including cybersecurity education and training into your new employee orientation program is a must. Establish from the beginning your company’s expectations for how each employee manages his or her online activities and software and device use. Teach new hires how to be aware of their surroundings and the appropriate way to report concerning situations.
Make sure all installed software such as operating systems, firmware and applications, are fully up to date. Also important: printers, webcams and conferencing equipment.
If your staff use their own mobile devices for personal and work purposes, your organization should at the very least restrict access to critical data and systems. At best, firms should switch to a centrally-controlled system giving IT departments the ability to wipe devices remotely if they are lost or stolen.
Many modern organizations save both time and money by using cloud services for handling their application needs and data storage. It can often be cost-prohibitive for businesses to purchase, manage and maintain server farms. Additionally, cloud service providers, equipped with huge economies of scale have more specialized staff and place greater emphasis on security thereby offering enhanced levels of security for sensitive enterprise data.
Just like for any emergency such as a tornado or fire drill, having a plan of action for responding to a cyber incident is crucial to keeping your data safe. Even more important, it should be practiced so that all your employees know exactly what to do in the event of a breach. From roles to responsibilities, this should all be hashed out ahead of time so any sort of response runs as smoothly as possible.
The fact is that cyber criminals are becoming increasingly advanced with each passing day. They are finding new ways to infiltrate business infrastructures and stealing sensitive data that can cost upwards of billions in losses per year. When you take the time to learn about the latest issues present and the risks that may affect your company, you become better prepared to protect your organization and intellectual property.
What new security measures is your company implementing for 2017? What other industry trends would you add to this? Let us know below.