Your cybersecurity plan is a vital aspect of your business to protect your customers, employees, and highly sensitive information.
After all, having a cybersecurity plan in place means you’ll have security policies and strategies prepared to guard against potential threats.
A cybersecurity plan also allows you to manage security risks and establish mitigation measures such as the best practices when dealing with cyberattacks.
To help you bulletproof your business against cyber threats, here are five defense measures you should have in your cybersecurity plan.
1. Internet of Things (IoT) Security Management
Your network connected or IoT devices such as your smart door locks, office equipment, security cameras, and more, can collect data plus access your sensitive information.
As such, this makes them potential access points in your business network that hackers can use to carry out cyber attacks.
For example, if your WiFi-connected printer gets compromised, the hacker can view all the documents that are scanned or printed that may contain your highly-sensitive data.
This makes it crucial to keep your IoT devices secure by managing their security risks and having security practices in place.
Here are some tips for managing your IoT security:
- Set proper authentication measures for your devices to allow only trusted connections to your endpoints.
- Establish a scalable security framework to help support your IoT deployments.
- Use encryption for both your data in transit, like end-to-end encryption, and stored data.
- Enable your firewall and install other security tools like antivirus software for your computer and other mobile devices.
- Know what information the apps or devices you install want to access and if they seem too risky or the data seems unnecessary for their functionality, then deny permission.
- Research before buying. Devices become “smart” by collecting personal data.
You should know what kinds of information they gather, how it’s protected and stored, if they share it with third parties, plus the policies they have in place in terms of data breaches.
By managing your IoT security, you can lower the risks of cyber criminals accessing your sensitive data through your devices and networks.
2. Secure Password Handling
A strong password helps secure any device, system, or network that is involved in the handling of your business and your customers’ personal information.
Sadly, some people still use too simple or easy to guess passwords that can compromise their cybersecurity.
Plus, with cybercriminals using more sophisticated ways to “crack” and steal user passwords, you’ll need to secure what’s keeping your sensitive information safe — your passwords.
The software also lets you share your passwords with other users but encrypts them so they can use the login credentials you shared with them without seeing the actual details.
By using password management solutions, you can manage your accounts easily and reduce the risk of unauthorized users accessing your accounts.
It’s also an excellent tool to help you manage your employees’ accounts since it simplifies the process of creating and remembering secure passwords for multiple accounts.
3. Cybersecurity Service Providers
Keeping your business safe can be challenging because it requires you to have security measures in place to protect you from all sides of possible cyber-attacks.
Think of it this way, your cybersecurity is a small boat in the ocean, and one cyber-attack is a small hole.
From this hole, a single leak can allow water to seep in and gradually sink your boat, and you can easily plug up that one leak, saving yourself and keeping you from drowning.
However, if you have multiple leaks, only two hands and have limited capacity to stop those leaks, you’ll be sinking faster, and losing your assets without the right tools and some help from the experts.
This is where third-party cybersecurity services come in handy.
By working with cybersecurity service providers, you’ll have top of the line protection and be a step ahead of cybercriminals.
Here are some key features you need to look out for when choosing a cybersecurity service to work with:
- Hack Simulation. By performing penetration testing you are able to identify network vulnerabilities that need redesigning or fixing, review your server, firewall infrastructure, plus operating systems in order to determine your security risks.
- Vulnerability check. Let’s you perform regular system scans to determine weaknesses in your system such as malware vulnerability and more.
- Incident response protocols. The security protocols you can work into your cybersecurity plan in case of breaches, such as how to prepare, respond, and document security incidents.
With that said, working with cybersecurity services can help increase your protection with the latest security technologies and reduce the threats posed to your business.
4. Develop a Cybersecurity Policy
For your plan to be put into practice effectively, you will need to have a set of security guidelines containing all your defense measures through your cybersecurity policy.
Having a cybersecurity policy in place allows your employees and security specialists to have a clear understanding of your rules, which help reduce security risks and protect your data.
However, there can be different workflows in each of your departments that some of your security measures might need to be applied differently or uniquely to.
Remember that while a general security policy is crucial for your company, it shouldn’t have to cover every single process in each department.
Instead, you can let your departments create their security policies based on your general security policy.
You can use any templates that you can modify to make the cybersecurity policy creation process easier for you and your employees.
By allowing each of your departments to create their policy, you can consider their security needs and integrate them into your general company policy.
It’s also an excellent way to help ensure smoother business operations by doing away with unnecessary security measures that could hinder your workflows.
5. Train Your Employees on Cybersecurity
Your employees are key players in the protection of your data and securing your business from dangerous cyber attacks.
That being said, your employees should be equipped in reducing your security risks instead of leaving your business exposed to cybercriminals.
A great way to minimize your security risks that are caused by human error is to train your employees on cybersecurity and the security practices.
Here are a few tips for doing just that:
- Ensure that each employee has read and understood your security policies.
- Run simulations of real-life security incidents, how to properly respond, and how to document or report the breach.
- Raise their awareness about cyber attacks and how they can impact your business and operations.
For instance, you can demonstrate a phishing attack to train your employees on recognizing and handling emails that may contain malicious attachments and links (like malware) that ask them to “Read More” or “Click to unsubscribe.”
Think of your employees as part of your defense measures to help lower security breaches.
By training your employees on cybersecurity, you can reduce risks if you are all trained and equipped to keep your data and business protected.
Also, it’s better to invest in properly training your employees in cybersecurity than deal with security breaches caused by negligence and lack of understanding.
Your cybersecurity plan goes a lot deeper than the five measures mentioned above, but by considering them, you are one step closer to solidifying your cybersecurity plans.
By having solid defense measures in your cybersecurity plan, you will be protecting your customers’, employees’, and your business’ sensitive data and interests.
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