If you use any type of cyber infrastructure in your business, you might have wondered how you could prevent and protect your business from cyber threats. Unfortunately, the number of cyber threats is increasing, and these threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated. While you may think taking measures such as using an anti-malware software or using stronger passwords is the answer, things are usually not that simple.
Start with an Assessment
It is impossible to know what security measures to take if you do not know where or how badly you are exposed. This is why it is important to start with an assessment. The best way to do this is to hire companies that offer cyber intelligence services. They will go through your cyber infrastructure to find any areas where you are exposed. These companies will sometimes even offer solutions and recommendations you should follow to limit your exposure.
Testing is Key
While keeping your systems up to date is very important, it is also important to ensure these systems are tested regularly. Vulnerability scans and penetration tests are two of the best ways to test the robustness of your systems. Here, a cybersecurity expert will do all they can to try to penetrate your cyber infrastructure. They will start with some known intrusions methods and increase the complexity of attacks up to a level you would normally see in your industry or type of business.
Train Your Staff
Most businesses invest in cybersecurity and then ask their employees to get familiar with these systems. A better approach would be to teach the staff how to handle cybersecurity by investing in some cybersecurity training. This way, the staff will always know what steps to take to prevent exposure and can prevent leakage of sensitive data.
Keep Employees Happy
Many employers do not know that insider data leakages are a primary cybersecurity threat. These insider leaks usually come from disgruntled employees who seek to hurt the business by leaking its sensitive data. Keeping employees happy reduces the risk of this happening.
Plan for Disaster
Every business should know what it needs to do in case of a security breach. Planning early is key here. Some of the things you can do include having offsite backups and ways to shut down the system so that the breach does not become worse. Employees must also be trained so they all know who is responsible for what when the business needs to respond to an attack.
It is also important that you know how you are going to communicate any potential security breaches to stakeholders, regulators as well as interested third parties.
Planning for what you will do in case of a security breach should be the end product of your security assessment. This assessment should tell you which breaches are likely to occur and how much damage each type of attack will cause. This way, you know the enormity of each threat and are better prepared for it.
Although no one wants it to happen, the threat of cybersecurity attacks is very real. This is why businesses must do everything they can to prevent them from happening as well as have a plan of action if they do happen.