Cybercrime never sleeps, so round-the-clock prevention and protection must be at the forefront of your business’s cybersecurity plan.
Small to medium businesses are just as likely to be the target of a cyber attack as larger businesses but may not be as well-protected. When the average cost of a data breach for small businesses is $3.35 million per breach, you want to ensure that you have the best measures and practices in place.
The Checklist For A Better Cybersecurity Plan
- Understand Your Environment
Hope for the best and plan for the worst regarding your cybersecurity. Expect a breach to occur. Know what is present within your business’s digital environment (such as devices and systems) and where your valuable data is based. This can help to identify key areas that may be at risk and assist you in responding quickly to a breach.
- Train Employees On Best Practices
While employees are your company’s best asset, they are often the weakest link in protecting against cyber threats.
Make sure that employees know to lock and physically secure their devices, documents and computer files. Encourage good safety practices for your corporate devices and laptops, as these can be at high risk of thievery.
Provide your employees with more security training to prevent the human errors that affect cybersecurity. Encourage the creation of stronger passwords, and make sure that there is a security policy in place for outgoing employees to abide by.
- Implement Security Defenses By Embracing The “Multis”
Security technologies provide a greater defence against potential data breaches and can be customised to suit your business’s needs. First, make sure that your accounts have multi-factor authentication turned on. This usually involves adding another ‘factor’ to your login process, such as a PIN or a code sent to another device.
You should also ensure that your security is multi-layered. Most organisations’ layers should include a firewall, patch management, endpoint protection, web and email content filtering, and multi-factor authentication. Plus, to be certain that high-value data is secure, make sure that access to it is limited in the first place. Implement role-based access control (RBAC) to prevent breaches from occurring by accident by only allowing employees access to the data, tasks and applications that are necessary for their position. For example, a personal assistant to a CEO may require access to their diary, but not to the payroll software for the company.
- Maintain Good IT Security Hygiene
Ensure that up-to-date antivirus software is installed to prevent malware, ransomware and other threats on all devices within the workplace. It may be best to bring in a work-device-only policy for accessing sensitive information/data in case an incursion happens on a personal device.