The number of cybersecurity attacks targeting businesses are growing both in numbers and complexity. In addition, these cybersecurity attacks are costing businesses billions of dollars. Cybercriminals are finding new vulnerabilities in most secure systems and using advanced techniques and tools to break into these systems.
These hackers seem to be one step ahead of cybersecurity professionals who are working hard to protect their cybersecurity infrastructure. How can you keep your sensitive business data safe in such a situation? The best way to do that is to follow cybersecurity best practices and expert advice. That is exactly what you will learn after reading this article.
1. Check Links Before Clicking Them
One common mistake most people make is they click on links sent to them via email blindly. They do not realize the repercussions of this action. They are not only putting their security at risk, but they are also putting sensitive business data on the line. Always check the link before clicking on it with a link checking tool. Hackers can use these links to deliver malware, payload or point users to malicious websites that can infect your computer.
2. Avoid Sharing Passwords and Devices
If you have a single computer at home and all your family members use it, you might be sharing devices and even passwords with them. This can increase your security risk as these credentials can be misused or leaked. Avoid writing down passwords on a piece of paper as they can easily be stolen or misused. Use different passwords for all your accounts and devices and use a password manager to manage all these passwords.
3. Lock Your Devices When Not In Use
Whether you are at work or at home, always lock your devices when you are not using them. Most people leave their devices without locking them and pays a hefty price for it. You don’t want your devices to get in the hands of an unauthorized person as these devices store so much personal and business-related information.
4. Keep Everything up to Date
Whether it is the antivirus software, operating system, application, or firmware, it is important to keep it up to date. The older versions of these software, applications and operating systems have security vulnerabilities and bugs that can be exploited by cyber attackers. This way, they can easily get access to your accounts and devices. To prevent that, it is important that you install the latest version or update your old software as soon as the update is made available. This can be a tedious task, but you can also automate the process and save yourself from hassle.
5. Use Two Factor Authentication
Passwords are not the safest way to authenticate users. If you are still using passwords, it is important that you implement two factor authentications. It adds an extra layer of security. Even if the hackers manage to steal or guess your passwords, they will not be able to access your accounts because there is an additional layer of security. This prevents them to access data stored in your accounts, database, or best dedicated servers.
6. Backup Your Data
Taking backup of your data is tedious and time-consuming. That is why most businesses tend to ignore it and pay a hefty price for it. Instead of ditching backups altogether, you can automate the process or take backup of critical data only. With the growing number of ransomware attacks, having a data backup is even more important so you don’t end up paying a ransom and still don’t know whether you will get access to your data back or not.
7. Monitoring and Incident Response
Most businesses know about a cyberattack when the damage has been done because they don’t have a monitoring system in place. Log every activity taking place and monitor the logs at the end of the day. This can alert you if there is a suspicious activity taking place so you can act quickly. Having an incident response plan is also important as it clearly tells you what you need to do in a crisis.
8. Penetration Testing
Many businesses are now investing heavily in cybersecurity systems but they don’t realize that you can not just install a cybersecurity system and forget about it. You need to test the effectiveness of your cybersecurity systems from time to time by penetration testing. This will give you a clear indication about how good your cybersecurity systems are and tell you about its shortcomings. This way, you can tweak and improve the systems to minimize the risk of cybersecurity attacks. By plugging in these holes, you can make your cybersecurity systems hacker proof. Run these tests periodically to evaluate the strength of your cybersecurity systems from time to time.
9. Use Firewalls and Filters
Firewalls act as a gatekeeper and prevent illegitimate or malicious traffic from entering your network. This prevents your network from getting congested as it only allows legitimate traffic to pass through. Invest in advanced firewalls as hackers have found ways to bypass traditional firewalls. Even though these advanced firewalls can be a bit expensive, they offer a higher level of protection as well. Same goes for filters. Web and spam filters help you keep malicious websites and spam emails and messages at bay. This saves you from malicious links sent via spam emails as well as malicious websites.
10. Invest in Training
Last but certainly not the least, is training. Invest in cybersecurity training of your employees and increase their cybersecurity awareness. The more aware they are the less likely they are to fall victim to social engineering attacks. Employees whose cybersecurity awareness is higher can also help you detect suspicious activity and can raise the red flag as soon as they find one. This way, you can act quickly and minimize the damage done by cyberattacks.
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