Organizations, regardless of industry, niche, size, and nature of operations, are constantly gathering data from consumers and the market. Hackers, with different intentions, are trying to find ways to breach the cybersecurity perimeters to access this data. Malware like trojan horse, phishing attacks, network infiltration, password theft, ransomware – There are numerous ways in which cybercriminals can attack your business.

In this post, we are discussing further what your company can do to prevent security breaches.

Educate your managers and employees

Unfortunately, a bunch of cybersecurity incidents have been traced back to internal sources. While some employees cause a breach with a malicious intent, others are just negligent about their actions and related consequences. If you really want to be proactive about cybersecurity, the first step is to educate your team. Hire experts, if need be, and let the relevant people know what it means to handle sensitive data, networked devices such as PCs, IP video surveillance equipment, and certain other resources. Employees also need to know about social engineering, and how hackers trick people into divulging personal/sensitive information.

Focus on added level of security

A few basic steps – changing all default passwords and usernames, creating strong passwords, and updating all software & firmware to latest version – are necessary for sure, but hackers often find backdoor entry because of in-house mistakes. For selected devices, networked assets, make sure that you are using MFA or Multifactor Authentication. Secondly, consider installing the best antimalware and antivirus program you can find. Other steps, like using network segmentation and firewalls, can go a long way in protecting your business from hackers.

Create an incident response plan

Let’s assume the worst – What happens if your company suffers a cyberattack? What are managers expected to do? How do you report such incidents to regulatory authorities? Who should be contacted for damage control? How can you isolate infected networked devices? These are some of the basic questions that the management needs to answer. Having an incident response plan is not just necessary, but critical, because considerable damage control can be done with early action.

In conclusion

Finally, watch the market. Identifying new threats and updating your cybersecurity policies as per trends are also essential steps to consider. Cybersecurity is a continuous thing and it should matter to every company – No matter how restricted financial resources they may have. That’s also because the consequences of a cyberattack can be a lot more damaging.