The relevance of cybersecurity is beyond compliance. Yes, businesses need to keep up with privacy laws and other regulations, but cybersecurity is more than just that. Numerous studies and reports, including one from Wall Street Journal in association with SIA, have discussed the landscape and risks related to cybersecurity. Businesses need to find specific ways to improve on cybersecurity, and it is a continuous process. In this post, we are discussing more on how to reduce & manage cybersecurity concerns.
- Make a list of risks and common concerns
Phishing, malware, ransomware, social engineering, hacks into company recorders and network assets, password hack & theft – These are some of the common cybersecurity risks and concerns, and it is important to figure out ways to tackle each. Once your company has a comprehensive list, cybersecurity measures and policies can be created to mitigate these risks.
- Keep employees involved
Business owners, entrepreneurs, and managers need to understand that cybersecurity policy is not a glossy document that can be contained in a folder, or is designed to show to authorities. This is a global concern that needs a more hands-on approach. To make that happen, employees must be involved, and they need to know their respective roles, responsibilities, and consequences of their actions. Your company can also conduct cybersecurity awareness training programs from time to time.
- Take the proactive steps
Here are some of the basic steps that every business can take –
- Place all devices, network resources and assets behind firewalls.
- Invest in antimalware and antivirus software.
- Use network segmentation where applicable.
- Evaluate risks and concerns through continuous testing.
- Recommend a password manager to employees.
- Change all default usernames and passwords right away.
- Invest in access management tools.
- Create strong passwords
- Focus on BYOD & WFH policies
Networked devices, including IP video surveillance systems, work like computers, and these resources are often accessed by people across the organization. If your company allows Work from Home (WFH), consider the security concerns that may crop up. Also, it is important to have clear policies for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Make sure that employees are using resources from different personal devices, only when absolutely necessary.
From hiring experts for regular cybersecurity awareness training programs, to engaging ethical hackers to test network perimeters, cybersecurity concerns should be managed in a proactive manner. Don’t shy away from taking new challenges and introducing changes, because every step does matter for protecting your business against hackers and cybercriminals.