Cybersecurity best practices are becoming more important for individuals and businesses of all sizes. Every day, it seems that another business is either apologizing or admitting to having a data breach. Cyberattacks can strike even large conglomerates, however small companies are typically more vulnerable. The good thing is that cybersecurity strategies are simple to implement and will significantly improve the security of your business online. Everyone should follow the fundamental security principles of using strong passwords frequently updating software, enabling multifactor authentication, and using secure email.
For businesses, it is important to have a dedicated team or consultant to monitor network and device security. This ensures that any vulnerabilities are addressed in the moment they are discovered. It is also essential to have an emergency plan, so that if an attack does succeed the business can be operational while cybersecurity experts clean up the mess and address the damages.
It is important to inform your employees on what to look out for in emails or attachments that appear suspicious or out of normal. Some attacks will succeed even with the best security measures. If an employee is capable of recognizing the warning signs, and knows what to do in the event of a breach they can limit the time and damage of the attack. This can be done through awareness training and a culture that encourages honesty. The company should also be able monitor and record their employees’ activity through their networks and devices to spot any irregularities.