SINCE the start of the pandemic, most companies have transitioned into hybrid or remote working and have begun to grow their online presence. This has resulted in a greater need for robust digital security measures to be in place; without this, you can render your business vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
In a time where cyber threats are increasing, there has never been a more necessary instance for strong leadership to take these situations seriously and encourage others to do so. Here, we will discuss some of the ways you can improve the cyber-security and, ultimately, the longevity of your business.
Invest in new security
Most operating systems within your company will already have antivirus software embedded within that can help to defend your network from common types of malware. You should also ideally invest in additional security measures, which can greatly reduce your chances of a security breach. These types of software are vital for a business to run safely and efficiently. However, they can be costly, especially for small businesses – you may decide to take out a small business loan in this instance.
Having a data backup solution ensures that any files or documents lost or compromised can be recovered from an alternative resource. To protect any personal or sensitive data of clients or employees, encryption software should be considered. In conjunction with this, additional two-step authentication or password-protection software should be utilised to reduce the risk of any passwords being decrypted.
Make staff aware of potential threats
Put in place regular training sessions for employees as a reminder of how to protect important data and recognise possible attacks. Every individual should be able to identify and separate genuine company emails from phishing hoaxes and understand what links to avoid when searching the internet.
To ensure these individuals are taking these sessions seriously, you can test their capabilities through phishing simulations. Occasionally send an email around asking for confidential information or containing questionable links and monitor those who do not flag these emails as dangerous or open them without hesitation. These individuals should be rated on their performance and given feedback on how to improve in the future.
Construct an incident response plan
Despite the policies and systems you have in place to prevent attacks, there is a chance that one of these may be successful and leave your company at risk. It is imperative that your staff understand how to handle these procedures quickly and efficiently. The attacks should be detected promptly and quelled before any severe harm is done. Holding regular meetings to discuss best practices can also be useful, which may include what passwords are the most effective and how often these should be changed.