Having reliable cyber security not only protects your organization from legal ramifications but also increases its credibility.
Here are some pointers to keep the organization well ahead in the world of cyber security.
Provide Data Security Training To Employees
Prevention is preferable to cure. Many risks can be reduced by regularly training your employees on cyber-security fundamentals as well as shared risks in your industry.
Companies may not have complete control over which devices employees use to access organizational systems in today’s workplace. External devices are more vulnerable, and their security flows may spread to the business. Employers’ best chance of preventing indirect attacks is to educate their employees.
Common topics include, among other things, the risks of using public networks, how to create strong passwords, avoiding credential harvesting, and preventing trojans and viruses.
Personal information, such as birthdates or family names, should not be used to create organizational passwords, as these are the first targets for hackers.
Hackers may also employ methods such as brute force, which involves attempting various character combinations on spoofed data packets in order to find the correct one.
Strong passwords contain a mix of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. The more diverse your password, the more difficult it is to crack.
Using a common password across systems exposes all of them to compromise if one is compromised.
Encrypt Data At Every Level
Encryption aids in making data inaccessible in the event of a leak. It scrambles data into ciphertext that can only be decoded using the decryption key. It is also critical to safeguard the decryption key.
Encryption is useful for both data in transit and data storage.
Select data encryption standards such as 256-Bit Security Sockets Layer (SSL) and Pretty Good Privacy (PGP).
Advanced Encryption Standards (AES), used in classified organizational and governmental communication, are one type of safe data encryption.
Invest In Industry-Standard Compliant Software
Compliance with industry regulations is also an essential aspect of cyber security. Organizations must use software compliant with their industry standards to protect users’ personal information such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, passwords, addresses, and mobile numbers.
GCPR, PCI, HIPAA, and WCAG are examples of common compliance standards. For example, PCI governs organizations that handle credit card information, whereas HIPAA governs organizations that run private health information.
Noncompliance with industry standards may result in fines and other legal consequences.
Choosing software that adheres to such standards relieves you of the burden of implementing updates, as the provider handles the heavy lifting on your behalf.
Other critical security measures include:
- Setting up a firewall to manage outgoing and incoming traffic.
- Implementing anti-malware protection.
- Implementing two-factor authentication.
- Continuous monitoring systems.
- Regular data backups to prevent data loss in case of an invasion.
- Keeping up with security updates.
In today’s limitless internet world of possibilities, cyber security is a race between organizations and attackers to identify and mitigate security risks before they are exploited.
As one of the pillars of online businesses, Cyber Security deserves adequate budget allocation and ongoing attention. Continuous learning is the most effective way to keep up with the ever-changing world of cyber security.