There are a number of risks factors to consider when running a business and cybersecurity can often be pushed down the list of priorities. However, with customer data, company finances, brand reputation, and intellectual property on the line is it worth ignoring?
According to studies only 38% of global organisations claim to be prepared to deal with a sophisticated cyberattack .
Although there is not a one size fits all approach there are basic guidelines and principles an organisation can follow to avoid a security breach.
What are the common cybersecurity mistakes being made and how can you take back control?
1. Considering cybersecurity to be just an IT issue
Everyone within the organisation has a responsibility when it comes to information security. An attack will impact the whole organisation so it’s important to be aware of what you can give away about your company. The whole business should be made aware of security and be given adequate training in how to identify threats.
2. Assuming you’re not a target
Size doesn’t matter when it comes to security. Big or small, your company can still be a target and at risk. Larger companies make headline news when their security is breached, which sometimes leaves smaller companies thinking they may not be a target. Take risk seriously and make it a priority for your business.
3. Relying only on anti-virus technology
Unfortunately, everyday hackers are becoming more persistent and sophisticated. They are able to identify new vulnerabilities that anti-virus software is unable to detect. It’s still useful to have anti-virus technology in place but there are extra measures you can take to protect your organisation. Continuous intelligence services such as The Security Bureau’s Informer continuously detects vulnerabilities before hackers know that they exist
4. Overlooking your network
Not all attacks can be prevented but by understanding your network you reduce the risk of a security breach. Have protocols in place to ensure software is update regularly and prioritised to be more resilient to attacks.
5. Not backing up data
If you’ve been hacked you want to get up and running as soon as possible. Backup your data on a regular basis to help protect yourself. This is one of the only ways to recover from a ransomware attack.
6. Ignoring security awareness training
Employees work with your information everyday and it important they know how to handle this safely. Staff security training should be provided to avoid any breaches and keep employees up to date with security standards.
7. Don’t do it alone!
Whether your company is big or small, don’t tackle information security alone. Maybe your company is lacking security skills, or you need help enhancing certain areas of security. Partner with The Security Bureau to get the inside track on the latest security threats. Protect your information and empower your business. Contact us today so you can start taking control of your information security.