In today’s increasingly digital world, especially in business, the importance of cybersecurity has never been more clear. And though it’s easy to think you’re protected against hackers and digital attacks, there’s much more to the cybersecurity puzzle than first meets the eye. Some things, like anti-malware software and hard-to-hack passwords are simple enough to remember, but when you are looking to update your organization’s best practices, consider the following things that every business should have in place.
Plan for Mobile
Mobile is far beyond “trend” status. It’s an integrated part of almost everyone’s lifestyle these days, so it’s important to account for it in your cybersecurity best practices. A growing number of businesses are allowing a BYOD (bring your own device) policy, including these devices in the cybersecurity processes and documenting what is expected when employees bring their own devices and access the network with them. The same security factors should apply to BYOD as they do to any company-provided devices that access sensitive or proprietary data.
This one is pretty simple, but it allows for some backup safety in the inevitable event that an employee accidentally does something to compromise your security. Consider using employees’ cell phone numbers as a second layer because it is unlikely hackers will have the password and PIN number necessary to access what they were after.
Word of mouth is useful in some instances, but when it comes to cybersecurity best practices, it won’t do the trick to simply communicate what’s required and expected of employees. It all needs to be documented and documented well. No matter how small your business, having this well-documented and detailed will make it easy to onboard new employees, update current ones when changes are made, and ensure the standards are crystal clear so identifying when someone isn’t following them is simple and straightforward.
Cybersecurity is one of the most complex and constantly-evolving things in today’s business world. There are smart hackers out there always finding new ways around the systems you have in place and discovering surprising ways to hit your weak points with potentially devastating results. It’s an area where being ahead of the curve isn’t only important, it’s necessary. So making sure you’re updating your practices regularly and communicating those changes to the entire team is an important part of an effective cybersecurity strategy. When you’re ready to step up your cyber security and business continuity team, we’d love to talk.
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