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This year, businesses must re-structure their operations when it comes to strategizing and improving cyber security. Today’s article will explore the best practices firms can adopt to reduce cyber risks.
Making sure your software is up to date is essential. The fundamental way to protect yourself from cyber-attacks is to make sure that you don’t fall behind in software updates. Whilst they can easily be overlooked, making it part of your routine system maintenance will ensure your network security is far better equipped.
Having a BCP (business continuity plan) is critical. Address your team with questions like what can’t you afford to lose as a business. Once you have some answers, companies can then strategize to develop a cyber defence. The BCP that organisations use should include restoring data fully, just in case you encounter a cyber breach. Your developers should also develop counter strategies in how to tackle potential real-life attacks.
Understanding where the vulnerabilities are is vital. Analysing is crucial as it helps you to identify weaknesses that are easily exposed to cybercriminals. If this step is not being undertaken, you’re at risk of exposing the company to malicious attacks. Therefore, it’s important to scan your third parties or partners.
Having the knowledge of inventory levels is essential as it enables personnel to understand what needs protecting at large. Arrange for a network scan to understand what’s living in your ecosystem and then strategize how these assets are to be protected.
Fundamental cyber hygiene must not be ignored. First and foremost, implement MFA (multi-factor authentication) and your passwords must be complex. Cyber hygiene doesn’t end here. Implementing EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) allows actions to be tracked in the eco-system by the security team and that nothing slips through.
Businesses should implement a zero-trust model that includes boosted security that’s adjusted to a remote work and cloud-based environment. These are the benefits to be enjoyed by using a zero-trust model, and in simple terms this means to not trust anyone.
Discover how else you can reduce cyber-attacks and threats here.