Cybersecurity is one of the top concerns for many companies today. No one is really immune from cyberattacks. However, your company can certainly limit your exposure to and risk of a malicious hacking attempt by adopting the following best practices:
Have Strong Passwords
All the passwords at your business must be strong in the sense that they should be hard to guess or predict. Don’t use common dictionary phrases in passwords. A strong password has numbers and allowed characters in them. Also, combine uppercase and lowercase letters. Some hackers gain access simply by guessing passwords. Therefore, eliminate this risk with strong passwords.
Get Two-Factor Authentication
It’s much more secure to protect important sensitive information two ways instead of relying solely on a single password. Two-factor authentication combines a password that the user enters into the device and a key or a PIN number the user receives on a secondary device to gain access. Even if two-factor authentication is too bothersome for everyday use, it should be used in the most important files and devices, like internal servers. Get a server password manager to automate two-factor authentication and improve password-related security.
Buy Top-Tier Antivirus Software
Your company must have the latest antivirus and antispyware software installed on all devices. Make sure you buy highly secure, business-grade software, not the ones you can download online.
Be Aware of Vulnerable Business Software
Most businesses depend on custom business software. The developers of these programs must routinely provide important security updates. Some software, especially old ones, may have source code vulnerabilities hackers can easily exploit. Such vulnerabilities should be patched, which is why developers issue software updates. If you purchase third-party software, make sure they are up to date. Refrain from using older software that’s no longer supported.
Secure Wi-Fi Network
Your company’s internal Wi-Fi network should be encrypted and protected with a firewall. Keep it hidden from public view to eliminate hacking attempts. Also, the Wi-Fi network must have a strong password.
Beware of Storage Devices Brought in from the Outside
If your employees have a habit of using their personal flash drives, SD cards, or CDs on your office computers, your network will be at serious risk for an attack. An employee might accidentally plug in an infected USB stick and you will end up with a disaster on your hands. So, ban the use of all personal storage devices at the office. If a device has been outside your company’s property, it should never be plugged into an internal computer.
Back Up Important Data
Cyberattacks can never be prevented completely. So, as a just-in-case plan, back up all important data. Even if there’s an attack or a malicious software infection, it’s easy to wipe off all the infected data and start over using a backup.
Control Physical Access to Computers
Don’t let just about anyone have access to your office’s computers. Restrict access so that only the designated employees can get near a computer. You can do simple things like lock doors and install a physical security system.
Control Digital Access to Files
Along with restricted physical access, it’s important to restrict digital access as well. All employees do not need access to all the data. If one employee’s account is compromised, having unlimited access will make the situation worse. You can control a cyberattack and reduce risk by partitioning servers and establishing levels of access.
Last but not least, don’t forget to extend security practises to mobile devices as well. They are just as, or even more, vulnerable to cyberattacks.