5 Ways to Protect Your Company from Cyber Attacks
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Cyber-attacks could hamper your business, whether you’re running a small business or a multibillionaire business. Do not think that you’re an owner of a startup and that you’re safe from cyber attacks. 81percent of all cybersecurity breaches happen to small and medium-sized businesses. Businesses in the SME segment are often unprepared for a small business cyberattack, making them highly vulnerable to such attacks.
In reality, there are just five specific steps that all companies need to follow to effectively protect from cyber attacks but to safeguard your business from such threats, kindly read till the end to get the most from the article.
How to Defend Your Company Against Cyber Attacks?
1. Keep All Of Your Software Updated
We all know how software plays a vital role in your device’s performance. As a result, companies roll out many updates yearly to fix bugs and strengthen the security of your devices. Unfortunately, old apps and devices have loopholes, so updating your apps and devices is recommended as soon as the company releases updates.
Hackers can exploit your sensitive data, launch a cyber attack, and could cause damage to your business reputation. If your devices stop getting new updates, replace them as soon as possible.
Keep checking the latest updates, and update it immediately when available.
2. Encrypt and Back-Up Data
An actual Cyber security strategy must majorly consist of two elements: preventing physical access to sensitive data and rendering that data useless if it falls into the wrong hands, let’s say, hackers. Companies can achieve this by always encrypting their data. Researchers in the International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications highlight that data encryption remains the ‘most efficient fix’ for data breaches, should they occur. So be sure to encrypt all sensitive data, including employee information, customer information, and business data. Full-disk encryption software is included in virtually all operating systems today and can encrypt all the data on a desktop or laptop computer when it’s at rest.
Also, make sure that this software is activated and updated on all company devices. And minimize the amount of time a computer sits unused and unlocked by setting all devices to automatically enter ‘sleep’ or ‘lock’ mode after five minutes of no use.
3. Educate your Employees
No matter how much you strengthen your security in your company, if your employee is not familiar with cyber-attacks, then it’s a waste. Your employee must be aware of what is a cyber attack and why you are taking the necessary steps. For example, educate them by telling them to change their password frequently, not open unknown links, leak sensitive information, and not share a password with anyone in the office except the IT department (if required). And train your employees to double-check in person if they get rush requests to issue unexpected payments—a common scam.
4. Secure All Wireless Access Points & Networks
For secure wireless networking, use these router best practices:
- Change the administrative password on new devices
- Set the wireless access point so that it does not broadcast its service set identifier (SSID)
- Set your router to use WiFi Protected Access 2 (WPA-2), with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) for encryption
- Avoid using WEP (Wired-Equivalent Privacy).
If you provide wireless internet access to your customers or visitors, make sure it has a separate connection from your business network.
5. Use Robust Anti-malware and Firewall Software
It’s essential to invest in anti-malware software that has been specially designed to deal with the latest malware threats. While anti-malware software can catch and isolate malware and viruses when they strike, it’s critical to prevent these threats from attacking your systems in the first place – and this is where a firewall comes into the picture.
Concerning the above information, it is clear that cyber attacks can not be eliminated, but they can be minimized. By referring to these five points, you can safeguard your business activities on time before the cyber attacks.
Keeping your company safe and secure against cyber threats requires plenty of diligence and developing a foolproof cybersecurity strategy. By combining best practices and professional advice, you can effectively protect your company from cyber-attacks.
Suprotik Sinha is the Content Writer with Synkrama Technologies. He writes about technologies and startups in the global enterprise space. An animal lover, Suprotik, is a postgraduate from Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication (SIMC) Pune. He carries 6+ years of experience in Content Writing, and he also worked in mainstream broadcast media, where he worked as a Journalist with Ibn7 ( now known as News18 India) and Zee Media in Mumbai.