You are probably aware of the dangers that are just around the corner in your daily life – getting robbed, or falling victim to a home burglary would be on top of the list. Think about those dangers and transfer them to the digital world. They are similar but endanger all the sensitive information you keep in the databases.
You have to admit it, willingly or not, that in 2021 we live on the internet. Without a doubt, you use the internet to some extent in your business. It means that you’re exposed to cyberattacks and phishing regardless of the field in which you operate. To keep your business secure and safe from internet fraud, you need to take some preventative measures.
1. Assessment of the Danger
The first step in keeping your private data safe is to detect the weak spots. If you know which parts of your network are vulnerable, you can work on it in further steps. But firstly, you need to see if you happen to have any outdated bits of software, misconfigurations, or other gaps in digital security.
To detect your business’s exposure to the vulnerabilities, you need a detailed examination of the cyber chain. A kill chain is the whole hacker’s process, from finding a target to stealing your data. If you conduct the scanning and recognize the possible targets, you might start working on your defense strategy to the kill chain.
2. Cybersecurity Training for the Employees
The fact that you’re aware of the cyber dangers is one thing. But if you hire employees who have contact with sensitive information, they need to know how to prevent cyber attacks as well. Firstly, they should be aware of the responsibility they hold when using a computer to work. Secondly, they should be mindful of the possibilities of cyber attacks and know how to recognize them in the earliest stage.
Establish the culture of cybersecurity in your company. Train your employees on the legal obligations to protect private data. Teach them how to store it, remind them to do regular backups, and instruct them to create strong passwords.
You need to increase their awareness of the possible attacks so that they wouldn’t click any suspicious links in their email boxes or give away sensitive information inadvertently. Additionally, as many companies work remotely nowadays, you should warn your employees not to use their personal devices that are not well-protected to do work operations.
3. Data Encryption
Don’t make things easier for hackers and encrypt your data. If you do that, even when they get access to your databases, the information that they’ll find there would be useless. Remember to encrypt the most sensitive data: customer information, employee information, and all business information.
Pay attention to all the devices you and your employees use at work – use encryption to protect your computers, tablets, smartphones, and don’t forget about the internet traffic.
If you store only a few documents with sensitive data, you can encrypt single items. In that case, remember to send the encryption password via another way than the encrypted document. If you don’t want to remember about saving your files in a specially protected place each time, decide on the full-disk encryption to encrypt all the files, folders, and information.
4. Regular Backups
Last but not least, create regular backups. Hackers are incredibly skilled and cunny. Sometimes, despite all the security measures you’ve undertaken, it’s impossible to prevent a breach. By having all your data saved, even if a dexterous hacker stole all the information necessary to run your business, you’d have a copy and a chance to recover after such an attack.
Remember, cyber frauds often demand a ransom after the attacks to return or decrypt the stolen data. To avoid that – store your data in an off-site or cloud-based environment to recover it easily. You can use the backup software to schedule and maintain your data automatically.
Make sure that your backup is safe and encrypted as well. It’s the most significant pitfall to forget about protecting your backup databases – and one of the most straightforward ways for hackers to get to the sensitive information.
The Bottom Line
In 2020, the number of cyberattacks increased by 250%. Don’t underestimate this threat and never take the “this doesn’t concern me” attitude. With the development of technology, hackers have become as skillful as ever. So don’t count on the fortune that they wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to steal your unprotected data.
Remember that prevention is better than cure. To take all the measures to protect your data, go for end-to-end multilayer security. Do the reconnaissance to detect all the weaknesses. Train your employees and create a culture of cybersecurity in your organization. Encrypt all the data, and create backups. It’s your best bet to ensure your business is secure, at least from the digital point of view.