We hear the term ‘cybersecurity’ lot more now than ever before. In the last decade, some of the biggest brands have suffered because of cyberattacks and security breaches. The Wall Street Journal and many other known organizations, such as Security Industry Association (SIA), have stressed on cybersecurity concerns in various reports and articles. It is absolutely critical and necessary for businesses to focus on cybersecurity and maintain a proactive stance towards everything related to it. In this post, we are discussing more on how companies can do better in that direction.
Identifying the basic loophole
Let’s get real here – Hackers are looking for opportunities, and security breaches usually happen because IT and network assets were not protected as required. Unaware employees often end up taking unintentional steps that eventually exposes the organization and its IT framework to hackers and cybercriminals. For example, are your employees using a password management tool as of today? Has the management advised on password creation and account management? Long before actual cybersecurity measures can be taken, employees need to be educated on various looming concerns related to IT security.
Protecting IoT devices
Businesses are using a bunch of different IoT devices, and these devices have to be protected by using simple but necessary measures. First and foremost, passwords need be strong and should consist of special characters, numbers and letters. Ensure that every IoT device has a password that has at least 10 characters, if not more. The second step is to install firewall programs. There are quite a few options, but the basic purpose of a firewall is to stand in between your IT asset and hackers. Another great way of protecting IoT devices is using antivirus programs. Antivirus software is not just about protecting a device, but also about ensuring security of external assets, before being hooked to the existing system.
Managing firmware and software programs
Bugs are often responsible for malware attacks, and it is rather easy to identify and remove these bugs. Check for various tools that are meant for system testing, and ensure that your company is only using authorized and original software programs. If you have identified a bug in a firmware or software, let the manufacturer know, so that necessary steps can be taken. Other steps that companies can take include using multi-factor authentication, network segmentation and hiring ethical hackers.
Seek consultation on cybersecurity if you are not sure of where to start with your organization.