Basic cybersecurity guidelines: Take the practical approach!

Businesses are constantly grappling with new security challenges. The typical work environment is changing rapidly – Companies are granting WFHs, allowing employees to bring their own devices to the workplace, and relying on a hybrid, complex and heterogenous IT infrastructure, which is dependent on both on-premise solutions and cloud.  Amidst all of that, there are compliance and regulatory requirements that must be followed. In other words, cybersecurity is not a choice anymore for enterprises. More so, because hackers and cybercriminals are using backdoor exploit and other tools to cause new breaches.  

In this post, we are reviewing cybersecurity at the base level. Here are some of the best things that companies can do to prevent a security breach. 

Be proactive, not reactive

That’s the first basic thing about cybersecurity that matters. Instead of worrying about the consequences of data theft, find ways to protect your data and network resources. Establishing cybersecurity policies is obviously the first step. Ensure that managers and employees understand cybersecurity and what it means to contribute to the policies in place. Also, establish an incident response plan. 

Get people involved 

Customers have to interact with certain business resources, such as websites, while employees, managers and privilege users often have access to sensitive data and information. To succeed with cybersecurity, ensure that people are involved. Let them know of the best browsing practices, how to prevent a malware attack, or when to report an incident, and at the same time, make them responsible for their actions.

Follow the guidelines

There are a few simple cybersecurity guidelines that must be followed by every organization – 

  1. Ensure passwords are long, strong and complex. 
  2. Change all default usernames and passwords right away. 
  3. Protect all devices behind firewalls. 
  4. Create BYOD policies
  5. Focus on various privilege users and accounts
  6. Use an access management tool, if needed
  7. Recommend a password manager to employees. 
  8. Keep testing network resources to find security vulnerabilities. 
  9. Use antivirus and antimalware software. 
  10. Update all software, apps and firmware to the latest version. 
  11. Consider using multifactor authentication for selected users and resources
  12. Make the most of network segmentation. 
  13. Use the best possible resources, including IP video surveillance. 
  14. Focus on corrective steps within the organization to prevent cybersecurity issues. 

As obvious, it is necessary to be proactive and on the forefront of cybersecurity, to prevent a security hack. If your company has the money, you can invest in bug bounty programs or hire ethical hackers, to test your systems. In any case, when everyone within an organization takes cybersecurity seriously, most of the common lapses can be prevented. 

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