Cyber security threats increase each year and constantly adapt to outsmart preventative measures. That means it’s critical for organisations to regularly reassess their data protection practices.
The start of a new year is the ideal time to reevaluate your practices, so we’ve put together some resolutions to help prevent you from being another victim.
- Provide security training – Even the most robust and expensive data protection solutions can be instantly compromised by an uneducated click on a malicious link by an employee. Personnel should be thoroughly trained on the dangers of links, downloads and oversharing personal information.
- Install and update antivirus software – Conduct thorough research to choose software that best fits your needs and system. Once installed it’s just as important to make sure it stays up to date.
- Instill safe web browsing practices – Malicious websites can infect your network and open up more serious cyber-attacks. Block potentially malicious websites straight away if you’re worried about them or receive a warning alert.
- Choose strong passwords – Employees should change their password on a regular basis, avoid using the same password for multiple accounts and add special characters to passwords to increase their security.
- Use multi-factor authentication – This adds a layer of security that forces users to confirm their identity with a unique code. This can help to secure corporate applications, networks and servers.
- Stress tests and vulnerability assessments – These tests can help to uncover vulnerabilities in your system and provide recommendations for improving network and data safety.
- Patch systems regularly – Updating applications, operating systems, security software and firmware on a regular basis can stop hackers exploiting software vulnerabilities.
- Back up your data – This will prevent any devastating or costly losses should a system compromise occur.
- Understand how to respond to phishing threats – Phishing emails often ask the receiver to divulge personal information using sophisticated tricks such as credit card scams. Keep employees up to date on common phishing scams and provide them with real examples to help them understand what to look out for.
- Create an incident response plan – This kind of plan will provide employees with clear steps on what to do following an attack. Response plans also allow organisations to notify impacted customers and partners quickly and efficiently, minimising financial and reputational damages.
If you would like any expert advice on ways to protect your company from unexpected attacks and costly recover time, contact the Trust Insurance team on 01476 434050.