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Ensuring Your Company Is Up-To-Date With Security Protocols

A woman looks at a computer screen that requires her to put in her updated security information.Cyberattacks are happening at a rate of one every 11 seconds. And, as people and companies are becoming increasingly reliant on technology, these figures are likely to continue increasing. But, as cyberattackers are becoming more ingenious, so are the defenses at your disposal. So, by combining tailored cybersecurity solutions, internal security protocols, and online security best practices, you can fend off most threats. 

Let’s look into the steps to take to secure your company. 

Keep Your Systems Updated

Your software and devices are vital assets for your company - especially when they help you save, record, and secure your data. And yet, outdated software is one of the leading causes behind cyberattacks. By installing the necessary updates, you won’t just add an extra layer of protection by installing security enhancements, but you will also patch dangerous security flaws.

Implement Multi-Factor Authentication and Stronger Passwords

Identity theft cases are rising at an alarming rate of almost 50% each year and causing always greater damage. As we all use more and more websites, databases, programs, and systems requiring passwords, it can be easy to misplace your identifying information or opt for an easy-to-hack password. 
But some simple online security best practices can help you and your company remain protected from identity theft. These include:

  • Always opt for strong passwords that are a mix of numbers and letters, random, and difficult to guess.
  • Store your password outside of the web directory
  • Don’t share your credentials
  • Implement 2-factor or multi-factor authentication systems
  • Manage and regularly review access permissions and administrative privileges

Have a Data Backup Strategy in Place

More than 90% of companies that fell victim to catastrophic data loss or theft filed for bankruptcy within a year. And that is because data loss accidents are becoming increasingly damaging and frequent. 
So, it is essential for all companies to have a data backup strategy in place that includes:

  • Have more than one backup solution in place
  • Encrypt your data
  • Store your data off-site
  • Have a cloud-based backup system in place to avoid disruptions to your operations

Use a Firewall

Encrypting your data and using a firewall are helpful strategies to add extra layers of security to your company’s cybersecurity system. An efficient firewall can alone help you fend off viruses, spam, and malware. 

Some added benefits of having a firewall in place include increased privacy, activity monitoring, and spyware reduction. When partnering with an outsourced IT company, they will help you create an all-around solution for your company’s cybersecurity needs.

Have an Incident Response Protocol in Place

An Incident Response Protocol is a 6- or 7-step plan to detect, address, and contain a cyberattack. Since malware can be in operation, undetected, for days, having this kind of protocol in place can help you identify the issue and resolve it as soon as possible, thus minimizing losses. This kind of response strategy can also help your company prepare for and prevent future cybersecurity issues. 

Educate Your Staff

Unfortunately, human error is responsible for almost a quarter of all cybersecurity issues. Since this percentage has been increasing since the advent of remote working, it is essential to train your staff to recognize and avoid scams and malware to create a sustainable remote team. Some best practices include:

  • Implement a login expiration time
  • Prompt password change notifications periodically
  • Scan all devices attached to the company’s network
  • Provide your employees with the necessary software and hardware for increased safety and productivity

Partner with Cybersecurity Experts to Ensure Your Team’s Future Protection

There is a lot to keep track of in the ever-evolving world of cybersecurity. The above steps should help your team take the first steps to protecting your data from malicious intrusion. To remain up-to-date with the latest research monitored by industry experts, consider having VisiCom Services do a thorough analysis of your cybersecurity practices. Our team is ready to help keep your company safe so you can focus on running your business. Give us a call today.

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