Cyber attacks are among the fastest-growing crimes that disrupt developing businesses. For this reason, cybersecurity is becoming an integral part of business viability and development.
What is it?
Cybersecurity is the action taken to protect the cyber environment and ensure the availability, integrity, and
confidentiality of electronic information transmitted and processed by information systems.
Integrity – ensuring that information and data are accurate, not accidentally or unlawfully altered or destroyed. Data is often falsified due to malicious software or misappropriation, hardware, or software failure.
Availability – ensuring that there is always access to certain information, database, or other electronic services.
Confidentiality – ensuring that any information about a company, customers, or business partners is only accessible to authorized persons when they need it.
The biggest challenge is vigilance.
Cyber incidents can occur everywhere. The number of attempts to hack into corporate networks or employee accounts is only increasing. This trend is unlikely to change soon. It is necessary to realize that every company can fall victim to a cyberattack regardless of their size, carried out activities or modernity of cybersecurity used.
The first ten steps towards cyber resilience
It is important to emphasize that not all companies are targeted deliberately – programmers often use automated tools to carry out attacks and target companies that do not care about their cyber hygiene and basic security measures. Properly selected technical measures, established rules and employee training on security awareness can reduce the risk of cyber incidents.
To help small and medium-sized businesses strengthen their cyber resilience, we present best practices that provide a basic level of security:
1. Password Policy – make sure your company adheres to secure password creation and use principles.
2. Multi-step authentication – if possible, use a higher level of security to access your key accounts securely.
3. Antivirus software – protect your company’s computers and other devices from malware and infected documents.
4. Automatic Updates – make sure your company’s computers and devices have the latest software installed.
5. Data Backups – protect your company documents from information leakage, theft or other incidents.
6. Access Control – be aware of who can access important company information.
7. Trained employees – reduce the risk of human error in your company.
8. Separate work and personal devices – make sure employees use their equipment safely.
9. Firewalls – create a secure neutral zone between the Internet and your company.
10. Secure Wireless Network – do not allow your router to become an open door for hackers to enter your corporate network.
It is important to note that the process of cybersecurity doesn’t expire, therefore companies continuously have to take care of IT hygiene and stay vigilant.
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