The cyber threat landscape is constantly expanding and shape-shifting, keeping the IT community forever on its toes. Pair that with the fact that it seems as if new technological advances are revealed every day, and it’s easy to see how staying informed on cybersecurity topics can be overwhelming.
Are you prepared to battle the newest malware, viruses, and other hacks? How can you make sure your cybersecurity team is up to speed on the current tech landscape and what they need to know to protect your business?
Empowering and properly equipping your security team in order to protect your data should remain a priority, but perhaps you aren’t sure where to start. Here are some tips on how to ensure your cybersecurity team is in the know, so they can keep your company and customer data safe from hacks:
Upgrade Your Detection Tools
First things first: do you have enough detection tools in place to spot an attack in progress? Microsoft reports that attacks on cloud-based accounts increased by 300% between 2016 and 2017. Given the amount of cloud storage your company likely uses, your “Spidey senses” must be up at all times — and backed up by cyber defense tools.
Not sure where to begin? Upgrade your email protection so that employees’ accounts will detect suspicious messages and warn them against opening them. You should also set up notifications to alert you to password changes on cloud-stored software or significant changes to network speed, as these can both signal potential security issues.
Stay Abreast of Privacy Laws
Privacy laws are changing and there are a few key reasons to stay on top of the newest iterations. For one, you’ll avoid fines and other penalties by remaining compliant. More importantly, you’ll be a better gatekeeper of your company’s and customer’s data when you’re following current data regulations. Customers quickly lose trust in a company when a data breach occurs: In one survey, 76% of consumers said they move away from doing business with a company that doesn’t adequately protect their data.
Privacy laws in the US are largely dictated by industry, such as HIPAA laws for the medical community. When it comes to data, the recently passed GDPR act in Europe has designated data protection as a basic human right; even international companies must comply if they have any customers or vendors across the pond.
Staying on top of changes can be very challenging — consider creating a calendar task to check on a monthly basis to see what’s changed in your industry, outsourcing certain compliance areas (for example, PCI compliance) to qualified experts, and networking with others in your industry to learn how they stay up to date.
Listen to the Experts
Encourage your cybersecurity team to find a few trusted experts and follow their leads. People who have made a name for themselves in cybersecurity can tip off your team to troubling new malware attacks, schemes, and other disconcerting patterns. Beyond listening to security-related podcasts and reading expert blogs like The Digital Guardian and The Hacker News, you might want to splurge on an industry leader who can come in and do a focused training with your team.
Utilize Security Patches
Security patches are another vital part of maintaining good data practices in the modern age. Annoying as they may be, operating system (OS) updates are important. Take time to let your computer update its OS on a regular basis; this will often include security patch updates.
You can also invest in an Automated Patch Management system — and if the idea of giving up control worries you, rest assured that your admin team will verify patches before they’re released to your network, giving you quality control while streamlining your processes.
Don’t Be Afraid to Look Under the Hood
A huge component of adopting the best security measures is being willing to probe into your own security to identify vulnerabilities. When was the last time you did an honest audit of your system? What about a vulnerability assessment or penetration test? If your business accepts credit card payments, are you PCI compliant?
Take inventory of your current system tools. Companies with multiple cloud storage spaces may face an increased chance of a hack, so consider consolidating.
Other questions to consider:
- How robust are your firewalls?
- Do you have around-the-clock monitoring of your cloud storage?
- Is it time to hire a full-time, dedicated IT staff member?
- Think like a hacker – if you were going to try to get into your network from the outside, how would you try and is there enough in place to thwart such an attack?
Equipping your team with knowledge and tools isn’t just recommended — it’s a necessity. With cyber attacks always looming on the horizon and hackers getting smarter all the time, you must upgrade your software and increase prevention methods.
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