The aftermath of a security breach can be extremely complicated. Besides handling agencies, various complaints and cases, your company may have to deal with loss of revenue and clients, brand damage, and it may take a while before operations get back to normal. In other words, preventing a breach should be among the topmost business priorities. Even something like hacked cameras, or an unsuspecting employee installing a trojan file assuming it to be genuine software, can have serious consequences.
Cybersecurity is about staying a step ahead of hackers and cybercriminals, and we have a list of pointers that will outline the basics.
- Place networked devices behind firewalls. Every device, including IP cameras, which is connected to a network is a computer of sorts and can be hacked. Placing all such devices behind firewalls is the simplest step your company can take.
- Use network segmentation. This basically means dividing the entire network into subnetworks and storing IT resources across different networks, so that compromise or breach on one doesn’t impact others. This is also called a firebreak.
- Rely on penetration testing. There is nothing more proactive than scanning and testing IT environments on a regular basis. This helps in finding possible bugs, malware, suspicious activities, and other security vulnerabilities.
- Talk to your employees. Every user who has access to data and IT resources must know their role in ensuring cybersecurity. Don’t scare your people, but make them responsible for their actions.
- Find a way to manage access. Limiting access to sensitive and valuable data can be a good way to ensure cybersecurity. Only people who must access a system or device should be granted access, and these rights should be monitored, updated, removed, and edited, periodically as needed.
- Patch all software and firmware. Updates given by vendors on software, firmware and other products must be installed immediately. Also, ensure that your operating systems are updated as and when available.
- Watch out for emails. Emails are often a source of phishing scams and malware, and employees are often tricked into downloading files or clicking links. Ask your employees to follow safe browsing policies, and if needed, create a list of dos and don’ts.
Finally, do consider having a complete cybersecurity policy in place, which must be updated as and when new threats emerge. Spending on cybersecurity ensures that your business stays ahead of its competitors too and can help in gaining customer trust.