Keeping Your Organization’s IT Systems Secure: 3 Top Tips
Cybercrime still remains to be one of the biggest invisible digital threats sweeping the globe and costing companies billions of dollars in losses. And the fact is that billion dollar losses do not only happen to large corporations. Smaller companies are also at risk of losing their business to cybercrime.
The fact of the matter is that by making a few simple changes to cyber security and even your employees online behavior, you can make huge differences to your cyber protection. By securing devices and accounts, you can bolster your security against unwanted attempts to access your data. With this in mind, we unpacked our top three tips to secure your business and heighten the protection of your company’s valuable data.
Make Use of Cybersecurity Analytics
While cyber awareness, and implementing company policies is key for your business, you do want to take it a step further and take control of your cybersecurity yourself. And there are some great tools on the market that give you the upper hand in directly managing your cybersecurity in your business. This is where cybersecurity analytics come in.
Essentially, cybersecurity analytics are packs of information that are collected from your business. They are built on a base of data collated from all of the departments in your business and can be analyzed to understand where the risks lie. So, raw data is gathered, collated, and analyzed, then translated into recommendations, actions, and reports. It is then fed into powerful AI-powered cybersecurity software which provides advice and actions for the user to undertake next.
So, what this essentially does is provides you with a proactive approach toward securing your network infrastructure. The data allows you to map out where any changes are happening so that you can proactively make any necessary changes to your processes and management. While in the past, there were mostly reactive approaches, this allows you to understand the environment and historic cybersecurity attacks and be able to map what could potentially happen in the future. It provides you with raw data that you can analyze to fix various security gaps that may be in your organization.
Consider Cloud Migration
Slowly but surely, businesses have been migrating their vital data off physical databases and networks and have been moving to the cloud. Although this is not the ultimate solution, and, of course comes with its own challenges, it still remains to be a highly secure way of collecting, storing and managing data. Cloud migration not only takes the pressure off a physical storage data unit for your company but the risk of information collection and storage is shared between user and host.
A key benefit of cloud migration, however, is centered around the reduced security footprint of the company as well as your vital data. You no longer are holding data on-site, but it’s in a secure location. This means less chances of unauthorized access as well as network malfunction and the loss of key data. While it increases the access of information for verified users from remote areas, it reduces the risk of access to information from non-verified users.
Invest in Antivirus Software
Viruses may seem very 2010, but they are very much still in existence. And, they are as dangerous as ever. Malicious software on your computer can wreak all kinds of havoc on not only the offending computer, but the whole network.
Essentially, you will need a tool that protects your business against unauthorized code or software that may threaten your operating systems. Antivirus software is vital in detecting real-time threats and helping you neutralize them to ensure your data is safe.
Occasionally, some of the software will provide automatic updates. It is important for you and your staff to keep allowing them as these updates further protect your operating systems. Remember, these change from day to day, and there are new ones that emerge every day. Don’t ignore these software updates, even though they can seem annoying. Encourage your staff to keep updating them and create a company policy around constantly updating them. Keep running these regular virus scans to keep your computers and company virus-free.
The Bottom Line
There are multiple challenges falling IT security professionals in companies. From having the right tools, resources and technology to fend off cyber threats, to managing staff. As much as you can create a secure and stable infrastructure yourself, a lot of external threats do in fact come from staff members who drop the ball on security. It is up to IT to create policies and educational material about the threats of a digital attack.