Cyberthreats have become a global epidemic that compromises your network and can result in the loss of revenue, data, and productivity. Small and midsize businesses are particularly vulnerable to cyber-attacks because they are known to have limited security defenses. If your organization is lacking a cybersecurity strategy, here are three ways you can actively protect your business.
1. Initiate Employee Education
Establishing a process of security best practices to continually educate and train employees is a great step in avoiding issues involving human error. Ongoing education that trains employees on threats like phishing, malware, and ransomware, will help mitigate risk by illustrating how to identify the common signs of an attack. Teaching common warning signs such as recognizing misspellings in emails, not clicking on suspicious links, or downloading unfamiliar files are just some best practices that will be taught.
2. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a security enhancement structure that requires the user to offer at least two pieces of information (your password and a code sent through a trusted communication channel – such as a text) when logging into an account. If managed efficiently, MFA is considered the best way to protect a business from outside threats. MFA can prevent most attacks where a bad actor breaches a mailbox or some other user account with compromised credentials.
3. Consider A Cybersecurity Audit
Auditing any current cybersecurity measures will allow you to review and decide what your security principles are and how they should be shared throughout the organization. These audits provide voluntary guidance, based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices for organizations to better manage and reduce cybersecurity risk. This audit will also uncover any gaps in your security measures that would allow for the infiltration of threats.