One of the greatest challenges facing businesses today is cybersecurity. As employees continue to work from home (WFH), the office and other remote locations, hazardous cyber threats continue to rise.
- Approximately 40% of organizations have reported a spike in cybercrime since enabling remote working
- 61% of all malware has been targeted towards remote workers through cloud applications
Here are a few simple steps your business can take to help reduce the threat of cyberattacks:
System Updates: One of the best ways to protect yourself from cyber-attacks is to ensure the device, operating system, program and mobile apps you are using are updated with the latest software.
Antivirus Software: Install an antivirus solution to detect, disarm and remove malicious malware already on your computer or network and keep it updated.
Firewall: Filter your internet traffic by using a firewall to prevent infected files, malicious malware and viruses from entering your computer or network.
Secure Networks: Keep your information safe while browsing online by using a virtual private network (VPN). This creates a secure connection between your device and the internet by encrypting your data.
Endpoint Protection: Enforce the use of strong, unique passwords for every online account your employees use. When possible, enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) across all user devices and accounts to provide an additional layer of security.
Data Encryption: Your company’s sensitive data should be encrypted in storage and while being transmitted. In the event of a breach, encrypted data will be illegible and useless.
Data Backup & Recovery: Data stored on a separate medium can be recovered in the event of data loss or corruption. Backup copies on a regular basis to minimize the amount of data lost between backups.
Whether your business relies heavily on cloud computing or just maintains a website and uses email, cybersecurity should be a top priority. For best results, have an IT professional conduct a cybersecurity health check to help identify areas of weakness and to recommend appropriate measures to reduce your risks.