It’s become clear over the past several years that cyber-crime is on the rise. Equally, we’ve seen just how vulnerable corporations can be to data breaches due to simple user error or non-compliance with security protocol. The fact of the matter is, your team probably could use a little extra training and support to learn what the latest and greatest is when it comes to keeping themselves and their company better protected online. Here are 4 things you can start doing to take action and better protect your company.
Update Your Best Practices
Probably the most important thing you can do is keep vigilant in your everyday activities. If something feels wrong, chances are that something is. Keep an eye out for the key indicators of data leakage or hacks, such as unnecessary requests for information that the party should not require or should already have access to (such as login info, passwords, or your personal identifying information (known as PII). If something seems fishy, chances are that it is.
Establish strong best practices for use of information and digital resources so your team knows what they can and cannot do in a world of heightened cybersecurity and risk. Encourage them to ask questions and verify credibility as needed. Chances are that if you ask enough questions when you are dealing with a hacker, or provide them with too many barriers to entry, they will move on to an easier target.
Continue to Educate Yourself and Your Employees
Understanding the problem and learning the risks involved with digital technology is a close second when it comes to staying safe online. Keeping up to date on security threats and trends, and always implementing the industry’s latest best practices will keep you well ahead of many of the more vulnerable targets online. The bottom line is to stay educated on the evolving risks, and doing what is necessary to keep up with the fast-paced changes in security.
Invest in Your Own Defense
If it’s been a little too long since you’ve updated your digital security systems, you are not doing yourself any favors in prolonging the update. In fact, delays like that have led to substantial hacks that lost companies millions of dollars. If you are putting off updating your systems due to cost or time investment, consider how you could work with a third-party partner who has the expertise and resources you need without having to start from scratch yourself.
Rethink Password Protection
So many of the big corporate data breaches of the past several years have been tracked back to lazy or ineffective passwords. Make sure your team knows how important it is to use unique and strong passwords that are easy to remember, but hard to guess. Also, make a point to tell them it’s not ok to use the same passwords for their professional and personal accounts, because personal accounts are more easily hacked and therefore the duplicated password can put the entire business at risk.
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