No matter what your line of business, if you’ve got online properties and digital communication, your business is constantly under threat from the latest cyber threats.
Viruses, hackers, scammers and data thieves are a persistent and evolving reality, and knowing how best to protect your business, staff and clients is an absolutely vital part of daily operations.
Here are some defence techniques you should deploy to ensure your security meets the challenge head-on.
1. Develop a Security Culture within your business
Having all your staff on the same page when it comes to secure behaviour is a great way of creating a consistent security standard.
You need to support practical policies such as data encryption, internal password policies, access control and secure storage through regular training by professionals in the industry.
2. Data Storage with the right parameters
With gigabytes of data created every second, there is a real acceleration away from traditional on-site data storage to Cloud solutions.
However, although Cloud storage is theoretically the best solution, there have been weaknesses in access control and code bases that have made some Cloud-based companies vulnerable.
Make sure your tech support team, whether internal or third-party, is up to the task of configuring your integration into your Cloud service provider correctly, to give yourself the best chance of secure storage
3. View GDPR as a selling point
2019 is proving to be a year of stringent regulatory updates, with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) causing ripples across the digital landscape after its introduction in May.
But rather than viewing it as a ‘must have’ hassle, embracing the compliance demands and using them not only to ensure privacy and protection of client data but also as part of your marketing communication will build client confidence that you take their data protection really seriously.
4. Install early warning systems
Prevention is always better than cure, and in cybersecurity, the same applies. Ensure your early detection systems are robust, up to date, professionally installed and regularly checked for compliance.
However, in the event of a breach, ensure that you have a protocol that is appropriate, can be deployed quickly and easily, and give information as to where, how and by whom the breach came about so that you can limit damage, and set a recovery plan in motion.