Businesses need to constantly improve and strengthen their cybersecurity strategies. If they don’t, the risk of cybercriminals breaching their defenses increases and customer confidence may be shaken. By improving your cybersecurity, you can keep up with industry trends and ensure the continued safety of your data. Here’s how to improve your cybersecurity infrastructure.
Use Comprehensive Tools
Use cybersecurity tools that can perform multiple actions or fill multiple roles. Tools such as SASE, cloud management platforms and antivirus software are good examples. SASE provides support for network security and access control. Cloud management platforms monitor your cloud account and infrastructure, including security, for you. You can use antivirus software to protect devices and networks, quarantine potential threats and scan your systems. Using a comprehensive tool means you can save resources such as time and money without sacrificing quality and strength.
Regularly Assess Your Business’s Risk Levels
Risk levels and causes can change over time, which means you should regularly assess the risks your business may face. This will help keep your business from becoming vulnerable to new or evolving threats. You can incorporate risk assessment into your cybersecurity strategy and use tools to assist in your assessments. Conduct resilience reviews and vulnerability scans regularly. Incorporate information communication technology management tools. Make sure your business is in compliance with your industry’s cybersecurity recommendations and requirements.
Invest in Training And Education for Your Employees
The most important part of any successful cybersecurity strategy is employee awareness. If employees don’t understand the need for cybersecurity, the risks associated with leaving data vulnerable or how to use cybersecurity tools appropriately, then your strategy and tools won’t be very useful. As part of your strategy, you should make tips, guidelines and other relevant information easily accessible to all employees. Develop training modules for employees to take and require them to review the training annually or whenever you update your strategy.
Increase Protections for Sensitive Information And Systems
While all parts of your network should be protected by your baseline cybersecurity, some parts of it may require more robust security measures. These areas may contain particularly sensitive information, data or programs. They include e-commerce and payment processing, customer and employee data and financial records. Introduce additional levels of security, such as tighter access control, additional data backups or additional security software, such as protections against ransomware.
Update Your Software Regularly
Update all software programs on a regular schedule. Some updates can be set to occur automatically, but you may need to install other updates manually. You should check programs regularly to see if any manual updates need to be installed. Updates are meant to patch holes in a program’s cybersecurity and keep your network secure and safe in its entirety. If you neglect to install your updates and configure software appropriately, then your network will be at higher risk of a breach.
Tightly Control Access To Your Network
Make sure no one who shouldn’t have access to your network is able to get in. There are multiple ways you can do this, and the best thing you can do is invest in multi-layered physical and cyber access controls. All employees and visitors should be required to sign into your office or use ID badges to access the building. To control access to your network, require employees to use VPNs to connect remotely and install multi-factor authentication tools in areas where sensitive data is stored. You can also incorporate network segmentation for deeper levels of access control.
Cybersecurity may not be as obvious a need as other aspects of your business, but it is equally important as those other aspects. If you don’t have good cybersecurity, your business, its data and your customers will be at high risk. Information can be stolen and networks can be breached. If you don’t have a solid defense plan and a strategy for damage control, your business’s reputation will also be at risk.