Cybercrimes are rampant all over the world. In the past years, digital businesses have lost billions of dollars to cybercrimes.
Now that we are in a world where a pandemic is wreaking havoc, experts believe cyber-attacks are going to increase further.
So, the important question is that how should enterprises brace themselves for this challenge? In the times when most employees are working remotely, and servers are accessed from unsecured devices, the concerns about data security have only aggravated.
What steps should businesses, large and small businesses, take to stay secure their data and maintain their integrity?
Saving Your Sensitive Data from Cyber Attacks
In this blog, we have discussed all the ways enterprises can use to secure their online resources while allowing their workers to work remotely.
Using Internet Security Software
To protect your data available on remote systems, the first thing you can do is to install internet security software aka endpoint security. Almost all top security software companies offer endpoint security solutions that are very easy to implement.
These endpoint security solutions not only protect the data of the company available on the cloud but also keep remote systems safe.
Moreover, IT companies can also improve the security of their systems through various security protocols that we will be discussing below. Most of these security protocols can be implemented without external help.
Keeping Software Up-to-Date
Most softwares get infected with viruses because they are not always up-to-date. Updating your software will ensure that you are equipped with the latest security patches. It is the best way to keep data safe on remote computers and the cloud.
If multiple users are using single software, the reason to update becomes even more crucial. Companies today are well aware of how important it is to keep data secure. They have IT staff that monitors all the software available on the cloud and update them regularly.
Endpoint security software also has features that allow IT teams to know if the software on the cloud is not updated. All this helps prevent attacks and decrease the number of malware that can infect the system.
Avoid Identity Theft
Social engineering and identity theft can create a problem for any online business. Cybercriminals try different ways to hack the identity of a user.
They copy an individual’s images from social media and then create a fake account to target other people who are related to them.
The best way to ensure that no one else can copy your identity is to keep one id/account for all your business purposes. For example, if you send emails to your users only from your business account, then only use that account and not anyone else’s accounts.
Similarly, if you use one ID for cloud access, then make sure that you don’t have any other ID. In this way, even if cybercriminals do try to steal your data, they will be limited to a single ID. Now, if they hack it, everyone will know about it.
Don’t Open Unknown Emails
An average business email account gets 235 emails per day. These are just too many emails. And what’s even worse is that many people open all these emails.
Now, if you have GSuite or Office365, spam emails automatically go to the spam folder. However, if you have some generic email account, you should never open an unknown email. These are emails that carry malware.
When you open these emails or when you click on a link in those emails, they automatically download a file on your system. These files, once installed to your system, compromise its security.
So, make sure that you avoid all emails from unknown people and brands to keep your data safe.
Limit Access to Everything
Having multiple access points can be a mistake because it can allow cybercriminals to get to your data without compromising security.
Limiting access in such a scenario is the best way to go about it. Due to this limited access, cybercriminals will have no option but to use brute force.
If you have endpoint security in place, even brute force won’t work. So technically, you are secure for good.
It is always better to compartmentalize data into various data marts so that even if some of the information gets into the hands of the hackers, most of your data remains safe.
Effective Employee Training
You won’t be fully secured from data hacks unless your employees are trained properly. The best way to go about it is to provide training to your employees and inform them about the data security features that the company has in place.
Since most people today are working from home, you can create webinar sessions that offer training on how to keep endpoints secure through various techniques.
If your employees know what type of attacks occur regularly, they will be more likely to thwart them. This training will benefit your organization.
Secure Mobile Devices
During remote working, most employees use their laptops, cellphones, and tablet computers to connect to the cloud software. These devices are insecure by default, and it is easy for hackers to get into the system through them.
Therefore, a virtual private network (VPN) should be created so that only permitted devices can connect to the server. The VPN can be deployed easily with endpoint security software like Cisco Any Connect.
It ensures that the VPN is secure, and all devices connecting to the VPN are scanned for viruses and malware.
The responsibility lies with the enterprise to create protocols that ensure security for both internal and external communications.
Most of the companies are still unaware of the need for cybersecurity protocols. However, as the threats are increasing, it is high time that companies create strict security protocols and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that ensure data security.
This would include setting up disaster recovery (DR) sites and regular backups. Even the employees would need to be trained about how they should proceed if an attack occurs on the company’s systems.
All these security features will ensure that your enterprise is cyber-secure against all forms of spyware attacks.
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