How good is your cybersecurity? Are you and your employees aware of the latest attack vectors? Would you even recognize a phishing email? Data is gold in this modern era. Unless you want some cybercriminal staking a claim on your data, you need to up your cybersecurity game.
In the infographic we have for you below, you’ll see exactly how endemic cybercrime has become. Companies are investing billions annually on anti-virus systems and security awareness training to help them secure their data.
You might not have billions, but there are a lot of ways to make your data more secure. Here are the top five tips to boost your cybersecurity.
Use Anti-Virus Programs and Email Scanning Applications
Anti-virus programs are effective. That is until we add a human element. If your employees inadvertently download a virus, it could negate all the protection you have. If they click on a link because they didn’t recognize it as part of a phishing email, your system’s infected.
Take a lot of the guesswork out of things by removing potentially risky emails before your employees get to see them. Email scanning applications these days often operate in the cloud. Suspicious emails are quarantined there before reaching your server.
Consider Two-Factor Authentication
Yes, it’s annoying but it only takes an extra minute or two. That’s a small price to pay to guard against remote attacks. What’s more, you’ll know immediately that an attack has occurred.
Take Passwords Seriously
We’re also tired of people droning on about passwords. But being password-savvy could save you a lot of trouble. Your passwords should:
- Be a random mix of letters, characters, numbers, special characters, and upper- and lowercase letters.
- Be at least 16 characters long and not easy to guess.
- Be unique for sensitive sites. So, have a separate password for work, banking, and your tax profile.
Do Regular Backups
Hopefully, you’ll never need them. If you do, though, you’ll be relieved to have the backups in place.
Have Regular Security Awareness Training
Cybercriminals seem to be infinitely creative. You’d be amazed at the kinds of ideas that they come up with. As a result, it’s good to keep track of the latest attack strategies and how to guard against them.
Regular training sessions will help to update employees and keep them focused on good cybersecurity practices.
It would be nice if there was one simple solution when keeping your data secure. Unfortunately, there isn’t. If you want to keep your data secure, you’ll need to adopt a layered approach.