October is Cyber Security Awareness month, so it’s a good time to take a look at your cyber security strategy. Are you doing enough to safeguard your business against waves of cyber attacks and threats from modern bad guys? If you’ve been approaching security the same way for the past 10 years, chances are it’s time for a refresh.
Like the aliens in Space Invaders, modern cyber security threats come at you in waves, evolve quickly, and are ever-present. The old ways of securing the perimeter and crossing your fingers no longer cut it. To keep you up to speed on what it takes to defend against today’s savvy cyber criminals, we’re sharing our top three cyber security tips:
1. Give Your Employees Cyber Security Awareness Training
According to recent research by Kaspersky Lab, 90% of data breaches are caused by human error. You can’t assume your employees are up to speed on your cyber security protocols, and you certainly can’t make assumptions about their behaviors when it comes to keeping company data secure.
Your employees need to be trained on security topics ranging from password hygiene to phishing to malware. Provide training and minimize the risk of an innocent click causing a major security incident at your organization.
2. Use Two-Factor Authentication
One of the simplest ways to improve security is by requiring two-factor authentication. This requires the user to possess both a password and a device on which they can confirm their identity in order to access the network or sensitive data.
Even if a cyber criminal steals or figures out an employee’s password, the chances that this same malicious actor also got hold of the employee’s mobile device are extremely slim.
3. Back Up Your Important Data
It should go without saying that data backup is important. If your business falls victim to ransomware, for example, your data gets held hostage until you pay a ransom to the cyber criminal.
While the ransom itself might not break the bank, the downtime caused by loss of access to your data can be crippling. You should not only back up data, you should do it in a secure (ideally off-site) location such as a colocated data center.
Cyber Security Awareness, Year-Round
To stay protected from modern threats, you need to be vigilant all year long. There’s no cheat code for instantly better cyber security.
Conducting cyber security awareness training using measures such as two-factor authentication and secure data backup are all components of a highly effective cyber security strategy.
SinglePoint Global offers a cloud-based managed security solution that takes care of keeping the bad guys away for you. From two-factor authentication to phishing training and simulation, we will help you provide your business with the best possible protection. For easy implementation of our top cyber security tips, get in touch with SinglePoint today.