In the last few years alone, a number of big companies have suffered high profile cyber attacks. companies such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and even the U.S. government have all fallen victim to cyber attacks. These sorts of security breaches are the kind of thing that can damage a company irreparably. Not only do you have to deal with recovering the sensitive data that was stolen, but you also have to spend money and resources on strengthening your security, repairing the damage to your brand, and assuring customers and clients that their information is safe.
The best way to secure your company’s data is to purchase adequate security, but if you want to save money, here are three cheaper ways that can help you to strengthen your cyber security, enhance your threat intelligence and prepare you for any impending online hazards.
1. Password Safety
This might seem incredibly basic, but many of the main causes for security breaches can be prevented simply by using a sophisticated network of password protection. Avoid choosing just one password for the entire company. Although you may want to make sure that you always have access to your employees’ devices, it is far better to allow them to choose a password and either have a way to override it, or keep a secure database of passwords, to which only a few people have access. Also make sure that every password is unique and sophisticated. The use of password or 123456 just won’t cut it. Encourage all employees to be careful when choosing passwords, and change them often.
2. Develop Strict Formal Policies
As an extension of your password policy, work to develop a more general security policy that will help you to avoid serious problems. Come up with a selection of best practices that everyone should be encouraged to follow, and consider discipline for those who break the rules. Such practices might include but are not limited to rules for smart devices and streaming on your network, logging off of computers, regular password changes, encryption best practices and so on.
3. Teach Your Employees
Before you can implement either of the first two strategies, you must first make sure that everyone in the company is on the same page. A lot security breaches are as a result of employees who do not know any better. As well as teaching them the best way to come up with secure passwords and all of the other best practices, you might want to teach them some of the cyber security basics that have thus far escaped their attention. Educating your employees does not have to require a lot of unnecessary time or resources; it can be as simple as including basic training during orientation for new employees, as well as annual follow up lessons.
Alternatively, you could look into online training programs and require each employee to spend some time on the clock to learn the basics of cyber security. The best way to prevent cybercrime is to put up a defense on the home front, and avoid friendly fire altogether.