Ever since the internet has become widely used, cybersecurity has been a pressing concern, and that concern only grows as more and more of daily life is online. Modern businesses find themselves in the somewhat unique predicament of facing the most risk of cyber attacks but also have the budget with which to do something about it. Here’s what you need to know about protecting your business from digital threats.
The best way to protect yourself from cyber attacks is to understand how these attacks work and how to thwart them. More often than not, this means hiring the right people for your organization, but these skills don’t come easily. Anyone can learn the basics of cybersecurity, but the needs of a company are anything but simple. So start by hiring cybersecurity specialists who know the ins and outs of the tricks of the trade and can help you build a comprehensive security framework.
Many companies and even cybersecurity experts themselves will also enlist the services of “white hat” hackers to help develop foolproof security measures. White hat hackers are ethical hackers that help improve cybersecurity by trying to exploit its flaws in the same way that nefarious hackers would. If the point of cybersecurity is to seal off as many backdoors as possible, then it makes sense to hire someone who knows an opportunity when they see one and can illustrate the ways in which your security system needs to be improved.
There is simply no way to guarantee total cybersecurity, and this is due in large part to the role that human error plays in security breaches. Simple mistakes account for most security breaches of all kinds, and cybersecurity is no different. However, the frequency and severity of these mistakes can be reduced by adopting certain security-savvy practices. For example, MFA authentication can prevent hackers from accessing sensitive data by demanding additional identity verification even if they have your password. Passwords can be cracked with enough trial and error, and they can often be guessed outright thanks to certain trends in password generation.
On that note, your passwords should be designed to be difficult to guess or even to find through trial and error by incorporating a few basic tenets. For starters, you should avoid words and other intelligible arrangements of characters in favor of gibberish, and you should also mix and match capitalization. These rules aren’t foolproof, and the additional security of MFA is essential for businesses that may be targeted by hackers.
The best way to be safe from any threat is to understand that threat in order to avoid it. Because of the reliance of hackers upon human error, the onus is often on users to avoid simple mistakes that can cost them or their businesses dearly. This means that employees of a company need to understand what constitutes risky behavior so that they can continue to operate from a position of safety. Firewalls can be implemented in order to block certain activities on your network, but this has its pros and cons. When your employees do have the choice of engaging in certain activities, they need to be able to spot troubled waters such as unsecured websites and the downloads offered therein.
The bulk of cybersecurity boils down to the strategic use of tools such as software. MFA, for example, is a type of security software, but it is only one of many. These tools need to reliably account for a wide variety of possible security breaches to prevent them when possible and to reduce the damage when and if they occur. Antimalware software is a key piece of cybersecurity software because malware is by far the most ubiquitous digital threat. On the other hand, DDoS attacks are far less common, but they need to be taken into account because of how devastating that kind of attack can be for businesses. Cybersecurity professionals need to be able to monitor the activity that transpires within your network in order to anticipate potential threats, but the use of intrusion detection and prevention software to automate this kind of monitoring is also paramount. Because of the limitations of any one cybersecurity option, a whole host of them are needed in order to prevent hackers from finding your Achilles’ heel.
Cybersecurity is nothing if not complicated, but it remains an imperative in the age of the internet. These tips will help you find your footing.