Knowing cybersecurity up close: Simple steps that matter!

Cybersecurity is often underrated. While many companies have inflated their budget for security, they don’t do much beyond just compliance. What many businesses are actually doing is reactive security measures. They want to control damage, reduce the consequences, in case an incident occurs. However, cybersecurity is not about that. It is more about preventing a security ban or breach in the first place. In this post, we are sharing all you need to know about simple ways to ensure cybersecurity.

  1. Make it large. First and foremost, ensure that every person within the organization knows about cybersecurity. If you want to really beat the hackers and their attempts to hack your company, you have to ensure that employees are aware, trained, and well-versed with cybersecurity risks and threats.
  2. Establish the basic protocols. From creating strong passwords with strong characters and changing all default passwords, to having an incident response plan, your cybersecurity protocols must be clear and should be on paper. This also ensures that your business is doing enough to prevent breaches.
  3. Get cybersecurity experts. Training employees for better cybersecurity can be hard, and for that, there is no harm in hiring cybersecurity experts, who can offer examples and share details on how to browse safely, handling suspicious emails and attachments, and basic threats for employees, like social engineering.
  4. Focus on protection. Placing all networked devices behind firewalls, and using firebreaks where necessary, are other steps to consider. When you use something like network segmentation, you minimize the possible consequences of a security breach. It is about having subnetworks, so that everything isn’t compromised.
  5. Think of advanced measures. When it comes to privilege users, or specific devices or networks that contain sensitive information, additional cybersecurity steps can help. For example, you can consider having multifactor authentication for certain accounts, or for preventing brute force attacks, lockout feature can be useful.

Finally, consider the idea of having a bug bounty program, or engage ethical hackers in some capacity, to find security issues and vulnerabilities that need attention. It doesn’t take a lot to prevent a hacking attempt, but more often than not, businesses let their guard down. They end up ignoring the basic cybersecurity measures that can actually help them in both short and long run. There is no short-term cybersecurity – you have to plan and ensure that everything is done as per the latest standards all the time.