Why invest time and money into Cybersecurity measures? In the long run, this could save your business from financial loss, downtime, data leaks and most importantly data loss from hackers. Check out this quick Cybersecurity checklist to assess if your company’s security is up to industry standards and at a lower risk from unauthorized access.
- Update System and Software Regularly
Maintain all software and systems with the latest updates. This is important as updates usually include critical patches and security features to protect your computer.
- Protect Privileged Accounts
Privileged account(s) are user accounts that contain admin access and elevated privileges. Ensure all of these accounts have a separate login and only admins have access.
- Create a BDR (Backup Disaster & Recovery) Plan
Backups are critical to ensure minimal downtime in the event of a ransomware or DoS (Denial of Service) for your documents, files and databases. Regularly backup data at least once a week or more if possible.
- Install Antivirus Software
Real-time antivirus and malware detection software are useful tools to regularly scan your business network and check for threats. It is important to ensure the software is up-to-date and security patches are installed for optimized protection.
- Implement Multi-Factor Authentication
This method of authentication provides an additional layer of security making it harder for unauthorized access to your accounts. Enable this feature on the accounts that offer MFA.
- Use Strong, Unique Passwords
Simple and commonly used passwords allow hackers to easily gain access to accounts especially if the password has been expose before. Use a separate password for each account that consists of at least 12 characters with a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Passwords should be changed at least once every year and each password should be unique to each website and/or application.
- Secure the WiFi Network
Check that the WiFi Network at your workplace is secure, encrypted, and password protected. Use the latest security protocols and keep your router/firewall updated.
- Manage Systems and Configurations
Actively monitor all workstations, servers and network devices working for suspicious activity. Remove unwanted hardware and software from the network.
- Train Users for Basic Cybersecurity
Make sure all users are educated with basic cybersecurity best practices and take precautions to not fall for phishing attempts. Some helpful training topics to cover include spotting phishing emails, good browsing practices, avoiding suspicious downloads, creating strong passwords and protecting sensitive information.
- Regular Security Audits
Having a regular network security audit will help identify weaknesses in your IT infrastructure. Penetration testing is required for certain compliance but it is generally helpful to improve cyber security overall. The scope can include social engineering which tests how susceptible users are to real cyber threats.
After assessing how prepared your business is against the growing number of threats, now is the time to implement stronger security practices and protect your valuable data. TECHONSITE can help you to identify risks, improve security mechanisms, monitor systems, and minimize loss from potential attacks. Get started with us today to help your business grow and succeed with quality IT support and services.