The Top 8 Ways To Secure Your Business Against Cyber Attacks.
Any business will know that the auditing of cybersecurity procedures is crucial to the survival of your organisation. Regular training for your employees on security threats is essential. Especially since most security breaches originate from an employees’ mistake.
A single click on a bogus email could land your company in hot water if workers don’t know what constitutes a risk factor. Consequently, training your staff to recognise possible data breaches and vicious malware is no longer an option, but a necessity to remain in business.
According to the IBM X-Force Cyber Security Intelligence Index;
‘In 2018, cybercriminals shifted away from ransomware and focused on snatching up profits through crypto jacking and other malicious crypto mining attacks. Throughout 2018, these attacks increased by 450%.
Human error such as misconfigured cloud servers, unsecured cloud databases, and improperly secured sync backups were responsible for 43% of publicly disclosed misconfiguration incidents, resulting in a more than 20% increase since 2017
Regular and proper training of your employees can go a long way to help prevent many of these breaches. More also, it is imperative to conduct regular cyber-security audits to be sure that your data protection procedures are attack-proof.
Many larger firms and multi-nationals in the UK already have a basic understanding of some of the reasons why they must invest in regular and continuous staff training. Such investment is essential for them to update their cyber-safety measures. However, most SMEs are yet to comprehend the need for consistent and adequate user training sessions on cyber-security issues. And this could be a disaster in the making!
So, what do you need to consider and is your business prepared for the potential of a breach?
Here are some tips to consider:
Conduct Regular Self Audits
One of the sure-fire ways to protect your organisation from security infiltration is to conduct some self-initiated attack on your security shield. You can designate some of your in-house tech experts (or engage with a third party like us here at Allteks) to make random attempts to gain access to your systems and data to check out the strength of your operations. Doing this often identifies loopholes in your security procedures. If any shortcomings are found in your security procedures, you can make necessary adjustments to safeguard your firm from external security attacks.
Organise Frequent and Relevant Security Training
Growing innovation in technology means that there are always new ways for hackers to get into our IT systems. Cyber-security training, therefore, must reflect this and continuously adapt alongside new tech and potential threat.
This training is not just necessary; they must be frequent, up-to-date, and specific to your business requirements. All employees must be trained to understand the need to have hard-to-crack passwords that will assist in data protection.
Organise Regular Security Briefings
Hold quarterly or bi-annual briefings to discuss new trends in cyber-security. You can even consider organising a quiz with incentives on current security matters in the news. Some of the finds from these engagements can be of immense benefit to your organisation.
Include Cyber-Training in Your Recruitment Process
Always ensure all new employees start off on the right foot by allowing them to go through mandatory cyber-security training before you even offer them the job. We know that allowing anyone to use your network without the correct cyber-security training could potentially risk your business. Therefore, make sure any new employee is just as knowledgeable as your current staff.
Training Must Include Senior Staff Members
Cybercriminals can launch their attacks through anyone, irrespective of their level in the organisation’s hierarchy. Top executives are often targeted for cyber-criminals due to the direct access they have to vital business information. All staff, regardless of position, are a target and a potential threat and therefore ALL are candidates for security awareness training.
Do not limit your cyber training to junior level employees alone.
Educate Your Staff about Social Engineering.
It is often easy to trick users through social engineering. This is when the hacker impersonates someone else (e.g. a potential customer) to manipulate your staff into performing actions that will compromise confidential information.
This will most likely be conducted through phone calls or emails (Vishing/Phishing) but can also occur in the form of malicious texts (Smishing), fake surveys, or malicious links on social media sites. Regular training will help to update your staff members on trending malicious social engineering techniques they should know.
Train Specific Employees on Your Disaster Recovery Plan
There is no full-proof strategy against a cyber-attack. Which is why you need to have a disaster recovery plan in place, to help mitigate any occurrence. You should train your employees on how to recognise an attack, who to notify in case of an attack and any other relevant information like lost or theft of a mobile device. All these precautionary steps will help mitigate incidences of cyber-attacks.
Formulate a Standard Security Policy
To make the training easy to absorb by all members of staff, you should have a universal company security policy devoid of unnecessary jargons. Doing this will make staff induction easier, and all stakeholders and employees, ranging from the senior teams to junior staff members, contractors to third-party users will all be aware of the protocol should a breach occur.
Make sure the policy document is easily accessible and regularly updated to be sure all staff members are on the same page when it comes to trending information and expertise on cyber-security.
Never play down on the power of knowledge. The more equipped your employees are in terms of handling risk factors, the more your organisation is likely to drive growth without much hassle. Always start the training from the basics and make sure potential employees are trained before they start their first shift. You must also take deliberate steps to run through your security procedures to be sure of its functionality.
If you would like further advice or an audit of your current security systems and procedures, get in contact with Allteks, and we’d be happy to help your organisation stay protected.