As businesses begin to find a new normal between full-time office working and remote working, it’s a good time to check in on your organisation’s cybersecurity hygiene, and on how closely your employees are following your security policies.
Hacks and cybersecurity incidents have risen significantly during the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving some businesses scrambling to institute proper policies and safeguarding measures. Data breaches can result not only in severe fines, but also in reputational damage and loss of customer loyalty. Of course, there is only so much a cybersecurity policy in itself can do, so it is crucial to make sure that your employees are onboard and lessening their own cyber risk, where they can.
Here are a few ideas to pretty much instantly heighten your current cybersecurity posture:
Make sure you patch security vulnerabilities regularly. Ensure that your systems are secure on a consistent basis by performing pentests or other checks. Then, integrate that knowledge into your cybersecurity policy by getting rid of any bugs or security flaws.
Software updates are your friend. If you’re using a third-party software or service, you’ll find that their updates often address any security flaws they may have found. Keep on top of your software updates to lower your chances of a third-party breach.
Make your passwords strong, and ensure your employees do too. A short and simple password may be easy to remember, but it’s also incredibly easy to hack. Make sure to impress upon your employees the importance of having unique, strong passwords. Passwords should generally include a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters, and be above 8 characters long. Additionally, employees should be discouraged from using the same password for various accounts.
These may be simple suggestions, but refreshing the memories of your teammates and employees can be critical in preventing a simple but devastating breach. As businesses continue to adapt to the challenges thrown at them – Covid-19 and beyond – it’s important to know that your organisation is protected at the most basic information security level.