Why is cybersecurity important? Because prevention is far more effective than problem resolution. Many companies, however, do nothing about cybersecurity until an attack occurs. It is often too late to repair the damage when simple prevention measures and rules could help to avoid most hacker or web scammer attempts.
According to recent cybersecurity surveys, approximately 90% of companies admitted to having experienced a data breach. Nearly three-quarters of them occurred within the last year and more than two thirds of respondents acknowledge that threats are increasing. The year 2022 is expected to have the most attacks on record. On the other hand, organizations that take a precautionary approach are much less likely to have experienced an attack or breach in 24 months.
How to protect yourself from cyber attacks?
- Improve your password policy. It is not advisable to allow your employees to choose their own passwords for various software applications used within the company. As a result, passwords that are easy to guess (e.g., date of birth, first name, or even children's) are used for multiple applications. You should impose strict password policies, such as requiring a unique password for each tool and a certain level of complexity, and ideally, you should provide a password manager.
- Train your staff. Most hacking attacks succeed because someone makes a mistake, such as opening an email attachment or using an overly simple or common password. That is why staff training in your company is critical. It prevents the most common errors, increases vigilance, and allows for a better understanding of issues on a personal and collective level. Find out how to recognize phishing attacks and scams, as well as how to create strong passwords and maintain good cybersecurity awareness through our course Introduction to cybersecurity.
The course is written by our experts with experience in regulatory risk and cybersecurity and will help your team understand why is cybersecurity important. We use simple language in an easy-to-use eLearning environment so that every member of your team can complete the training without difficulty.
In the end there is a competency-based assessment to test knowledge. Users will receive a one-year certificate upon successful completion of the course and assessment.
- Backup your data on a regular basis. It is absolutely necessary to implement a backup policy with solutions tailored to your business. It should be more than just a manual backup that is done every now and then. Professional and automated solutions are preferable and, in many cases, less expensive when compared to the potential damage.
- Control device access. It is critical for your company's security that only authorized individuals have access to devices. Furthermore, the IT department should be the only one in charge of programs/applications installation. Many companies do not restrict access to computer equipment or allow everyone to install different software, including games. They are frequently the source of malware or spyware, which leads to the theft of sensitive data.
According to the statistics, companies that invest in cybersecurity are better protected, so it must become a priority if you want to be safe. If you have any questions or are unsure where to begin, please contact us and one of our team members will assist you.
Last updated: November 4, 2022