Internet Security: The Essential Aspects Your Business Should Consider Strengthening

It may surprise you to know that in recent years, there have been some major industry players which have suffered from breaches in security – companies such as eBay, JPMorgan Chase, and Sony. According to McAfee in a study done in 2015, there are about 2000 cybersecurity attacks each day, and this fact should be enough to alarm any business when it comes to their cybersecurity efforts. Are you worried about your security as a business? Here are the essential aspects your business should consider in order to strengthen your Internet security.

Know what you have

You may not be fully aware of the data you actually have, so your first step to enhancing cybersecurity is to know the data you have stored on your system. Knowing what you have will help you determine a better strategy for security, as you can better understand what risks you are facing if various kinds of data are stolen or lost. You can then employ best practices when it comes to the protection of the kinds of data you have, be it assigning security to the actual data, making use of multiple-factor authentication, or making use of data encryption.

Be aware of internal threats

Most businesses tend to concentrate on threats from external sources – but there are risks which are also posed by internal sources, people from within your organisation itself. It’s not just because of deliberately stolen data, either. It can be as simple as a staff member clicking on an attachment on their email which contains a threat. The fact is that many hackers today have become quite clever, making use of personal data which is easily acquired from sources such as social media accounts, in order to convince staff members that an email they have received is from someone they know. It is therefore important for your business to train your staff on the reality of these threats and have them follow a set procedure in case they encounter such a breach.

Be more vigilant

As a business, you have a responsibility to protect not only your own data, but the data of your clients, your vendors, and your employees. Fortunately, you can already go far simply by remaining vigilant and monitoring your own systems in a more effective manner. This would include fixing bugs, filtering both your outbound and inbound communications, and having updated malware protection and software. The good news is that cheap antivirus software can be easily found from reliable suppliers, which have close relationships with antivirus software companies such as McAfee, Norton, AVG, and Kaspersky; these suppliers are able to get software at a more reasonable price, and the savings can then be passed on to you.

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