The world of cybersecurity is ever changing, and it is more difficult than ever before to keep your company safe and secure. We understand the constant pressure to keep your security systems up to date: it takes work to stay on top! Here at OnSecurity, we want to ease some of that pressure. That's why we have compiled a list of quick and easy – but highly effective – ways to keep your company safe and secure.
Here are some "quick wins" for your company's security:
1) Educate, train and raise awareness
An easy way to increase your company's security is to educate and train your staff. If your employees are aware of the risks, they will be more vigilant with your network security. Raise awareness through emails, presentations and workshops. Why not take it one step further by trying OnSecurity's Phishing Simulation Service? Simulated phishing emails can be sent to employees across your organisation, allowing your staff to learn from their mistakes in a safe environment and increase awareness of cyber scams.
2) Create a strong password policy
Implementing a strong password policy is a quick and easy way to secure your company against cybercrime. All passwords should be unique and include a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. Never use the same password for several accounts, and make sure they're changed frequently. Try sending your employees email reminders when it is time to reset their passwords.
3) Apply Two-Factor Authentication
Two-Factor Authentication adds an extra layer of protection to your network security. Your employees will be required to provide two pieces of information to gain access to their accounts. Common factors are a combination of something the user knows (such as a password) and something the user has (such as a smartphone). For example, instead of gaining immediate access to their account with a password, users will be asked to enter a code which has been sent to something in their possession. This code acts as a second layer of protection against cyberattacks and hackers: if a hacker gains access to your password, you are still protected against cyberattacks.
4) Manage access to privileged accounts
Don't allow just anyone access to your sensitive data! Access to privileged accounts should be limited: reduce the number of employees who can access confidential information and install software on company devices.
5) Check for vulnerabilities in your network
Assess your network for vulnerabilities. It is important to identify any weak spots in your software that could be targeted by cybercriminals: identifying weak spots early enough could save your organisation from cyberattacks. The National Cyber Security Centre recommends that you assess your organisation for vulnerabilities on a monthly basis.
Need help with the assessment? Don't worry, we can do the work for you! Our expert team at OnSecurity can test your organisation for vulnerabilities and help you patch any weak spots in your network.
6) Backup your data
It is important to back up your data on an external hard drive or USB. Doing this will make sure that, should cybercriminals be successful in attacking your network, clean copies of your files, data and information are stored in a safe and secure place.
7) Develop an incident response plan
While taking our advice and implementing these "quick wins" will certainly increase your company's security, you are not completely safe from cyberattacks. Cyber criminals are sophisticated, and the world of cybercrime is constantly changing and evolving. Developing an incident response plan will help you and your employees identify and overcome cyberattacks quickly, reducing the risk of damage to your business.
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