Cybersecurity is more important for businesses than ever before. Threats can come from anywhere in the globe. And the consequences for getting breached are enormous. Therefore, you need a solid cybersecurity strategy. Otherwise, you could face catastrophe. There are certain steps you need to take if you want to protect your company from data theft. Use the tips below and have peace of mind that your information is locked up tight:

Get Network Monitoring in Place

With advanced managed detection and response you will have a network monitoring system by default. This watches your communication network between your company’s servers and all devices. This means that an intruder cannot infiltrate it without getting personal passwords.

It also means you will be alerted any time there is an attack on the network. It helps you respond right away instead of after it is too late. If you wait too long, they could stage the data on an exit server, meaning they simply upload it into the cloud and onto their own devices where they can blackmail you or release it to your competitors.

Password Salting and Protection

Too many employees have passwords that are easy to guess. The downside of this is that they can be hacked without much effort. Cyber criminals today have something called a dictionary attack where an algorithm searches through potential passwords and is able to gain access to an account in mere seconds, if not minutes. If you encrypt your passwords with random characters or odd combinations, it makes it harder for computers to guess.

Vulnerability Testing

With vulnerability and penetration testing, you can find out what kind of threats you are up against. The last thing you want to do is to go in blind against hackers. They are always finding ways to probe your network and find weak points. You want to understand your weak points before they do. That way, you can put forth better security to slow them down.

You can hire professional security testers from security firms. They often have other services available too. Or, if you have experts in your company, have them dedicate time each month to finding exploits in your code or your system as a whole. That way you are being proactive.

Employee Background Checks

In the old days, you didn’t have to worry about people hacking computers because only a few highly trained and qualified individuals knew how to work them. Now that any virus can be spread with a flash drive, you might have someone in your organization with the wrong intentions and an easy way to carry them out.

You need to be diligent about who you hire. Just like you must hire great customer service agents on the frontline with customers, you need great personnel in your tech department that you trust completely. Get professional background checks done so you leave no doubt as to their integrity and ability to get the job done.

Antivirus

With the amount of information on the web, it is hard to tell what kind of potential threats your computers are downloading. That is why it is necessary to have antivirus. Every station at your office should have an antivirus program. This prevents malicious code from being downloaded to employee devices.

In addition, an antivirus program and a firewall should be integrated with your website. Any visitor could be doing something that isn’t above board. Make sure you are rejecting certain characters and scripts on all your URLs, that way nothing can pass through.

When it comes to data security today, the requirements are bigger than they ever were before. Instead of putting your company at risk, use the methods above to protect your financial data and the private information of your customers, among other things. Taking these steps will ensure that you and your business are not facing a disaster at some point in the future due to negligence.

 

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Finn Pierson
Finn Pierson is a freelance writer and entrepreneur who specializes in business technology. He is drawn to the technological world because of its quickly paced and constantly changing environment. He believes embracing technology is essential to capturing success in any business and strives to inspire and encourage top technological practices in business leaders across the globe. He's a fan of podcasts, bokeh and smooth jazz. His time is mostly spent learning the piano and watching his Golden Retriever Julian chase a stick.