The staggering amount of massive cyberattacks that occurred last year due to basic flaws in cybersecurity plans is a sobering reminder than many organizations still have yet to implement the basic protocols necessary to protect their data. In this hostile environment of today, organizations must be sure to focus on some elementary, but essential cybersecurity strategies to ensure that they are protected.
These six strategies can help companies protect themselves from potential hacks and data breaches:
- Continuous Monitoring – While a security team must be able to protect many devices at one time, hackers and cyber criminals only need one device to access important data. A proper continuous monitoring system is made up of many components that work together to constantly provide a defense against cyberattack methods. This would include solutions that track device login attempts, those that detect unauthorized access attempts, and network management to help keep the internet and/or intranet secure.
- Network Modernization – The cyberattacks of today are growing in both size and sophistication at a rate that legacy or older technology simply cannot handle. These systems most likely operate on outdated software that is either no longer supported or those that run without the necessary security functionality to keep up with the times. Modern networks are much easier to manage, are better equipped to handle attacks, and are much more efficient. In most cases, they are also able to detect and respond to any threats without the need for human intervention.
- Encryption – No matter if in the cloud or on your own servers, strong encryption should be put in place no matter where your data is actually stored. The smallest vulnerabilities in an encrypted network can be an access point for cybercriminals to exploit, but end-to-end encryption is still one of the most secure methods of protecting your data.
- Cybersecurity Framework – The National Institute for Standards and Technology recently released a Cybersecurity Framework that is being endorsed and encouraged by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. This Framework consists of guidelines, standards, and practices that promoted the protection of a critical infrastructure – and has proved to be successful for those who have already implemented it.
- Patching and Updating – Important and vital threat deterrents, software patches and updates are necessary for protecting your network from malicious attacks. However, it is common for them to fall through the cracks of everyday security. It is best to make sure that updates are automatic and that they are applied as soon as they become available.
- Training – In addition to preparing technological devices, organizations must also prepare and ready their employees to act as another layer of protection. Far too often, people end up being the weakest link in a company’s overall security plan. The best way to prevent human error from being your cybersecurity downfall is by implementing an effective training program. At Logical Operations, we offer our CyberSAFE™ training program to teach employees how to identify potential risks that are associated with end-user technology.