It’s no secret that cyberattacks are an ever-growing threat in the modern world. From companies of all sizes to the healthcare sector and political campaigns, cyber risk is actually considered the top business concern for this year. These attacks are not only incredibly costly, but also embarrassing for those involved in them and even life threatening.
Who should manage these threats? Most people seem to think that cybersecurity is just something to be handled by the computer nerds of the world. This, of course, is not true. A lot of cybersecurity is handled in non-technical ways by every employee of a business. While technical digital security is obviously a big part of an overall cybersecurity plan, it is important that the non-technical aspects are recognized and fully implemented in order to fully protect employees, customers, and organizations alike.
- Take the time to identify your critical assets. – Before a cyberattack happens, take the time to fully identify your critical management aspects and take the necessary steps to protect them. When you know where your most important and sensitive information is before something happens, you will save time and effort in the event of an incident while also deciding the value of said data.
- Prepare a company-wide response plan. – Each and every member of your organization should know what to do in the event of a cyberattack and what they are responsible for. Your company should have this listed in a thorough plan and implement a protocol for things like the shutting down of critical systems, alerting of authorities, and a backup plan for communication.
- Double check third-parties. – Just because you have taken the steps to protect your company doesn’t mean others have the same set of guidelines implemented. A visitor to the office with a laptop full of malware can take down your organization all the same. Make sure that any outside or third-party vendor associated with your company follows a cybersecurity plan as well.
- Designate a cybersecurity leader. – Your organization should have someone who is in a position of power making sure that cybersecurity is a top priority for all employees. He or she should make sure that training is enforced, security protocols are thoroughly understood by all employees, and emergency plans are in place should the worst happen.
- Make training a priority. - Every single member of your organization is responsible for the cybersecurity of said organization, which is why every single member must be trained. All it takes is just one click on a link to compromise a company.
At Logical Operations, we have developed our CyberSAFE training to ensure that all employees are able to identify risks, safely protect themselves and their organization from said risks, and defend against real-world threats. To learn more about how CyberSAFE can help protect you and your data, contact us today.