What Do I Need to Protect My Business from Internal and External Threats?
Cyberthreats affecting businesses can come from both external and internal sources. What are you doing to secure your mission-critical data and workflow?
What Do I Need To Protect My Business From Internal and External Threats?
Cyber threats can come from without and within a business’ walls. It’s important for business owners to implement a holistic suite of proactive IT protocols to prevent invasion attempts from cunning cybercriminals.
Each business’ best line of defense begins with prevention. But no cybersecurity program is complete without addressing the potential portals of entry leveraged by criminal activity inside or outside the business.
Five Security Threats All Businesses Face
Penetration attempts by cybercriminals
How Can I Protect My Business from Common External Cyber Threats?
Most businesses are already well aware of the dangers of external attacks against their networks and systems. External threats come in a variety of forms, including Trojan horse viruses, ransomware, and phishing attempts. Though methods may differ, the cybercriminal’s goal remains the same: to penetrate a business’ digital assets to steal sensitive information or hold hostage important proprietary data for exploitation.
With this in mind, Micro Visions encourages all businesses to employ a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy to reduce risk and prevent cybercriminals from gaining a foothold into their IT systems.
Among the resources we suggest are:
- Comprehensive and consistent backups
Keeping data backed up in several different secure locations gives businesses the peace of mind that should their data be lost, stolen, or compromised, it is fully recoverable. This allows business owners to remain in the driver’s seat in the event a cybercriminal gains access to their data and begins to make demands.
- Firewalls and antivirus software
Firewall use has long been the preferred choice for defending a business’ network and systems. They continue to play an important role in any vital cybersecurity strategy. Firewalls defend your borders by preventing third party users from gaining access to a business’ systems. To provide holistic security care, firewalls should be adequately backed by antivirus software, whose main role is to scan all traffic on an ongoing basis to identify and remove potential threats.
- Assessment of risk portals
Making use of a team of IT professionals can assist businesses with the early detection of vulnerabilities in their systems. On the basis of their findings, this group of IT specialists can then calculate a realistic score to help business owners understand the areas in need of improvement.
- Consistent software updates
Keeping a business’ applications updated and ensuring regular patches as necessary is a critical component of keeping a company’s IT systems fortified against an attack. Hackers apply their hand to masterminding the flaws in outdated programs, putting companies who are still using them at risk. Operating systems are also subject to this same problem and should be regularly updated to ensure optimal protection.
- Cybersecurity assessments
Regular, honest assessments of a business’ cybersecurity strategy performance are key to identifying and eliminating weaknesses that could be easy prey for wily cybercriminals.
What Can I Do to Safeguard My Business from Security Threats within My Company?
Most business owners like to think their company is safe from threats posed by their own employees. Yet not all breaches in security are malicious in nature. Accidental deletion of important material, human error, or lack of understanding of technology resources can all lead to data security issues with negative repercussions for a company.
Today’s leading businesses make use of networks and cloud services to conduct their business. In order to effectively complete their workload, employees are empowered to use these tools, both when working at the corporate headquarters and from remote locations, sometimes including their homes. A necessary part of business, this accessibility puts companies at risk from within their own walls.
To protect against cyberattacks from internal intruders, Micro Visions recommends:
- Specified user rights
Each user on a business’ systems should be granted access only to the specified things they need to fulfill their job requirements. By limiting accessibility, there is an additional layer of protection to ensure sensitive data is properly safeguarded and kept only in the hands of those who need it.
- Adequate training
Equipment failure due to lack of knowledge can also lead to security breaches. Even though this most often happens accidentally, it still creates problems for businesses. By taking the time to train all employees properly, businesses reduce the risk of data loss due to human error.
- Change passwords regularly
Changing passwords is an excellent way to ensure employees who have moved on no longer have access to a business’ data, networks, and systems. As an added preventative measure, protocols can be put in place to prevent password sharing amongst employees.
- Remove former employee access rights
Immediately removing systems rights from former employees is important. Though most employees leave a business on good terms, there is always the potential for a former staff member to attempt to cause harm to a business or to steal proprietary information for their own personal gain.