When it comes to cybersecurity, your team is your first line of defense. They are on the front lines protecting your data, and if a cybercriminal can get past them, very little will stop them from gaining access to your data.
Your company may have comprehensive cybersecurity technologies in place, but your efforts will fail unless your team is in the know. Never forget, it only takes one team member to click on a link, reuse an old password, or lose a device to lead to a data breach. Here are five best practices your team should utilize as part of your cybersecurity operations.
Despite what is displayed in popular media, most breaches aren’t due to someone in a hoodie breaking into your network. More often than not, a successful breach will be due to the cybercriminal gaining access to a team member’s credentials using phishing. Phishing uses email, links, or attachments to trick your team into either sharing their username/password or allowing a bad actor to access the system.
Could you identify a social engineering attack? Phishing is difficult to prevent because it uses social engineering tactics to lull your team members into breaking cybersecurity protocols. Successful phishing attempts are usually so because they can mimic the look and feel of an email your team would expect to receive.
As we noted, ransomware attacks are increasing, and because they use a phishing attack to gain access to businesses, phishing training has to be a priority. This is why it is critical to train your employees to recognize suspicious emails and, at the bare minimum, not to open or click on anything they don’t recognize.
Shadow IT/IoT occurs when a member of your organization brings a device or installs unauthorized software and connects it to the network without telling your IT department, allowing it to lie in the shadow of your security protocols. Unfortunately, such connections aren’t using best practices, exposing your network to the risk of intrusion by bad actors. What’s worse, since your IT department isn’t aware of the connections, they cannot defend against an attack until it is too late. Please take a moment to learn how to fight back shadow IT.
The most important practice you can do for your team, and your business in case of a cyberattack, is to ensure your data is regularly backed up. It is essential that you have a data backup and disaster recovery plan in place. Like any disaster that may threaten your business, your backup will provide you with the insurance needed to weather the storm. An appropriate way to think about your backup and disaster recovery plan (BDR) is that it is more than just insurance for your data, it’s insurance for your business’ future.
When considering a BDR plan, made sure you receive at least following benefits:
Finally, the best practice you can do for your team regarding cybersecurity is to encourage them to contact your IT team. Cybercriminals thrive on people hiding mistakes because they aren’t comfortable asking for help. This translates to a team member opening a suspicious attachment, and instead of informing someone, they hide the issue hoping that it was harmless.
Unfortunately, if it wasn’t, the virus may have had enough time to embed itself into your systems, requiring extraordinary efforts to remove it. Ensure your team knows they can and should ask for help before they download a file, click on a link, or open an attachment if they are not sure of its nature.
Just as your team needs cybersecurity support, so does your business. Your team is only part of the bigger picture, and unless your company embraces the need and seriousness of cybersecurity, neither will your team. As a Rapid City business ourselves, we are familiar with the cybersecurity threats facing area businesses like yours and have the expertise to help you develop the cybersecurity plan right for your business.
KT Connections is a premier South Dakota resource for cybersecurity best practices. Our vast array of services include 24/7 monitoring and maintenance, which takes day-to-day maintenance responsibilities off your plate, freeing up time and resources, allowing you to focus on your business. We also offer comprehensive cybersecurity solutions providing your business with access to our wide range of enterprise-level security services which you can personalize to suit your unique needs.
Call KT Connections today at 888-891-4201, schedule an appointment, and begin the process of preparing your team and your business to face a cyberattack when it comes.
Join us for our Cybersecurity Webinar on: Feb 18, 2021 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada). Register here: https://ktconnections.com/cybersecurity-webinar