We all know the risks of working in an office. As soon as one person gets ill, it’s only a matter of time before everyone gets sick. Yuck!
Of course, this doesn’t just happen to employees; computers can get sick too. Viruses, worms, malware, and hackers can infect your network, slowing down your operations and spawning harmful data leaks. These security threats are highly contagious and can spread through your network like the flu. You may be infected without even knowing it!
To diagnose these problems, you need insight into your network vulnerabilities. Below we will discuss safety protocols and the importance of testing your company’s cybersecurity solutions.
Create a security review team
Network protection should be an imperative for any organization. By establishing a team of security experts to test your network protocols, you can assess the strengths and weaknesses of your small business. This can be done by staff or outsourced to a network-monitoring service, depending on your needs.
Internal: Safeguarding your business against cyber threats is a full-time job that should be handled by a team of effective security experts. Having this team on staff will provide insight into your organization’s specific concerns. If the team is successful in their efforts, they will seem almost invisible. After all, we tend only to think about our cybersecurity when there is a crisis.
However, staffing network-monitoring professionals can be difficult as the industry is experiencing a skills gap. Nevertheless, it’s important not to cut corners. Putting untrained people into a security role will only weaken your cybersecurity solutions.
External: If you are operating a small business, it may be more affordable to hire an outside company to manage your network security rather than staffing and training your own. External network security teams monitor your network on a continuous basis, testing your susceptibilities and boosting your security measures.
Suspect your employees
It sounds paranoid, but regulating your employees’ devices and online interaction can greatly improve your network security. In fact, 80 percent of data breaches are caused by negligent or disgruntled employees. Create rules to protect your staff and your business by blocking access to certain websites, prohibiting personal shopping at work and deadlocking devices after hours.
If you fire an employee, reclaim their work-provided computer and mobile devices to prevent retaliation against your company. While this may seem harsh, it’s necessary to protect your network against malicious intent.
Use better passwords
Advising your employees to use better passwords should top your security checklist. Be sure to change default passwords for your wireless access points as well, as hackers can easily crack wifi modems using automated attacks. You may also want to consider implementing two-factor authentication which sends a second password to an employee’s cell phone or mobile device for further verification.
Update your programs and defenses
After you have evaluated your password policies, it is crucial to test and evaluate your programs and defenses. Start by regularly updating your anti-virus and anti-spyware programs, as this is your first line of defense against harmful software.
Be sure to activate automatic updates for the software programs you use every day including Adobe products, Java, QuickTime, and Flash. These programs frequently contain security gaps that can be exploited by hackers if not properly updated.
Of course, no cyber preparation is perfect, which is why it is important to establish a safety net. Speak to your cyber liability insurance agent about cybersecurity solutions that might be right for you and create a plan for how to best respond if an attack occurs.
While you may not be able to stop your coworkers from coughing and sniffling, you can prevent network infections from harming your small business. So what are you waiting for? Get tested.
For more on cybersecurity strategies, see New Study Highlights Three Lines Of Defense For GRC.