Don’t make these 5 critical cyber security mistakes
Managing cyber risk effectively is equal parts prevention and recovery. Securing your data, systems and digital assets requires an integrated approach that is robust and agile.
Utilising the most up-to-date systems and the process is a big part of the solution but it’s just as important to ensure you can recover quickly if a breach does occur.
Here are the top five critical cyber security mistakes we see organisations make and what you can do to ensure the security of your business.
1. Assuming it won’t happen to your business
It’s easy to assume that it won’t happen to you when the threat is invisible. However, the risk of cyber-attack is very real no matter how big or small your business is. Even large organisations with more complex systems and more robust security in place find themselves subject to sophisticated and repeat attacks that test their defences. Smaller businesses generally have less security in place and represent an easier target for cyber criminals.
The solution is to ensure you have a multi-faceted cyber security system that can counteract threats such as ransomware, Denial of Service attacks, Phishing and password attacks.
2. Relying on anti-virus software
There was a time anti-virus software was enough to stop most cyber security threats, but hackers have evolved as technology has advanced and their attacks are far more advanced. Many cyber criminals are evolving their techniques faster than tools and software are developed.
Anti-virus software will certainly keep businesses safer, but it must be used as part of a broader cyber security plan. A robust security system includes hardware, software, multiple points of entry and a backup plan to help restore systems in case a breach occurs.
3. Thinking cyber security is an IT issue
Your IT team will take the lead on securing your systems and providing advice on how to maintain cyber security, but they can’t do it alone. Leaders and executives need to understand the risk cyber security poses to business continuity and the bottom line. A collaborative plan should outline the organisational process and policies required to protect the business at all levels and make every employee accountable for keeping data and systems safe.
4. Not updating your network
Failure to understand network architecture and regularly update systems and software is a key point of failure for many businesses. Keeping a regular updates schedule for the latest system software eliminates many potential threats and regular updates fix and remove known threats to ensure there are no obvious holes in your system’s perimeter.
A clear understanding of where critical data lives on the network and where a breach could occur immediately helps eliminate the weakest points.
5. Failure to monitor enterprise endpoints
A crucial mistake businesses make is failing to monitor enterprise endpoints like laptops or mobile devices for signs of phishing or ransomware attacks. While a strong perimeter is essential, businesses must also guard against attacks from inside their network. Once a cyber criminal has breached your network they must not be allowed to move around undetected. Implementing a system that can effectively monitor endpoints and sound the alarm when irregular activity is detected is a key element to keeping your business safe.
Protecting your business against cyber security risks requires the right systems and processes to be implemented at all levels, from IT to senior management and each individual team member. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, being proactive in resolving these top five critical cyber security mistakes will go a long way to ensuring you’re protecting your valuable business data and digital assets.
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