Monday, October 5, 2020

How to Manage Your Company’s Cybersecurity in a Changed Digital Landscape


Your employee thought you were asking them to buy some gift cards; they clicked a link in an email “from you,” paid a few thousand dollars, and went on their way. Or maybe just clicking the link gave the sender access to your entire network. One problem: The email wasn’t from you. 

COVID-19 hasn’t made things easier for businesses, many of which have been forced to pivot their workforce to remote work. That means that employees who may not have secure home WiFi networks, or who might use their work computers for personal purposes like online schooling to securely access the company network from home, are on the front lines of keeping their employer secure. 

 

Add that up to a few dozen — or few hundred — employees, and businesses have even more weaknesses to exploit than before the pandemic. On top of that, IT jobs have plummeted from 25,300 added jobs in the first two months of 2020, to a net loss of 181,300 tech jobs in April. That means fewer professionals securing evermore complex problems and vulnerable networks. Finally, cyberattacks are prevalent and expensive — and they cost businesses an average of $380,000 per incident. So what’s a business to do?

 

In honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’re hosting webinars throughout October to help you blaze a secure path forward. One of our first webinars, which we’re hosting on Tuesday, October 6, covers how to keep your remote workforce secure. Consider it your own first step in cybersecurity training! And keep reading to learn how to manage cybersecurity effectively.

Train your employees

Investing in security-related training for your employees might seem counterintuitive in a year when businesses are forced to make reductions in force due to the impact of COVID-19. But providing company-wide cybersecurity training to your existing workforce helps you save money by bolstering employee retention and gaining skills in your workforce without expanding your headcount budget.

Keep your software updated

It might be an annoyance to get a window popping up reminding you again that you need to update your software. But it is imperative that you and your employees update your software as regularly and quickly as possible, as those updates provide security patches and keep others on your network safe as well.

Back up regularly and often

Another task that isn’t exciting but is extremely important is backing up your data. Back it up to a secure, offsite location — not to your company cloud network — and do it frequently. Not only is it valuable to have backups, but in the event of a ransomware attack, you won’t need to pay the ransom and can restore from your last backup.

Don’t store data you don’t need

Maybe you have your customers’ dates of births just sitting in your database, unused. Get rid of it! Storing personal data that you don’t use opens you up to more liability in the event that your company is the victim of a cyberattack. 

Choose your providers wisely

Only work with service providers that store your company data in the same country in which you operate. International data laws are very complex, and the last thing you want is to be unwittingly noncompliant.

Instate a company-wide VPN — and use it

Company VPNs have always been important, but now with an evermore remote workforce, they’re vital. A VPN service will keep your cloud resources more secure, and will keep your employees secure if they’re logging onto an unsecured network. 

 

Worried about the price tag? It’s worth making room in the budget, and many services will come in below $10 per month per user. And if that recurring expense means avoiding the aforementioned $380,000, it also makes good business sense. 

 

Join us for Cybersecurity Awareness Month 

 

Check out our month full of webinars here.

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