Enforcing a Cybersecurity Strategy

The changed world we have found ourselves living in since the global pandemic struck in 2020 has been particularly helpful to cybercriminals. Working from home, the ongoing digitization of our lives, and the increasing online nature of business mean opportunities for phishers, hackers, and scammers have increased. As we head into 2022, there is, unfortunately, no sign of this letting up. Therefore, it is essential for individuals and businesses to be aware of the ever-growing avenues of attack and implementing practices to mitigate the risks.

Continuous employee education

Any robust cybersecurity strategy will necessarily involve the work of talented security specialists. Cybersecurity risks are always evolving so your IT security team must be adaptable and up to date with new threats.

In addition, your organization needs to consider a continuous education program for all employees. Training your employees in cyber security and making them more aware is significant. Most attacks are caused by the actions of employees. Things like phishing emails are one of the most common ways for a data breach.  By tricking users into clicking or opening an attachment that is full of malware is how cyber criminals gain access to sensitive information. Examples of sound training topics are:

  • Ransomware
  • Phishing
  • Social Engineering
  • Privacy
  • Physical and Environmental Controls (Clean Desk Policies)
  • Social Networking Dangers

 

Multi-factor authentication

Multi-factor authentication is a must-have solution for advanced security strategies. It helps to protect sensitive data by adding an extra layer of security, leaving malicious actors with almost no chance to log in as if they were you. Even if the malicious actor had your password, it would still need your second and third-factor authentication such as a security token or fingerprint.

 

Stay up to date with regulatory changes and plan accordingly

As cyber criminals continue to create new avenues to infiltrate businesses, governments and regulatory bodies continue to create/update policies and regulations to combat the ever-changing risks. It is imperative to make sure your organization is always well-informed of new requirements and that it updates its cybersecurity plan accordingly.

For example, when gathering customers’ personal information, you must have measures in place to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could leave you liable for lawsuits or major fines. Additionally, changes in regulations could lead your organization to accidentally violate consumer protection requirements if you are not careful. Always track regulations and legislative changes as they appear.

 

Prioritize mobile device security

Year over year both personal and business device activity continues to increase, so it is no surprise that protecting these devices will be paramount in 2022 and beyond. The rise of remote work has led to more employees accessing critical organizational files or data through unsecured mobile devices.

Thus, your cybersecurity strategy for 2022 should integrate elements of new mobile security practices, including:

  • Installing antivirus software on mobile devices
  • Practicing good digital hygiene while remote
  • Teaching employees not to leave mobile devices unattended
  • Assigning secured mobile devices to employees

 

Keep your applications and operating systems up to date

Keeping your system and programs up to date is one of the most effective ways to reduce the impact of a ransomware infection. Staying up to date on your security fixes vulnerabilities that cyber criminals can exploit and use as a mechanism to launch the cyber attack.

 

Reputable and Feature Rich Endpoint Security

One of the most important ways to stop ransomware is to have a reputable and feature rich endpoint security solution. These solutions are installed on your devices and they reduce the risk of malware infecting your systems. More endpoint security solutions are now built with forensic investigative capabilities. This provides valuable evidence on how a system was compromised including the criminal’s activity during the compromise.

These solutions can help protect against malicious downloads and can alert users when they are visiting risky websites. These systems are not guaranteed to be 100% effective as cybercriminals are always trying to create new pieces of malware that can get around the security tools, but endpoint security is a crucial step in protection against malware.

 

Conclusion

As we head into the new year it is the perfect time to prepare a strategy to match today’s cybersecurity landscape. It is not too late to make your organization’s entire infrastructure secure. Start now to educate your teams, implement new policies complying with changes in regulations, maximize mobile device and endpoint protection.  Change your approach for 2022 and contact Brockton Point Solutions for support if required .

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