4 Best Practices for Cyber Security Prevention

4 Best Practices for Cyber Security Prevention

Anuja Lath 06/09/2018 10
What is cyber security? How does it affect businesses? A security breach is a threat to any user or business. Are you aware of how security is breached? There can be many reasons for a security breach, ranging from phishing and snooping to hacking and more.


A cybersecurity attack can damage the foundation of an organization and have an adverse impact on the entire business, customer base and even customer loyalty. Cybersecurity attacks have been prevalent in the past and continue to have their impacts on businesses and individuals. A cybersecurity attack damages brand reputation that can sometimes result in monetary losses.

This is why the security of data is a primary concern for businesses. Both big and small businesses are at the helm of security. Big corporations have a team of specialized experts who have a watchful eye for any suspicious activity on their network.

The reasons for security breaches can be either an internal source or an external source. A security breach affects both the user and the business. So, how does one ensure safety for their business? Even with Cyber Security, prevention is better than cure. It’s a good idea to avert an attack before it takes place. Having a well-defined cyber attack prevention plan that can be implemented in case of a cyber attack can do this.

Here are some tips on how to protect your business against cyber-attacks:

Access to Data

As a business owner, you must know who all have access to sensitive information. Sometimes, employees don’t realize it sometimes, but they unintentionally pass sensitive information to hackers, when sharing data on networks.

All team members who have access to such information must keep an eye for any suspicious activity. As a business owner, you could limit the access of sensitive information to only those employees who need it. For example, a software developer who does not deal with clients directly does not need access to client contracts and agreements. Keeping a tight check on who can access which documents can help prevent cyber attacks.

Action Plan to Mitigate Disaster

In case you have the misfortune of suffering from a cyber attack, you should have a security team that is skilled to handle the breach. Big businesses have security teams that monitor the activity on the network to look out for any suspicious activity.

Make sure your security team is also equipped to initiate cyber-attack prevention plan in case of a security attack. Typically, the team should be prepared with a cyber-security prevention strategy. A good way of preventing a security attack is to automate the action plan that will be triggered in case of a breach.

Implementing the action plan will minimize the loss a business suffers. The action in case of an attack or breach needs to be swift, so it is very important for businesses to have well-prepared strategies.

Regularly Updating Passwords

As a business, it is likely that your passwords and credentials might be spread out across the team for better functioning. It is a good activity to limit the access of credentials to only those employees who are in need of it.

Use passwords that are tricky to decode, making it as difficult as possible for hackers to hack into your system. Strong passwords often include numbers, special characters and capital letters.

To prevent a security breach, you should regularly change the password of all your accounts and Google and Excel sheets stored in the database. This is the easiest way to keep your network and sensitive data secure.

Security Training

Security is an important aspect of any business. According to reports, the majority of the security breaches in the past have been because of unintentional leakage of data by employees.

As a business owner, you should be able to facilitate security training sessions for your employees and clients to reduce the chances of a security breach.

Very often we open emails without checking their source of origin and end up downloading a virus on our systems. A training session will create awareness among the team and clients as to what measures can be taken to avoid a possible breach.

Now that you know how to prevent a security breach, we hope you remember and implement these tips in your business strategies and plans. If you think we missed out on something, let us know in the comments below!

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  • David Wang

    Cybersecurity threats pose significant risks to firms and clients.

  • Yes, indeed David!

  • Paul Reville

    Some employees fail to properly authenticate customers’ requests.

  • Usama Zahid

    There is work to be done to better protect companies.

  • Carly Dawson

    Insightful piece !

  • Thank you Carly, glad it helped you!

  • Toni Kearney

    Risk assessment should be an ongoing process as opposed to a single point in time.

  • Yes, indeed Toni assessing risks is required

  • Mark Johnstone

    Great read, thanks Anuja.

  • Thank you Mark, glad this helped you!

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Anuja Lath

Digital Marketing Guru

Anuja is India's #7 LinkedIn Top Voice 2017. She is the Co-founder and CEO of RedAlkemi Online Pvt. Ltd., a digital marketing agency helping clients with their end to end online presence. Anuja has 30 years of work experience as a successful entrepreneur and has co-founded several ventures since 1986. She and her team are passionate about helping SMEs achieve measurable online success for their business. Anuja holds a Bachelors degree in Advertising from the Government College of Fine Arts, Chandigarh, India.

 

   

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