Your cyber security program protects you against threats and potential data breaches that can be fatal for businesses. Considering everything is related to the internet today, it makes sense to create a plan that’s as comprehensive and thorough as possible. Then, the number of threats and the odds of being a victim of a hack are lower.
To craft an extensive strategy, you must understand the available tools. After all, the best option is usually to mix and match the most suitable features to develop an impenetrable policy. With that in mind, you’ll find five of the most effective cybersecurity types below.
You can use the following to eliminate threats at their roots and prevent small issues from escalating out of control.
Your network is on the list of your business’s essential assets. Without a working server, it’s hard to connect the company and share information, while working remotely is almost impossible. When this happens, productivity and output levels inevitably drop, causing the business to fall behind and increase wastage.
Unfortunately, networks are tough to secure since there are plenty of back doors that you may not see as significant. Here is a small selection:
- Email accounts – employee and management
- WiFi router
- The cloud
The key is to guard against external threats by strengthening these weak spots so that hackers have fewer places to gain entry to your network. You can do this by:
- Adding extra logins
- Changing passwords
- Implementing application security, such as antivirus programs, firewalls, and data encryption
The cloud is taking businesses as it provides a large amount of storage space without the need for physical servers. However, there are security pitfalls that you must consider before choosing a supplier as the cloud has led to many data breaches in the past.
The main feature to look out for is a private connection. Often, cloud computing shares storage space with other users – it’s public – and this means your data is accessible. With a private cloud operator, you can rest easy knowing that only you have access. Another property to invest in is off-site servers.
If the cloud servers are based in a separate location, the chances of a physical threat occurring are incredibly small.
To put it simply, infrastructure security is classed as your physical assets. Typically, you wouldn’t imagine equipment or tools such as office appliances or machinery could lead to a security breach. If anything, they are subject to physical theft, not cyberattacks. Yet, as technology advances and accessories become more intelligent, there are extra risks.
For example, simply using a smart speaker or TV screen in your business could present an opportunity for a digital thief. These are assets, though so how are you supposed to utilise them correctly while enhancing your organisation’s security protocols? The trick is to factor in the following:
- Does it introduce a threat because it’s inherently unsafe?
- Is it subject to industry or legal consequences? I.e. would you have to pay fines or penalties as a result of a leak?
- Is it high value or is it an indulgence?
- Does it support the company’s wider infrastructure?
The answers to these questions should reveal the answers you need to make an informed decision.
Mobile applications are increasing in popularity due to their ease of use and accessibility advantages. As a business with aspirations, there’s nothing better than an app that is navigable and raises awareness of your brand.
But, the development and running stages offer unparalleled opportunities for hackers who can rely on user-generated content (forms). All they have to do is input a line of code and the third-party will have unadulterated access to all the data stored on the app’s network.
Similar to network security protections, you should lean on firewalls and encryption solutions to add an extra layer of safety.
The Internet of Things syncs anything with an internet connection together. Once this happens, every piece of information of data that an appliance collects is available to thieves. Even worse, because the link is like a web, they only require a single weak spot to steal sensitive information.
Thankfully, mobile devices have built-in safety elements, the best one being an upgrade. By upgrading your equipment’s code regularly, the patches will plug the gaps so that hackers don’t have a back door they can use to enter your server
How JVR Consultancy Can Help
All of the above may sound complicated, but they are basic security problems that are easy to fix. At JVR Consultancy, we can empower you to take your company’s safety to the next level by assessing and certifying you as Cyber Essentials qualified.
Cyber Essentials is backed by the government, which is why it’s essential to contact us as soon as possible for a free analysis on your current systems and a road map on how best for you to progress. As one of few consultancies in the UK to be accredited by the IASME Consortium in partnership with the National Cyber Security Centre, we can assess your application and certify you as Cyber Essentials ready. Plus, we offer vital advice that will boost your chances of succeeding in the first attempt.
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