Cyberattacks continue to concern businesses with 79% of global organizations ranking them as a top 5 priority. Courtesy of our friends as Founder Shield, the following are the top 7 ways to mitigate corporate cyber vulnerabilities.
Develop and exercise a Disaster Recovery Plan
Regularly perform full and incremental backups of data, encrypting backup data, and segregating a copy offsite and offline are a great place to start. However, all businesses should conduct an annual test of their Incident Response / Business Continuity Plan to be sure recovery efforts will be successful when they are really needed.
Transition to Multi-Factor Authentication
Prioritize accounts with elevated privileges and integrate for remote access, email, and all high value assets.
Address Endpoint Threats
Leverage complex passwords, encrypt data at rest and data in motion, restrict access and admin privileges except where explicitly needed, and leverage Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) software to gather and analyze security threat-related information from computer workstations and other endpoints.
Reduce Third-Party Exposure Threats
Implement a vendor management program and review 3rd party contracts and security protocols. Inquire about their data security policies and measures they have in place to prevent cybersecurity incidents.
Update and Upgrade Software
Take inventory of software used, remove unwanted, unneeded or unexpected software from devices, and manage software updates to adapt to dynamic threat environments.
Beware Social Engineering
Provide your team regular training on cybersecurity to ensure members know how to detect and prevent related crimes.
Continuously Hunt for Network Intrusions
Take proactive steps to detect, contain, and remove any malicious presence within the network, including leveraging a 24/7 Incident Response team because threats don’t work a 9-to-5 schedule.
Having a plan and sticking to it is the best way to consistently mitigate risks and working with a partner can ease the burden of security and compliance tasks. We have a plan – what’s yours?
Roli Points is the Sourcepass CO-Founder and VP of Strategic Alliances. Reach out to Roli at (877) 678-8080.