As technology evolves, hackers constantly find new and improved ways to harm businesses, steal our data and use our private information for their selfish gain. As history has shown repeatedly, no company is safe. Even the likes of Apple, Microsoft, and Sony have been hacked on more than one occasion. As cybercrime improves and innovates, so too must cybersecurity to meet this rising threat. Here are seven ways to keep your business system hacker-free.
Web protection is an additional layer of security that allows you to administer, monitor, and enforce client web regulations from a single interface. In reality, the best way to think of online defense is as a policy-driven approach to security. Rather than having device-level settings across the board, many devices can link to a single policy that can be changed and adjusted to fit a variety of such devices. This allows you to perform website filtering based on time or content, as well as bandwidth checks to avoid network throttling and, ultimately, protect the company from legal liability.
Network visibility can allow you to proactively secure your network by constantly scanning it for threats. You can scan everything, count everything, detect the abnormalities, and apply policy accordingly using network visibility. The implementation of appropriate event log management, which may convert random data into patterns that can alert you to a breach before it has a chance to succeed, is arguably the most essential tool in the fight against cybercrime. In the long term, constant network visibility protocols can prove more cost-effective than only checking in on your network after a cyberattack has already taken place.
The issue with data encryption is that it is often regarded as a security faff gone too far: far too complicated, much too expensive, far too much. The fact is that if you identify the data that is most valuable to your company and then concentrate on encrypting it, you won’t need to waste time, effort, and resources encrypting everything else. If the worst happens and hackers get through your fortified network, your data will still be safe, even if it’s stolen. Most hackers will be unable to decrypt data that is encrypted strongly enough.
Make sure your website is protected using HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), which encrypts data sent between it and client browsers. Use HTTPS Everywhere, a Tor Project and Electronic Frontier Foundation initiative, to have your web browser rewrite requests from unencrypted HTTP sites to secure HTTPS ones. Finally, VeraCrypt has emerged as the open-source encryption tool of choice in recent years, following the collapse of TrueCrypt, from which it branched, in terms of support.
You may search for attack patterns and implement all the policies you want, but keeping up with each new method cybercriminals concoct to attack your network will be difficult. Patch management isn’t a silver bullet, and it won’t keep you safe from zero-day attacks or unpatched vulnerabilities, but it will help you stay up with the bad guys. Subscribing to vendor notifications, keeping an eye on security news sites, and patching as soon as it’s safe to do so are all good rules to follow. Patch management comes into play here, since you need to know not only if a patch is accessible, but also if it is stable. Throwing an untested patch into an active, operating business network might cause more harm to the company’s bottom line than the exploit you’re attempting to avoid.
Secure Every Communication Channel
Across your business, you probably have numerous people constantly communicating with one another, either by email, phone, or something else. If each channel of communication isn’t secure, it can leave your entire business network open to a cyberattack. Email security is critical because being such an old form of communication means that cybercriminals have long perfected how to hack it. Consider how email is exploited as a malware distribution vector and even a direct launchpad for some harmful apps, not to mention social engineering through phishing attempts.
The same is becoming true of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, which may be considered both commercial and social communication tools these days. Look for an anti-spam/anti-malware system that can blacklist known harmful senders, as well as anti-spam/anti-malware programs that can block email based on contextual analysis.
Delete Data Properly
It might sound odd, but even when deleting files, you need to be careful and practice proper security measures. Deleting files is usually the last thing on people’s minds when it comes to security. After all, if you take anything out of the data equation, you’re no longer dealing with a security issue, right? Not exactly. If you haven’t properly deleted the file in question, it might still pose a security risk if the device it’s on is lost or stolen. Data is not safely deleted by pressing delete, nor is it by formatting a disc. If someone wants to, it is now forensically possible to extract data easily and fast.
Your objective should be to make data theft as difficult as possible. So, at the absolute least, encrypt your data and then utilize safe deletion programs like Eraser, which uses the Guttmann algorithm to overwrite disc space with a sequence of 35 random patterns. That’s a free tool that’s towards the bottom of the paranoia-delete scale, but it’s a decent route to go when combined with encryption. Use expensive hard drive shredders to slice your old drives into tiny metal parts, rendering them completely useless.
Authentication refers to the usage of password managers and multifactor authentication in particular. Strong passwords should be a no-brainer, but they aren’t. The difficulty is that any password that is long, complicated, and random enough to be considered strong is impossible to remember. Most people don’t even want to think about remembering one password, let alone several, that is where password managers can be a tremendous boon to your company’s cybersecurity initiative.
The cybersecurity methods discussed in this article are relevant and necessary today if you hope to keep your business secure from threats. The fact of the matter is, however, that new threats are always just over the horizon; that is why you need to stay vigilant and up to date with all the latest cybersecurity options, and keep your business and your customers safe from those who aim to do them harm.