Does Your Cybersecurity Strategy Cover All the Bases?

 

Tips and tricks on how to sidestep hackers, data leaks, and other weak spots in your business’ digital systems.

 

 

More and more business are making space in their budgets for cybersecurity. In fact, research from Gartner, Inc. reports that global spending for security tech has ballooned to $75 billion last year. Entrepreneurs need to make sure they have all their bases covered, and in a story for Inc Southeast Asia, AJ Agrawal provides tips on how to beef up some lesser­known areas of your business to fend off potential cyber crimes.

 

Rather than looking for vulnerabilities in your security system, it's easier for cybercriminals to dupe someone within your company into handing over information instead. To avoid human error, Agrawal suggests having training employees to be vigilant in cybersecurity and enforcing technology guidelines in the office. "Have a general policy and atmosphere of critical thought at the workplace. If people at least consider instructions or commands before following them, they might notice discrepancies and avoid social engineering attacks," says Agrawal.

 

Ideally, employees that are out on the field need to have dedicated equipment exclusively for work purposes. It gives the business more control over what kind of gadgets are used and what for. Mobile and remote employees also need to have a Virtual Private Network (VPN) so that they can secure their connection on any network.

 

For businesses that are customer­centric or Internet­based, their social media activity is a big factor in success. Entrepreneurs can entrust their social media efforts to one or two people at most, so there's less chance of lost passwords or phones. A policy should also be in place for what employees can share on social networks, so sensitive data isn't leaked online.

 

Make sure the people in your IT department have all the resources they need to do their job well. Your business has to plan ahead for its cybersecurity strategy, instead of treating it for a burdensome expense, otherwise your IT professionals will struggle to stay a step ahead of cybercriminals and changing digital trends.

 

It's important to pinpoint weak links in your organization's cybersecurity early on to avoid data breaches that could compromise your business. Read the full story here.