10 Ways to Improve Cybersecurity

10 Ways to Improve Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity breaches are in the news every month. Some are unavoidable, but by following some simple rules, many can be side-stepped.

1. Create simple central contacts for advice

You could appoint IT guardians or mentors to act as a conduit between various business functions and IT and offer informal advice. It could be as simple as setting up an email address.

2. Train your team to spot cybersecurity red flags

For example, a generic salutation (Dear Customer), poor quality logos, spelling mistakes, time pressure, fake domain names, mismatched sender details, etc. These are all warning signs of a cyberattack. If your employees know these signs, you can respond quickly to ensure minimal damage.

3. Ensure password security

One of the most common causes of a cybersecurity breach is weak passwords, with people often reusing them for multiple or all accounts. A survey conducted by Specops Software uncovered that 51.61% of respondents share their streaming site passwords, with 21.43% unsure whether those passwords get shared with other people.

4. Use multi-factor authentication

Multi-factor authentication means that to access software or conduct a transaction, at least one more means of personal verification is needed.

This could be as simple as entering a memorable word or using a passcode from a text message or dedicated App.

5. Keep software up-to-date

Be wary of any software that is not company-wide or on mobile devices. Patches to fix security issues are regularly issued, and not actioning them leaves you wide open to cyberattacks. Software updates are important not only for system speed but also for protection against cyber threats.


6. Only used approved connections & devices

Cyberattacks have become a greater threat than ever with the rise of hybrid working. Employees now spend more time working remotely or on the go. At home, they may be inclined to use their own devices or access networks that are not secure. It is critical to avoid this to ensure maximized protection against cyber threats.

7. Purchase similar web domains

Consider buying similar domain names to reduce the chance of customers, suppliers or your team being duped by emails from spoofed addresses or links to spoof websites. This is an investment in protection against cyber threats.

8. Store key personal verification data separately

Ensure appropriate technical or organizational measures are in place to safeguard personal data. This can prevent cyberattacks and minimize their impact (e.g. by storing CVV codes separately from other card information).

9. Audit your systems for vulnerabilities

What vulnerabilities do your own systems conceal? Do you know? Now might be a good time to beef up security, secure the parameter, and conduct penetration testing, especially if there's some slack or respite from "business as usual" tasks. Sounds like a good investment?

10. Establish clear protocols with clients & suppliers

When communicating or sharing information with new clients and suppliers, insist on direct contact via named personnel or codewords for major changes in terms, payments, etc.

To risk physical threats, ensure that you conduct due diligence and vetting before granting any third-party access to your premises.

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