How to be proactive with your cyber defenses

How to be proactive with your cyber defenses

Understand the threats you’re facing

Before any business can work toward preventing cyberattacks, everyone involved needs to know exactly what they’re up against. You should review what types of attacks are most common in your industry, discuss the attacks most commonly seen by your employees (i.e., phishing emails, sketchy attachments). Ideally, your team would spearhead this review a few times per year in conjunction with FrameWork.

Reevaluate what it is you’re protecting

Once we have a list of the biggest threats to your organization, we need map out every company device that connects to the internet, what type of data they have access to (regulated, mission-critical, low-importance, etc.), and what kind of security protections those devices have currently.

Make a plan

After reviewing the protections that you already have in place and determining which holes need to be patched, meet with FrameWork to create an actionable plan to get those solutions implemented. Upgrading one's security can be expensive, but the cost of proactive approaches such as the ones below is far less than the cost of remediation and post-breach cleanup.

Proactive measure What it entails
Security awareness seminars for all employees Train everyone from the receptionist to the high level management about effective security practices such as password management, proper mobile device usage, and spam awareness. 
Routine software patches and upgrades Minimize the chances of leaving a backdoor to your network open. FrameWork already handles this for you, so most of the time you won't need to worry about updating your software.
Web filtering services Blacklist dangerous and inappropriate sites for anyone on your network. Preventing access to these websites 
Policy of least privilege Limit users’ access only to the data they need to fulfill their tasks. Protects data from unauthorized access and prevents data theft or vandalism.
Network segmentation Splitting a network into multiple-sub networks, and limiting the devices and users that access that network based on need. Protects sensitive network traffic by only allowing certain users to access that network.
Virtual private networks Encrypts data being sent on insecure connections, and prevents bad actors from intercepting it. This is a must have for any time you must use public wi-fi or 
Strict access controls Prevents unauthorized access to accounts by using strong passwords, multifactor authentication, and auto screen locks and logouts for idle users. 

FrameWork values the security of your business, and as your technology partners, we would be more than happy to work with you to create a plan to improve your security posture. Give us a call today to talk about how we can help you do business better and safer!

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.