Cybersecurity is a worldwide issue that is constantly evolving. With new cyberattacks happening every day, no matter how big or small, no company is safe. Moreover, as attacks rise, the companies with the most customer data are most at risk due to its value.
In 2021, companies are still mostly working from home, which has raised various cybersecurity concerns for businesses. With small and medium-sized businesses being the main target for cyberattacks, they need to implement a solid strategy and a robust incident response plan.
There are a few things an organisation can implement and to protect itself from cyberattacks.
There is a common and true saying, “You are only as secure as your least informed employee”. From weak passwords to scam emails, there is always an employee who could put your company at risk. Take the time to educate staff on the potential cyberattacks that they could experience throughout the day. Teach them how to identify threats and what to do if they encounter a suspicious file or email. If you have a Cybersecurity Specialist in the company, ask them to do a presentation for the staff, allowing them to ask questions.
It is essential for companies to implement proper security software as well as having it updated regularly. Invest in antivirus, anti-spam filters, and antispyware and make sure that you keep up with the updates. In addition, make use of protection to monitor users’ patterns and pick up any unusual activity.
To ensure your set-up is effective against cyberattacks, you may consider investing in either a one-day health check, or getting a detailed readiness assessment done by an expert. These types of evaluations can show you how well your organisation responds to attacks and offer advice on how to improve responses.
Your company will never entirely eliminate cyberattacks; however, you can implement regular reviews and assess the chosen cybersecurity protection that you have put in place. In addition, consider testing your cyber incident response plan with various exercises if you are very vulnerable to cyberattacks. Doing this will detect any weaknesses and improve your defence systems to minimise the risks of potential attacks.
Find out if any cybersecurity audits are compulsory for the industry your business operates in. If audits are mandatory, an organisation will need to evaluate specific requirements and take steps to comply with these regulatory standards.
Implementing the above three suggestions will make your company safer, and your staff more informed and careful. Working from home during 2020 and 2021 has brought forward some new cyberthreats, but the usual regular cyberthreats of phishing, malware, DDOS attacks, SQL injections are still prevalent. However, as long as your company conducts regular updates and checks, it will successfully keep potential cybersecurity attacks at bay.
Suppose you are a small or medium business in the InfoSec industry. In that case, your company could be eligible for R&D Tax Relief on the various software and staff that you have implemented to keep your company safe from cyberattacks. Get in touch now to find out more.