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A cyber incident is a type of security event that can harm a business like yours. From data breaches and system failures to malware attacks and phishing scams, these incidents can hinder productivity, revenue growth and customer satisfaction.
In most cases, a cyber incident will result in data loss or downtime, and this can include loss of confidential information, customer data or business records. In some cases, a cyber incident can also cause business interruption or financial loss.
We can all agree that no one wants their business to be hacked. A single cyberattack can rob you of your time, money and peace of mind. In addition to getting systems operational and data restored, you have to let all affected parties know that their data may have been compromised. This can be a difficult situation to navigate for anyone, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world.
In this blog, we’ll provide you with proactive and reactive approaches to tackle an attack, cope with the aftermath of a hack and prevent future incidents.
By taking these proactive steps, you can help protect your business from the devastating consequences of a cyberattack:
It’s critical to update your passwords regularly to help keep your account safe. By updating your passwords regularly, you can help protect your account from being hacked. We have an article about Password Security that covers this topic in more detail; check it out!
Here are a few tips on how to create a strong password:
A virtual private network encrypts your company’s data and gives you complete control over who has access to it. This can aid in the prevention of data breaches and the protection of your company’s information. However, make sure to select a reputable provider offering robust security features.
As a responsible business executive, you must ensure that your company’s security awareness training program is comprehensive, engaging and adaptable to new threats. In today’s digital age, this is critical to protect your business.
Read: Your Biggest Cybersecurity Risk – Your Employees
Phishing is a type of cyberattack that employs deceitful techniques to try and obtain sensitive information from users or cause them to download malicious software. Phishing attacks can be highly sophisticated and challenging to detect, making it essential to periodically test your employees to assess their vulnerability to this type of attack.
Read: Why is Phishing Getting More Frequent?
It is crucial to regularly reset access controls to prevent unauthorized access to protected resources. This helps to ensure that only authorized individuals have access to sensitive information. Resetting access controls can be done manually or with automated tools.
Multifactor authentication is a security measure that requires your employees to provide more than one form of identification when accessing data, reducing the likelihood of unauthorized data access. This can include something they know (like a password), something they have (like a security token) or something they are (like a fingerprint).
Read: Why Should Every Business Implement MFA?
Before we move on, take note of the cybersecurity training topics recommended by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for all small businesses:
The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) reactive incident response framework covers the following five phases:
To develop an effective incident response plan, security risks must be identified. This includes, among other things, threats to your technology systems, data and operations. Understanding these risks allows you to respond to incidents more effectively and reduce the impact of security breaches.
To protect your company, you need to develop and implement appropriate safeguards. Security measures to guard against threats and steps to ensure the continuity of essential services in the event of an incident are examples of safeguards.
Detecting anomalies, such as unusual network activity or unauthorized access to sensitive data, are needed to limit the damage and get your systems back up and running faster following an incident.
A plan to respond to detected cyber incidents is critical. This strategy should include breach containment, investigation and resolution strategies.
To minimize disruption, you must have a plan to resume normal business operations as soon as possible after an incident. This covers much more than simply backing up your files! Rather, it’s a process that requires in-depth knowledge about your most critical assets and business operations. You need to establish accountability and understand how much data and time is your business willing to compromise. Learn more about it in our Backup and DR page.
Read: How Backup and Disaster Recovery Protect SMEs
Implementing the above proactive and reactive steps requires time, effort and skillsets that are possibly beyond what you can commit to right now. However, you can still accomplish this by collaborating with a specialist IT service provider like us. Our experience may be just what you need. Book a no-commitment Discovery Call today for a free chat with our team. We’ll be happy to understand your concerns and discuss a tailored solution.
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