October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month, we wanted to take this as an opportunity to discuss a few tips your organization should be following to stay protected and secure as we see attacks and breaches statistics increase. According to Verizon’s latest Data Breach Investigation Report, 43% of All data breaches target SMB’s, and 83% of those SMB’s lack the funds to deal with the repercussions of a cyber-attack. CHIPS continually educates our clients with ways to combat cyber attacks. Here are 5 tips to protect your company and data.
1. Identify and Keep Record of your sensitive Data
Back ups are your best defense as restoring your data might be your best option. Also make sure you keep records of your hardware, software and other assets off your network. Some of the information you need to document include, model number, serial number, important phone numbers, and your cyber breach plan.
2. Create policies and procedures
Set security standards and policies within your organization. Password management, file access, and employee awareness training. It is essential you have regularly practiced security breaches and updated policies .
3. Create a cyber-security culture amongst your employees
Constantly educate and train employees on what hackers are trying to exploit and how they are socially engineering information from people. Training and education is not a one time event but must be reinforced quarterly. One person in the organization should be in charge of security
4. Have a plan in the event of a Cyber breach
In the unfortunate event an attack occurs, you will need incident response plans ready to execute. These plans include some necessary IT tasks, client communication, insurance reporting and compliance processes. Survival might depend on your quick ability to respond.
5. Evaluate the post attack
In the event an attack happened, it is important to review how it happened, what was affected, and why the attack succeeded. A post mortem is the way to prevent any future attacks and understand the importance of evaluating a breach to strengthen your company’s defense.
At CHIPS, we understand the importance of security, that’s why we have created plans that incorporate technology, policies and training to help in not being just another statistic. Email us with any questions to keep your company safe…firstname.lastname@example.org.