2020 has arrived, and with it, fresh opportunity to advance your cybersecurity standards. You want to keep your clients and your business’s data as safe as possible. Thus, by implementing these five key cybersecurity solutions, you can get 2020 off to a more secure start. Then, advance your security throughout the entire year.
1. Implement Two-Factor Authentication for Email and Other Company Resources
Two-factor authentication requires that users, rather than simply logging in with a traditional username and password, use an additional level of authentication to establish the user’s identity. Then, the user logs in using a password sent to a system to which only he has access.
Setting up two-factor authentication for your company email accounts can make it much easier to keep hackers out of those systems. Indeed, as you’re considering what you want to use two-factor authentication to access, remember that the additional layer of security makes it much harder for hackers to access your private data. As a result, you’ll be able to better protect your business. Use it to access as many company resources as possible to help keep your data safer.
2. Schedule Regular Security Awareness Training
Your business is only as secure as its weakest link. Often, that weakest link is not a hole in your network, but a lack of awareness in your employees. This year, make sure you put security awareness testing on the schedule early, and have every employee attend at least one session this year. Security awareness can focus on keeping passwords secure, avoiding phishing scams, and keeping your system as a whole more secure. If you use BCC’s Managed Security Services, you’re all set: we provide security awareness training as part of our regular protocols.
3. Use a Company-Wide Password Management Tool
The more complex your users’ passwords, the harder it will be for many hackers to guess or brute force those passwords and break into your system. Unfortunately, many users use simple passwords or password variants to access their accounts. They may also choose to use the same password for multiple accounts, which means that a hacker who manages to break into one account may be able to use that information to break into another account, as well.
A password management tool like MyKi, on the other hand, generates a different, complex password for every platform or program. Users then need to remember only the password management tool’s password to access their accounts.
4. Check Security Policies Across Your Company
Do you have the right security policies in place across your company? Your security policies can often make a big difference in your organization’s overall security. Consider:
BCDR policies. Your business continuity and disaster recovery policies can prove critical in keeping your business up and running if you do suffer a cyber-attack or other disaster.
Acceptable use policies. How can users in your company use your networks and company tools? Your security policy can help prevent illicit use and reduce viruses and other security problems with your system. Also, you may want to consider restricting the devices that users can attach to your network.
Password complexity policies. If you don’t use a password management tool, it’s critical to have password complexity policies in place to help protect your systems.
5. Have Your Security Updates Centrally Managed and Scheduled
As part of our managed services offerings, BCC takes care of all of your security updates. This ensures that they move through in a timely manner and that they go out to all of your systems. By centrally managing and scheduling your security updates, we help protect you against the latest threats. If you let those updates slide, on the other hand, hackers may quickly gain access to critical areas of your system.
Learn More About Cybersecurity in 2020
Whether one of your resolutions for 2020 was to improve your business’s overall cybersecurity or you simply want to ensure that you have tight security measures in place to protect your business, contact us today to learn more about how we can help protect your business and manage your security.