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10 Cybersecurity Tips and Best Practices for Businesses

Business owners struggle to protect their companies from cyber threats that can compromise sensitive data and disrupt operations. In today’s digital landscape, strong cybersecurity measures are essential to safeguarding business continuity and maintaining the trust of customers and partners. In this blog, we are returning to the basics with ten practical cybersecurity tips that will help you build a strong, foundational defense against cyber threats.

10 Cybersecurity Tips and Best Practices for Businesses

Business owners struggle to protect their companies from cyber threats that can compromise sensitive data and disrupt operations. In today’s digital landscape, strong cybersecurity measures are essential to safeguarding business continuity and maintaining the trust of customers and partners. In this blog, we are returning to the basics with ten practical cybersecurity tips that will help you build a strong, foundational defense against cyber threats.

The Impact of Cyber Attacks on Businesses

Cyber criminals are constantly evolving their tactics, targeting businesses of all sizes. If a company doesn’t prioritize cybersecurity, they are at a higher risk of cyber attacks. If you understand the importance of cybersecurity practices but don’t know where to start, here are top 10 best practices we recommend as experts at Entara. One common theme of all 10 practices listed below is prioritizing security over convenience; don’t expose your company to devastating losses operationally and financially because it is “annoying” or “inefficient” to do what is needed to be secure in today’s threat landscape.  

10 Cybersecurity Best Practices  

Tip 1: Create Strong, Unique Passwords

Start by using strong and unique passwords for all your accounts. Avoid common passwords and include a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters. Password managers can help generate and store complex passwords securely. Ensure your password policy enforces regular password resets and foster a culture within your organization where your employees understand the importance of secure passwords over the comfort of convenience.  

Tip 2: Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Implement Multi-Factor Authentication whenever possible to add an extra layer of security. MFA requires a second form of verification, such as a unique code sent to your mobile device, in addition to your password. This added layer where your employees are forced to confirm their login attempts significantly reduces the risk of unauthorized access by malicious actors who have obtained your employees’ passwords. Use of MFA has become common practice in all organizations that take their cybersecurity seriously.

Tip 3: Educate Employees on Cybersecurity Best Practices

Ensure all employees are aware of the importance of cybersecurity and provide regular training sessions. Teach them to recognize phishing emails, avoid clicking on suspicious links, and report any security incidents promptly. While you should not create a culture of fear, look to foster a culture of awareness and personal accountability. Your cybersecurity tool stack is useless if your employees are careless with the privileged access they have to your company’s data.

Tip 4: Keep Software and Systems Up to Date

Regularly update your operating systems, software, and applications with the latest patches and security updates. Outdated software will contain vulnerabilities that cybercriminals can exploit. If your organization does not have an organized and standard approach to patching and proactive maintenance, you are missing a fundamental step in ensuring your organization’s security. A one-time vulnerability scan is a great place to start as your work towards developing mature vulnerability management at your organization.  

Tip 5: Implement Robust Antivirus and Anti-Malware Software

Invest in reputable antivirus and anti-malware software to detect and prevent malicious threats. Regularly update the software to stay protected against emerging threats.

Tip 6: Secure Your Wi-Fi Network, Especially When Working on the Go

Using an unsafe public Wi-Fi can not only put your company data at risk, but also any personal data you have access to from your computer. Educate employees on the risks of connecting to an unsafe Wi-Fi network and remind them of best practices while working on the go, such as utilizing personal hot spots or a trusted VPN.

Tip 7: Regularly Backup Your Data

Back up your critical data regularly and store backups securely. In the event of a cyber incident like ransomware or another form of data loss, backups are invaluable for recovery. Having all of your important business assets backed up will lead to a faster recovery time in the event of a cyber-attack.

Tip 8: Use Secure Cloud Storage

Cloud technology makes communication, collaboration, and productivity faster and more efficient. However, with data that’s accessible from anywhere, it opens the door to security risks and cyber threats. Businesses need to be prepared by investing in advanced IT security tactics, such as network microsegmentation. Microsegmentation allows for visibility into and protection against lateral movement across your network, including among modern and legacy systems, IoT devices, and cloud instances.  

Tip 9: Implement Employee Access Controls

Grant employees access privileges based on the principle of least privilege (PoLP) and only provide the necessary access required for their specific roles and responsibilities. Regularly review and update access privileges. Strategies like privilege access management (PAM) use policy-based software alongside best practices to control who is able to access sensitive information and systems in your organization.  

Tip 10: Establish an Incident Response Plan

An incident response (IR) plan is a structured set of instructions that guide organizations and help them detect, respond to, and recover from security incidents. IR plans typically address cyber attacks, ransomware incidents, data breaches, and service outages.

Every business should have an incident response plan in place because it is not a matter of if your organization will suffer from a security breach, but when. An incident response plan is a critical part of a successful security program because it establishes what measures your organization will take when responding to a breach, when minutes wasted can mean millions lost.  

How Entara Can Help

Entara is here to support your organization by providing innovative cybersecurity and IT solutions. From security awareness training to backup services to infrastructure monitoring to cybersecurity retainers, you can count on us to protect your organization from cyber threats. Connect with us today to begin your security journey.

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