Cyber-security threats and trends can change year over year as technology continues to advance at alarming speeds. As such, it’s critical for organisations to reassess their data protection practices at the start of each new year and make achievable cyber-security resolutions to help protect themselves from experiencing data breaches and paying costly fines under the GDPR.Implement the following are resolutions to ensure you don’t become the victim of a cyber-crime:
Provide security training—Employees are your first line of defence when it comes to cyber-threats. Even the most robust and expensive data protection solutions can be compromised should an employee click a malicious link or download fraudulent software. As such, it’s critical for organisations to thoroughly train personnel on common cyber-threats and how to respond. Employees should understand the dangers of visiting harmful websites, leaving their devices unattended and oversharing personal information on social media. Your employees should also know your cyber-security policies and know how to report suspicious activity.
Install strong antivirus software and keep it updated—Outside of training your employees on the dangers of poor cyber-security practices, strong antivirus software is one of the best ways to protect your data. Organisations should conduct thorough research to choose software that’s best for their needs. Once installed, antivirus programs should be kept up to date.
Instill safe web browsing practices—Deceptive and malicious websites can easily infect your network, often leading to more serious cyber-attacks. To protect your organisation, employees should be trained on proper web usage and instructed to only interact with secured websites. For further protection, companies should consider blocking known threats and potentially malicious webpages outright.
Create strong password policies—Ongoing password management can help prevent unauthorised attackers from compromising your organisation’s password-protected information. Effective password management protects the integrity, availability and confidentiality of an organisation’s passwords. Above all, you’ll want to create a password policy that specifies all of the organisation’s requirements related to password management. This policy should require employees to change their password on a regular basis, avoid using the same password for multiple accounts and use special characters in their password.
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