How To Improve Your Company's Cybersecurity


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If you run a business, you might be becoming increasingly concerned about cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is not only an important facet of all modern technology, but when your business is on the line, it is the difference between a strong, fully functioning company and a weak, unstable one. Being up on cybersecurity means knowing how to protect your business from any and all cyber threats that will be targeting it each day. In this article you will find some key steps you can take towards creating a safer online environment for your business. 

  1. Increase your knowledge

When it comes to implementing the best cybersecurity for your business, knowledge is key. Otherwise you will be pulled in all directions by companies that tell you their cybersecurity product is what you need. Increasing your knowledge of how cybersecurity actually works, and the weaknesses of your business’ operations that are the most vulnerable to attacks, will help you to navigate the world of cybersecurity. 

You can increase your knowledge by taking cyber security courses that will inform you on up-to-date programs, threats and solutions in the world of online security. Equipped with this knowledge, you can proceed confidently in protecting your business against hackers and fraudsters.

  1. Use trusted platforms to support your company

While you are learning more about cybersecurity, the day-to-day operations of your business will be ongoing. These operations need protection in real time. For this, your job is to source and place your trust in online platforms that are trustworthy and reputable in your area of business. For example, if your company uses cloud computing as its main server base, your cybersecurity will be largely placed in the hands of the provider of this server. For this reason, it is vital that you only outsource your online operations to trusted sources that have years of experience, an impressive clientele and excellent client communication.

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  1. Spread key information about cybersecurity to staff

As the business owner or manager, you are responsible for keeping the company safe. However, the business does not stand on your shoulders and your shoulders alone. If you have multiple staff members using their own devices to access work files online, as is the situation for many remote workers during COVID-19, you need to spread awareness and enforce best practice when it comes to cybersecurity. This means training any new staff members in your security procedures, be it strong passcodes, sharing regulations or personal device use. In addition, consistently enforcing the message that cybersecurity is a top priority for your business is crucial to keep the company safe from the ground up. 

  1. Check your compliance

One of the fastest growing areas of national and international law is data protection law. Technology has developed faster than the law has been able to catch up with in the past two decades; as a result, data protection law is an ever-changing facet that constantly shifts its perspectives and its parameters. In order for your business to run legally, the way you use and store customer data, cookie tracking, targeted marketing and payment information needs to comply with the most up to date version of data protection law in your country. This means that you should be taking legal advice from a professional lawyer who can update your head office with any changes to the law that will affect your business.

Seeking legal advice when it comes to cybersecurity is a crucial step that allows you to rest assured you are in full compliance with the law. Without this step, you could be vulnerable not only to attacks but also to legal action. 

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  1. Keep your systems updated 

Finally, it is vital that any programs, apps and operating systems your company devices use are updated at the earliest convenience. Software updates can be frustrating because they take up time and storage space on the device, but they are crucial for your business’ allocated devices. This is because any device that accesses your company database, if it is updated to the most recent possible version of its operating system, will therefore be covered by the latest cybersecurity technology. Your device is far more vulnerable to attacks if it is lagging behind on software updates; whatever technology you have to protect you, hackers will learn how to breach it. 

Final Thoughts

If you are concerned about cybersecurity for your business, that’s because you are paying attention. To combat this anxiety, make sure to devote time to your learning about cybersecurity, and use this guide to help you maximise your company’s online safety.

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