Protecting Businesses from Cyber Threats

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Thursday, January 10, 2019

Business data is vulnerable than ever today. Cybersecurity is necessary for the efficient operation of the business. But it is also critical to protect the customer information by following information technology best practices to stay ahead of the potential risks and threats.

Cybercriminals look for data on the organization, employees, and customers. They could develop ways to exploit the vulnerabilities in business such as:

1. unauthorized access to hardware, and devices

2. infect computers with virus or malware

3. attack third-party systems

4. attack websites

5. gain access to information through employees

6. spam with emails containing malware

Employee education is the primary step of cybersecurity because major security breaches involve employee action that enables hackers to gain access to the data system. Educating employees on network security will be the best practice to prevent this kind of data breaches.

Firewalls are the cyber front doors to the organization. So it should be locked down and only authorized traffic should be allowed through.

 The filtering of spam and virus-infected email should occur outside the firewall. This will reduce the amount of traffic on the internet connection, it ensures email-based malicious code never enters the system. Also, employees should be prevented from accessing websites that are known for malicious threats.

 Network access control is another important step to cybersecurity.  Only authorized devices should be allowed to access the network, that is resources necessary to business.

The anti-virus and anti-malware software has to be kept up to date. If it is not updated it will fail to detect and protect the system from new threats. Also, operation systems and applications are regularly updated to address new vulnerabilities.

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