Target, the IRS, Hillary Clinton, Sony, healthcare systems… the list goes on with new stories of cyber security breaches and hacking. A cyber-attack can lead to financial and reputational losses from which it can be difficult to recover. A cybersecurity breach can negatively impact your business continuity and force the organization into disaster recovery mode. Sometimes simple preventive measures can help mitigate risk, before disaster strikes. Here are 6 hacks you can try to help your organization avoid getting hacked.
- Stop insider attacks
- “Gone phishing”
- Password security
- Defend against intrusions at the device level
- Avoid band-aid security fixes
- Mandatory cybersecurity education
1. Stop insider attacks
Studies estimate that between 40-90% of cyber-attacks originate from inside the organization. This can either be a hack savvy IT professional, a disgruntled employee, or even an accident caused by an uniformed employee.
Hack: Ensure Accountability and Security via Password Policies
Avoid having a universal company passcode to any device, network, application or internet site. Make sure each employee has an individualized login and password to ensure accountability and the give you the power to revoke an individual’s access, without disrupting the rest of the company’s access. Having separate logins also helps you monitor, just who made a change or mistake, regardless of whether it was deliberate or accidental. Immediately cancel network access and passwords when employees leave the company, to avoid them using passwords to remotely access the network in future.