Published March 02, 2023
That may not be a fair question…can any business really be ready for a cyberattack? Let’s think about it this way: Your business may not be ready, but it can take steps to be prepared and limit damage from these attacks.
If your company is not already prepared for a cyberattack, first understand the dangers and risks of an attack. When you think about how many millions of attacks happen each day, how much that threat could cost you, you start to feel the importance of having a quality cybersecurity posture. Bad actors are attacking from all angles, ready to take corporate and personal information Your business needs to be ready and we strongly encourage you to make necessary adjustments as soon as possible.
A cyberattack can be disastrous for a company, resulting in financial losses, damages to reputation, and legal responsibilities. Therefore, it is imperative for businesses to be ready for an attack by implementing strong cybersecurity measures. Here are a few key steps to get your company moving in the right direction.
Having a comprehensive cybersecurity plan in place is the first step in being prepared for a cyberattack. The plan should outline policies and procedures for preventing cyberattacks, identify potential threats and vulnerabilities, and define roles and responsibilities for employees. A good cybersecurity plan also includes regular training for employees to help them identify and respond to possible threats. Topics such as password security, email phishing, and social engineering tactics should be covered in the training.
Did you know that one of the most common ways cybercriminals gain access to a company’s systems is via weak or short passwords? Companies should implement strong, long password policies and require employees to use complex and unique passwords. New River Computing strongly recommends use of multi-factor authentication, which requires a second form of identification to access systems or data.
Vulnerabilities in software is another common way cybercriminals gain access to a business’s systems. Therefore, it is crucial for companies to regularly update and patch their software to address known vulnerabilities. Using antivirus and anti-malware software to protect systems from potential threats is also recommended.
Having regular reliable backups of data can be critical to recover should a cyberattack occur. It is suggested that data is backed up regularly to a secure, off-site location to ensure systems can be quickly restored if necessary.
Despite the best efforts to prevent a cyberattack, it is still possible that a company may be successfully targeted. Therefore, having a response plan in place that outlines the steps to take in the event of an attack is important. The response plan should include steps for identifying and containing the attack, notifying appropriate parties, and recovering data and systems.
Regular security audits can help companies identify potential vulnerabilities in their systems and policies. These audits should include testing for potential cyber threats and vulnerabilities and reviewing access controls and user permissions.
In conclusion, companies must be prepared for a cyberattack by implementing strong cybersecurity measures. By developing a comprehensive cybersecurity plan, implementing strong password policies, regularly updating and patching software, backing up data regularly, developing a response plan, and conducting regular security audits, companies can significantly reduce the risk of a successful cyberattack. In today's digital age, being prepared for a cyberattack is not an option but a necessity for businesses of all sizes.