Many organizations consider the question of “Is your organizations hard to hack?”. It is not complicated and there seven steps can help reduce your exposure.
- Take a layered approach to IT security.
Layered IT security applies layers of security to protect your network. Organizations need to think of defense in a layered approach to lower their exposure. There is no guarantee to security but by doing this, it will slow down the hackers and help protect your organization against those cyber-attacks. A proper layered approach to security will buy your organization time so you can respond effectively to any cyber-attack.
- Proactive protection includes network visibility
Network visibility is great for proactive protection as it enables you to scan your network for anomalies and apply policies accordingly. Security event monitoring is cost effective and provides proactive protection of infrastructure and the data within it. By knowing what is connected to your network is also part of the visibility layer and the more Internet-facing devices there are on your network, the greater the opportunity for a security breach.
- Web protection is a corporate policy
Web protection is a very important layer of IT security. It provides a window into controlling, monitoring, and enforcing web policies through a single front end. This allows for website filtering by time, content, perform bandwidth checking, and help protect the business against legal liability.
- Proactive patch management
New security vulnerabilities are being exposed daily and proactive patch management will help lower the risk of zero-day exploits, unpatched vulnerabilities, and secure the network. Patches should only be installed when it is safe to do so. Proactive patch management enters the equation, as you need to not only know a patch is available but also that it’s stable. Throwing an unstable patch at your network without testing could do more damage to the business.
- Encrypt your data
The problem with data encryption is that it is almost always seen as being a step too far, far too complex, far too expensive, far too much, and too much time. Organizations need to realize that data is the most valuable item within the company. If data is encrypted strongly enough, it will be able to keep most hackers out.
- Authentication is key
Every organization should be using strong passwords but unfortunately any password that is lengthy, complex, and random enough to be defined as strong is impossible to remember. When a user has to remember multiple secure passwords into the equation, they will struggle to remember where as password managers do not. You will also need to use multifactor authentication such as 2FA authentication.
- Secure deleted data
Secure file deletion is often the last thing on the mind of business owners or management. By deleting data, it is forensically possible to retrieve data easily, quickly, and cheaply. If you encrypt your data, it makes the data impossible to retrieve.
Is your organizations hard to hack? If you think so, you should discuss the seven steps above with your IT department or managed iT services provider to ensure to lower your exposure.
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