What Are Your Business’s Cybersecurity New Years Resolutions?

What are your cybersecurity resolutions for the new year?
What resolutions is 2022 bringing your business’s cybersecurity strategy?

We’re starting 2022 off right, and we’d like to help you do the same for your business’s cybersecurity posture. This new year, we want to propose some New Year’s resolutions that will help raise the bar for your business’s technology ROI.  

Even though we are extremely technology-based as a society, we can still see many challenges rising for all businesses, especially SMBs. As quickly as these challenges can arise, there is still a significant delay for most businesses to adopt cybersecurity tools into their cybersecurity strategy. Yet we’ve also seen clients with elaborate information security policies or business continuity plans that are now outdated due to how quickly the cybersecurity landscape changes. These sorts of plans require an annual refresh, which can be lost in the shuffle of daily operations. 

Keeping all these things in mind, we’ve come up with four New Year’s resolutions we’d like to see more businesses adopt. 

1. Security Awareness Training 

An employee can never be overly-trained when it comes to security awareness training. Since the holidays are such a vulnerable time for businesses, it may be wise to have your employees and all end users take part in more security awareness training courses just to refresh their knowledge of best security practices. Hold your employees accountable for the information they’ve learned. Education is key to protecting your business’s data. 

How often do you have your employees take part in security awareness training? If your answer is once a year, your team may not be as solid on best security practices. Your security awareness program should be ongoing and fresh. Your program should use short incremental training courses that use different audio and visual examples, so your employees are engaged and focused. This format will be easy to remember and easy to pay attention to, thus raising awareness of proper cybersecurity protocol for your business. 

2. Set Up Offline Data Backup and Business Disaster Recovery Plan 

Make sure you have a device that is backing up your data at least every 24 hours to protect your data in case something drastic happens that can potentially damage your data. A plan is essential during those tense moments where data is in danger or compromised. Some important questions to keep in mind while crafting the plan are as follows. Where are you going to get your backups from? When was the last backup? How quickly can you be back up and running? How fast can your data be restored? Then you need to establish a process for corrupt data. What are you going to do if your backup is corrupt? What will you do with compromised devices? All these questions are valuable for crafting a recovery strategy for the company to follow. 

3. Perform a Cyber Risk Assessment 

The New Year is a perfect time to perform a cybersecurity risk assessment so you can have a good starting point to base your strategy on. As we’ve previously mentioned, the technological landscape is constantly evolving, so a cybersecurity risk assessment will help you find potential weak points or out-of-date software and patching. When you’re performing a risk assessment, it’s important to use a third party so you get an unbiased look into your security. This helps your IT provider or even your in-house team stay accountable. 

4. Implement Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) 

Multi-factor Authentication has become a prominent cybersecurity tool, especially in helping prevent breaches. How does it work though? With MFA, the user is prompted to authenticate themselves with something they know, such as their password, and something they have, such as a one-time passcode generated by an app on a previously registered mobile device. 

This two-step process is easy to implement and is a strong defense for data associated with an account with a stolen or lost password. Stolen username and password information from the dark web is one of the most common ways for cybersecurity threats to attack companies, sites, and services. With multi-factor authentication, the password is only one of two steps a user will have to go through to access the accounts.  

We Can Help You Get Your Start

Why team up with Central Business Systems, Inc. as your IT partner? Our team of IT experts is eager to provide a customized proactive IT strategy tailored to your business’s needs and goals. For over 75 years, Central Business Systems, Inc. has assisted clients with increasing profitability, mitigating risks, and focusing on customer engagement by utilizing our total technology platform. Specializing in IT solutions, document and printing solutions, mailing and shipping technology, and office supplies, we are the local total technology solution for businesses in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia.

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