Cyber security challenges are growing more complex every day. How do you protect your business, employees and customers from the threat of online attacks and vicious malware? What should you do to safeguard data and sensitive information? Also, is your business compliant with basic security requirements?
These days, it seems that hackers and online fraudsters are becoming more advanced in their methods of attack all the time. Cyber security challenges affect businesses of all sizes, across all industries. And, as a business owner, it’s not enough to leave your IT department to fend for itself when it comes to maintaining your security compliance. You need to know what’s expected of you and work with your team to make sure you’re compliant.
Here’s how to stay compliant and beat the common cyber security challenges:
Invest in the latest security programmes
Some business owners might try to cut corners on IT costs by retaining out of date equipment and software, rather than facing the expense of upgrading. The problem with this approach is that older systems are not equipped with the right level of security protection, so can make it easier for cyber criminals to gain access to your data.
If you can’t afford to upgrade your hardware and software, at the very least you should invest in the latest security protection programmes for the equipment you have.
2. Make cyber security everyone’s responsibility
Every single employee at your company should feel equipped and willing to take on the various cyber security challenges that could affect your business. As a business owner or senior manager, you need to work with your staff to keep them informed and up to date on what action they should take to stay compliant.
This can include:
- Hosting regular training sessions to make sure staff are vigilant when it comes to protecting passwords, data and other sensitive personal information
- Creating and sharing documentation about the online security requirements and procedures that must be upheld at all times
- Building a culture where team members are encouraged to remind each other of cyber security best practice, so everybody knows what’s expected of them
- Incorporating your IT department in major decisions or roadmap discussions so they can provide input from an IT security perspective
- Highlighting any new threats or helping staff identify and dispose of any suspicious emails they might receive
3. Make sure your company website is compliant
Does your company website have a valid, up to date SSL certificate? Do you display a cookies acceptance message when someone lands on the website? Are all forms on the site encrypted so data is safe when it’s submitted by website users?
Your company website should set the standard when it comes to meeting cyber security challenges. Think about who is using your website and whether they are likely to submit information or purchase goods directly from your site. It’s your responsibility as the vendor to protect your customers from any cyber security threats.
4. Use a third party IT partner to manage your cyber security
Sometimes, the best way to overcome cyber security challenges is simply to ask an expert. Most third party IT providers will have solutions and support that are dedicated to keeping you compliant from a cyber security perspective.
One of the main benefits of outsourcing your IT security is that you’ll receive best practice advice, ongoing support and unfailing peace of mind that your business is protected from online attacks. An IT security specialist can implement automated checks on your systems to spot any potential threats and prevent them from occurring at all.
Cyber security challenges are likely to grow even more sophisticated and dangerous over time. But, with the right level of support, infrastructure and culture in place, you can rest assured that your business will be compliant and safe.
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