Happy New Year! The HSI Security team would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and secure 2021, full of health, happiness and prosperity.
The start of a new year is always an opportune moment to reflect on what we want to achieve over the next 12 months. Whether you want to exercise more, cut back on coffee, stop smoking or strengthen your corporate security practices, sticking to a New Year’s resolution all comes down to having a game plan. And while we won’t offer any advice on your personal resolutions, we’ve been around the security industry long enough to offer up some sound advice when it comes to your corporate security.
1. Know what it is you need to protect
The first step in any security strategy is knowing what you need to protect. Asset management is key to a secure security plan. Having a full understanding of what equipment and software is used and how, as well as who accessed them and where. Will enable you to recognize abnormal patterns of behavior as you will have insight into what normal activity looks like. One of the benefits of managed services is optimized asset management. Security vulnerabilities can be detected earlier with automated monitoring.
2. Conduct a security assessment
This security assessment includes external vulnerabilities, permissions, connections, user behavior, deeper internal vulnerabilities and much more. HSI Security provides a no-cost, no obligation threat assessment. All the data collected is presented in a clear and accurate audit report with the best recommendations and industry advice.
3. Start using Multi-factor Authentication
Although at times it can be cumbersome, this method of confirming a user’s identity when logging in adds another layer of protection by asking for a code received on a mobile phone or on a computer. It means that, even if someone gets their hands on your password, accessing a corporate account is more complicated. Changing passcodes regularly is also a great work habit.
4. Confirm All Requests
Hiding behind internet anonymity, cybercriminals can pretend to be whoever they want through phishing. This is why it is important that your organization encourages confirmation of requests relating to information or money requests.
Through phishing, hackers may pretend to be the CEO and request the wiring of funds or credentials to a private system only to sabotage it. When your employees receive such request, they should confirm its validity by using other channels of business communication such as phone or company chat app to make sure they are dealing with the right person.
Emails with suspicious attachments should be sent to the proper department for vetting before acting on them.
5. Educate your users
Users are THE enterprise cybersecurity’s weakest link. They are also the first line of defense IF they are educated and have the right tools to identify fraud and scams. Limiting administrative privileges on systems can also strengthen security significantly making it easier to identify the threat.
If you like the ideas we’ve discussed today, give us a call and we can help you take the appropriate measures to protect your staff, equipment, and customers. Providing you with peace of mind.
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