Today’s cybersecurity threats come in many different forms. Whether it’s social engineering, phishing, ransomware or more complex and dangerous advanced persistent threats, one thing is for certain. Organizations of every size must take the appropriate measures to protect their sensitive data and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
Unfortunately, what’s standing in the way of many companies, however, is the topic of cost. Thankfully there are simple yet effective things you can do to keep your network secure regardless of budgetary limitations.
Proactively identify and address vulnerabilities.
The bad guys can’t get to you if you get to your own problems before they have a chance. Implementing a cybersecurity policy that involves ongoing testing to identify areas of potential vulnerability and taking the necessary steps to patch these holes in advance is the key. Staying on top of trends and industry news as it relates to widespread issues can also help you stay a few steps ahead of would-be hackers.
Take advantage of upgrades.
Many people don’t realize that their basic cybersecurity tools, such as antivirus software and firewall protection come with free upgrades. Take some time to go over the technology you’ve already got in place, that you’ve already paid for, and see if there are new features or enhancements that you might be missing out on. Investing a small amount of time into doing research can go long way toward preventing a potential security breach.
Develop a company-wide cybersecurity plan.
If your company lacks a defined cybersecurity strategy or the plan you currently have in place isn’t tied in with your business goals, you could be inadvertently placing yourself at a greater risk than necessary. Such a well-defined strategy does not require a large expense, either. To begin, gather a few key decision makers together for a brainstorming session and collectively answer the following questions:
- What are our business goals/objectives?
- What are the risks associated with those goals/objectives?
- What type of data exists within the IT environment?
- What tools and technologies are already available to protect that data?
- What new tools and technologies can we obtain to strengthen our defense and that fit within our budget?
The best way to approach cybersecurity, particularly when you’re dealing with limited funds and resources, is to acknowledge that it’s everyone’s job – not just IT. From the executive offices down to the frontline workers and everyone in between – every single employee should know what to look out for and what steps should be taken in the event of a potential security breach. Make ongoing education and training a priority.
Be careful with BYOD.
Smaller firms often find it beneficial to allow employees to utilize their own personal devices in order to reduce equipment expenditure. While this certainly has the potential to be a cost-effective solution, it’s critically important that the appropriate cybersecurity measures are put in place to address the increased risk of security incidents. Develop and implement thorough BYOD policies, processes and procedures and conduct regular audits to ensure employee compliance at all times.
Additionally, companies would be wise to consider investing in tools like automated incident response, which can bridge the gap created by limited IT personnel and other resources and create a much more robust and highly effective cybersecurity defense strategy.Ayehu’s automation and orchestration platform offers out-of-the-box, plug-and-play features at an attractive price point that might just surprise you.