Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Everyone has a role to play in proactive cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Everyone has a role to play in proactive cybersecurity

As IT security consultants and managed service providers, Roebuck Technologies is a business partner that provides clients of all sizes with enterprise-level IT. We specialize in intricate technology and keep ourselves abreast of the latest cybersecurity developments. For a cybersecurity strategy to be effective, all team members of an organization have a proactive role to play.

Understand the threats

For a small- or medium-sized business (SMB) to effectively prevent cyberattacks, everyone involved should understand the risks being faced. Whether utilizing in-house IT staff or a managed services provider, companies should review the most common types of attacks in their industry. Ideally, this review would occur a few times each year.

Reevaluate what it is being protected

Once a list of the biggest threats to the organization has been accumulated, consider how each threatens the various elements of the company network. Roebuck Technologies works with clients to map every company device that connects to the internet, what type of data is accessed (regulated, mission-critical, low-importance, etc.), and what services are currently protecting those devices.

Create a baseline of protection

By reviewing current trends in the cybersecurity field and auditing the current technology framework, a clearer picture of how to prioritize preventative vs. reactive measures is attained.

Before a company can start improving its cybersecurity approach, a baseline needs to be established. Relevant real-life scenarios can be simulated on the company network. For example, network penetration testing from trustworthy IT professionals such as Roebuck Technologies helps pinpoint weak spots.

Finalize a plan

The information collected through this threat analysis will dictate necessary elements of a cybersecurity strategy. With an experienced technology consultant such as Roebuck Technologies on board for the entire process, the results of the threat simulation can by synthesized into a multipronged approach to proactive security.

Proactive measure What it entails
Security awareness seminars for all internal stakeholders Train everyone from the receptionist to the CEO about effective security practices such as password management, proper mobile device usage, and spam awareness.
Updated anti-malware software or cloud-based service Protect data and systems against the latest and most menacing malware.
Routine software patches and upgrades Minimize the chances of leaving a backdoor open to the network.
Web filtering services Blacklist dangerous and inappropriate sites for anyone on the network.
Perimeter defenses (e.g., intrusion prevention systems and hardware firewalls) Scrutinize everything trying to sneak in through the borders of the network.
Policy of least privilege Limit users’ access only to the data needed to fulfill tasks.
Data segmentation Rank data according to sensitivity and build micro-perimeters around high-value datasets.
Full-disk encryption Make data stored in computers and portable devices unreadable so that if machines are stolen, files remain secure.
Virtual private networks Make data transmitted across unsecured connections unreadable so that interceptions are futile.
Strict access controls Prevent unauthorized access to accounts with strong passwords, multifactor authentication, and auto screen locks and logouts for idle users. 
AI-powered network monitoring Identify suspicious user and software behaviors such as employees accessing files outside their departments.

 

Focusing on preventing downtime events instead of reacting to them significantly increases productivity and efficiency. Call Roebuck Technologies today for a demonstration of how to achieve enhanced cybersecurity.

 

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.