With the global increase in cyber threats, it’s important that you do everything you can to protect your business’s information, as well as your personal information. Today we’re sharing some proactive tips that everyone, individuals and business owners alike, should consider when it comes to protecting online information.

Reduce the Chance of a Destructive Cyber Attack

Prevention is the primary goal when it comes to cyber attacks. If you can prevent an attack from happening in the first place, you can avoid dealing with the aftermath of one. There are multiple things you can do to safeguard your information.

  • Use Multi-Factor-Authentication (MFA) on everything.
  • Ensure all systems are patched and up to date.
  • Consider increasing patch frequency or patch management (MSP).
  • Communicate with your employees and offer regular cyber security trainings for them. Remember, 70% of all cyber attacks come from users unknowingly making mistakes.

Take Steps to Provide For Fast Detection of a Potential Threat

In the event that a cybercriminal does manage to make it past your defense, it’s critical to have a detection plan in place. With the right plan in place, you’ll detect the attack sooner than later and hopefully minimize the damage.

  • Run, update, and monitor a strong Endpoint Protection Program. If possible, use a product with XDR technology.
  • Increase your spam and phishing filter sensitivity in Microsoft 365.
  • Disable any non-essential ports and protocols, specifically through external gateways (firewalls).

Make Sure Your Organization is Prepared to Respond if a Cyber Event Occurs

Don’t wait until a cyber attack happens to come up with a response plan. Implement a plan now so no time is wasted should an attack take place. Review your incident response plan regularly, ensure it is up to date, and confirm that all responsible teams are clear on their roles.

Maximize Your Cyber Resilience

Even with the best lines of defense in place, no company is invincible when it comes to cyber attacks. As protection technologies improve, so do hackers’ techniques. With this in mind, it is extremely important to back up any online information you can’t afford to lose. This way, even if a hacker accesses your information, you have it safely stored somewhere else. Here are two ways to maximize your company’s cyber resilience:

  • Perform regular data backups.
  • Ensure that your backups are encrypted at rest and in transit (if offsite).
  • Test your backup and recovery procedures regularly.

If you have questions about any of these tips, our team is here to help. We can answer your questions, help you determine the best line of cyber defense for your company, and help you implement the security measures you need. Contact us today to secure your online information.