As a company owner, or someone in charge of business security, you have to think of cyber defense beyond compliance. Yes, keeping up with new regulations, rules, and privacy laws, is important, but addressing security concerns requires a more proactive approach. In this post, we are discussing more on how businesses can tackle cybersecurity better in 2020. 

  1. Start with a comprehensive policy. Business cybersecurity polies and practices should account all kinds of risks and concerns. For instance, are you placing all networked devices behind firewalls? Are your employees trained on cybersecurity? Do you have antimalware and antivirus software issued? Get answers to these questions.
  2. Ask employees to be more cautious with emails, downloads, and unknown links. Emails are often the first choice of hackers to launch a malware attack. Employees are lured through phishing emails, downloads, and special offers, all of which are a part of social engineering. You want to be sure that your people are aware of how to detect a scam. 
  3. Do more workshops. In 2020, more employees are working from home, using their personal devices for accessing company resources, and managing different schedules, all thanks to a pandemic that continues to cause economic damage. You may have to do more workshops on cybersecurity this year, allow employees to take decisions, while being extremely cautious. 
  4. Schedule regular scans. Network scanning and penetration testing are great ways to manage cybersecurity risks and concerns, because you are fixing issues that are likely to be exploited. Regular scanning helps in finding flaws in time and also in upgrading cybersecurity to the next level. 
  5. Engage ethical hackers. Contrary to what many companies may think, hiring ethical hackers, or running a bug bounty program, doesn’t have to expensive. All you need is a comprehensive plan to engage the security community, because sometimes, it can be hard to be critical about your own cybersecurity measures. 

Cybersecurity practices for 2020 are more about being proactive than reactive. That said, you still need a plan for managing unexpected incidents. Ensure that your IT teams are ready to mitigate any losses and further damages, in case there is a compromise in security, or a threat or hack is detected. Truth be told, there is no way be to entirely immune to hackers, but being proactive with cybersecurity is a great step in the right direction. Just don’t give up or get complacent with your efforts.

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