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Cybersecurity Best Practices: Strategies to Help You Secure Your Business

2018 has only seen an increase in the number of cyber threats and the proliferation of ransomware. The digitization of services has not stopped and an increasing number of businesses operate using the internet and computer systems. No system is completely free from vulnerabilities and businesses to possess large banks of sensitive information such as account details, personal details of customers, design data and other proprietary information. Such vital databanks need the latest protection in cybersecurity.

It’s not just large corporations that need to focus on their firewalls and network management, small to medium businesses are more likely to fall prey to cyber-attacks due to their low investment in IT infrastructure.  Studies show that small attacks are attacked more often than large companies. Large businesses might have large databanks, but small businesses have weak security which can make them easily vulnerable to ransomware and make any criminal's payday.

It is important to stay one step ahead of the attackers and remain abreast with the latest developments in the field of cybersecurity. Mentioned below are some of the best cybersecurity practices of this year that can help all kinds of organizations stay safe.

  • Move to cloud servers - This is particularly effective for small to medium businesses. Today there are a lot of third-party cloud service providers that can handle all the IT requirements of any kind of business. These cloud servers are protected with the latest security measures that are provided by the service providers themselves. Moving all software operations to the cloud also helps in saving of capital as companies no longer need to invest in expensive hardware and proprietary software tools.
     
  • Make cybersecurity policy documentation - This is one of the most important at the same time neglected steps. Having proper cyber-security documentation ensures that everyone is aware of the necessary security protocols and adheres to them. Documentation also helps to note down the various security flaws that are present in current systems and update them with the evolution of new kinds of technologies and attacks.
  • Update security systems - Every year newer versions of antimalware software and firewalls are released. Such security software are routinely updated in order to protect from the latest threats and attack patterns. Businesses must make it a point never to neglect to update their systems as cyber-criminals are constantly engineering newer methods of attacks and discovering fresh vulnerabilities.

Related Article: Steps to Have an Effective Cyber-Security Plan

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