[This article was written by Dawn Castell.]
The past two years have seen drastic changes sweep across the cyberspace, changes that no one anticipated nor planned for. As a result of the rapid expansion, the security threats to companies and individuals have increased, and unfortunately, technology that secures critical data and other important digital assets have been a little slow to catch up. As a result, it is now common to hear corporates complaining about cyber-attacks, data being compromised and other security breaches. If you won a startup, now you have to think carefully about the steps that you can take to secure your cyberspace. Here are the things that you can do to survive and even thrive in the cyberspace.
Choose your battles well
The first thing that you need to do is to choose your battles well. It is important to understand that you may not be in a position to secure everything especially in the era of the internet of things where anything that has a chip can be controlled from any remote location. Therefore, you have to sit down with your team and come up with a list of the assets that are most crucial to the survival of your business. Purpose to prioritize on the crucial components.
Create a security culture
If you want your assets to be secure at all times, you have to make sure that there is a security culture that trickled down from those in the top positions all the way down to everyone else in the company. Take time and invest resources in training everyone about cybercrime, how it can affect your business and what they can do to make sure that your business is secured at all times.
Pick secure platforms
If you have been dealing with advanced persistent threats, it could be an indication that you are using the wrong platforms to secure your data. Think about changing to the four most trusted platforms so that you can keep the important data locked at all times.
Keep the email at the center of everything
Have you ever wondered why all digital accounts that can be accessed can only be controlled through the email? Well, email providers such as Google and Yahoo have been doing their best to make sure they provide the best authentication experiences whenever someone wants to access some data. Have an email that enforces a multifactor authentication before people can access information because this extra layer of information is what makes the difference between success and failure to secure data.
Always plan for failure
When you are creating the systems, always make sure that you are prepared for a security breach because it will happen at some point. Preparedness for a security breach could mean something as major as understanding the legal implications and business risks that will result from the security breach, or something as minor as the person to call to secure the system after someone has tried hacking into them.
Secure your website
Always know that if a security breach is going to affect your digital assets, the website will be the first line of attack. If you have an e-commerce site, invest in web application firewalls that protect your customers. Additionally, make sure the website has anti-DDoS services, payment API, and Device ID.
Other measures that you can take to make sure that everything stays reasonably secured internally includes putting in place physical security measures such as buzzers, alarms which will go off when someone tries to gain unauthorized access into the control points. You can also try and track all the IT assets that you have and always make sure that everyone who is working for your IT department can be trusted. With these simple steps, you will be able to ward of some of the most common threats and even if there is no foolproof way to protect yourself completely from cyber-crime, at least you will be assured of a proactive rather than reactive solution.
Dawn is a budding entrepreneur. After graduating with her MBA, she spent a few years working in the CPG industry and a few more working in the business tech industry before she set off to start her own business. She has been consulting with businesses, large and small, on the side ever since.