According to EY, organizations are becoming increasingly confident that they can protect themselves against cyber-breaches – a surprising statistic considering the number of online attacks globally continues to rise. From a survey of 1,735 businesses worldwide, around half of the respondents said that they could detect a sophisticated cyber-attack and deal with it promptly and effectively. This increase in confidence – the biggest since 2013 – can be attributed to increased investments in cyber threat intelligence, monitoring mechanisms and security operations centers (SOCs).
However, despite these advancements, 86% of those surveys continued to say that their cybersecurity measures don’t fully meet their business requirements:
As threats continue to evolve, businesses are now starting to realize that, to stay safe, they must evolve their cyber security strategy. Here are five things businesses can do to ensure their resilience to online attacks or breaches.
- Understand the evolving threat landscape
Today´s threat landscape has moved from the smash-and-grab attacks to specialized and refined “long con” attacks. The latest forms of threats are so well designed that they can avoid the traditional firewall radar so unless you update your anti-virus software to the newest version on a regular basis, it won’t actually protect you. In short, businesses must use the latest malware detection and threat intelligence tools in order to stay one step ahead.
- Create a company-wide cybersecurity awareness
Internet connections, IoT technology, network connections to other offices and third parties, are continuously creating new opportunities for cyber criminals. While there is no silver bullet when it comes to online security, businesses have to deploy a multi-layered cyber defense systems and create a company-wide cyber security awareness. In business language, security must become an important part of a company´s business plan.
- Train your employees
It goes without saying that employees play an important role in a business´ security efforts. Still, there have been numerous occurrences in which employees intentionally or inadvertently compromised security. Most employees care more about efficiency than security and often use shortcuts to get their work done on time. Using poor passwords or clicking on malicious links can expose their company to great risks. By helping their employees understand the potential risks from cyber-attacks and training them in cybersecurity basics, businesses can substantially reduce the risk from a cyber-attack.
- Learn from mistakes
A great deal of businesses hit the news in the last couple of years after falling victim to cyber-attacks. There are numerous cybersecurity websites which contain detailed information on how and why a breach occurred, as well as what other companies should do to protect themselves. Simply put, their mistakes should act as cautionary tale to businesses who are looking on how to protect themselves.
- Don´t forget about mobile
With more mobile devices than ever before and employees often working from outside the office environment, the potential risks of a cyber-attack through these devices has risen exponentially. Therefore, businesses should take mobile security very seriously and protect them with passwords and antivirus software. Furthermore, since these devices contain stored passwords and confidential data, increasingly businesses are investing in remote wiping software – so if a device is stolen, the data can be remotely destroyed.
Unless your business deals in cybersecurity, it can be very hard to stay ahead of constantly evolving cyber threats. With Apvera Insight™ Platform, you can empower your employees to use access both internal and external resources from any device while seamlessly enforcing your organization’s data security, compliance, and governance policies.