What is a Data Breach?
Data breaching is a process by which an organization experiences a cyber-attack, which lets hackers gain illegitimate or unauthorized access to an organization’s system or network to steal sensitive and personal information, or data of users or customers.
When a company experiences a breach in their cybersecurity, making reparations to the damage usually costs the company not only a large amount financially, but also in terms of reputation. Therefore, companies must make sure they prevent such a breach or unauthorized access from taking place by almost any means necessary.
Below are some suggested tips to prevent data breaching in 2020:
- Updated Security Software
Software developers constantly improve their products (software) thereby making upgraded versions available. An organization must have the latest version of its cybersecurity software to avoid weak spots for hackers to exploit.
- Risk Assessments
Frequent vulnerability checks on your system should be done. This will help your business to review and improve security procedures and policies.
- Regular employee security training and awareness
Hackers don’t abstractly just get access to a network or a system, there is usually an entry point. Employees are often the crack-in-the-wall that hackers use in breaching a company’s security.
Employees are the likeliest to click on suspicious links, download “anti-viruses”. In other words, an honest mistake by an employee is all any hacker needs in breaching your network. Therefore, to ensure the utmost safeguarding of important data, employees need to attend regular classes on cybersecurity until following safe practices becomes a norm.
- Employees tiered access
Access to data should be categorized based on employee’s job specifications and requirements. For example, an employee in charge of mail should not have access to information concerning the financial record of the customers. That way, critical information cannot be viewed by just any employee and the honest mistake of clicking a harmful link is minimal.
- Compliance of Third-party vendors
No business is a stand-alone, businesses often get involved with third-party vendors. Necessary background checks should be carried out before getting involved with such vendors. This will give you the opportunity of knowing your vendors better. Also, limit the kind of documents your vendors have access to and ensure they know and comply with security policies.
- Have a business continuity plan
There is a common saying, “hope for the best, but expect the worst”. Having this in mind causes you to prepare your business for unattractive occurrences. In a case where your business experiences a data breach, this plan helps you bounce back and handle the attack fairly.
Integrating these steps to prevent data breaches can be demanding. So, take the burden off and let Cynexlink help you.
Cynexlink is a technology company that provides services that include Cybersecurity Solutions, Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN), Managed IT Services, Cloud Vendor Selection & Consulting, Cynexlink VoIP, and CCPA.