10 Ways to Help Reduce Cybersecurity Risks at Your Business

Over the last year, especially with the increased use of remote work due to the Coronavirus pandemic, concerns over cybersecurity readiness within organizations have increased dramatically. Although, often considered an IT issue, effective cybersecurity management involves everyone in the organization and is not isolated to the IT department.

cybersecurity riskTo reduce this risk, an organization can develop certain policies and procedures that can protect the IT environment from cybersecurity risks. The following 10 steps, but not all inclusive, can be considered to help implement a more secure environment and reduce any cybersecurity risks:

  1. Implementing passwords is one of the most basic principles that are used to secure access to computer systems and information. Passwords should be well thought out and should never be written down. In addition, default passwords that are shipped with most software packages should be changed once the software has been installed.
  2. There needs to be a formal configuration and change management process to authorize, track, test, and implement any changes to the IT environment.
  3. A firewall should be used protect access from your internal network to the Internet. In addition, the firewall must be monitored so if any inappropriate access does take place, it can be detected and the appropriate actions are taken to resolve the issue.
  4. IT systems and applications evolve over time in the form of upgrades and patches. These need to be applied in order to address operational and security concerns.
  5. Perform vulnerability scans of your internal and external (web facing) systems.
  6. User access rights should be reviewed periodically. As users are added and removed from the systems and access rights are modified over time, user entitlements and system access rights often get overextended and need to be reevaluated.
  7. Remote access to the IT environment needs to be closely monitored, especially for third-party or vendor access to your systems environment. Also, dual or two-factor authentication should be considered to help further secure remote system access.
  8. Any sensitive data should be encrypted when it is stored or transmitted.
  9. Develop an organizational information security policy that details the organization’s approach to information security as well as what is expected as it relates to information security.
  10. Develop an incident response plan in the event that a breach or incident does occur.


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