4 cybersecurity essentials every business needs to protect data

On Behalf of Dunlap Fiore, LLC |

In today’s digital world, cybersecurity should be a top priority for every business. Having clear policies and procedures in place can help protect your company’s data and operations.

There are a few cybersecurity essentials every business should establish.

1. Access controls

One key area to address is access controls. Businesses should have policies stating who can access which systems and data. Multi-factor authentication is important for sensitive information access. Companies should limit permissions to only those employees who need it for their specific roles.

2. Security software

Installing and updating antivirus software, firewalls and other endpoint security on all devices is essential.Security software helps block malware, viruses and cyber attacks. Regular scans should check for vulnerabilities. Policies should mandate security software installation and updates.

3. Employee training

Some of the biggest cybersecurity risks businesses face are employee errors, lack of awareness and violations of policies. Mandatory cybersecurity training helps educate employees on best practices for passwords, email security, social engineering scams and other topics relevant to their roles. Policies should outline training requirements.

4. Incident response plan

Despite best efforts, cyber attacks may still occur. Having an incident response plan with reporting procedures, containment strategies and communication plans can help limit the damage. The plan should designate who leads the response and require timely reporting of suspected incidents.

Implementing strong cybersecurity policies and procedures reduces a business’s attack surface. The key areas of access controls, security software, employee training and an incident response plan provide a solid defense against ever-growing cyber threats. Staying vigilant and updating policies as risks evolve are critical to protecting your business.