Did you know October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month? As many businesses continue to work remotely, this is the perfect time to learn more about how cybercrime affects different industries and what you can do to keep your company’s IT infrastructure secure.
The sooner you take action, the easier it will be for you to put safeguards in place that actively protect your assets, as well as sensitive company and private data that may be the target of a phishing attack or hack. It isn’t just your data or assets that take a hit after a network security breach. On average, company share prices fall more than 7% after a breach, which is a monetary reflection of an acute loss of credibility and trust.
Let’s delve into how cybersecurity has changed in 2020 and what businesses can do to proactively protect themselves.
What You Need to Know About Cybersecurity in 2020
Many national cybersecurity organizations have become increasingly concerned about the blurred lines between our online and offline lives, especially with so many people working remotely due to COVID-19. Many businesses went remote quickly and neglected the standard computer security measures they would have put in place for in-office technology. This has made cybersecurity a critical business priority for the latter half of 2020.
The best way to avoid potential threats is through company-wide education, empowerment and collaboration.
Impact: Cybercrime affects all companies
The more we learn about cybersecurity, the more we realize how big an impact it can have. It doesn’t just affect Fortune 500 companies, especially since very few small to midsized businesses have any kind of cybersecurity protections in place. Many hackers have the mentality of if you want to steal gold, don’t go to Fort Knox. With over a third of breach victims being small and midsized businesses, you can’t afford to take the risk.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your business, and you don’t have to do it alone. A cybersecurity service provider can help you make responsible IT decisions and build a customized plan to ensure your devices, data and staff are protected.
Empowerment: Everyone can contribute to cybersecurity
To protect your vulnerable assets, cybersecurity needs to be prioritized by every person at the company, not just your IT department. Workers at every level need to understand the basics of network and computer security since 95% of all cybersecurity breaches can be attributed to human error.
When staff members are educated through cybersecurity awareness training, they’re much more likely to question a suspicious email or engage in other responsible behaviors that protect the company.
Collaboration: Cybersecurity greatly increases when we all work together
As staff are educated on cybersecurity and empowered to take action, it becomes harder for malicious actors and cyberthreats to penetrate your system. You can offer this education through cybersecurity awareness training sessions and by cultivating a more supportive and collaborative attitude toward network security. Encourage staff to question any messages they deem suspicious, and never blame or shame anyone who takes a little longer to learn.
Work with a Trusted Provider to Manage Your Network Security
If Cybersecurity Awareness Month has inspired you to take a closer look at your company’s cybersecurity plan, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone. Working with a cybersecurity service provider like Deerwood Technologies puts experts on your team who can make cybersecurity much more manageable.
After we roll out a plan that protects your system, you can focus on your business and let us worry about monitoring your network for cyberthreats. When we team up, everyone stays safer. Contact us today to learn more about the custom network security package we can build for your company.