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Cyber Awareness

Everyday cybersecurity events impact large corporations and small businesses alike. Cyber criminals infiltrate company networks and systems, stealing private data from employees and customers. Smaller businesses may incorrectly view cyber attacks as isolated incidents limited to corporate America. This, however, is a dangerous assumption. Whether an organization consists of ten, hundreds, or thousands of employees, the information housed within company networks is valuable to determined cybercriminals. Organizations of all sizes should take their cybersecurity posture and preparedness seriously and leverage the best cybersecurity tactics available to protect their assets, data, and reputation.

How to Improve Cyber Awareness for Businesses

Stay Aware

It can be difficult to keep up with the various threats facing organizations today. Cybercriminals use numerous methods, such as ransomware and malware attacks, phishing, and social engineering to infiltrate systems in order to capture sensitive information. Data lost to a hacker can cost an organization, financially and reputationally. Organizations are liable for compensating customers whose information was not securely protected. Breaches in data and networks cause disruptions and financial loss to organizations everywhere. When it comes to protecting sensitive information, it’s important for an organization to ensure clients feel their information is safe on company systems.

Every business, big or small, should be cognizant of the following cyberattack methods:

  • Malware attacks. Malware attacks are conducted by hackers using compromising or malicious software. This software contains a computer virus that damages a user’s computer or network. A common trend today and type of malware is a ransomware attack, where adversaries infiltrate a user’s system or a company’s network and threaten the unauthorized release of sensitive data if the ransom is not paid.
  • Social engineering. Malicious parties attempt to manipulate others into providing valuable and personal information for their own financial gain. Those who conduct social engineering attacks use various means to do so including phone calls, emails, and dating sites. A common example of social engineering is phishing. Attackers may send their target an email that closely resembles an official email, such as an email from the IRS. These emails may even have links to a website that looks authentic in order to capture login credentials, financial data, and other personal information.

One of the best lines of defense against cyber threats is an educated and aware team. Organizations should offer cybersecurity awareness training to all employees. Through a service offered by Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs), cybersecurity professionals will inform and educate the organization on the best security practices to implement when conducting day-to-day tasks, as well as prepare the team for different attack methods such as email phishing. Employees will learn how adversaries can take advantage of networks and how to best respond to these efforts.

Be Proactive

Reducing an organization’s security exposure is one of the best ways to be proactive. Organizations can do this by developing an effective risk management plan and hiring a team of cybersecurity professionals to monitor and strengthen networks and systems.

Develop a Risk Management Plan

Organizations should make it a priority to develop rules and procedures as part of a security risk management plan. This plan dictates what employees should do to keep information, data, and accounts secure, which provides an extra layer of security against adversaries. Hardening networks through strong procedures is part of an effective risk management plan. These plans should include a commitment to and schedule of assessments and testing to ensure the most up to date cybersecurity practices are being implemented. Risk management plans are one of the best ways to remediate vulnerabilities.

Hire a Managed Security Service Provider

Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) hire security experts who can help ensure client organizations are protected against attacks and loss of information. Experienced cybersecurity professionals conduct testing to determine the most amendable vulnerabilities within networks. They determine procedures and monitor the organization for any intrusion or compromise of data. MSSPs provide training to employees and all users within the network. MSSPs should be integrated within an organization’s risk management plan.

Contact Cyber74

As an MSSP with qualified cybersecurity professionals, Cyber74 sets itself apart through dedication to protecting our client’s information, systems, and networks. We extend our expertise to clients in the everchanging industry and landscape of cybersecurity and stay ahead of cybersecurity trends, so you don’t have to. We offer best practices for organizations to safeguard their networks and sensitive information.

Our team is always available to discuss cybersecurity and can tailor solutions to meet your unique needs and goals.

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Shelby York

Certified as a Security Specialist through the Department of Defense and educated in professional writing, Shelby York is an experienced Technical Writer who earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Wright State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership from Park University. Her passion and talent for various writing styles allows her to communicate strategically and explain complicated concepts and technical information to general audiences. She is skilled in blog content writing, business writing, and copy writing, as well as proofreading/editing, leadership, and customer service.