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Ten Essential Cybersecurity Safeguards to Protect Your Business

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Cyberattacks Are Rising At An Alarming Rate

You know, in today’s tech-driven world, cyberattacks are like uninvited guests at the biggest party of the year – they’re always trying to get in. Everyone’s at risk, especially the smaller players. In fact, a recent mid-year report shows that weekly cyberattacks are up 8% year over year.

“It’s scary to say, but the uptick in attacks that we’ve seen recently has a direct correlation to human error. As people move into a more hybrid work environment things like USB devices, unsecure network connections, and weak passwords are making it easier than ever for hackers to gain access to a system,” says Lindsay Jones, Manager, MCA Central and South Texas Service & Client Support Center.

Worried? Don’t be. We’ve got your back with these ten cybersecurity practices that are total game-changers.

How To Increase Your Cybersecurity Processes

1. Get Your Team in the Loop

Okay, so here’s the deal: your own team might accidentally let the bad guys in. They might click on some shady links, spill secrets, or fall for phishing schemes. That’s why it’s super important to give them some cybersecurity training. Teach them the ropes, and they’ll be your first line of defense.

2. Lock Down Those Passwords

Weak passwords are like leaving your front door unlocked. It’s just asking for trouble. Make sure your team uses strong passwords and changes them regularly. Think about adding multi-factor authentication for extra security.

3. Keep Your Software Fresh

If your software’s outdated, hackers can stroll right in. Set up a system to keep everything up to date with the latest security patches. That’ll keep your digital doors bolted.

4. Get a Cyber Bouncer

Just like you’d have a bouncer at the door of your favorite club, you need a digital one too. Firewalls and intrusion detection systems are like the bouncers of the internet – they keep the troublemakers out.

5. Lock Up Your Data

Your important data should be locked up tighter than Fort Knox. Make sure it’s encrypted when it’s resting and when it’s on the move. Even if someone does get their hands on it, they won’t be able to read it.

6. Back Up, Back Up, Back Up

Imagine losing all your data in one fell swoop – it’d be a disaster! That’s where regular backups come in. Keep copies of your essential data in a safe spot. Test them out too, just to be sure they’re all good to go.

7. No Entry Without an Invitation

Imagine you’re hosting a fancy party; you don’t want just anyone walking in, right? Apply the same logic to your data – restrict access. Only give the keys to those who need them and use role-based access controls to make sure of it.

8. Have a Plan B (or Z)

Sometimes, things go south. That’s where an incident response plan comes into play. Make a plan for when the digital house party gets out of control. Who’s going to call the cops (or tech support), and how are you going to clean up the mess?

9. Check Out Your Digital Allies

If you’ve got partners and suppliers with access to your systems, make sure they’re on the up and up. Check their cybersecurity game, and don’t be shy about it.

10. Never Stop Scanning

Cybersecurity is like a never-ending game of hide and seek. Stay on your toes by auditing and assessing your digital defenses regularly. Throw in some penetration testing to see if there are any weak spots.

Remember, cybersecurity isn’t a one-time thing – it’s an ongoing journey. Keep these practices in your back pocket, and you’ll be ready to face the digital world’s challenges head-on.

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