The past year has thrust cybersecurity into the spotlight and created a new focus on evolving security strategies and data protection for businesses. While this new decade promises vast technology development, it’s even more important for all internet users to be vigilant in protecting their privacy.
Below are Verity IT’s top 5 privacy tips for 2022!
1. Utilize a Password Manager
Reusing passwords is a serious problem that continues to be the #1 cause of data breaches each year. When your password leaks, malicious individuals have all the information they need to access all of your accounts.
A dedicated password manager will store your passwords in an encrypted form, help you generate secure random passwords and allow you to easily access your passwords across all the different computers, smartphones and tablets you use. Excellent password hygiene and practices are necessary in order to protect your business data!
2. Implement Security Awareness Training
Most breaches happen the same way – stolen credentials, social engineering or vulnerabilities in unpatched software that are exploited. Did you know that 90% of security breaches are inadvertent, unintentional and caused by human error? That said, an organization’s cybersecurity cannot lie solely with its’ IT team anymore. Cybersecurity should be shared throughout an entire workforce.
Security awareness training educates your workforce on growing insider and outsider threats and empowers your employees with the knowledge and skills to stay cybersecure at work and at home.
3. Employ a Network Security Model
As hybrid working models become more established in businesses around the world, employing a network security model such as Zero Trust is becoming more and more prevalent.
Zero Trust is based on a strict identity verification process. In short, a Zero Trust approach trusts no one. As more businesses do computing in the cloud, security teams are finding it increasingly difficult to trust or identify who and what should be trusted with access to their networks. As a result, a large number of organizations are adopting Zero Trust as an element or a component of their trust network architecture and enterprise security strategy…and it’s not a bad idea!
4. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication
No means of security can claim to offer perfect protection but by combining multiple types of authentication, multi-factor authentication (MFA) makes it much harder to get into your accounts.
MFA prevents a large portion of hackers from targeting your account — many will simply move on and find easier accounts to break into. Not only does MFA make your accounts more difficult to attack, but it also makes your accounts less attractive targets. Should criminals decide to still go ahead and target you, they’ll need more than just your password…and that’s a lot of extra work.
As a business, having a multi-factor authentication system in place is the best way to make sure your business and customer data is secure.
5. Adopt a Data Privacy Framework
Researching and adopting a privacy framework such as NIST can help you manage risk and create a culture of privacy in your organization. The goal of NIST is to help organizations keep their data and information secure and safe, protecting critical data from both insider threats and attacks from the outside. NIST establishes technology, standards and metrics that the science and technology industries are encouraged to adhere to. NIST compliance is known to provide the best security practices for protecting business data, one of the most important priorities any organization can have!
In our ever-evolving digital world, keeping your information secure is of utmost importance. Considering there are countless avenues for hackers and cybercriminals to access and misuse your data, you need to ensure you’re doing everything you can to protect yourself from a breach.
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Mark London, President Verity IT