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    12 Cyber Readiness Strategies You Must Implement Today

    1. Have A Cyber Readiness Plan

    With headlines full of cyberattacks and security breaches victims, it is time to take the risks seriously. The success and survival of your business will be determined by your ability to overcome security threats or breaches. You need a cyber readiness plan that includes elements of prevention, continuity and recovery strategies.

    Build your cyber readiness plan today.

    2. Establish Strict Policies and Procedures

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    Policies and procedures regulate business operations and are essential for defining the standards and expectations of employee behavior and actions in the workplace. While establishing strict, security- focused protocols is essential, a system of validation and enforcement is equally important. After all, rules without consequences are merely suggestions.

    Develop security-driven policies and procedures for your business.

    3. Keep Updates — Up to Date

    While updates often introduce new or enhanced features into your apps, programs and systems, they also install security and performance fixes known as patches. Undiscovered defects or flaws can leave your systems exposed. Hackers will exploit any vulnerability or security gap they find. Keeping your systems updated is vital for keeping your business cyber ready.

    Automate and optimize your system updates and patches.

    4. Force Authentication

    One-level security is no longer enough. Even the strongest passwords are vulnerable to theft or exposure. Requiring more than one method to authenticate user identity or access permissions can reduce or eliminate the risk of stolen or unauthorized credentials being utilized.

    Get cyber ready with identity and access management today.

    5. Back Up Everything!

    Data is the lifeblood of every business. Unfortunately, the risks and threats to the protection, privacy and usability of that data are endless. Follow the 3-2-1 method for backups; a minimum of three unique copies of your data, two available locally and one off-site or in the cloud. Make sure to test your backups often for functionality and integrity.

    Ensure that your data is protected and secure from cyber threats.

    6. Don’t Neglect Compliance

    Maintaining regulatory compliance is mandatory for many organizations. While navigating and satisfying the obligations can be complicated and stressful, achieving compliance is a critical component of having a cyber ready business. Security and privacy are integral elements of compliance.

    Let an expert take the stress out of compliance for your business.

    7. Continuous Network Intelligence

    Knowledge is power. A critical component of cyber readiness is having on-demand insight of anomalous activities, suspicious changes, potentially harmful misconfigurations or any other malicious activities occurring internally on your network. Promptly detect and remove threats before they cause damage.

    Enable advanced internal security detection in your business today.

    8. Security Awareness Training

    Train Your Employees

    Users are the weakest link in security, given a lack of education and experience. Instituting a security awareness training program for every member of your staff will significantly reduce the probability of user-related errors and exposures.

    Develop a security-first culture with user training.

    9. Combat the Password Crisis

    With over 80% of hacking-related breaches linked to weak, reused or stolen passwords, user credentials are emerging as the top vulnerability for businesses. Balance convenience and security by monitoring the dark web for exposed credentials, implementing multi-factor authentication, and streamlining control of password management.

    Overcome the password crisis in your business.

    Passwords are like underpants

    10. Don’t Skip the Insurance

    Increasing risks and threats of data breaches and ransomware, regardless of size or industry, have prompted many businesses to adopt Cyber Risk Insurance to protect themselves from catastrophic loss. Investing in a cyber insurance policy could save your business should you be the next victim.

    Find the right policy for your business and be ready for any possibility.

    11. Reduce Supply Chain Vulnerabilities

    Nearly two-thirds of firms (65%) have experienced cyber-related issues in their supply chain in the past year. As a part of your cyber readiness plan, you must deploy protocols to evaluate and monitor the security of your supplier networks and third-party vendors.

    Learn how to keep third-party incidents from impacting your business.

    12. Deploy a Multi-Layer Security Strategy

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    Security is asymmetrical. Where businesses must plan, prepare and defend against every threat or scenario, cybercriminals only need to find a single weakness or hole in your defenses to carry out their malicious plans. Protect your data and your business by deploying multiple security strategies together as one.

    Develop and apply a defense in depth approach.

    Next steps

    Your employees are your first and primary line of defense against online crime. Equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves – and your business – from criminal elements.

    I invite you to have a 15-minute conversation. Whether or not we decide to collaborate, I’m confident I can offer insights that can help you find the right solution for your needs. Please click here to book a call with me.

    NetOne Technologies is a Managed Service Provider expert in network design, disaster recovery, VoIP and IT risk management and offers assistance with all of your technology needs.

    For the past 20 years, as President and Technical Director of NetOne Technologies, my team has brought companies the connectivity, security, and network infrastructure to be successful in today’s changing world.