Stepping up cybersecurity: Follow these 7 essential measures!

Entrepreneurs & business owners are more concerned about IT security than ever before, thanks to an alarming increase in cyberattacks. It seems like no business is immune to hackers, who are now using new means, tools, methods, and ways to attack various resources. With heterogenous IT environments and complex network infrastructure, businesses have a tough road ahead with cybersecurity. 

Compliance and beyond

One of the foremost tasks is to understand compliance and regulatory needs, and companies need to find the various looming threats. There are websites like IPVM and others, which are dedicated to various security aspects, including IP video surveillance systems, and these can be useful resources. Knowing threats is not enough either. Businesses need to eb proactive with cybersecurity measures, instead of being reactive, and here are 7 steps that every company can follow!

  1. Secure devices behind firewalls. All networked devices, including IP cameras, work like computers, and must be protected behind firewalls. Ensure that firewalls are installed an activated on all devices. 
  2. Consider using network segmentation. As the name suggests, network segmentation is about dividing the network into different subnetworks. An incident or breach on one subnetwork will not impact others, preventing a domino effect. 
  3. Recommend safe browsing. Malware and phishing remain the two tools of cyberattacks, and to avoid both, safe browsing practices are an absolute must. Get cybersecurity experts, if need be, to train your employees, and let them know of the risks and methods of hackers, such as social engineering. 
  4. Suggest password protection. Strong passwords are at least 12 characters long, must have special characters, numbers, uppercase & lowercase letters. Also, employees may have a hard time remembering so many passwords, so recommend a password tool or manager, if they aren’t using one. 
  5. Update all firmware and software programs. Manufacturers offer software and firmware updates from time to time, and updates must be installed as available and without delays. Ensure that browsers and plug-ins are updated too. 
  6. Focus on access management. An organization must have a transparent system for managing, editing, granting, modifying and revoking access rights. Ensure that the management is aware of who has access to what, at a given point of time. 
  7. Train employees. Hiring ethical hackers to test your systems may be the wisest way to find security flaws and vulnerabilities, but of your company cannot afford that, hire cybersecurity experts to at least train people within the business. 

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