Growing threats from cybercriminal groups in 2020 have resulted in a wide selection of operations being attacked. From headline-making hits on international corporations with top-grade security to the lesser prepared medium-sized businesses and smaller healthcare facilities who lack a dedicated IT security team, all enterprises and organisations are potential targets for hackers.

From powerful encryption to multiple authentication methods, there are many options available to improve protection levels from possible attacks for those charged with stepping up security at their company. The following are some initial tips to enhance cybersecurity measures at your enterprise:

1. Create a security first culture

All employees at your firm should be made aware of the risks from cybercriminals and should be trained continuously. They should always know how to report attacks and who to inform.

2. Review passwords and authentication systems

Passwords should never be stored on your system. If passwords must be used, they should be of an acceptable strength and altered frequently. Access credentials that are weak or easy to obtain are an easily avoidable vulnerability for businesses. The same passwords should never be used for several accounts to avoid hackers easily infiltrating multiple secure areas.

Where possible, use dual or multi-factor authentication methods. Unique codes can be sent to various personal devices to confirm a user’s identity before enabling them to access data, effectively adding an extra layer of defence against attempts to hack company accounts.

3. Keep systems and applications up to date

A simple protocol to adopt is to make sure that all the systems and applications your firm uses are running on the latest versions. Regular updates of apps and systems will often include security patches for discovered vulnerabilities, so by ensuring you are always using the latest update, you’ll make certain you have the most secure version.

Scheduling these updates to automatically complete is a wise move so that you never miss patches. Make sure updates are not scheduled when systems are switched off, however, to ensure they complete correctly.

4. Protect data stored and used

It is not only sensitive company data regarding dealings that can be at risk when cybercriminals access your systems and servers. As part of operations, most businesses will be required to store and transmit a wealth of Personally Identifiable Information (PII). From files held on personnel and suppliers to financial and contact details of customers and clients, it is the obligation of the company as the data handler to make sure appropriate security is provided, ensuring information remains compliant with data privacy regulations.

While firewalls and other perimeter solutions are essential, cybersecurity experts recommend that encrypting data is the best form of protection against data breaches. If hackers are able to penetrate servers or transmissions in email accounts, encryption will make the data instantly illegible to them.

5. Employ a user-friendly form of security

Cybersecurity platforms can sometimes be overcomplicated, which can lead to improper use. At Galaxkey, we’ve designed a user-friendly solution where no passwords are stored, featuring drag-and-drop encryption and secure email services. Contact our professional team today for a free online demonstration.