See Yourself in Cyber
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. During this annual event, government and industry leaders come together to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity.
This year’s campaign theme is “see yourself in cyber,” and it was selected to demonstrate that while cybersecurity may seem like a complex subject, ultimately, it’s really all about people.
It is crucial for businesses like yours to stay cyber-secure to safeguard company data, protect customers’ personal information and ensure employee privacy. Here’s how you can do your part to foster organization cybersecurity.
- Establish policies to promote cybersecurity.
This includes policies like a bring your own device policy, email and internet communication policy, acceptable use policy, remote work policy and incident response policy.
- Educate your employees.
Utilize a training program to make employees aware of cybersecurity threats and how to avoid them.
- Implement smart software.
Install strong spam filters, firewalls and anti-virus and malware programs on all company devices. In addition, maintain network security by using a virtual private network.
- Enforce access controls.
Only allow trusted and qualified individuals access to sensitive data. Further, ensure all employees use strong passwords and update them routinely.
- Bolster business continuity.
Be sure to back up data frequently. Consider storing copies of critical data in additional secure locations, such as the cloud.
- Have adequate protection.
Work with your Shepherd Insurance agent to assess your technology risks and design the best cyber insurance policy to fit your needs.
- Establish a plan.
Have a cyber incident response plan to minimize potential losses in the event of a cyber attack. Test this plan regularly.
No organization is immune to a cyber breach. Cyber risks are exacerbated by the trend in outsourcing data handling and the simple fact that the modern business world is full of portable devices such as cell phones, laptops, iPads, USB drives, jump drives, media cards, tablets and other devices that may facilitate the loss of sensitive information.
Not sure where to start? Contact us today for more cybersecurity guidance and cyber insurance solutions.