Are you looking to improve your cybersecurity protocols and policies? Read our latest blog post for best practices on establishing effective company cybersecurity protocols for protecting sensitive business data. 

As businesses increase reliance on digital technologies and services, having a solid foundation of company cybersecurity policies and protocols is paramount to keeping information secure and business operations safe. Implementing these policies helps protect employee and customer data, mitigate malicious activities, and ensure regulatory compliance. 

The increasing prevalence of cybercrime means that IT administrators should be more vigilant. The data supports this vigilance. More than three-quarters of corporate IT decision-makers across the U.S. and Canada believe they may face a data breach within the next three years. Data safety should be paramount in such a climate of risk.  

The following provides some steps to develop cybersecurity protocols: 

Create Strong Password Practices 

Train employees in the best practices of creating, using, and storing passwords. Requiring employees to use a unique combination of characters, symbols, numbers, and upper- and lower-case letters can reduce the risk of account and network breaches. Enforcing password expiration timelines and resetting requirements after a specified time frame can ensure users keep their passwords up-to-date and secure. 

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) 

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is a form of online security to keep online accounts safe and secure. It involves using two separate forms of verification for access. This could include using a username and password first. Then enter a code sent via text message or generated through an authenticator app as the second factor. These security steps help prevent malicious actors from accessing accounts by adding a layer of protection to user credentials. 2FA is a reliable and effective way to protect accounts from potential threats and secure valuable information. 

Device Usage and Network Access 

Employees should only be granted access to network-based systems on an as-needed basis. They must use corporate-approved devices and refrain from connecting unknown or suspicious devices to company networks. Establishing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies that govern personal device access to sensitive company data and resources should be documented and implemented. 

Secure Email and Messaging 

Secure email and messaging are essential for organizations to protect their confidential information. Emails may have default encryption. Those sent outside the organization aren’t necessarily encrypted. This can leave them vulnerable to security threats.  

A secure messaging solution is critical if confidential and personal information needs to be sent outside the organization. Microsoft Office 365 offers secure messaging as an option. Some services, like Zix and Proofpoint have better functionality. No matter the system, implementing a secure email and messaging system will ensure sensitive information stays safe. 

Periodically Review Policies and Security Standards 

Review IT security policies periodically to ensure the organization complies with current industry best practices. The risk of a cyber-attack increases daily. Make sure policies are up to date to minimize risks. 

Thriving In the Digital Age 

With digital transformation taking over our daily lives, establishing robust cybersecurity policies and protocols has become essential. Keeping digital assets secure and mitigating potential cyber threats should be a top priority. Staying ahead of the cyber game and ensuring you are well protected against data breaches can mean the difference between surviving a digital age and thriving in one. 

Get Started Today 

It takes a lot of planning time to establish cyber security policies and protocols. Great Lakes Computer helps businesses get policies in place that address the current threats. Schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable staff for a complimentary consultation to act today.