7 Cybersecurity best practices for your business
September 28, 2022 Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity attacks on businesses are becoming more and more common over time. It doesn’t matter how large or small your business is, Cyberattacks have continued to increase in the EU in 2020 and 2021, in both sophistication and numbers, but also in terms of their impact.
A Cyber-attack can have a devastating effect on your business. It can be terrible for your reputation, your brand, and your customers. At the very least, it could be embarrassing, and at worst, severe financial repercussions could shut your business down.
In our era of the Internet and data, it could only be a matter of time before an attempt is made to steal your valuable data.
Cybercriminals will target any business that leaves itself unprotected and it's crucial your company protect your data, your network, your customer information, and your reputation. To help businesses improve their security practices, Voiped Telecom has compiled a list of 7 essential cybersecurity best practices.
Update security policies
Businesses often have outdated security policies that don't take into account the latest technologies, cyber threats, and cybersecurity best practices such as zero-trust architectures. Security policies are the foundation for enterprise security. Update your policies first, and then update your security practices and train your employees on the new policies.
Refresh your network security controls
If it's been a while since your business reviewed its network security controls, consider whether they need a refresh. For example, do your firewalls and virtual private network (VPN) gateways offer the functionality your hybrid workforce needs? Perhaps it's time to upgrade or replace them. Also, are you able to monitor network traffic for all of your users, or has cloud migration reduced your visibility? Perhaps you need to deploy additional network security software or consider adopting cloud-based security.
Require strong authentication for all users
Cyber attacks often use compromised user accounts to gain access to a business's internal resources. Requiring multi-factor authentication, such as a smart card with a PIN or biometric, for every user can be effective at stopping many cyber attacks. If that's not feasible for your business, at least require users to have strong passwords that attackers won't be able to guess, and implement multi-factor authentication for security professionals, system administrators, and all others with privileged access to systems and networks.
Improve employee awareness of security
All too often, security awareness activities for employees fall short. You can help your business change its cybersecurity culture by taking a few minutes to explain to employees why they are being required or asked to do or not do things a certain way.
Use a VPN to privatize your connections
For a more secure and privatized network, use a virtual private network (VPN). It’ll encrypt your connection and protect your private information, even from your Internet service provider.
Avoid using public networks
When you connect to a public network, you’re sharing the network with everyone who is also connected. Any information you send or retrieve on the network is vulnerable. Avoid public networks or use a VPN when you’re connected to one.
Provide Firewall Security for your Internet Connection
Firewalls are designed to prevent unauthorized access from a private network. You can create a set of rules on your firewall so that it knows what to allow in and what to block out. A good firewall should monitor incoming and outgoing data.
Headquartered in the Netherlands, Voiped Telecom is a European Internet service provider offering businesses flexible and secure Internet access solutions in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Slovenia, Italy, Portugal, and, Ukraine. With some of the highest maximum speeds on the market ranging from 330Mbps to 1Gbps, Voiped Telecom provides diversity in connection as well as endless configurations according to your company's specification requirements.