Human error is one of the most common sources of cyber security events. Whether it’s poor password hygiene or uninformed users making risky moves, cyber criminals often gain access through avoidable errors made by employees.
A lack of environmental awareness is often the window through which bad actors gain access to systems. For example, environmentally unaware security teams have not established the fabric through which visibility is possible, such as monitoring tools that throw up red flags when suspicious activity is in the works.
Accessibility Best Practices
Another simple fix to what could become a catastrophic problem includes enabling multi-factor authentication. This is among the most basic levels of security an organization can adopt to keep unauthorized users out. But there are also areas or documents that not everyone in the organization needs to have access to, which is why companies with robust cyber security strategies prioritize information and assign specific people access to the various levels of resources.
Another area where mistakes are too often made is in updating security patches. Software becomes vulnerable with age, and when security teams get behind on these updates, it introduces gaps in the security plane.
“It’ll Never Happen to Me”
Just because you’re a small company doesn’t mean you’re safe. Cyber criminals often target small businesses because they represent low-hanging fruit with potential access to the systems and data of larger business partners. Even if you are a small business that has implemented cyber security policies, when was the last time you revisited your security strategy? Too many small- to medium-sized organizations implement a strategy, then become busy with other projects, leading to a complacent approach and letting their security protocols age.
Staying proactive takes time, energy, and even a bit of money, but it’s worth it. Consult an expert and make sure your defenses are current and ready to take on the savviest cyber-criminal.
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