When a company starts its activities, it seeks to minimize initial costs as much as possible. And, unfortunately, cybersecurity is one of those areas where startups and entrepreneurs can save too much. The result of such a strategy is predictable. Therefore, we have prepared a few simple steps, by performing which, you can provide your company with an initial level of cybersecurity.
Reliable antivirus software
Malware is one of the oldest threats that has been around since the 1980s. Therefore, installing a reliable antivirus on all devices that are involved in the work, and updating it in a timely manner is one of the main measures to reduce risks. This may seem obvious, but companies often remember such a trifle when a computer or smartphone already needs to be cleaned of viruses.
Which antivirus is the most up-to-date? You can compare reviews of different solutions and decide for yourself what is best for your business. It is much more important to have the antivirus itself and to update it regularly.
There is also a misconception that Macs do not need antivirus software. To some extent, this was the case until these computers were popular. However, they are now used by a wide range of users, and can also be attacked.
Protection against ransomware viruses. Backups, encryption and data protection
These viruses are a type of malware that are used to encrypt and download files. Attackers can steal, for example, customer data, transaction information, corporate information, and much more that they can get their hands on. This is usually accompanied by blackmail and extortion.
It happens that a company has to restore its databases from paper documents and copies. This could have been avoided if management had taken care of backups in advance, at least in case of a server failure.
In addition, you can completely encrypt the entire database. Even in the event of theft or loss, it will be problematic for criminals to get the information.
Work with employees: security as part of corporate culture
Phishing is one of the most popular attack methods to obtain user passwords. Usually, the email contains a link to a website or instructions, following which the user clicks on the link and gets to a fake website where he enters his username and password. Often emails contain attachments with malware. Your employees must be able to spot any suspicious emails, calls and threats and respond accordingly.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) allows you to further protect your computer from unauthorized access. This is a simple and fairly effective method that uses additional owner verification requirements. For example, a special code that comes to the user on a smartphone.
Protect devices that employees carry or take home
Startups always have employees who prefer to work from home, or take work home. They can also access work networks while at home or on the go. It is quite likely that an employee’s device — a laptop or smartphone — may be lost or stolen. To protect corporate information in this case, the device must be locked with a password or PIN. In addition, the information on the device must be encrypted in such a way that it is impossible to read it without knowing the key.
Get professional support
If you do not know how to build an effective cybersecurity system, enlist the support of an experienced partner. There are specialized companies that deal with cybersecurity. They cooperate not only with big business players, but also provide services to small businesses, and can provide security teams that will take care of your project.
Following these simple guidelines will allow you to avoid most threats. However, this is only the minimum necessary, basic protection. You can provide your business with a more serious level of security. How to do it? You can learn more detailed information for startups at the webinar from the owner of ESKA. Join the event and get the opportunity to personally ask a question to a cybersecurity expert. The event will take place on August 5th.