As you get your costumes and candy ready for Halloween, here’s another fun October fact – it’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! To help celebrate, Cyberfit Chip’s alter ego, Count Chipula, has turned to the good side this month, so he can offer up key tips to help you keep your organization’s data safe.
1. Adopt a least-privilege access framework
Keeping track of today’s constantly changing cyberthreat landscape can be a vampire-sized pain in the neck. Take the guesswork out of it and reduce your attack surface by adopting a least privilege access framework across your networks and operating systems. Determine every users’ access on a need-to-have basis and architect a zero trust model that fits your organization’s needs and operating environment. That way, when an attack occurs (notice we said “when,” not “if”), its impact can only spread so far.
2. Implement a backup solution with anti-ransomware capabilities
Nowadays, it’s witch-ful thinking to assume cyber criminals don’t have your organization in their sites. So, don’t be a pumpkin – regularly backup your critical data and systems! Once you’ve got a reliable backup and recovery solution in place, it’s time to get proactive. Protect yourself and stay ahead of the game with an AI-based anti-ransomware tool, like the one built into Acronis SCS Backup 12.5 and our forthcoming hardened backup solution.
3. Keep your operating systems and applications up-to-date
Let’s creep it real… if you’re not keeping your operating systems and applications patched with the latest updates and fixes, you’re leaving your organization unnecessarily vulnerable to hacker exploits. Don’t be a lazy bones – keep those systems and applications up-to-date!
4. Regularly update your antivirus software’s signature database
In a similar vein, we know keeping your antivirus software current can sometimes make you feel braindead. Trust us though, it’s worth the effort. Though antivirus software should never be relied on as your organization’s only cyber protection tool, it remains an important one in your arsenal. Ensuring its signature database is current ensures your organization’s data doesn’t fall prey to some of the more commonly known strains of malware and ransomware.
5. Instill a culture of security within your organization
Some food for thought: in 2016, 93 percent of phishing emails included ransomware. That number is likely much higher today. But don’t let that statistic drive you batty! Train all your employees to regard every email with skepticism, even if it comes from a sender that looks familiar. Set up an easy-to-understand process for alerting IT staff to suspicious emails/links/content and hold regular, mandatory company-wide cyber-fitness trainings. Empower each employee to be your first line of defense against malicious cyber behavior, rather than an added vulnerability.
Well folks, that’s a wrap (a mummy wrap, that is)! With these cyberfit tips in mind, go forth and have a fang-tastic October – with the confidence and know-how you need to keep your organization secure well after Count Chipula’s sugar rush fades.