Subject matter experts (also known as SMEs) dealt with and still are handling challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The increase in employees working remotely has resulted in more cybercrime risks for companies. Excellent cyber hygiene is necessary to practice daily in order for corporations to keep their networks safe against cyber-criminals. Below are some cybersecurity recommendations associated with the pandemic.
1) Install important updates
Any device (computers, tablets, phones, servers, etc.) connected to a firm’s network must be up-to-date to maintain protection against potential cyber attacks targeting vulnerabilities.
2) Bring management in
Simply put, the IT staff of any given business should constantly alert management of new ransomware threats and be sure to promote a security-aware culture.
3) Always back up data
Of course, the inability to access data could possibly damage a company, so online backups should be implemented as well as offline (unconnected to the system) ones.
4) Limit remote access
Now that more employees are working remotely to access their job responsibilities, they are doing so through a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Remote access should be encrypted and secure at all times.
5) Create an incident management plan
An incident management plan ensures that all workers know what to do if a cyber attack occurs. In other words, corporations can react as quickly as possible in such a situation and reduce any damage.
6) Watch network activity
Cybercriminals may have had the ability to access systems during the pandemic and could be waiting for employees to return to their offices. Network monitoring can detect suspicious activity, so cybercriminals are more likely to be stopped in those cases.
7) Narrow the attack surface with endpoint protection
More employees working means more endpoints (critical and vulnerable network access points) for cybercriminals to attack. Also, remote work leaves employees without their firm’s firewall security.
8) Restrict access management
Access management is about controlling the amount of access each individual employee’s account has to data on their business’s network. It minimizes cyber attack dangers in the event of an account becoming compromised.
9) Strengthen employee awareness
Cyber hygiene is vital to the entire company, so appropriate training is required. A regularly updated program should be put in place to ensure all team members understand cybersecurity seriousness and how they can do their part in protecting their corporation.
10) Perform consistent risk assessments
Again, the rise in remote work has widened the surface area for cyber attacks, so executing a cyber risk assessment is crucial for today’s changing digital setting.