Security regulations are changing at breakneck speeds, and if you don’t put in the effort to keep up with those changes, you could find yourself facing fees and citations. The good news is that these rules are usually lax in their enforcement, but the bad news is that they can destroy your reputation and cripple your business if you find yourself caught breaking them. In case that isn’t bad enough for you, 60% of businesses that end up suffering from a cyberattack due to poor security end up permanently closed due to the magnitude of the damage caused. Here are some of the things you should keep in mind when maintaining your network’s security.
- Know which complacency laws your business is required to follow
The rules are different from business to business. If you’re in the healthcare industry, you’ve got it worse than most other people: from HIPAA to HITECH, you have a laundry list of regulations you’ll need to follow unless you want to be open to lawsuits from the government and your patients. If you’re a law firm or financial institution, you’re tied for second in the sheer amount of ways you can be in jeopardy for not adequately protecting your client’s data. For a clearer view into what regulations you should be mindful of, get in touch with one of our experts for a free consultation.
- Document your IT plan
If and when you find your business audited for a cybersecurity review, you’re going to be thankful you took the time to write down what you’ve been doing. If the government comes knocking on your door to do a random complacency check, you’re not going to be able to point them to your antivirus and call it a day. You need written, documented proof that you have taken steps to protect your staff and clients, and the best way to do that is by formulating a business continuity plan. It should have all the details on what you’re currently doing to protect yourself, as well as details on how you will ensure your data is protected regardless of any disaster or cybercrime event that occurs…. And keep this in mind: disasters and cybercriminal attacks are a matter of when, not if – they happen to everyone and you’ll be thankful you prepared for it when it happens to you.
- Have a reliable remote work plan
The recent pandemic has truly put into perspective just how important this section of your IT plan is. Sadly, this is where a lot of businesses fall short and, as a result, many have gone out of business due to not being prepared to deal with the fallout of our recent lockdowns. Having a competent remote work plan is as simple as having a company-wide policy on what remote access security tools are allowed for peer-to-peer communications, private data transfers, and other forms of operations. If your employees are not aware of your remote work plan or BYOD (bring your own device) plan, you could find yourself in a lot of trouble when an employee uses an unsecure home device to remote into your network and unknowingly spread a virus to everyone on the team.
- Clear Policies (IN WRITING) For Employees
Of all the risks to your business’ security, there is nothing as big of a threat than your own employees. That’s not a typo: your own employees are the keystone to your entire security plan. If you fail to properly educate them on basic IT security competence, you’re inviting cybercriminals to leach off of the business you worked so hard to build. As the old saying goes, castle walls are useless if your own soldiers open the gates to the enemy – so too is your state of the art security system a glorified firewall if your employees carelessly click suspicious links or fail to confirm with upper management when tasked with issuing wire transfers.
Having an IT security policy written and distributed to your employees is a good first step, but you’ll want to reinforce their knowledge by giving them access to weekly/biweekly security tips that take about 2 minutes to review. If you’d like to learn more about how you can protect your business by training your employees on the dos and don’ts of IT security, get in contact with one of our experts today and inquire on our employee training sessions / emails.
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