With the rapid increase in COVID-19 variants, remote work may stick around for longer than IT leaders would like, posing a greater risk of cyber-attacks that might expose consumer data, steal company data, or take control of internal operations. Attacks are on the rise at a time when cybersecurity expertise is scarce.
Companies need to discover solutions to mitigate their growing exposure to cyber-related risks as they expand their commitment to remote workforces. The pace with which businesses have transitioned to a digital business environment has created new and unique obstacles that they need to confront in order to secure essential and sensitive business data
Security is more important than ever, but cybersecurity positions are becoming tough to fill. Fortunately, there are a number of security best practices that can be implemented without the need for in-house cybersecurity professionals.
Let’s take a look at three effective methods for improving security sooner rather than later:
Set up authorization controls
Cybercriminals can obtain access to a company’s network through even the tiniest of openings. Security mistakes, such as a recently inactive authorized account or a successful phishing attempt on an authorized account, should be addressed immediately – not hours, days, or weeks later.
To reduce the chances of cybercriminals gaining unrestricted access to the system, organizations should use authorization methods such as multi-factor authentication, regular password changes, and least privilege user access.
If businesses don’t have the proper cryptographic key, encryption uses algorithms to turn data or other information into an unreadable cipher. Encryption ensures that only the audience for whom the information is intended can view it.
Encryption key management – the process of generating, storing, removing, and destroying encrypted keys allows for secure access to sensitive data. Information is not saved directly in the system when key-encrypted access is established, and the key can be changed at any time by the organization.
Employ DRaaS (Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service) solutions if everything else fails
Preparation is critical to cybersecurity particularly in the worst-case situation. A recovery plan or a solution can help limit the damage if a cyber-attacks is successful and sensitive information is compromised. This is where a disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) solution comes in handy, as it replicates server data and digital business processes to a recovery location, allowing a backup to take over in the case of a disaster, malfunction, or system compromise.
DRaaS solutions can also be enhanced with an immutable backup to give an extra layer of security to their infrastructure. Immutable backups safeguard data and prevent it from being modified, creating a permanent, undeletable data source for disaster recovery. When a fixed source for recovery exists, cyber-attackers will have a hard time permanently deleting or altering data with an immutable backup.
Cybercriminals are less likely to cause permanent damage or gain sole ownership of sensitive data when using DRaaS solutions. Without it, cybercriminals might hold the data hostage, disrupting corporate operations, leaking important information, or destroying it if their demands are not satisfied.
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