Bad 2019 security habits to abandon in 2020

Bad 2019 security habits to abandon in 2020

With the new year fast approaching, you’ll want your business on top of its game, and that includes having strong, reliable measures in place for securing company data.

Florida currently places second among the top five states affected by cybercrime, just under California. We’ve racked up nearly 22,000 victims of this rising trend, a number only set to grow in the coming years.

To avoid joining these statistics, below are common security habits you’re better off kicking to the curb.

Negligence towards cybersecurity protocols

A common perception among businesses is the notion of “it can’t happen to me,” believing they’re either too small to be a target, or too big to be affected. This often leads to a lackluster effort with security protocols, which not only leaves them vulnerable to attacks, but also wholly unprepared for unexpected crises.

Others make the flawed assumption that “basic” solutions are enough, simply replying on traditional firewall, anti-malware, and anti-virus tactics. The constant emergence of increasingly sophisticated threats calls for awareness of high-end tools and mitigation strategies to keep your data as secure as possible.

Weak passwords or authentication methods

Passwords are vital for corporate and personal accounts. Weak, easy-to-guess passwords, however, can be easily cracked by the most seasoned cybercriminals.

What’s worse, people tend to use the same password for multiple accounts. Statistics show that 59% of people follow this practice, and while it may seem convenient, it leaves all accounts vulnerable when one is hijacked.

Additionally, the use of multifactor authentication is crucial. These consist of multiple verification steps to access an account, such as answering a security question, voice recognition, or physical authentication token. This offers you layered security, making it far more difficult for cybercriminals to perform a breach.

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Not having a disaster recovery plan

While having extensive security measures in place will surely keep your data safe, no one can guarantee a 100% success rate.
Companies often place a greater focus on their cybersecurity tools and methods while failing to have a disaster recovery (DR) or incident response plan (IRP) in place. This leads to extended business downtime, causing productivity and profits to plummet.

Cyberattacks come with a hefty price tag, costing Floridians $110.6 million. Having an efficient recovery plan minimizes the financial damage of hindered or temporarily suspended business operations.

Careless adoption of new security tools

Avoid the pitfalls of blindly adopting the latest and greatest security tools. Chances are, they may not be the best fit for your business protocols and procedures.

Companies often make the mistake of bandwagoning on current security trends and popular controls without thoroughly assessing the potential effect on current operations.

It’s best to do your research beforehand, evaluating each new tool and the user experience it offers. The more complications they add to your cybersecurity processes, the more likely they’ll confuse or put off employees, which has a knock-on effect on business efficiency.

Poor maintenance

Finally, it’s important to view cybersecurity as an ongoing practice, rather than a one-and-done project.

With the constant development of new threats and cybercrime schemes, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest security trends, tools, and strategies. It helps to regularly visit your current plans and security measures to ensure they’re still relevant and effective against the current cybercrime landscape.

Companies often perform periodic penetration tests or phishing drills to cultivate safeguards in advance. They also invest in ongoing cybersecurity education among employees, informing them of the latest threats, preventive measures, and good password hygiene.

To keep your business productive, reliable, and reputable, cybersecurity is a critical priority. Netcom Solutions offers Florida-based businesses with the latest security measures, implementing multilayered protection against all forms of malware and ransomware. Our services ensure a thorough analysis of vulnerabilities, compliance with business regulations, and actionable advice on current cybersecurity tactics. Enquire with us today, and keep your business secure for 2020.

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