October is Cyber Security Awareness Month! Week 4

Cyber Security First – Making Security A Priority

by Dan Donnelly

What does it mean to make cybersecurity a priority?

Making cybersecurity a priority starts with awareness. Employees are seen as an organization’s weakest link for cybersecurity. Conducting cybersecurity awareness training with employees can minimize this risk. It can also ensure that employees are savvy about detecting phishing emails, which are growing more sophisticated. It’s also important to refresh employees on security policies so that they are aware of changing trends.

With the fast development of digitalization, hackers and online thieves raise their activity. Small and big businesses, which neglect the reliable support team and security measures can suffer at the digital hands of cyber thieves. It is only one reason to take care of cybersecurity. There are more reasons for implementing it.

High Productivity

Imagine the situation where you have a website to communicate with clients. They overlook it to buy something or order a service. When cybersecurity is on a low level, the client can be redirected to something that’s potentially harmful. Those sites can work like viruses to get more attention.

As a result, you jeopardize the relationship with the client and productivity decreases. The number of clients in this situation can reach in the thousands. When you lose customers, the company’s reputation goes with them. Influential clients like to use companies with great feedback. When that feedback is positive and there is no mention of cyber criminals, it will be easier to retain the client base.

Super Network Performance

What do clients like in the companies they choose? First and foremost they want to get an excellent quality of services and speed. Fast answers to their questions and help will bring more popularity to the business.

Investing in cybersecurity will boost the quality of those systems. Nowadays, when people open the websites of companies, they are attacked by advertisements and different offers, which can be frustrating.

Maintaining an effective website is another important reason to implement cybersecurity. It’s great when it meets the expectations of clients. As a result, positive feedback will increase its popularity while inherently stabilizing its reliability.

Data Security

It is often said that data security is the biggest challenge for modern technologies. Users share their personal information and payment details with the business online. It means they trust you and expect their personal information will be protected.

More and more companies implement SSL certificates to keep websites safe and protected. Once the personal data of the customer is breached, the company’s reputation decreases, so the company can lose demand without a good cybersecurity system.

It’s equally important to take care of portable devices. Employees often work using their own devices like tablets, mobile phones, and others. A great deal of workers complete their duties remotely. These personal devices bring risks of stealing personal data, and therefore should help drive the cybersecurity policy in the company and provide all the websites and working programs with the VPN. This can take time, but it can’t be underestimated how effective this is.

The Cost Of Breaches

There is a thought that cybersecurity is really expensive and companies can work well without it. Moreover, there is little attention to clear this up. When a business implements cybersecurity measures it marks an important and critical step for the company. It means your efforts are protected from hackers, data thieves, and breaches.

Cyber-attacks can often seem stranger in real life than in fiction. The results can vary from minor damages to the loss of your business. The average cost of breaches is several thousand dollars. If a company suffered a cyberattack, what restitution would the customer receive? Would the client continue to do business with that company? The bottom line is the cost of not implementing cybersecurity practices is far greater than the cost of implementing them.

Putting cybersecurity first also means putting data first. Classify your data by sensitivity and limit access to data that you have classified as sensitive. Implementing multi-factor authentication tools to ensure that the right data is being accessed by the right person is great best practice. We also recommend implementing policies that help protect data and dispose of data properly.