cybersecurity best practicesYou must be a responsible business owner to protect your company data.

Cybersecurity threats are an attack on your business's success and future. It is vital to protect your business from these threats.

Cybercrime is on the rise. It is therefore important to protect your business by following best practices.

We'll discuss the best ways to protect your business against cyber threats. It's better to avoid problems than fix them once they happen.

Cybersecurity Beat Practices

Employee education and training is a priority

To protect your business, it is important to make sure that your employees are aware of the cybersecurity risks. Keep them informed about any potential threats.

Staff can be trained to spot threats such as phishing emails. Also, they learn how to respond correctly. You can create a first-line defense against cyberattacks by empowering your staff with knowledge.

Update your Patches Regularly

Cybercriminals exploit software and systems that are outdated. Update your system regularly to avoid this. Updates include the operating system, software, and firmware.

Consider using automatic updates if they are available. This simple step can help reduce the risk that your business will be attacked by a cyber-attack.

Implement Strong Password Policies

Weak passwords are often used by cybercriminals to breach systems. You should use two-factor authentication to increase security and teach your staff how to create strong passwords. To enforce a firm password policy, you should use a mixture of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.

Secure Your Wi-Fi Network

Also, Wi-Fi networks can be attractive targets. Do not let your network become the next victim. Make sure your Wi-Fi network is password protected, encrypted and hidden. Change the Wi-Fi password regularly and only allow guest access when needed. These precautions will protect sensitive business information from prying eye.

Backup your data regularly

It could be catastrophic if your company loses important data due to a cyberattack, or system failure. Create a regular routine for backing up important data.

Included are customer information, financial records and other important documents. Backups should be stored in a safe, offsite location. You can also use trusted cloud services.

You can recover more quickly from a cyberattack, or any other disaster.

Create an Incident Response Plan

Your business could still be affected by a cyber-attack despite your best efforts. It is essential to have a well-planned incident response plan.

A plan for incident response can reduce damage, speed up recovery and maintain customer trust. Work with your IT department or cybersecurity experts. Create a plan which clearly defines roles, procedures, and responsibilities. This plan should effectively address and resolve incidents involving cybersecurity.

Bottom Line

Remember that cybersecurity requires constant attention. You're protecting more than just your business by paying attention to cybersecurity. By focusing on cybersecurity, you're not only protecting your business. Together, you can create a business that is more resilient and successful in the digital age.

Understanding and Mitigating Brute Force Attacks

android attackResearchers from Zhejiang university and Tencent Labs have recently discovered a new cyberattack called "BrutePrint." This attack targets fingerprint authentication, which is common on smartphones today. This is what experts in cybersecurity call a brute-force attack.

Businesses must be alert to the cyber threats that are emerging as a result of the digital transformation. The simplicity and severity of brute-force attacks, particularly when targeting smartphones, make them stand out.

Brute Force: A Simple Insight

The brute force attack is similar to a burglar who tries every key in his keychain before he finds the key that unlocks a lock. This involves trying different codes, passwords, or keys until you find the right one, usually to gain access to accounts or systems.

Researchers found a weakness in the way fingerprint data is stored on smartphones. The researchers found that the data was not secure enough, similar to a home with an unlocked door. It is possible for an attacker to "intercept" or capture the fingerprint images.

What the researchers found was shocking. Each device was vulnerable, but the degree of vulnerability varied. Android devices are more vulnerable than other devices, allowing for countless fingerprint matching attempts.

Why this is important to your business

Your smartphone contains sensitive business information. Your smartphone is the gateway to all your business data, including emails, contacts and financial transactions. It could be disastrous if a brute-force attack is successful on your device. Hackers can gain unrestricted entry to your sensitive information.

Risk mitigation

With this information, you can take the necessary steps to protect your device.

  • Pay attention to your personal device. Keep your device close to you and never leave it in public areas.
  • Update your software regularly. Updates to software often include patches that fix known security flaws, reducing the likelihood of an attack.
  • Multi-Factor authentication (MFA). Implementing MFA reduces the risk of successful attacks. An additional layer of protection will prevent attackers if your fingerprint authentication has been compromised.
  • Regular password changes. By changing your passwords frequently, you can reduce the risk of brute force attacks.

Digital Responsibility: Your Role

It is important to protect your business operations, but also your own personal devices. A successful brute force attack on your smartphone could have a negative impact on your business.

Your digital armor will be regular software updates, complex biometric patterns, frequent password change, and multi-factor verification. You as a business person are responsible for protecting your data and personal information from brute-force attacks. Your data is your responsibility.

As a business owner, you need to take the protection of your company data seriously and we can help. Integrated Technology Systems is dedicated to helping small and medium size businesses stay secure. Contact us today to see how we can help

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