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This Is Why Cybersecurity Is Important

The pandemic has introduced more employees to remote work, increased the amount of time some of us spend on connected devices and highlighted additional cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Covid didn’t slow down bad actors and may have actually increased cyberattacks across the world. There are even cybercriminals phishing using phony CDC and WHO emails to attempt to extort information or money from unsuspecting individuals. So what happens if one of those emails hits your employee’s inbox? 

In today’s world, cybersecurity cannot be an afterthought. With the constant sharing and storing of private information, it’s crucial that businesses and organizations do their best to protect their internal intellectual property and their customers, clients, or patients’ personal information. Dive in to learn more about why cybersecurity is so important and steps you can take to mitigate your risks and protect your organization.

4 Reasons Cybersecurity is Crucial

Everyone Is at Risk

It may seem that cyberattackers are only after large targets like hospitals or government offices, but while those attacks may be more publicized, the truth is that everyone is at risk for being a victim of cybercrime.

While some cybercriminals may focus on big institutions in order to get a big payday, embarrass an organization, or injure them politically or financially, other bad actors send out numerous feelers to see who bites. The only way to protect yourself is to be proactive and create a cybersecurity plan that addresses the different types of threats.

Protects From Different Types of Attacks

There’s no “one” type of cyber attack. If you truly want to secure your network and data, then you need to consider the different ways your organization’s data could be compromised.

While in the past, organizations focused on antivirus software and updated it regularly, that’s just not enough anymore. The tactics cybercriminals use have evolved over time and will continue to evolve. From hacking IoT devices to introducing malware via users’ personal devices, there are plenty of entry points for individuals who want to harm an organization. When you establish cybersecurity protocols, you can better understand the scope of the threat and more adequately implement protections for each possible entry point.

Protect Your Customers & Your Reputation

We have all received an email saying that our private information was accessed unlawfully because of a data breach. Large retailers across the world, popular social media networks, integral banking systems, important healthcare systems, and even government organizations have had data stolen by bad actors. Each of those emails is like a black mark on the company. It threatens the way consumers see them and can impact whether individuals purchase from them again or use their services. Whether it’s credit cards, social security numbers, or passwords, consumers expect that the information they provide during the provision of a service will be safeguarded. When that trust is violated, they may not come back.

Protect Your Bottom Line

No one wants to be out hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. Unfortunately, for some organizations that failed to secure their networks, that’s just what happened. With their information and access to their own networks held for ransom, they shelled out large sums of money to regain control. The largest payout that we’re aware of was $4.5 million by CWT Global. With 30k computers down and their confidential files under attack, the US travel services company paid hackers to regain access to their own data. No organization should have to empty its pockets to regain access to what is rightfully theirs. With appropriate cybersecurity measures, businesses can limit that risk.

How to Protect Your Organization from Cybersecurity Threats

Tech is constantly changing, which means that so are cyber attacks. An agile cybersecurity strategy that evolves with your tech infrastructure can help you stay ahead of threats and minimize your risk. By constantly searching for vulnerabilities in your network, you can create a plan that changes with the times and your organization.

Share the Knowledge

Cybersecurity isn’t just about installing an antivirus program or establishing encryption across all of your devices. It’s also about educating your employees so they can quickly spot attempts at infiltrating your network.

Too often, the mistakes of an employee can lead to an outsider gaining access to your network. If one person doesn’t realize that an email is from a bad actor and not from the IT department, they can fall prey to a phishing attempt or download malware.

Similarly, if an individual receives a call and doesn’t know that software developers or IT will not call them and ask for their password or other network information, then they may unwittingly provide sensitive information that could lead to a breach of security. Your cybersecurity plan should include educating your employees on what they can do to mitigate risk as well.

Get the Right Hardware & Software

Your hardware and software needs will vary depending on the size of your network, where your data is stored, the type of data you collect, and more. To better understand what a good cybersecurity strategy looks like for your organization, contact Real Sec. Your ideal cybersecurity strategy may include an HSM, PKI, or other tools.

Constantly Monitor and Reasses

Your cybersecurity plan should include information regarding monitoring the effectiveness of your preventative measures. It should also include steps you can take at regular intervals to reassess and update your plan. While we don’t want to think of the worst case scenario, you should do so and plan ahead so that you have a plan of attack should anything happen. 

Need help? Don’t hesitate to reach out to RealSec to learn more about why cybersecurity is important and how you can mitigate your organization’s risk.