How should businesses protect themselves against new cyber attack threats?

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The financial ramifications of a cyber attack could be operationally catastrophic to a business with an operating budget of any size. Small businesses may be unable to withstand the impact of an attack. Likewise, large corporations with greater assets have the potential to sustain exceptionally great losses.

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In effect, no company is immune from becoming the target of a cyber criminal and suffering severe harm. Attacks are increasingly common, and cybercriminals are using adaptive measures to surmount technological safeguards such as antivirus programs. Now more than ever, it is crucial that businesses recognize and respond to the gravity of cyber threats.

Train staff members

Hold training sessions that cover cyber security concerns. Training topics should cover internal policies about safely sending and storing data. They should give team members practical instruction about what they have to do in order to follow key policies. Ongoing training sessions will cultivate sustained awareness about data security and make it part of a company’s culture. 

Create accountability

Even if a company uses outsourcing solutions for most of its IT management, an in-house employee needs to be responsible for ensuring that staff are following security directives and updates take place as needed in a uniform manner. Typically, it is not advisable to rely on individual employees to install updates on their workstations. People may not be able to distinguish between authentic and fraudulent notifications. Furthermore, not everyone should have administrator credentials to install or uninstall programs on machines within a company’s network. 

It may be practical for individual employees to be able to make contact with third-party service providers to get help with updates or other basic IT change management services. Nevertheless,  an in-house personnel member must retain responsibility for verifying that protective efforts are sufficient. 

Get cyber insurance

The worst direct losses that companies incur due to breaches typically stem from instances of theft. In addition, the cost of reclaiming the safe use of a company’s operating systems can be substantial. However, the financial cyber liability involving the losses that third parties could incur in the result of a breach could easily comprise the most costly consequence of an attack. In fact, part of what is so scary to many business owners about cyber threats is that they open the doors to the possibility of seemingly limitless liability. A company can take great care to mitigate financial risk exposure, but all of that care may not have any utility in the wake of a cyber breach. 

The best way for companies to arm themselves against liability and losses is to carry cyber liability insurance. This type of coverage is a dedicated policy for claims involving a data breach or network infiltration. Claims of this nature could fall outside the scope of general liability insurance policies or other lines of commercial coverage such as professional liability insurance. 

A cyber liability policy can offer compensation for direct losses as well as claims or regulatory fines for data breaches. Some policies also offer special benefits for notifying customers about a breach and public relations campaigns geared towards mitigating the scope of the damage that being the victim of a cyber attack could have on a company’s revenue.

Periodically update programs and protocols 

The tactics that cybercriminals use are constantly changing, so it is necessary for businesses to continually evaluate the efficacy of their current data infrastructure. For example, growing concerns about the security of connections through a specific interface may merit an added layer of encryption or verification protocols.

In addition, IT managers must ensure that updates happen as soon as reasonably possible after the release of updates from program publishers. Timely updates are essential for staying protected against the latest threats.

Conclusion

Ultimately, companies in every sector need to take cyber threats seriously. Proactively fighting cyber risks and creating contingencies are vital elements of a company’s general risk management strategy. A company’s employees, investors, and customers are all relying on its leadership to take efficient steps to prevent breaches.

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Last Updated on June 26, 2022.

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