Cybersecurity. We’ve all heard the term, but many businesses lack the knowledge of what it really entails. Is that five-character password secure enough? Do I need antivirus software? How do I even get started protecting my data? These are common questions about an important topic that can make or break your business.
Many people believe that cybersecurity is the sole responsibility of a company’s IT department, from prevention to reaction. Keep reading to find out why cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility and what steps should be taken to ensure the security of your and your client’s data.
Where to Start
Much like other forms of insurance, cybersecurity may seem unnecessary to some. However, spending the time and money to initially set up adequate security protocols is crucial. Experts agree that companies would be wise to invest in cybersecurity early to prevent spending on a potential data breach later. Here are some areas to focus on when looking into improving your cybersecurity.
- Update your system
- Scan USB devices with antivirus software before use
- Use a good password
- Secure your website
- Don’t open suspicious emails
Whose Responsibility is Cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility. Any employee that has access to a device that connects to the internet should be aware of the basics of keeping company data secure – which is why a main area of focus should be the frequent training and education of staff members.
Experts in the area of cybersecurity strongly suggest that companies engage their employees in cybersecurity awareness sessions, watching videos or completing questions. One example of cybersecurity education for employees is how to detect suspicious emails. No matter your approach to employee education, staff need to be regularly updated on the latest threats to the organization.
What Should You Include in Training?
You know you need to create a cybersecurity training program, but what should the program include? The Government of Canada suggests that companies train all staff members in at least the following areas of cybersecurity:
- Creating unique passphrases and complex passwords for all accounts
- Using the internet and social media safely in the workplace
- Using approved software and mobile applications
- Identifying malicious emails
The following links provide resources for Canadian cybersecurity organizations:
- Get Cyber Safe: https://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/en/cyber-security-awareness-month
- Alerts and Advisories: https://www.cyber.gc.ca/en/alerts-advisories
- Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX): https://cctx.ca/
- CyberSecurity Training Information: https://cyber.gc.ca/en/provide-employee-awareness-training
Does your business have a strategy for cybersecurity? Let us know in the comments! And as always, continue checking our blog for the latest industry news and technology tips.