Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting networks, devices, applications and systems against cyberattacks. It aims to fend off attacks that steal data, sabotage systems, or extort money – or disrupt business operations – whether from inside or outside the organization.
As the world becomes increasingly digital, cybersecurity becomes more important — and challenging – for businesses of all sizes. Attackers have an ever-expanding arsenal of tools at their disposal, from sophisticated and expensive ransomware to computer viruses that infect and take over a company’s entire IT infrastructure. Fortunately, there are a wide range of security measures that can be employed to mitigate risks:
One of the most effective is to perform frequent, periodic data backups so that in the event of a system breach or destruction you can restore your information. Likewise, adopting and implementing multi-factor authentication for employees, which raises the bar for hackers to gain entry into sensitive systems, is another simple yet effective step.
Another measure is to implement and regularly test business continuity plans, including disaster recovery procedures and incident response guidelines, which reduce the impact of a cyberattack and improve overall cyber resilience. Finally, making sure your organization is in compliance with all relevant industry and government regulations (such as HIPAA, SOX, PCI DSS) is a good way to protect against cyberattacks.
Ultimately, the benefits of cybersecurity go far beyond protecting data and keeping systems running. It is a vital aspect of building and maintaining customer trust, ensuring employee productivity, retaining investors and clients, and attracting new ones. SOC