7 Important Ways Your Business Can Prevent a Security Data Breach

7 Important Ways Your Business Can Prevent a Security Data Breach

Company technology infrastructures are intricate and include information being shared from multiple endpoints, devices, cloud applications, and on-premise hardware.

The complexity of the digital ecosystem means that there are multiple points of entry for hackers, and they’re testing these continually.

Without the proper managed IT security in place, Sydney businesses can be left vulnerable to a devastating data breach. The cost of a data breach for an Australian business rose 14% over the last year and is now over $3 million.

Because of the high cost of just a single data breach, applying good cybersecurity practices to your equipment and network is vital to the health and well-being of your business.

No matter what the size of your company, it’s vulnerable. Small businesses are targeted in 43% of all cyberattacks, yet 33% of them don’t take proactive measures to protect their data. This is often because they mistakenly think they “too small” for a hacker to care about.

Small businesses cybersecurity solutions are just as important as they are for any large enterprise corporation.

Cybersecurity Strategies to Keep Your Company Safe from a Breach

The best cybersecurity strategies take a multi-layered approach, which reduces the chance that any vulnerabilities are left unchecked. And while an antivirus is an important part of that strategy, it’s just one piece of the security solutions needed to ward off today’s sophisticated cyberattacks.

Here are ways you can prevent a security data breach at your business.

1. Use an AI-Based Antivirus/Anti-Malware Program

Today’s attacks use malware designed to get by standard signature-based antivirus programs, and some attacks don’t use a malware file at all.

To ensure your devices can detect and block ransomware, viruses, and other malware, you need a sophisticated antivirus/anti-malware program that is based on AI.

These types of programs look for suspicious behaviors, instead of just checking a file against a known threat database. This makes them much more effective at catching fileless attacks and zero-day threats.

2. Use Multi-Factor Authentication

Credential theft is becoming a growing problem. Last year, the #1 type of information being sought in phishing attacks was user login credentials. Hackers can often bypass all types of security protocols if they have a legitimate user login.

One of the best ways to remove the risk from weak passwords, hacked passwords, and credential theft is to use multi-factor authentication (MFA) on all company logins. This keep hackers out of your company accounts even if they have a user login.

3. Keep Devices Updated & Patched

One of the major entry points for hackers into a system is through a known vulnerability in an operating system or software. Too often, employee computers and mobile devices aren’t updated regularly, leaving them at risk.

Putting an automated system in place for updates and security patches removes the “I forgot to update” problem and ensures any vulnerabilities are being addressed as soon as a patch is issued.

4. Use DNS Filtering (aka Web Protection)

Links to malicious websites are used much more often in phishing attacks than file attachments. This is because antivirus programs can often detect malware in a file attachment, but they’re not designed to protect against malicious links.

That’s the job of DNS filtering, also known as web protection. DNS filtering is a protective layer between a user and the internet, and it checks a URL for any potential dangers before directing a user’s browser there. Even after someone clicks a malicious link, web protection can keep them from getting hit by a drive-by download from a scam website.

5. Use an Anti-Phishing Application

Phishing remains the #1 cause of data breaches around the world. Phishing emails have become increasingly sophisticated and it’s often difficult for even savvy users to spot a fake.

Anti-phishing applications are made to detect phishing, quarantine dangerous messages, and keep them away from user inboxes. This significantly decreases the risk of a data breach since most are caused by phishing.

6. Use a Next-Gen Firewall

A firewall monitors all traffic going in and out of your business network. It can pick up on suspicious traffic and automatically neutralise any threats that it detects so you can evaluate them.

Any company network should be protected by a firewall, otherwise hackers can go directly to your endpoints without needing to pass a “gate sentry.” Firewalls can also help you more effectively manage bandwidth use and detect malicious traffic coming from inside your network.

7. Have Employees Connect Through a Business VPN

More employees are working remotely than ever before due both to the advances of technology and the COVID-19 related shutdowns. Businesses have also realised the cost savings and productivity improvements that can accompany a remote workforce.

But to keep all those connections outside your on-premises network secure you should use a business VPN (virtual private network). A VPN encrypts all user connections, no matter where they are connecting from, protecting them from a data breach through an unsecure Wi-Fi network.

Managed IT Security Services from GKM2 Can Keep You Protected

An integrated cybersecurity strategy can keep you protected and streamline your data breach safeguards. We can help with a comprehensive managed IT security plan that’s trouble-free and helps you sleep easier.

Contact us today for a free consultation. Call +61 2 9161 7171 or reach out online.