October is marked globally by various countries and organisations as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The overarching theme for 2022 is “See Yourself In Cyber.”
At iSite Computers, we’ve dedicated this month to publishing a four-part series aimed at creating awareness on fundamental cybersecurity practices for small to medium-sized businesses in South Africa.
Share this article series with your employees to stress the critical basics of IT security in order to keep protected from dangers like ransomware and hackers.
This is Part 4 of 4.
The importance of keeping your business safe from hackers and viruses, such as ransomware, continues to grow year after year.
Businesses that have suffered cyberattacks, along with companies that have been fortunate enough to avoid being a victim, are both looking at ways they can bolster their defenses and safeguard their data and bottom line.
But which plans, practices, and services should organisations invest in?
We cover three factors that small to medium-sized businesses in South Africa can take to better protect themselves against cyber-attacks:
Protect Assets by Updating
At the end of the day, protecting your data and devices from malicious actors is what cybersecurity is all about. In order to accomplish this, make sure your security software is current. Investing in the most up to date software, web browsers, and operating systems is one of the best defenses against a host of viruses, malware, and other online threats. Furthermore, make sure these devices have automatic updates turned on so employees aren’t tasked with manually updating.
Monitor and Detect Suspicious Activity
Companies must always be on the lookout for possible data breaches, vulnerabilities, and attacks, especially in a world where many often go undetected.
This can be done by investing in cybersecurity products or services that help monitor your networks such as anti-virus and anti-malware software. Moreover, make sure your employees are following established cybersecurity protocols before, during, and after a breach. Individuals who ignore or disregard important cybersecurity practices can compromise not only themselves but the entire organization.
Have a Documented Response Plan Ready
No matter how many safeguards you have in place, the unfortunate reality is that cyber incidents still occur. But responding in a comprehensive manner will reduce risks to your business and send a positive signal to your customers and employees.
Businesses should have a documented cyber incident response plan ready prior to a breach. Companies should document savvy practices such as disconnecting any affected computers from the network, notifying your IT staff or the proper third-party vendors, and utilizing any spares and backup devices while continuing to capture operational data.
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We are a Managed IT Services Provider. Our expert-led cybersecurity team helps small to medium-sized businesses in South Africa proactively prevent, monitor, and mitigate cybersecurity threats for both your remote and in-office employees.