For companies, cybersecurity has become an increasingly essential concern. Cyber threats are multiplying to such an extent that, in France, “9 out of 10 companies are affected by attacks or attempted attacks”, according to the published NetExplorer survey on corporate cyber security. Faced with this situation, the challenge is to implement cybersecurity strategies that go beyond IT managers alone. Is it necessary to strengthen new technologies to better defend oneself or to rely on a collective awareness in companies?
Today, this issue also concerns the general direction of companies, which must make it a priority, something that is not always the case. However, the migration of data to the cloud, social networks and the neglect of certain people are factors that make the security of IT systems increasingly crucial. This is why it is necessary to make cyber security an indispensable part of the corporate culture. But how can this change be achieved? The digital transformation has created a whole new set of risks against which companies are still ill-equipped. There is therefore an urgent need to raise awareness of the risks and to adopt good technological and human practices to improve cybersecurity in companies.
Good practices for enhancing cyber security in companies
Cyber-attacks stem from an intention to cause harm to a company or to put it in difficulty (for competitive purposes, to extract information, etc.). Given the growing challenges of cybersecurity in businesses, what are the best practices for strengthening data protection?
- Adopting the right tools. Many tools to be implemented upstream exist to prevent risks, to detect threats, to analyze them, and to correct/reinforce possible technical failures.
- Update current software. It is necessary to regularly update the company’s tools to consider the latest threats.
- Identify sensitive data to be protected. Not all information is created in the same way, some is more valuable than others. Data at risk must be detected and protection measures must be reinforced, particularly with the DPMR, for the proper use and security of user data.
- Back up the data and keep it in a safe place. Data recovery with a backup solution helps reduce the risk of a cyber-attack. This ensures that business-critical data is not altered, damaged, or erased, with serious repercussions for the company.
- Reinforce access rights. It is necessary to secure access through strong authentication devices, a simple password is not enough.
- Create a disaster recovery plan. This is a fundamental precautionary measure to maintain a company’s activity and restart it as soon as possible after an attack.
- Raise awareness among employees. This is the key point. Today, employee negligence is one of the main threats to sensitive data.
Employee awareness, a key element of cybersecurity
In addition to essential protection tools and best practice emails, the key to success in corporate cyber security is, in a word, people. Raising awareness and training teams on IT risks is more than simply applying basic rules. It is also necessary to establish a real “culture of cybersecurity” internally.
Behind their computer, smartphone or tablet screens, employees are at the top of the list when it comes to cyber-risks. This situation makes them the main weak link in the cyber security chain in companies, which play on people’s trust to achieve their goal. There is therefore a great deal of educational work to be done upstream with employees:
Start by taking matters into your own hands:
- Invest the time and money needed to implement and monitor security systems and processes
- Create standardised daily methods to ensure that security services function properly.
Involve the whole company in the project:
- Clarify to your employees what is expected of them about their responsibility to protect customer data and information.
- Promote honesty and dialogue about best practices and procedures to be followed.
- Carry out checks on the methods, habits, and behaviour of your employees.
Train and strengthen your employees:
- Include security awareness as soon as new employees join the company.
- Rely on educational and fun tools
- Offer regular training sessions
- Inform your employees about the latest frauds and new threats to data security
- Setting rewards for compliance with safety rules
- Listen and motivate your employees
Check the status of the advanced :
- Invite your employees to adopt advanced tools on a daily basis and to quickly use the latest innovations.
- Set up an audit schedule to evaluate IT practices
- Take the dangers of cybersecurity seriously
The company’s Management Committee must convey the culture of cybersecurity and get everyone to adopt it! Employees, along with tools and processes, are the key to effective cyber security, but without proper training, they can become the weakest point in a company’s IT security. It is necessary to motivate them, train them and give them the necessary IT and organizational resources to adopt the right behaviors. With the help of pedagogical tools, they will be able to become familiar with the subject, measure their progress and gradually become involved in this new process.