As technology continues to evolve in the business realm, the ever-looming possibility of cybersecurity threats also follows suit. Here at Portland Internetworks, we recognize the need to secure your organization’s infrastructure- and we’ll help you with every step of the way! In this blog post, we’ll dive into some cybersecurity tactics your organization should be using right now to protect against yourself cyber threats in this new year, setting the foundation for more robust cybersecurity protection methods that will be unveiled later this year.

 

Continuous Employee Training:

Despite all cutting-edge tools used to defend against cyberthreats, more often than not, human error plays one of the biggest roles in cybersecurity breaches. Investing in continuous security training helps keep your people informed about the latest cyber threats and how to avoid them. The goal of continuous employee training is to help employees recognize and respond effectively to potential security risks, ultimately reducing the likelihood of successful cyber-attacks. Some trainings to you may consider for your organization could include phishing awareness, social engineering awareness, password security, device and endpoint security, data handling and privacy, and incident reporting. To make sure everyone in their organization is up to speed on the latest threats, our Fully-Managed IT clients receive quarterly security trainings for best practices on cyber safety and threat management.

 

Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA):

In some earlier blogs, we discussed the importance of MFA and how it has become a vital component in safeguarding our online accounts and personal data. In case you haven’t heard of MFA, MFA adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to provide more than one form of identification before they can access a network, application, or data. This could be in the form of a verification code, facial scan, or even a fingerprint (and this comes after using your normal password). A great place to start is to add MFA when logging on to your VPN (Virtual Private Network), and password managers, as this will greatly enhance security by creating an additional barrier against unauthorized access to your organization’s network. On the topic of password managers…

 

Use a Password Manager:

It’s safe to assume that almost all of us use numerous online accounts, each requiring a unique password for us to access them. It’s good practice to always use a different password for each online account, however, there are times we tend to take the convenient route of reusing an old password just because it is easier to remember. But what happens when one account has a security breach, and your main password gets leaked out to the internet (or worse, the DarkWeb)?

A password manager not only eliminates the need to remember all of your many passwords, but it can also create strong and unique passwords on the fly for online accounts you sign up for in the future. Many browsers do have password managers that are already built-in, but we’d recommend purchasing a more secure password management program. Each one comes with a different layout and features, so the choice is up to you!

 

Limit Access Privileges (Principle of Least Privilege):

The Principle of Least Privilege is a cybersecurity concept stating that an employee or user should only be given the minimum level of access privileges needed to perform their specific role. This helps minimize the potential impact of a security breach by reducing what a user can or cannot access at any given time. Depending on the scenario, we can freely revoke or add privileges to a user depending on your organizational needs. Just let us know!

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These are just a few of many tactics that will greatly enhance your cybersecurity. In a world where the digital realm is both our greatest asset and potential vulnerability, staying ahead of cyber threats is a necessity. Have any questions or want to discuss how we could help up your cybersecurity game? Let’s connect!