Data privacy and security are two initiatives that have become top priorities for business and IT leaders around the world in recent years. While maintaining a secure environment is critically important in safeguarding an organization’s private information, the shift to a remote workforce has allowed cybercriminals to cause significant business disruption. For months, hackers have effectively taken advantage of employees’ weaker at-home networks, which has led to data breaches, intellectual property losses, and malware attacks.
To educate businesses on the importance of data protection, Lume Strategies partnered with Datto to conduct a recent webinar, titled “Protecting Your Data in 2020 and Beyond.” The discussion—led by Lume’s Director of Professional Services Michael Hensley and Datto’s Senior Channel Development Manager Michael DePalma—covered key strategies and best practices to safeguard your organization from intrusive cybercriminals.
Here are four key takeaways from the webinar that will demonstrate the importance of data protection while improving your organization’s cybersecurity efforts:
- Cybercriminals are like the bully in the cafeteria…
…once they experience success, they’ll keep coming back! Many business leaders make the mistake of thinking that their companies are in the clear after being hit by a cyberattack. On the contrary, studies show that hackers are more likely to continue repeated infiltration attempts on an organization after just one successful attack. When a cybercriminal realizes how to penetrate your organization’s walls of defense, you will remain a prime target to be hit again.
- Phishing emails remain widely prevalent.
According to a recent report from Datto focused on the small business community, phishing emails represent the leading cause of ransomware attacks. These email scams have caused a significant loss of business productivity—not to mention costly ransom payments and decreased customer profitability. While phishing attacks have become increasingly common in recent years, this popular hacking method can ultimately be prevented with proper cybersecurity training. By educating your employees on how to detect these scams, you will ultimately protect your organization from catastrophic disruption.
- Implement password management policies.
Cybercriminals—with help from their sophisticated password-breaching technology—have become smarter than the average computer user. In some instances, hackers can gain access to a user’s account within seconds. These efforts become much more challenging when faced with precautionary measures, such as password protection policies or two-factor authentication (2FA). By requiring character minimums or mandating the utilization of numbers or special symbols, you are ultimately protecting your organization and keeping cybercriminals at bay. And upon deploying 2FA, you will provide an added layer of security to your normal log-in process, thereby complicating hacking attempts even further.
- Backups are more than just having a second copy of your data.
If you fall victim to a major security incident, the only way to repair your computer is to erase and reinstall the system. This demonstrates the sheer importance of data backups—if you fail to routinely back up your data, you run the risk of losing it altogether. To maintain business continuity, organizations can begin by storing copies of data in multiple geographic locations while generating automated cloud backups on a consistent basis. While instituting these protocols, be sure to test these backups to guarantee that they are saving data properly.
Looking to learn more about how to protect your organization from intrusive cybercriminals? Get in touch with Michael Hensley to discover how Lume can shore up your cybersecurity efforts. You can connect with him on LinkedIn or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.