It’s true that some businesses are more likely to be targeted by cyber criminals, based primarily on their industry. For example, hackers often go after health care or financial institutions, because they house sensitive and significant personal data. But businesses of all sizes and in all industries are susceptible to hacks, ransomware, and other attacks. This is why cybersecurity and disaster recovery need to be a top priority for all companies.
Today, we’re discussing a few important actions businesses can take to minimize the negative impact of a cybersecurity breach, as discussed by the Disaster Recovery Journal.
Keep Software Up to Date
It’s important to install software updates as soon as they become available. This is because updates usually include patches for security holes and vulnerabilities. Using outdated software leaves businesses open and exposed to breaches.
Encrypt Sensitive Data
Even if your company is breached, you can minimize the harm by keeping your most sensitive data – customer financial information, for example – protected. Use encryption for that vital data.
Back Up to Avoid Paying Ransom
It’s important to maintain a full backup of your IT environment. If you’re hit with ransomware, this will allow you to restore your network from the backup, and avoid paying a costly ransom. However, if backups are also infected by malware, this strategy won’t offer much help. That’s why it’s important to ensure that backups are also secure against hacks and breaches.
Filter Viruses at the Perimeter
The best way to minimize the impact of a cybersecurity breach is to prevent the breach from ever getting into your network. Use a perimeter anti-virus software that blocks viruses at the network edge.
Is your company protected against ransomware, hacks, or any other cybersecurity breach? Is your sensitive data protected against disaster? If not, give Vaultas a call.
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