5 key elements every cyber security plan needs

5 Key Points for Cyber Security
A comprehensive cyber security plan includes many elements. Here are five factors no strategy should be without.

What makes a good cyber security defence? A key factor to remember is there’s no single solution that can give your business the protection it needs. Instead, firms need to be thinking about defence in depth, which utilises a variety of tools to ensure key applications and data are secure at every level.

Think of protecting your business like protecting your house. It’s not enough to have locks on the doors. You also need to secure your windows and other access points, have a burglar alarm that can detect when someone has entered the property, and have extra protections such as a safe, so even if someone does gain entry, they can’t access your most valuable items.

The same principles apply to a business’ cyber security. So what tools and technologies do you need to implement to ensure you’re fully protected?

1. Perimeter defences

Your first line of defence is your perimeter, and this should start with a tough firewall that can effectively control access to your business by filtering out external threats. These need to be chosen and configured carefully to ensure your business is protected, while still allowing employees the freedom and access they need to do their jobs.

2. Anti-malware tools

Malware is one of the biggest threats to any business, so a strong solution to guard against this is essential. Effective anti-malware services should do much more than scan incoming data such as emails for threats. These services need to frequently scan your systems, detect any new endpoints and, of course, be constantly updated to catch any emerging threats.

3. Mobile protections

Dedicated tools for mobiles are another must-have, as these endpoints will frequently be among many firms’ weakest links – especially as more employees access corporate data on personally-owned devices. As well as anti-malware and email security, good mobile tools should come with comprehensive management solutions that allow employers to manage the apps that may be installed, protect devices from unsecured and potentially malicious Wi-Fi networks, or even wipe a device of data remotely should it be lost or stolen.

4. User training

For many businesses, the weakest link in their security defences will be the users themselves. Even the most advanced technology defences can’t fully protect a business if its staff are engaged in risky behaviour. Whether it’s failing to use strong passwords to protect their accounts, clicking on malicious links contained within phishing emails, or even accidentally sending confidential information to the wrong recipient, user error accounts for a huge percentage of data beaches. Therefore, ensuring your employees are well trained on what to do, and what not to do, to avoid falling victim is essential.

5. Backups and recovery

Even the most comprehensive security plan can’t be 100 per cent foolproof, so should the worst happen, it’s important you’re able to get back up and running quickly. Good backups play a key role in this, especially when threats such as ransomware aim to specifically target business-critical applications and files. Being able to quickly switch over to backup solutions and minimise downtime can save you a lot of money and hassle by preventing some of the worst impacts of a security incident.

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