Basic IT Security Mistakes Businesses Should Avoid

Basic IT Security Mistakes Businesses Should Avoid

It has never been more important to ensure your business’s IT security practices and protocols are up to industry standards and to eliminate vulnerabilities.

Cybercrime is becoming a more common avenue of risk for all types of businesses today. Some would argue that all businesses will, at some point, be subjected to some kind of cybercrime or attack. It has never been more important to ensure your business’s IT security practices and protocols are up to industry standards and eliminate vulnerabilities. Doing this will keep your business and your customers safe. However, not all businesses employ IT security in the correct manner. Today, let’s take a look at a few common mistakes businesses make regarding their IT security.

Forgetting Basic IT Security Practices

Perhaps the most effective way of preventing cybercrime and risk to your business is by adhering to IT security’s basic principles and suggestions. For example, Two-Factor Authentication can foil up to 80% of security breaches due to weak passwords. Setting forth a requirement to use Two Factor Authentication for your employees, as well as customers, can help prevent unnecessary data breaches. Another basic IT security tool is a VPN. VPNs encrypt your data and hide your computer’s IP address. Integrating this security tool throughout your business network prevents any cybercriminals from spying or stealing data, especially from the ever-increasing number of remote workers. Lastly, invest in a business-wide installation of computer anti-virus software.

Educate Your Undertrained or Unaware Staff

Every year, there is a sizable percentage of employees that accidentally install malware or fall prey to phishing. These incidents can normally be avoided by following the above mentioned best practices. However, not every situation is avoidable. Some cybercrime attacks are based on people or make use of social engineering. For instance, phishing is purely based on the recipient’s ability to catch a fake or misleading email or text message. Phishing emails are sent under pretenses in the hopes the recipient clicks a link or opens an attachment that contains computer malware. The best way to avoid a situation like this is to train your employees and customers about spotting non-technical related cyber threats, how to deal with them, and who to report these malicious threats to.

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