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Four Tips to Stay Cyber Secure This Holiday Season

Posted on 11/29/2018 11:17:54 AM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian
Category: Security & Compliance

From Black Friday through Christmas, the holiday season is a busy time for most businesses. Even though this time of year can be extremely busy for employees, it’s important that your organization remain vigilant about cybersecurity.

As we enter the holiday season, many people will be shopping online for great deals and cyber criminals will be looking for ways to exploit any weakness in your security controls.

According to an Cybint News article, Only 38 percent of global organizations claim they are prepared to handle a sophisticated cyberattack. KPMG, a professional services firm, stated in their Consumer Loss Barometer that 55% of retailers admitted they haven’t invested any capital funds in cybersecurity protection over the past 12 months.

Although it is the responsibility of the retailer to prepare for cyber-attacks, it’s also imperative that your business create a culture of security and follow cybersecurity best practices.

Follow these tips to stay cyber-secure as we move toward the New Year.

  1. Install Patches – It’s critical that businesses install the latest security patches for their devices and applications. Patches include fixes for security flaws so not updating these systems puts your business at risk of becoming the victim of a cyberattack. 

  2. Prevent Malware – If hackers manage to install malware on your businesses computer network, they may be able to steal sensitive information about your customers and employees. Installing anti-malware software and endpoint protection will monitor your network for any abnormal activity and help prevent attacks.

  3. Security Training – Employee training is vital to keep organizations safe during the busier times of the year. Periodic security awareness training is by far the most effective measure to put in place that will reduce your company’s susceptibility to attack. Most compromises start with a click of a mouse, so be sure you take the time to educate your people about security.

  4. Review Disaster Recovery Plan – Experiencing a data breach or ransomware attach can cost the company a significant amount of money in addition to the value of the data the hackers may have managed to steal. Creating a disaster recovery plan can help organizations quickly restore normal operations if you undergo a cyberattack. Be sure to frequently check your disaster recovery plan to be ensure its up-to-date and relevant to the status of the business.

The holiday season can be a dangerous and busy time for companies with the amount of information being processed those few months. However, with a little forward thinking, businesses can limit their vulnerability to attacks. Use these tips to promote a healthy cyber security culture at your organization.

If you feel as though your organization is not where it needs to be from a security standpoint, Winxnet is here to help.  Schedule a call with an expert.