The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC), a recent piece of legislature that’s receiving its fair share of media coverage and controversy, has created the perfect opportunity to address the importance of cybersecurity.
A common issue with cybersecurity is that the landscape of security risks and threats are always changing. Mere compliance isn’t enough when it comes to implementing cybersecurity measures for your business. In fact, businesses will continue to face cyber threats, some of which will impact organizations severely enough to require security measures that will reach far beyond compliance, according to CSO.
Compliance standards are a good way of ensuring your organization is equipped to handle known risks, but does nothing to protect from new and changing threats. Complex and advanced threats aren’t always covered in compliance. CSO suggests having a risk-based approach to this, so that your organization will have a more cost-effective and comprehensive management of these risks.
Here are some tips for following the best cybersecurity methods:
Install security updates and patches.
Don’t keep your systems running on old security updates. That will leave your system vulnerable for cyber attacks.
Don’t use weak passwords.
A strong password is more important that you may think. According to a survey by Keeper, which makes password management software, 17 percent of users have 123456 as their password, followed by 123456789. Protect your data with a password that is stronger than that.
Keep backups of your data.
In the event of a serious cyber attack, a backup can save your business. A study by the University of Texas found that 43 percent of businesses that suffer major data loss never reopen their doors. The cloud is a good resource for strong company data.
If protecting your business’s data is important to you, learn about MDL’s managed services.