Ten Best Practices to Ramp Up your Cybersecurity and Data Protection

Recently, the international headlines unfortunately paint a bleak picture regarding cybersecurity breaches. Last two years, particularly, broke all records of high-profile data breaches, irrespective of enterprises’ size, scale and scope.

Data security requires a combination of practices and tools that must be deployed to protect enterprises sensitive data (at rest and in transit).

In this post, we have highlighted top ten “universal practices” that must be seriously adopted to improve your cybersecurity posture; mitigate the consequences of data breaches; and comply with the required industry standards.

1. First of all, you need to identify various levels of your data sensitivity, in order to prioritize which data needs to protected, first.

2. Second step is to formulate a working strategy by organizing all your activities, mechanisms and controls, related to cybersecurity. It involves writing down data usage policy, conducting database audits and implementing a patch management strategy.

3. The next step is to develop incident response plan by first identifying what can be authorized, as a security incident. You must also formulate a list of trusted authorities that must be informed, in case of an incident.

4. Make sure that the physical media containing your data, is completely secure (fireproofing, waterproofing etc.). Furthermore, data encryption and backups are also extremely vital.

5. Then, you should work on the protection of access to your critical assets. Ensure identity management with biometrics, multi-factor authentication and apply least privilege principles.

6. You should monitor users’ activities in real-time to detect anomalies or fraudulent activities. You can also get automated notifications and alerts regarding any suspicious incidents.

7. Third-party actions must always be monitored, no matter how much you trust your contractors or vendors. Have a clear picture about your third-party landscape and sign Service-level agreements (SLA), beforehand.

8. Keenly monitor and record privileged accounts, as they have maximum power to make alterations to your data. Privileged Account and Session Management (PASM) can help you combat insider threats (misuse, abuse, negligence or mishandle).

9. Teach your employees about corporate data management through various training programs. For instance, tackling with phishing attacks or protecting endpoint devices.

10.Finally, to prevent any such unpleasant incidents in future, you must integrate data security software.

In a world where strong cybersecurity is absolutely vital for businesses’ success, you should definitely give it all the importance it deserves.

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