Russia’s attacks on Ukraine in the real world and in cyberspace have, for the most part, followed known tactics that we’ve seen before, however the recent events should be a reminder for companies to stay on high alert and be proactive with their cyber capabilities. In light of this, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to protecting your business from cyberattacks.
Here are 6 things your company can do right now to reduce your risk from cyber-attacks:
A good Incident Response Plan will contain the scope of an incident and reduce the risk to institutional systems and data and to return affected systems and data back to an operational state as quickly as possible. Responding to an incident with no plan in place leads to unnecessary damage, frustration, and wasted resources. A well-conceived, battle-tried incident response plan prepares the SOC to respond, recover, and manage the aftermath of an incident.
Deploying multi-factor authentication or passwordless authentication solutions reduces your risk from a cyber-attack. Users tend to struggle to remember passwords, companies strive to make them harder to crack, and hackers use a variety of new and old techniques to help them gain access as an “authorized” user and wreak havoc. Rather than trying to improve passwords, we recommend passwordless authentication or multi-factor authentication methods that offer a better user experience and more robust security.
Email is the source of 94% of cyber-attacks with attackers increasingly leveraging advanced phishing, account takeover & domain spoofing. In addition to deploying traditional methods such as secure mail gateways, ITsavvy takes a modern approach to email security using AI based solutions to understand the human beings behind email interactions. Rather than simply measuring inbound emails against pre-defined rules and signatures we also approach the problem by learning typical patterns for individuals and their organization in order to spot anomalous behavior indicative of a threat.
The proliferation of new asset types, increased cloud adoption, and the shift to remote work have all resulted in assets becoming more highly distributed, making them difficult to manage and inventory. ITsavvy provides access to cybersecurity asset management tools that give organizations a comprehensive asset inventory, uncovers security solution coverage gaps, and automatically validates and enforces security policies.
Backups are an essential part of a continuity of operations plan as they allow for data protection and recovery. A Disaster Recovery Plan, or DRP, enables your business to resume normal operations after a cybersecurity breach: loss, theft or disappearance of sensitive data, virus, cyberattack, or cybercrime.
Last but not least, consider the human factor as your company’s first and last line of defense. Cybercrime is moving at light speed. As human error plays such a significant role in cyber attacks today, adequately trained employees are key to effective security. A solid security awareness training program will drive cyber awareness and instill the knowledge and confidence in employees to recognize security threats when they’re presented and how to properly respond and escalate the issue.