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No company wants to be the target of a data breach, whether they are a small business or a multinational corporation. Data breaches put the organization at risk, as they can be impossible to overcome both in terms of business damage and PR damage. Use these strategies to help your business avoid a data breach this year.

Identify All Potential Points of Entry

If you don’t know which areas of your network are vulnerable, you cannot protect them. It is crucial to uncover all internal, third-party assets, cloud assets, etc. that could potentially serve as a point of entry for hackers. There are more than 250 attack vectors across all hardware, devices applications an infrastructure and internal teams need to be aware of all of them.

Understand How Cyber Risks Impact Business Risk

Many organizations keep cyber risk separate from business risk management programs, when in fact, they need to be linked. Understanding how a breach would touch specific aspects of the business not only aids in financial planning, it also helps get buy-in from other departments on important security investments.

Use Risk-Based Analysis to Prioritize Fixes

Allocating resources and understanding which items IT and security teams need to work on, postpone or even ignore are critical to any risk strategy. It also helps individual team members understand how to prioritize their own work, and reduces the tendency to put off tasks like patching software in favor of other tasks they deem more important.

Automate Where It Makes Sense

Automation can be a great tool for closing cybersecurity gaps. There have been new developments in security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) that are making the work of security teams much more manageable. Choosing the right automation tools will require a great deal of research, however, in order to understand how the tools leverage AI to deliver the desired results.

Train Every Employee

Security isn’t just limited to the tech team. In fact, every employee needs to understand that they play a critical role in protecting data. Ongoing training should include password management, teaching employees to identify malware and phishing scams, how to protect mobile devices and laptops that hold company information and what to do if they think they have been targeted.

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If you are ready to build a stronger IT security team within your organization, contact the tech recruiting experts at Talon. We will connect you with the highly-skilled professionals you need to keep your systems safe and secure.

 


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