Is your company secure against cyber threats? 

According to a recent study by Sophos, 66% of companies suffered a ransomware attack in 2022. 

The amount of attacks has increased by 75% compared to the previous year, indicating that cyber criminals have become significantly more capable of deploying large-scale attacks.

We’ve gathered the most effective and essential cybersecurity safety tips to keep in mind for prevention and risk mitigation.

1. Use a Password Manager

Password managers generate unique complex passwords for each site and service. Don’t use the same password for multiple sites; always use a unique mix of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and other characters. The password manager also provides a secure place to house and organize those complex passwords.


2. Use multi-factor authentication

Multi-factor authentication is used for additional layers of security and to make sure important accounts aren’t easily hacked if the passwords are cracked. Preferentially use non-SMS-based MFA options.


3. Back up data often

If data storage is ever compromised, you’ll have the best chance of recovering that data if you have a secure backup. Be sure to back up regularly so new data is saved. Utilizing automated backups is an easy way to be sure your backups are up-to-date. 


4. Monitor your network for suspicious activity

Monitor your network so that you can catch on to an attack early enough to reduce the damage. Reacting to suspicious activity early on can save you time and money. 


5. Be wary of external devices

Keep in mind, some devices such as hard drives, flash drives, and smartphones can infect your computer when plugged in. Be cautious of where your personal devices are being plugged in and avoid connecting your devices to public computers if possible. 


6. Never share sensitive information with an unauthorized party

This may sound obvious but all too often employees feel some sort of social pressure when someone else asks them for information (this applies to people within your organization too). If there’s any doubt, say no and consult a manager/supervisor for permission.


7. Don’t underestimate hackers’ interest in your company

Breaches and attacks affect organizations of all sizes, including start-ups and small businesses. Many offensive security tools indiscriminately scan the Internet for vulnerabilities in services, remote access, and web applications.

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