Ransomware. IoT. And more. All the issues that arose in 2019 are going to come to a head in 2020. Companies need to be exceptionally vigilant about their cybersecurity if they're going to be able to survive. Here's a general overview of the cybersecurity best practices and challenges for 2020 and beyond.
Running a business shouldn't mean that you have to be a cybersecurity expert. But you do, at least, need to understand the cybersecurity fundamentals. As a business owner, you probably know the basics of personal cybersecurity and the threats that we face today. As a business owner, all these threats are amplified, and you are far more likely to become a target.
A cybersecurity incident occurs. What do you do? You know that every minute that passes after a cybersecurity incident is potentially thousands of dollars or thousands of records stolen. But if you don't have a proper cybersecurity incident response plan, you may not know what the next step is. By the time you need a cybersecurity incident response plan, it's already too late to formulate one. The time to make one is now.
The world of cybersecurity is changing dramatically. As we move further into 2020, it's easy to wonder what new trends we will face in cybersecurity. From 2010 to 2019, many of the threats that we uncovered had to do with cloud platforms and the Internet of Things. As the world becomes more connected, it also becomes more dangerous. So, what are some of the cybersecurity trends and threats that we can see happening?
One of the first cybersecurity basics a company needs to cover is creating a software update policy. Software is periodically updated to protect an organization from newly discovered exploits. When software isn't updated, it becomes vulnerable. Yet while a company can control its own devices, it can't always control employee devices—and these employee devices can become a risk in and of themselves.
If your organization is operating behind last year’s firewall, you are not protected. Don’t believe us?
If there’s one thing your small business needs to understand about cybersecurity in 2018 it is that you are a target for hackers. Small Business Trends shared some important statistics about a year ago that we should probably revisit in order to illustrate our point:
Last week, 143 million Americans had their Social Security numbers hacked from the Equifax data warehouse. If you haven’t heard about this, it’s time you paid attention. This hack could lead to even more cyber security risks if your data is sold on the open market.
The Pew Research Center tells us 72% of all the adults in the Unites States own a smartphone, and most use that phone for work. That number should make the average network administrator cringe a little because the popularity of these tools virtually ensures that the cyber security threats to these devices will increase.
If you’re the owner of a small to mid-sized business, you may be thinking that encrypted email is out of your reach. For those of you who’ve heard the term but don’t quite understand it, encrypted email is a methodology to scramble business communications so that only the intended recipients can read it.