big data is safeMany organisations struggle with how to improve cyber security given the numerous new technologies now available on the internet. Most companies are still not fully aware of the extent of cyber attacks on their network, let alone how to protect it from them, hence some work with CREST accredited suppliers such as Bridewell Consulting who specialise in cyber security.  It is vital for organisations to understand how these attacks occur in order to prevent them and make the necessary adjustments to their own security posture. It also makes good business sense as attacks on your network and systems can result in losses that could see your business go bust.

How to Improve Cyber Security?

There are a number of ways in which to improve cyber security. The most obvious is to implement policies that deal with using the latest hacking techniques and software to avoid any vulnerabilities that could be exploited. Another is to put in place measures to monitor and track any threats so that they are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Web Applications

Keeping your company’s web applications up-to-date is important if you want to protect yourself from potential attacks. Web applications are essentially the source of the identity of your business and therefore it is vital to keep them as secure as possible. There are two main categories of web applications – desktop and web-based ones. Each category has its own unique vulnerability, but both can be targeted by cyber threats.

In the Work Place

Implementing the above objectives will help your organisation to safeguard its critical infrastructure like email servers, telecommunication systems and the like. This is because the more vulnerable a system is, the higher the risk of an attack. One way to protect your critical infrastructure is to ensure that there is regular backup of all data. This will help to protect them against malware attacks. A more holistic approach is to build a network that is not only effective but also reliable enough to withstand cyber threats.

Cyber criminals and hackers have found new ways to penetrate corporate and government networks. By using readily available tools, such as worms, Trojans and viruses, they can enter organizations and spread viruses with the aid of employee email attachments. Companies that provide antivirus protection for their employees are often more vulnerable to security breaches than companies who do not have antivirus protection installed on their network. A good example of an organization that did not invest in antivirus protection and whose networks were compromised is Target, one of America’s largest retail stores. Although the company did install antivirus software, hackers managed to infiltrate the system and obtain credit card numbers and other financial data. This case shows just how easy it is for a simple virus to compromise an entire network. Read this article from the NCSC for more information on how cyber attacks work.

Outside the Workplace

The most obvious way to protect your organisation’s internal systems from outside threats is to implement a robust corporate security plan. A good cyber security plan should contain comprehensive requirements, regular audits and regular updates. It should also have specific objectives which can be verified periodically and can be individually and collectively enforced. If a cyber security breach occurs, the first thing your internal IT team and the HR department should do is review the incident report in full and determine the cause of the breach and take all the necessary actions to mitigate the damage. This includes creating an emergency plan and reporting the incident to your CEO, board members, shareholders and other stakeholders.