5 Essential Cybersecurity Tips – A Guest Post by Detectify
However, if you are thinking about cybersecurity, you have already taken the first step towards staying safe online. To help you get started with cybersecurity and keep your business secure, the Detectify team shares 5 essential tips.
1. Build a positive security mindset
Good security starts with your company culture. Everyone is online, which is why everyone – not just the security team – needs to learn about cybersecurity and have an understanding of the threat picture. This includes simple preventive measures like locking your computer when you’re heading out for lunch, as well as more advanced initiatives like investing in password security training and setting up security guidelines for employees who work remotely.
Raising security awareness within the organisation is an ongoing commitment rather than a one-off project and incorporating security into your company culture is not something that will happen overnight. However, making security a natural part of your organisation is an important investment that will ultimately pay off.
2. Use additional layers of security
More is more when it comes to cybersecurity. Nothing is 100% secure, but you can make it harder for hackers to find a way into your organisation by adding multiple layers to your security strategy. For example, instead of only using a secure password when logging in to different services, you can enable 2-factor authentication and make it harder for hackers to access your account.
Adding additional steps to everyday tasks like logging in to your email account might sound like a lot of work and that’s true – it is a lot of work! However, dedicating five minutes a day to security is a small price to pay for keeping your business secure. If you have managed to build a security-first mindset in your organisation, everyone will understand why security measures are worth the extra effort.
3. Implement a responsible disclosure policy
If you haven’t heard of responsible disclosure, you’re not the only one! Responsible disclosure is a relatively new concept that is becoming increasingly popular with companies of all sizes. In short, implementing a responsible disclosure policy means that you are asking security researchers to look for vulnerabilities on your website and report them to you.
All you need to get started is an email address dedicated to vulnerability reports (like firstname.lastname@example.org) and a page on your website that defines the scope of your responsible disclosure policy. If you have a company website and a blog that is hosted on a third-party platform, the blog would normally be out of scope as you can only fix vulnerabilities in your own code. Once your responsible disclosure policy is in place, make sure to follow up on reports and fix the reported vulnerabilities.
4. Be careful when choosing third-party services
Third-party tools can help you with everything from blogging and marketing automation to sales funnel tracking and productivity. Building everything in-house is time-consuming and far from cost-efficient, which is why most businesses use third-party tools to support their everyday workflow. However, third-party services are not risk-free and code written by someone else can be just as vulnerable as code written by your development team.
Considering security when you are evaluating new third-party services can help you make the right decision. Read up on the service’s security history, check how often the tool is patched, and whether it is easy to contact support with security questions. A history of poorly managed security incidents, few service updates, and unclear answers to security inquiries are all red flags that indicate it might be a good idea to look at alternatives.
5. Create an incident response plan
Even if you are extremely careful when it comes to security, you still need to be prepared for a hacker attack. If you do get hacked, the way you respond can make all the difference and having an incident response plan in place gives you a head start.
When developing your incident response plan, consider different scenarios and address every single one of them. What do you do if a DDoS attack brings your site down? What about a security breach that exposes sensitive user data? Discuss the incident response plan with your team and map out who takes the lead in different situations and what the information flow should look like. Don’t forget to include a detailed PR plan – in the case of a security incident, reacting transparently and honestly can save your brand’s reputation.
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