Cybersecurity remains vitally important to small businesses and private individuals alike. Once a hacker accesses information they are not supposed to have they can cause all sorts of damage. You know that. Every business is different, but all should understand their particular nightmare scenarios and take action to mitigate those threats. But how do you know if the actions you wanted to take were actually done? The answer is a cyber security audit. This post discusses the most basic of those audits, the self audit.
Commence with Simple Auditing
An audit of security issues should start with the most basic and simple of things. Passwords, for example, must not be overlooked. Yet businesses repeatedly choose poor or easy to crack passwords. Be sure to make necessary improvements to passwords or employ password generating software to keep the first line of protection secure.
The bad news is that passwords are now known to be flawed for access control. You need to put Two Factor authentication in place for access. Make sure this is part of your audit too.
You also need to check the status of all your operating systems and applications. Unpatched systems are vulnerable. Your team knows this, but are they doing it well? Audit them to ensure you are in good shape. The same goes for antivirus and other malicious code systems. They must be kept up to date.
There are so many other things to check with your simple internal auditing. The good news is that the security community knows what these are. There are plenty of lists of best practices that go beyond the first steps of checking passwords, checking two factor authentication and keeping things patched. Dive deeper into this topic at: Cybersecurity Best Practices
Professional Auditing a Must
Not all aspects of auditing can be done so simply and many complex problems exist. Only a professional eye has the ability to figure out these problems. You can make things easier on the professionals you will call in for external audit by doing a good internal audit first, but that does not mean you can neglect the need for a professional.
Following through on the advice of the auditors is critically important.
Develop a Disaster Response Plan
No matter how effective the security audit goes, reducing the chances of a security breach down to zero is impossible. Hacks and other disasters can occur. Setting a plan in place to deliver a response in case of a major breach must be a top priority. Part of this plan should include deciding who to call once there is a problem, hiring a full service managed detection and response team should e a consideration.
Procure an Effective Backup System
Disaster sometimes results in the outright destruction of stored data. Once the data on a drive or network has been wiped out, it is gone. Copied data saved securely at a backup server in the cloud, however, could be retrieved without any problems. Without the necessary backup system, recovery might not be possible and the resultant fallout could be devastating to a company.
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