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Cybersecurity Strategy: What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

It is true that technological advancements of the past decade or so have made it easier to reduce cybersecurity risk to your organization, but hackers and scammers have been advancing on the same timeline.

There are no two ways around it, you need to prioritize data security. Tainted reputations, lost revenue, stolen customer information, any one of these things is enough to cause detrimental damage to your business.

Here are five strategies that, if implemented correctly, can seriously reduce your risk:

1. Conduct Employee Training

An estimated 3.4 billion emails a day are sent by cybercriminals, designed to look like they came from trusted senders. These emails are created specifically to evade detection by mimicking legitimacy. Without training, employees can accidentally end up divulging sensitive company or customer information while under the impression that they are corresponding with a trusted contact. Employees should be aware of common cybersecurity risks, how to spot them, and how to avoid exposure in the future by more strictly adhering to your organization’s policies and procedures.

2. Strengthen Passwords and Procedures

Most hackers are pretty savvy when it comes to password cracking, and like we mentioned earlier, advancing technology has only made that part of the cybercriminal’s job easier. All of the parameters you’re sick of hearing (at least 8 characters, no personal information, no common words, etc.) exist for a reason and can serve as one more layer between you and potentially exposed data. Not to sound too much like an email from Netflix here, but that’s exactly why password sharing poses such a risk. One compromised account is much easier to secure than a slew of them.

3. Reduce Exposed Assets

Wherever your business has a footprint online, it’s vulnerable to attack. Web applications, project management systems, and more – they’re all potential entry-points. There are a few different types of risk areas you want to concern yourself with when it comes to data security.


Not what we’re concerned with here, but any organizational assets that are vulnerable if a malicious party has access to your physical premises fall under this category.

Digital Assets

Assets that are accessible via the internet, outside a firewall. This can include corporate servers, operating systems, apps, websites, and more.

Social Engineering

Often overlooked, social engineering attacks are more psychological, and involve your employees divulging proprietary, sensitive information either unintentionally or under duress.

4. Have a Panic Button for Emergencies

It’s important to plan for the worst case scenario. You should have some sort of “panic button” procedure for the unlikely moment where you’ll need to react to an imminent cybersecurity threat. This protection strategy should be a sort of organization wide shut down that takes place as soon as something suspicious is discovered on one of your servers.

5. The Threat of Human Error

Most firewall and cybersecurity attacks have something to do with human error. In fact, research from IBM Security puts the number at 95%. This is precisely why it’s so important to make sure all new hires are not only scanned and vetted as potential risk factors themselves, but fully briefed on company procedure and trained on the importance of data security from the beginning.

See how Access One can help you guard your data and put a security plan into action. Contact us today.