How To Protect Your Business From Technology Risks

How to Protect Your Business from Technology Risks

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by Evelyn Addison — 1 month ago in Security 2 min. read
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Every entrepreneurial venture will have vulnerabilities to risk, especially from security-related threats. Whether it’s internal data like intellectual property or trade secrets, financial information of customers, or the health records of your employees, any valuable information can be a potential target for cybercrime. However, they’re also vital to the operations of a company and its success, and their protection should be a priority.

As businesses continue to move forward with their digital operations and transformations, a trend that’s accelerated thanks in no small part to the COVID-19 pandemic—the implementation of protective strategies and solutions against cyberattacks has become urgent. To that end, here are some of the best ways to protect your organization from technological risks.

1. Educate The Team on Best Practices

The protection of an organization from security risks starts from within. Thus, you need to educate your employees on cyber security measures, including but necessarily limited to creating strong log-in credentials, avoiding public networks, and steering clear of unsecured websites. In addition, it’s recommended that you implement security policies and provide training to ensure that your team follows good cyber hygiene and mitigate the risks of cyberattacks from happening.

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2. Gather Data from The Dark Web

Many know the dark web to be an area of the internet that offers users unparalleled levels of privacy and anonymity. Unfortunately, because of this, it’s become host to illegal activities, such as the sale of stolen data or information. Through dark web data collection, you’ll be able to check whether or not sensitive information on your company has been stolen or leaked out and find out your organization’s vulnerabilities. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to protect your business more.

3. Implement Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans

While there are many ways you can prevent the occurrence of cyberattacks, there are times when they could be unavoidable realities. Therefore, it’s vital that information systems and operations are backed up in these cases. Doing so might sound a bit extreme, but the implementation of business continuity and disaster recovery plans will allow your organization to continue functioning and operating as intended, no matter what problems you run into.



4. Keep Your Software and Systems Updated

It’s a rule of thumb to ensure that your systems and software are up-to-date at all times. After all, not only will it ensure that they function as optimally as possible. But updates and patches can address security flaws and keep your data protected. It’s not a tedious task to do either; most automatically notify users whenever a new update is available for download and installation. So please don’t take it for granted because it will make a difference in your cyber security.



Conclusion

No one can deny the advantages that technology offers businesses. However, it’s not without its fair share of risks. Thus, you must follow the tips laid out above as they will help you protect your organization from the threat of cyberattacks, from data breaches to malicious software.

Evelyn Addison

Evelyn is an assistant editor for The Next Tech and Just finished her master’s in modern East Asian Studies and plans to continue with her old hobby that is computer science.

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