Cybersecurity should remain a top priority for business owners around the world as the new year is upon us. 2020 saw a marked increase in the amount of cyber criminality, particularly against small and medium-sized businesses.

There are many factors responsible for the increase in cybercrime, and the move to remote working has highlighted that the human factor is often the weak spot for cybersecurity as businesses strive to keep afloat during the pandemic.

Here are three strategies you can adopt to safeguard your business going forward.

1. Keep your systems safe

Many cyber-attacks come in the form of software that is installed on your systems through one form or another, and you can reduce the risks of cyber-attacks significantly by ensuring that you have the proper antivirus software installed and updated, as well as making sure that apps, operating systems, and software used by your company are kept up to date.

2. Internet security training and processes

A vast majority of cyberattacks come from socially engineered and carefully crafted emails designed to fool employees into granting the hackers access to systems or installing malware.

Businesses must become more aware of social engineering tactics and implement training programmes for all staff on how to identify and combat potential attacks. This could be as simple as taking a moment to verify the sender of an email.

3. Conduct regular audits

The purpose of a cybersecurity audit is to evaluate your records to see if any red flags may indicate that your systems may have been compromised. The audit should also review administrative processes and employee behaviours to see if anything needs to be addressed to further secure your systems and prevent future compromises.

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