4 Steps to Improve Your Cybersecurity

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You think that slower Internet connectivity is the culprit keeping your network from performing at optimal speeds. Could a hacker be the issue, though? There are many ways to maintain good cybersecurity in the workplace. Read on to learn about four steps you can take to ensure the security of sensitive information. 

1. Perform an audit

When was the last time you looked into the efficiency of your network? One of the main reasons why thieves are so successful in stealing pertinent information is because of a company's failure to analyze and update operating systems consistently. Does your network have everything necessary to properly navigate the present century of smartphones, cloud computing, and constant upgrades to laptops? Only an IT professional can adequately answer this question with a cybersecurity audit. 

An expert in the field knows exactly what to look for in the way of security and can ensure that the outdated portions of your network are brought up to speed. Did you know that something as simple as failing to update to the latest system upgrade can open your company up to cyber thieves? IT professionals understand this concept, which is why they are always one step ahead of the criminals with consistent upgrades and other measures. 

You may want to consider conducting a formal audit of your cybersecurity measures every six months. You want to overall the system if you have never gone through such a process, or cannot remember the last audit. 

2. Provide adequate training

Auditing the highs and lows of security are one thing. Implementing procedures that lead to a more secure work environment is another issue. Your company should have training mechanisms in place so that all employees understand the necessary steps to maintain proper cybersecurity. You can also include troubleshooting options that employees may follow so that workers do not have to wait for an IT professional to respond to every issue. Remember that a compromised network impedes productivity. Your goal should be to get things up and running as quickly as possible.

3. Change passwords often

You do not have to give every employee a unique password. You should, however, require workers to change their passcodes every three to six months. It is also a good idea to require employees to use a combination of letters, symbols, numbers, and varying capitalization when creating their passwords. The best passcodes are more than eight characters long.

4. Require multi-factor authentication

It is not enough to require employees to identify themselves by using the password they chose. For all you know, an imposter could have gained access to such passcode without the employee's knowledge. You must, then, require multiple steps for employees to follow that may include workers entering their unique employee ID numbers or the last for numbers of their social security numbers. 

The experts at Century Business Technologies can provide your company with the solutions needed to establish excellent cybersecurity. Contact us today to discuss possible IT options for your business.