Security is an important aspect of human existence. The more relaxed your level of security is, the more exposed you are to danger.
Governments of different countries are always looking to improve the safety of its citizens. They formulate different policies that are geared towards ensuring security. The government also purchases different security hardware and software to ensure their country is secured.
Security isn’t limited to the prevention of physical harm. Organisations are now making efforts to protect their databases against cyber-attacks, as well. They are also investing several millions of dollars to safeguard their cyber systems against hacking.
Newer technologies and innovations are being developed to foil any activity that will breach their cyber-security. Organisations are now becoming increasingly aware of the need to secure their databases.
What Does Security Mean?
Security can be explained in different ways.
Security involves freedom from impending danger or harm.
It also involves protection against danger.
Those who benefit from security include individuals, institutions, and objects.
Some people also refer to security as the lack or absence of danger.
It is also the availability of goods. An example of this is food security.
The collection of systems and activities whose major objective is to provide safety of lives and properties is also called security.
Examples of such actions or systems include cyber-security systems, security guards, security forces, etc. Many activities go into the provision of security.
What Do You Need To Know About Security?
In this statement, we will be restricting the discussion to cyber-security. The importance of cyber-security cannot be overestimated in ensuring the safety of an organisation’s cyberspace. We are in an era where hacking and cyber-attacks are on the increase. Organisations are embracing newer technologies to counteract such activities.
This part of the statement seeks to detail what goes into providing a standard and efficient cyber-security system.
Risk Management Regime
Before organisations implement cyber security measures, they must understand the risks involved. This understanding will help them in placing priorities on the biggest threats. It will also make sure that their responses are effective as well as appropriate.
Having a risk management regime helps your organisation to tweak your cyber security approach when necessary. It will help you to identify when there’s the need to use another strategy.
Mis-configured controls are one of the popular causes of a data breach. Mis-configured controls can come in the form of an improperly secured data, and uninstalled software updates. The configuration is necessary because it helps you in several ways. One is to take care of all known susceptibilities in a prompt manner. Another is to help eliminate unnecessary functionalities.
Home And Mobile Working
Working remotely is becoming popular among many organisations.
They see this as a way to drive up staff efficiency and productivity.
Working remotely, however, comes with its own risks.
The houses of these staff lack the network and physical security available in their offices.
What organisations, therefore, need to do is to restrict access to certain systems.
Also, the formulation of policies to provide security for laptops, physical information as well as removable devices.
There will be occasions when your organisation witnesses a breach in its cyber-security.
So, your organisation must set up policies that will assist in limiting the amount of damage done. Also, when a cyber-attack occurs, your organisation will need policies that will ensure it is up and running within a short period.
Prevention Of Malware
Malware can contaminate your organisation’s system when it gains access to it.
Malware can be sent in several ways. One way is through an email attachment.
Another way is via removable devices. Through removable devices, they’re transferred into a system.
Organisations should ensure they incorporate anti-malware software into their systems. Anti-malware software will help to mitigate the risks posed by malware. Policies that are geared towards helping employees should be instituted. Such policies will aim to prevent employees from falling prey to malware.
Managing User Privileges
Organisations can assist their staff in accessing information that is relevant to their jobs. This can be made possible via the creation of access controls.
Managing user privileges will, therefore, help to prevent the disclosure of sensitive information in situations of a cyber-attack. They also ensure that there’s a decreased likelihood of any employee pilfering sensitive information.
Monitoring helps your organisation detect any form of a cyber-attack on your system. Also, monitoring will assist you to respond quickly to such attacks. Even more, it will also give you an insight into how the cyber-attack is carried out.
Security Of Network
Certain susceptibilities are present when you connect your network to the internet. It is sometimes impossible to eliminate all of these susceptibilities.
There are steps, however, to limit their occurrences. All your organisation needs to do is to formulate different policies. These policies should target how to effectively reduce the rate at which the susceptibilities exploit your system.
The Control Of Removable Media
One of the causes of a breach in cyber-security is the use of USB and other removable devices. Removal devices trigger a lot of insider incidents as well as introduce malware into your system.
It is important for organisations to stress the safekeeping of their removable devices. Ensure your staff keeps them in places where people cannot easily access them. In the absence of that, they can carry such devices with them wherever they go.
Wrapping It Up
Finally, promote user awareness and education among your staff. Ensure they are taught on the role they have to play to limit the possibilities of a cyber-security breach. Let them also be aware of the steps to take in the face of a cyber-attack.
The education can come in several ways. Examples includes the introduction of e-learning outlets. Your organisation can also provide certification courses and other forms of awareness campaigns.
Till next month,
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